United States > California > Berkeley
wavers1 (41) Notown, California | January 7, 2010
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
nice easy to find place with a great bottle selection. things area lil mixed up, but they have plenty of goodies! some inconsistent price tags, some over priced stuff, but also some great deals on some reare finds! it was also really awesome that the guy gave me a free beer randomly íiím not gonna charge you for this oneí. i wonít argue! lol! solid selection, and good quantities of some rare stuff too. worth a trip by, itís only 5 minutes off the freeway.
rayOfBeer (19) El Cerrito, California | March 17, 2008
72 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
I had heard so many recommendations for this place I figured I needed to get here. This place has a rather sketchy outside appearance and typical well worn interior look, sort of an organized chaos. The beer is at the back in 3 rows of cut boxes and disorganized shelves, plus a whole wall of well stocked coolers. There is a great selection of rare beers I have not seen elsewhere as well as many belgians. You do pay a premium on the hard to find stuff but thatís kinda what youíd expect. When Iím looking for good beer Iíll be back.
BeerLimey (113) California | August 28, 2005
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Good selection, not very well organized. Found 7 or 8 untried bottles.
Gypsy19 (11) California | June 15, 2009| Updated June 20, 2009
72 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Basically your old corner liquor store, but with a nice selection of Belgian and American craft beers. Makes me imagine that it used to an antique or small furniture store. Ed was a nice guy and helped me try to find a couple that I was looking for. The beer section can be kind of disorganized, but you wonít mind sorting through it all if you have 45 minutes or an hour to burn. If you donít have that kind of time, then it could get a little frustrating, although I suppose that there can be worse instances of frustration than being literally surrounded in a confusing labyrinth of beers. There were like 11 or 12 Lost Abbey beers on the shelves when I was there. If I had the cash I probably wouldíve picked up one of each. There were also a couple of Alesmith and Mikkeller selections.
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.
aleph (24) , | April 5, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 14/20
Have witnessed the paranoia of the staff in regards to "proper identification" and whatnot but it still cannot deter me from their extensive offering of alcohols. A strong international selection, haphazardly arranged for the customer... just awesome. Also, if you like whiskey or wine, you might be in the store for a really long time. GREAT prices.
BMan1113VR (379) 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.
blutt59 (157) Dallas, Texas | November 18, 2009
68 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 16/20
small storefront on University with back wall of coolers and two shelves of beer, pretty disorganized and rummaged through but quite a few nice finds, close to the freeway
allphoto (9) Oakland, California | November 28, 2004
64 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Nice local place for University ave area denizens. The staff is very helpful, they will take request for items. If the item is available from their distributors, they will call you when it comes in. Selection of local California micros, nice cooler of Belgians, and always something new and rare, that no one else has. I have been going here for 16 years, itís always a good stop for new things to taste test.
mkgrenwel (113) North Shore, Massachusetts | January 10, 2007
56 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Lots of great beer. The best selection I saw on my trip. The store is ugly and the staff wasnít exactly friendly. Also, if youíre going to walk from the University, be aware itís actually pretty far.
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