Just in time for the weekend, Filling Stations is a weekly post that highlights one of Los Angeles’ destinations for craft beer, be it a bottle-shop with a great selection, a restaurant with great food to go with their beer list, or a bar serving excellent beers.
- Neighborhood: Sherman Oaks View Larger Map
- Type: Bottle Shop
- Yelp Page
- Selection: 5/5 Price: 4/5 Staff: 5/5
On the long stretch of Ventura boulevard between the 405 and the Cahuenga Pass, in an aging Googie building is one of the Valley’s best craft beer bottle shops. In recent years Valley Beverage has transformed from a neighborhood bodega to a wine, spirits, and beer specialty retailer with a focus on smaller operations and locally produced booze.
Valley Beverage has aggressively expanded their craft beer inventory, and there are nearly a dozen coolers dedicated to American craft beer and European imports. There is also a huge selection of bottles arranged in the middle of the store which include some rare treats indeed.
The beer buyer at Valley Bev, Peter, keeps the aisles and coolers stocked with brands from across California and the U.S., and he regularly makes trips to Mammoth Brewing Co to bring back cases of their renowned brews. Valley Bev is the only place we’ve ever seen the Mammoth Brewing beers being sold, and that alone could be worth a trip into the valley.
There are other craft favorites like Russian River Brewing, lots of Mikkeller beers, and plenty of choices from the big SD breweries like Stone, Ballast Point, and Green Flash. Supporting local brewers is important to the people behind Valley Beverage, and the is a good selection of the packaged offerings from LA-Area breweries like Eagle Rock, Cismontane, and the Bruery.
Valley Beverage also has a wide selection of spirits — their tequila and bourbon sections in particular — and wines, and Valley’s owner Sammy is committed to building the store into the go-to destination for artisanal liquor, beer, and wine in the area. He’s worked hard to improve the image of the store and make it clear that his shop no longer caters to the brown-bag crowd. The whole staff is very kind and super helpful, and they want you to have a good shopping experience whether you want to explore on your own or get some guidence from them.
We recommend stopping in to the shop, saying “hi”, and looking for something special to take home.