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Apr 11, 2011 06:49 PM

Good beer selection?

I really love the beer selection at Whole Foods, but I really hate the prices. Does anyone know of any place where I could find a similar amount of variety without being quite as gouged? Preferably not in the valley, but I'm willing to drive

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  1. try beverage warehouse in culver city...or bevmo

    1. I can vouch for Beverage Warehouse having a very wide selection. But the thing to remember is that there are so many beers nowadays - particularly from the US - that you will probably end up going to more than one place to find what you want, explore, etc. anyway. And since WF (particularly that El Segundo store) tends to carry some beers that I don't see at BW or other places that are convenient to me, I always end up going back. With a few exceptions, I gravitate toward the 750 ml bottles, and the depth/selection at WF is crazy big for a supermarket-type place. They will often have enough inventory of brews that are periodic releases that will last for months, where as other places will be out in less than a month.

      Setting price aside, the service at BW and the other independents is usually very good. Most of the folks there make great recs and give superb advice. That's an intangible that needs to be factored in...

      Beverage Warehouse
      4935 McConnell Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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      1. re: bulavinaka

        I agree that Beverage Warehouse is a great option and that the beer selection at Whole Foods is outstanding. There was a time when I used to buy Westvleteren 12 at Whole Foods.

        Beverage Warehouse
        4935 McConnell Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

      2. Bill's Liquor on Glendale Blvd. in Atwater has a surprisingly good selection of microbrews at reasonable prices. It's not fancy inside.

        Bill's Liquor
        3150 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

        1. The beer selection at Wally's (like just about everything at Wally's) is excellent.

          1. Obviously not a huge selection, but I find the craft beers at Cost Plus World Market to be well-priced.

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            1. re: TracyS

              My gripe with Cost Plus is their preferred customer pricing policies and the fact that so many of their stores have lots of windows which ends up skunking a lot of their beers and wines.

              1. re: bulavinaka

                the Cost Plus in El Segundo Plaza usually stocks their beers in the back, away from the windows.
                that, of course, is no guarantee that the beer won't be skunked (after all it could get skunked by the store lighting), but it improves your odds. . . .