I want to tell you all about one of my favorite places to buy #craftbeer in Orange County. Since my write-up of Korker Liquor has been well received, I thought I’d share another favorite spot for craft beer in Orange County. I’ve mentioned this place many times in my beer reviews, as they are one of the local bottle shops where I have found some really great beers over the past year. So to pay it forward I’m sharing another secret spot with you. Don’t tell anyone… at least not until you get your beer first.
Pacific Park Market – 27792 Aliso Creek Road, Suite B100,Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
As I’ve said before, from the outside it looks like a typical deli/liquor store in a strip mall. But inside you’ll find a huge selection of wine, a tasting corral, and as you make your way to the rear of the store you’ll see the beer fridges. You can safely skip the first two fridges, as they don’t usually have craft beer. But they’ve got tons of great stuff in the rest of the doors, and usually a few gems hidden away. (Tip: Ask Angel or Ken if they’ve got anything in the back.)
This is where I go to get my Oskar Blues, Russian River, Stone, Sierra Nevada, Dogfish Head, Port Brewing, Bruery, and numerous other craft beers to stock the fridge at work when it’s my turn.
I can’t say enough good things about Pacific Park Market.
Ken at Pacific Park Market holds a beer or wine tasting about once a month. Guido, Chris and I have been to a handful of the beer tasting events, sours, stouts, IPAs, year-end bottle-share. For only $5 you get a sampling of some of the excellent brews available in-store as well as some rarities from Ken’s personal beer cellar. It’s more of a craft beer education and tasting experience than a way to move product like some of the other stores. I highly recommend that you make it out to one of the tastings to see what I mean. But get there early, the tasting corral always fills up.
Like their Facebook page and you’ll be notified when the new beer shipments arrive. And you’ll also get a heads up on the upcoming tasting events. This is one of those secret spots that is tempting to keep to yourself, but I’m all about sharing the love for craft beer, so I’m telling anyone and everyone who will listen.
Cheers to #craftbeer!