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Feb 1, 2011 04:20 PM

Beer stores on the Peninsula

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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  1. 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

      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.

    2. Beltramo's has a big beer selection.

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

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

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          1. re: andybe

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

          2. 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

              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

                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

                  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.

                  1. re: zakurie

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