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Good place to buy scotch in the east bay ?

I'm looking for a place along the lines of Beltramos or K&L in the east bay. Somewhere with a good selection of unusual single malts and a knowledgeable staff. Preferably towards Hayward/Oakland area.

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  1. Wrong direction but Ledger's fits the bill otherwise. FYI, they're sponsoring a tasting at Club Anton tomorrow night.

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    Ledger's Liquors
    1399 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

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    1. re: Pius Avocado III

      Agreed that Ledger's is likely your best bet. The staff is quite knowledgeable and helpful. Unfortunately I don't know of anything in Oakland.

    2. Good selection Bevmo. Knowledgeable staff at Bevmo, perhaps but bring your googling device.
      For a really unusual gift see Kermit Lynch.
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6163...

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      1. re: wolfe

        There's no hard liquor at Kermit Lynch. klwines.com = K&L. kermitlynch.com.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Are they not 2 different places? K&Lwines has liquor, Kermit&Lynch does not

            1. re: budnball

              yes. that's what Robert was saying.

                1. re: budnball

                  his post could have used a bit of editing for clarity ;-)

                  1. re: drewskiSF

                    He was just explaining it for me. I misread the link I posted which had been split off from a Kermit Lynch thread and you all know how easily I get confused.

          2. re: wolfe

            Bevmo is the last place I go to buy booze!

            1. re: Mission

              So, where DO you buy your liquor if you're so quick to dismiss BevMo? Sure, it's a box store, but it offers a decent to incredible selection, depending on what you're looking for, with fantastic prices. Sure, you won't get someone who curated the whiskey selections with whom you can have a decent conversation and get a good recommendation, but if you know what you want and you know they have it, what's so bad about it?

              1. re: Spenbald

                2nd. especially when they have their 5 cent sale. basically half off.

          3. Although I am not that much of a drinking man, I would think Ledger's would be your best bet. Never shopped for Scotch there, but they have a good selection of Flor de Cana rum.

            1. Despite the name, Wine on Piedmont has a selection of mostly unusual and high-end liquor.

              http://wineonpiedmont.com/

              1. You might check out Costco. Not sure about the knowledgeable stuff on scotch but the prices can be very good. If you can search the internet, you can get a good deal on some stuff...$10 bucks off a decent bottles, that sort of stuff. 18yr Macallan for $60.

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                1. re: ML8000

                  Do not buy the house brand bourbon. For $40 it's stuff that is undrinkable. Other than two sips, I poured the rest down the drain. Some people on the internet like it. For the first few second in the mouth it's OK, but a little after swallowing the mouth develops this sour metallic taste which is very unpleasant and you'll want to never ever taste again.