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Beer stores on the Peninsula

andybe Feb 1, 2011 04:20 PM

BevMo has a decent selection, but what stores on the Peninsula carry a great selection of beers? There is an old post here talking about beer selections in SF and the East Bay, but what about Palo Alto and surrounding towns?

Reason for this post is that I recently saw a German restaurant opening in Berkeley that serves one of my favorites from my time in Germany, Duckstein. I was wondering if there are places I can find some of these lesser-known treats in my area.

thanks in advance

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    12172003 Feb 8, 2011 09:05 PM

    Whole Foods at El Camino and San Antonio used to have an excellent rotating selection of beers. The beer buyer left and now they've switched to carrying Corona Light, Widmer and Sam Adams. Whole Foods charges a premium for great products. You can get that stuff at any 7-11. It's like going to The French Laundry and drinking wine from a box. Ugggg. Pretty sad.

    Beltramo's has or had a pretty good selection but I haven't been there in 2 years. Maybe Artisan Wine Depot on Villa St. in Mountain View.

    The French Laundry
    6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

    Artisan Wine Depot
    400A Villa St, Mountain View, CA 94041

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    1. re: 12172003
      Justin L Feb 8, 2011 10:31 PM

      I went to Artisan Wine Depot a few months ago. The selection isn't that big but they have some nice selections, the lady there I think she's the somm is very nice and accommodating. I went in to get some belgian style ales and IPA's and was very happy with what she recommended to me.

      Artisan Wine Depot
      400A Villa St, Mountain View, CA 94041

      1. re: 12172003
        Cicely Feb 10, 2011 09:21 PM

        I was just researching where to get Pliny the Elder near me (San Jose/Campbell) and according to their brewery's website Whole Foods in Campbell has it, which I felt was a promising sign. Hopefully their selection hasn't been affected as well.

        1. re: Cicely
          zakurie Feb 17, 2011 05:39 PM

          Whole Foods in Palo Alto usually has Pliny the Elder.

          One of the best beer selections in the entire bay area is at Willows Market in Menlo Park on the corner of Willow and Middlefield.

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            andybe Feb 17, 2011 05:42 PM

            I work just a stone's throw from Willows Market, and have never been there... thanks!

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        andybe Feb 8, 2011 03:18 PM

        Thanks all,
        I haven't been to K&L yet, but like what I see at Beltramo's and GHS!

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          shellshock24 Feb 8, 2011 03:41 PM

          I second K&L in Redwood City - very good selection.

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          sistinas Feb 2, 2011 01:09 PM

          Up the street from Beltramo's, K&L Wines has a pretty wide selection as well. Mostly single bottles of craft brews and interesting imports. You can see their full selection on their website, which has real-time inventory.


          1. Robert Lauriston Feb 1, 2011 04:46 PM

            Beltramo's has a big beer selection.

            Beltramo's Wines & Spirits
            1540 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025

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              lrealml Feb 1, 2011 04:42 PM

              Gourmet Haus Staudt (Redwood City) claims to have 100 different German beers. They also have a rotating selection of beer on tap in the beer garden (more fun than the bottles IMO). If they don't have the one you are looking for, they might be able to get it (they are very friendly and family owned).


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              1. re: lrealml
                staple Feb 8, 2011 09:57 AM

                I second the Gourmet Haus Staudt recommendation. They are super friendly and also sell a good selection of imported candies and foods (Haribo!!!). It's worth a visit for sure.

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