Pliny the Elder comes in 1-pint bottles, sold individually, never as a pack. Beer Revolution gets a steady supply, but often will run out over the weekend or early part of the week (shipments from Russian River generally hit shops on Wednesdays). Don't know whether this is true of all Whole Foods outposts, but the Oakland one gets Pliny bottles in on Wednesdays, and these generally all sell out to people who have called ahead and reserved bottles (think it's a 4-bottle limit there or something). Trappist never gets Pliny bottles - doesn't really fit their Belgian slant. Ledger's gets plenty of Pliny, and is probably your best bet apart from Beer Revolution. They're closed Sundays and Mondays, though.
Thanks for all of the help. I didn't realize that Pliny was a local beer. I called Star and they didn't have any so I went to Whole Foods in Oakland. They didn't have any either and the beer guy said that it sells out the day after their delivery on Wednesday. I had him pick out three similar beers as a present. We were in the city on Saturday so after 5 doz oysters at Waterbar and some window shopping, we ended up at Urban Tavern since my bro in law knew they had Pliny on tap. What a lovely beer and I can see what all of the fuss is about. I also didn't know about Ledgers so thanks for that tip as well.
The Russian River website (they are the brewers) list these Berkeley/Oakland dealers who (should) stock it:
Who knows how up to date their list is??? These are retailers and eateries:
Arlington Wine & Spirits 295 Arlington Ave. Berkeley
Bobby G's Pizza 2072 University Ave. Berkeley
Chez Panisse 1517 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley
Ledger's Liquor 1399 Univeersity Ave. Berkeley
Whole Foods 3000 Telegraph Ave. Berkeley
Barclay's 5940 College Ave. Oakland
Beer Revolution 464 Third St. Oakland
Ben & Nicks 5612 College Ave. Oakland
Cato's 3891 Piedmont Ave. Oakland
Encuentro Cafe & Wine Bar 200 2nd St. Oakland
Trappist 460 8th Street Oakland
Whole Foods 230 Bay Place Oakland