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.
This place gets the high ratings, and they do have a lot of interesting bottles here, but its pretty haphazardy layed out. Lots of labels on the cooler doors make it hard to see whats inside. Row of non refrigerated beers is really all over the place. I think I saw pockets of the same beer in four different places. Definitely worth the visit, but donít expect miracles. He does have some pretty unusual stuff that would be hard to find anywhere else.
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.
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.
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.
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.