United States > California > Berkeley
brokensail (1012) Orange County, California | January 3, 2014
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
The selection here is top notch. Kind of a dusty old liquor store, but certainly some gems and obscurities to be had. Much of the beer is out on the shelves, but they have quite a few cooler doors as well. Tons of liquor available also. The service was sort of non-existent during my visit, but that was mostly due to a hyperdemanding customer asking a million questions. Really solid prices on the beers, very competitive if not cheaper than many places. If youíre willing to peruse the "warm" shelves, you can very well find some interesting new beers.
GT2 (637) San Diego County , California | February 7, 2011
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Very glad we made to stop out here. A very nice beer and wine store with a great selection: Russian River, Lost Abbey, Alesmith, Fantome, 3 Fonteinen, Deschutes. Had cases of Abyss and new RR Santification bottles. Very nice selection of old Fantome Saison and Fantome Noel if you are looking for them. Pretty awesome place.
bhensonb (502) Woodland, California | August 31, 2006
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
It is legendary. I drive 70 miles every 3 or 4 months. I usually find 15 to 20 excellent ales that I have never had before. Long may this continue.
BMan1113VR (402) Los Angeles, California | May 24, 2008
68 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Good selection of Sake, a decent selection of glassware and the best Mead selection that I have seen to date. The beer selection is pretty good with a strong Belgian and German presence. They have Hair of the Dog, Avery, Ballast Point, Lost Abbey, Russian River, and North Coast, but no Alesmith or Pizza Port. They have Unibroue 15-17, but the 15s looked like they had infected corks. Most prices are increadbly outrageous. Charging 12.99 for a basic 12oz Scottish Imperial stout is ridiculous! The guy working the counter knew little to nothing about beer.
Ibrew2or3 (353) Tempe, Arizona | October 17, 2007
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Hit here after Lanesplitterís while walking back to BART. Nice selection of every sort of geographic beer category I can think of at the moment. There doesnít seem to be much from places east of Colorado though. There are lots of Belgian, German, English, West Coast and local craft brews. They have a bunch of HoTD offerings and three of the crazy little 6oz Drakeís brews. The Drakeís were a buck or so cheaper than over at Monumentís but the Russian River Sanctification was a buck or so more expensive. I picked up one of the 6oz Drakeís 15 Anniversary bottles for a staggering $14.95. Thatís about $2.50 per ounce. OUCH!!! I also scored a Fullerís 2004 Vintage Ale for eight bones. My beer budget for this trip is totally busted.
DYCSoccer17 (314) Woodland, California | December 12, 2006
80 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Unassuming store located on the main drag in Berkeley. When I walked in, I was somewhat intimidated by some of the employees. Thy initially didnít make any sort of contact with me. After browsing the aisles, I found quite a few special beers including Lost Abbey (no Angelís Share, though), St. Bernardus 12 special edition, a couple of different Russian Rivers, Firestone 10, and a few other interesting odds and ends. Decent selection of Belgians, too. Lights are off in the coolers, which tells me the owners care about beer. The employees came over and recommended a few different beers. The store isnít the largest, but it has a great selection of beer and is the best beer store Iíve found so far in Cali.
fly (224) austin, Tejas, Alabama | August 22, 2005
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Very nice selection and if you can catch the owner, excellent help as well. Cool find, thanks to Joe.
ajm (192) Los Angeles, California | June 23, 2009
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Nice place. I love when liquor stores have their own dedicated parking lots. Lots of shelves, especially for liquor. I get the feeling that spirits are the star here. Felt a little understocked on NorCal items (Lag, Moylans, missing a Drakes or two, Bear Republic, etc.). But they sure did have 3/4 Russian River Barrel Aged series just laying around like paperweights.
SamGamgee (182) down the whirlpool, California | April 14, 2009
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Great selection overall, but a bit disorganized and random. Definite bonus that you can buy singles of anything but the prices are much higher than they should be compared to the normal six pack prices. The guy working there was nice and helpful, though not overly conversational. Iíll be back, but probably only to find stuff that I canít get after hitting other bay area spots with better prices.
marcus (179) Sacramento, California | February 17, 2015
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
I have been shopping here for years. Ed keeps a good stock of both foreign and domestic beers and the prices are quite reasonable. There is usually a good selection of available Russian River brews, as well as Belgian imports, and an occasional rare beer gem.
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