robertjm (19) Albany, California | December 8, 2006| Updated February 21, 2009
Hadn’t beern th Ledgers years. I honestly don’t remeember them having the beer selection then that they do now. While there isn’t a huge variety as you’d expect from a Beverages & More, they have lots of unique stuff I haven’t 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 he’d be more than willing to source a beer if you asked him to. Don’t expect a polished perfectly straightened shelved upscale store. He’s 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.
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 .
This is a really good place to find beer that you can’t find many other places in Northern California. They have a connection with a number of San Diego brewers that don’t distribute up here (Lost Abby, Port).
The shop is not all that aesthetically pleasing there are a lot of boxes and random stuff lying around, but the staff is nice and you can buy a single of every beer in the store. I highly recommend a visit.
This might be the best place in Berkeley to get beer. I know, that’s not saying much. But they do have a decent selection of bottles, and while you are here, you can pick up some hard liquor as well. Otherwise, there are adequate places closer to where I live and work.
Great selection overall, but a bit disorganized and random. Definite bonus that you can buy singles of anything but the prices are much higher than they should be compared to the normal six pack prices. The guy working there was nice and helpful, though not overly conversational. I’ll be back, but probably only to find stuff that I can’t get after hitting other bay area spots with better prices.
Large wel lit older building with a great selection of beers at least for an out of towner. The owner was very friendly and helpful. The prices are reasonable. One of the best liquor stores in the East Bay I’ve been to.
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 don’t expect miracles. He does have some pretty unusual stuff that would be hard to find anywhere else.
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 ’i’m not gonna charge you for this one’. i won’t argue! lol! solid selection, and good quantities of some rare stuff too. worth a trip by, it’s only 5 minutes off the freeway.
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 that’s kinda what you’d expect. When I’m looking for good beer I’ll be back.
Good selection, not very well organized. Found 7 or 8 untried bottles.
Gypsy19 (11) California | June 15, 2009| Updated June 20, 2009
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 won’t mind sorting through it all if you have 45 minutes or an hour to burn. If you don’t 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 would’ve picked up one of each. There were also a couple of Alesmith and Mikkeller selections.