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Oct 19, 2006 03:49 PM

best belgian beer selection in scal

I've been on a belgian/top-notch beer rampage for the last couple of months and I can't seem to find a place that has a very good selection to buy (not tALKING ABOUT ON DRAFT/ bar scene.)

Anyone got any places atht have a good selection. Bevmo in pasadena is out; galco's is out; gerlach's is out.


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  1. Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel has the largest selection in a restaurant/bar that I know of. Stores? Hard to say but the Bottle Shop in Sierra Madre has a top quality selection of Belgian Beers, not huge, but probably a dozen or more varieties.

    On tap, I like Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena or Sierra Madres and T. Phillips in La Verne.

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    1. re: heckonwheels

      The Stuffed Sandwich has about 126 Belgian Beers out of about 700 beers on their list:


      And Lucky Baldwins has the largest most expensive single bottle of beer (Belgian) that I've seen in LA:

      St. Feuillien Triple 8.5% - 9 Liters for $185.00


      1. re: heckonwheels

        Sorry folks, I am specifically NOT talking about on draft/ in a bar (sorry for not making that clear above, accidental caps probably defused my meaning)

        I love the stuffed sandwich but the hours suck. who wants to drink more than one belgian beer before 8pm? anyway, a smidgen of their selection is what I am loooking for, especially if anyone knows where to buy Petrus

        1. re: mr mouther

          I wasn't quite clear on what you were asking, but the Bottle Shop is a liqour store in Sierra Madre. While they don't have a vast quantity of Belgian Beer, what they do have is quite good. I can't remember if they have Petrus, but if you're in the area, it'd be worth a trip (especially, if you're in the Pasadena area as it seems). If they don't have what you want, you can cross the street and drown your sorrows with what you do want at Lucky Baldwin's. The Bottle Shop is on Sierra Madre Bl., about 1/2 block west of Baldwin on the south side of the street.

          1. re: heckonwheels

            That place looks great and worth a trip - but is it across the street from lucky baldwin's or in sierra madre? (googling found just the sierra madre locale, which is about 8 miles from baldwin's)

            1. re: mr mouther

              Lucky Baldwins also has a branch in Sierra Madre, on Kersting Court, just a few feet west of the intersection of Sierra Madre Bl. & Baldwin Avenue.

      2. After returning from Belgium my favorites which are easy to find here are:

        -Kriek-a cherry beer
        -DUVAL-delicious, you can also order this at BJ's Brewery Restaurant



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        1. re: Hypnotic23

          yummmm...i used to live in belgium. and was so happy to find kriek at trader joe's and whole foods!!

        2. Check out Wine Expo in Santa Monica. Great selection of grower Champagne, Italian wines AND Belgian beer.

          Hope that helps.

          1. There's also Wally's on the Westside, here's their online page to their Belgian Beer selections:



            1. Um ... Cap'n Cork on Hillhurst in Los Feliz?

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              1. re: ladelfa

                ladelfa - you're an angel. cap n cork is close by and somehow was not on my radar. (somehow they fell off my radar after they moved to the other side of the street - go figure)
                Not only are they close, but they have tons of Petrus and Ale Smith beer!

                1. re: mr mouther

                  Their prices are quite good too, at least on the handful of liquors I've comparison-shopped.

                  1. re: ladelfa

                    The Whole Foods in Glendale has a surprisingly large selection.

                    1. re: ladelfa

                      Cap'n Cork = Best Liquor Store Ever

                      or at least in Metro Los Angeles....

                      Hi-Time in Costa Mesa / Newport Beach might really be the best ever.