WOW! This is one heck of a liquor store...Visited here with a fellow ratebeerian on a recent trip to SF. Met the owner (ED) WONDERFUL guy. Very kind. This store is like a giant candy store for adults. I could have spent hours here looking at the wine, beer, and liquor...Its everywhere!!! I liked the chaos of it all. Made it more fun to look at things...And for things. I dont think it would be the same at all, if it were organized. I think it is perfect as it is.
CraftBC (7) Alameda, California | February 8, 2007| Updated March 29, 2008
The best beer store in the East Bay Ė only Monument in Concord comes close. It has a broad selection of craft beers (I counted over 257 in early February 2007) and it specializes in Belgian beers (with about 75). New finds included Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek,, Thomas Hardyís Ale, Baladin Nora, Oud Beersel Kriek, two Jolly Pumpkin beers, UK beers from HopBack and Cameron, and the Corsedonk and Kerkom Bink series from Belgium. About half the beers are stacked on the floor un-refrigerated Ė check the coolers first. Prices are about 7% higher than on the same beers at BevMo (148 beers in common Ė which means over 100 of their beers arenít available at BevMo!). The owner is an enthusiastic beer lover and will be happy to make some suggestions. The only real downside is the routinely terrible traffic on University Ave.
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.
robertjm (18) Albany, California | December 8, 2006| Updated February 21, 2009
Hadnít beern th Ledgers years. I honestly donít remeember them having the beer selection then that they do now. While there isnít a huge variety as youíd expect from a Beverages & More, they have lots of unique stuff I havenít seen at Bevmo. Lots of Belgians. Lots of $5+ price points to go with it too. The guy working (owner?) wanted to make sure I saw all their Belgians. Was obvious heíd be more than willing to source a beer if you asked him to. Donít expect a polished perfectly straightened shelved upscale store. Heís got low laying shelves with cut open boxes with a floor that reminded me of what was installed in my 1970s grammer school. Not a distraction. Just trying to paint a picture for you.
A fantastic selection of all things alcohol. Ed is amazing and it just doesnít get much better.
STEPHENDR (5) California | July 29, 2006| Updated December 10, 2006
This store has a good beer selection for the size it is . A lot of high end beers mostly Belgians , but a lot of California micro brew as well. Small walk in cooler , so not a lot of cold inventory most of the beer is on a dry shelf . The best aspect of the store is that they had glassware and not just the standard stuff . Worth a peek if you are in the area but not worth a special trip . However , the beer guy was friendly and honest in regards to beer I had not tried previously .
mwsf (3) San Francisco, California | January 25, 2006
Best selection in the Bay Area, although not in the same realm as a Hi-Time Wine, Johnís Marketplace, Bottleworks, etc. Very friendly and helpful staff. Highly recommended.