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t0rin0 (1180) Do Not Resuscitate, California | November 26, 2013| Updated December 29, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
Visited November 25, 2013.
This place is legit, and by legit I mean they have a good beer selection. Funny thing is the beers available are far from legit. I counted about a dozen beers that arenít distributed that were on the shelf. But more on that later. First I want to rant about how crappy the roads are in San Jose. The more I drive in this city the less I like it. No roads go in a straight line, they all turn, merge, and have weird repurposed lanes that get changed from thru traffic to center left turn lanes arbitrarily. Everything is some kind of expressway. And drivers are complete idiots. Lots of yuppies driving hundred thousand dollar SUVs that think theyíre entitled to the road and cut off semis and pedestrians on a regular basis. At least San Francisco makes sense, even if you canít park anywhere. Screw San Jose. Back to the beer selection.
The first thing I noticed upon entering was just how much beer they have. They have four fridge doors completely full with tons of different beers as well as a couple more fridges with macros in them. Then in the middle of the store, right across from the fridges is a large display of beer. In that display I found some really interesting stuff, for a liquor store. Westvleteren 12 (not the labeled XII bottles), Cantillon gueuze 375ís without the surgeon general warning, and all of the latest Bruery Reserve Society stuff like Oude Tart with Cherries, all the Bois variants, and Windowsill. Someone here is a beer nerd that reads the beer forums, and uses the Ratebeer tags by the way. In addition to all that they have hundreds of California made beers to pick from (I got a Knee Deep Midnight Hoppyness) and plenty of Mikkeller beers as well. He also puts a green sticker on anything that is sour which I thought was interesting. The prices were maybe a bit higher than usual but not by much and the guy at the counter was friendly and offered his help.
If in the area again Iíd definitely stop in, despite my new found hatred of the city (technically this is Santa Clara but itís a block from the city limits).
mrhoppy (226) Santa Clara, California | October 12, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
They have spm pretty awesome Bruery stuff! You can find some good and rare stuff here. No bargins on the good stuff but itís a lot cheaper than driving to the brewery itself. Iíll be Back!
bytemesis (324) Sunnyvale, California | August 24, 2013| Updated January 26, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Shit, how the hell did this place exist 5 blocks from my old house and I never knew it? Pretty good selection of craft beers, petty good prices. Shit. Update: owner is friendly and helpful if you talk to him a bit. They were one of the few places in the south bay to get all of the variants of BCS this year as well, although they were staggered over about a month. He clearly is a RS member at the Bruery and puts the stuff on the shelves, at a hefty premium. One of two places that you can sometimes find Cantillon as a shelfie as well, again , at a healthy premium.
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