ffbot (20) Oakland, California | December 13, 2017
Can't really have much expectations from a grocery store. The selection is good though and it's not all that overpriced all things considered. Also the food at the store, the Bowl made food is quite good and a great value.
Would have never ended up here without Ratebeer, but was totally worth it. Large, slightly upscale supermarket with focus on fresh produce. One large aisle is dedicated beer and the selection is great. From imports to American craft classics to local brews and a large row of more special releases, in many styles. Loads of sours and barrel aged stuff. Prices can ramp up but that’s to be expected. Even got staff here to help you out! Be very seen that in a supermarket. Very much worth it going here.
This is a regular stop for me when in the East Bay. There is a huge selection of beer, usually including some great beers that are hard to find on the West Coast. There is usually a beer guy employee around to help. There is also a pretty good cafe adjacent to the store, and plenty of parking.
Wow, I wish I’d come here before. The beer and cider selection here is fantastic and quite large/extensive. All the current special releases from Almanac, Firestone, Prairie, Cascade, etc. A massive selection of Southern California breweries, all sorts of European and Japanese imports. And probably the biggest variety of ciders I’ve seen at a store here in California.
Pricing is pretty typical of what you’d expect at any other store in the area. You can get singles of everything and they do offer bulk discounts (if you’re buying a lot of the same beer, that is).
It’s also just a pretty solid market to visit. So you can definitely get some good food to eat as well as some good beers.
Definitely up there with Ledgers as far as the class of Berkeley shops go, and you have the benefit of just about all the beers being refrigerated.
A must visit if you’re in the east bay. The selection is definitely the best in Berkeley, and possibly in the east bay. Good prices on most things. Even though it’s a grocery store (the best one I’ve ever been to) they have a lot of rarer beers as well. I found Cascade, Heater Allen, Prairie, Struise to name a few. If you’re going, plan on doing some groceries as well, while you’re at it.
Very whole foods like, with a full aisle of refrigerated beers. Pretty nice selection, but nothing too whalish. They definitely out-compete the bevmos and whole foods for quality of selection, and have pretty good prices as well. A bonus is that all of there beers, even those in six packs, are priced for singles, which is not too common around here. If I lived closer this would certainly be one of my regular stops.
A little over rated IMO, but a great stop for singles if your in the area. The best grocery store selection I’ve ever seen. An entire row of cooler space with hundreds of bottles some of which you’d never expect to find. Everything there seemed reasonably fresh too as the staff keeps stock rotating. The service was enthusiastic, but the woman there was clueless about beer. She kept telling me she was new and seemed overwhelmed as there were a few others there asking her questions. I helped her out for about 20 minutes with the other customers. It was fun. I’ll be coming back here for singles as all the bottles (even six packs) are priced individually and the prices are good.
This place blows your average department store out of the water not only in groceries, but beer too. Midnight sun all over the place, including berserker, TREAT, obliterator and more. California beers aplenty, with the notable exception of Russian river, at least the last two times I’ve gone. Tons of Belgian selections, including lots of fantome, and really a fantastic display, with an entire aisle of immaculately kept bottles. Service was fine, one guy I’m guessing makes sure the beer stock is good, but I haven’t gotten to meet him. MYO six pack is rewarded with a 10% off, an added bonus, and their bottles are all fresh it seemed, with nothing dusty, and the ipas pretty new on the shelves. Alesmith ipa was 5.50 there, an awesome deal I thought. Prices in general are good though. Really a fantastic establishment...I would go here just for the food, but the beer is stealing the show.
Every time I go there to get food I cruise the beer cooler isle. And every time I’m more and more impressed. It’s always either in immaculate order, or it’s being straightened and restocked. Selection is nicely varied with lots of stuff I haven’t seen at other places, and prices are quite reasonable (Midnight Sun, Elysian Fields, Mikkeller single yeast line, etc.). Food availability is awesome. Not only because it’s a upper scale grocery store, but because they have lots of prepared food to go in a great variety. Pretty large sake section if you’re so inclined, along with a huge wine selection. I talked with the girl that manages the beer isle one and she was quite proud and knowledgeable about the beers she was stocking (NO! She’s not my girlfriend, but a guy should be so lucky :-) ). Only quibble is they close at 8p each day, which makes it hard to hit after evening church on Sundays :-) Do yourself a favor and park in the lot across Heinz Ave. It’s an extra minute to walk to the front door, but the spaces are a LOT bigger than what they have in the garage.