These are always great stores to hit when you can find them. I’ve been to 4 different ones on the pensiula and they always have a great local selection of micros from all over CA and West Coast. Not so much from east coast or midwest, but thier way, this is the best chain that consitently delivers for great selection.
Colma - very large store, lots of sixes from all over, smaller bomber selection in the fridge.
San Mateo - smaller store, better CA bomber bottles e.g. lagunitas, stone, even Maverick’s in the cold case.
Redwood City - medium to small store, good bottles cold and warm.
I shop at my local Albany store. My advice with a place like Bevmo, is to get to know the beerguy. I have been taken into the inner sanctum to taste beers while shopping. The selection is large, but beers seem to disappear sometimes. You get to really liking one and then poof. They tell me that the deal is that if you want to sell at Bevmo, you have to sell at ALL the Bevmo’s. Not conducive to very small breweries. Other tan that, it is place with great customer perks,.
3fourths (1569) Boulder, Colorado | August 16, 2004| Updated January 21, 2013
Visited the Geary location. They need to have more singles, but I guess they arent into that. Found some good bottles from local places, but bought mostly bombers and 1/2 magnums. Beer was in the back on 3-4 rows of shelves and in some coolers. Only had 2003 Stone RIS, not 2004 so they are not on top of things and may be lazy waiting for things to sell out before getting new releases.
ElGaucho (286) Minnetonka, Minnesota | July 13, 2004| Updated December 21, 2005
12/21/05: SF Bayshore location: Easily the best Bevmo I’ve been to. Far more American craft brew singles than the RC location, and they now carry AleSmith! 6/30/05: No Stone or Bear Republic this time. Went to Whole Foods Redwood City 1/2 mile away and they had them as well as the ability to purchase all beers as singles. No brainer.
On a recent trip to San Francisco, I also visited the Geary St. location in San Francisco. The free underground parking was a plus. The store itself was cramped, making the use of a shopping cart difficult. The store is also not very well organized and the staff is not very knowledgeable about beer. I called ahead to this store and to the Bayshore store to see if they had Stone Old Guardian and in both instances the person on the phone thought I was talking about wine and couldn’t tell me without looking if they had it. The do have a very large selection of California microbrew and brewpub bombers in their coolers from the likes of Marin Brewing, Moylans, Hoptown, etc., and a reasonably good selection of Stone beers was also available. Nice selection, although from what I understand, not as good as some of the larger stores.
Fairly good selection of west coast brews, but only sold in 6-packs or more (except bombers). Rather poor choice of belgian and soso for other countries (Uk, Germany). Overall good service. (Geary bevmo)