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Looking for Pliny the Elder beer-Berkeley/Oak

Cheesy Oysters Nov 23, 2012 12:17 PM

I need to grab a 6 pack for a bday gift. Any ideas where I can find some?

  1. Robert Lauriston Nov 23, 2012 01:45 PM

    I'd call Beer Revolution and Trappist.

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      shanghaikid Nov 23, 2012 03:23 PM

      got some at whole foods market somewheres. probably all whole foods have them.
      oaktown has one near the lake. berkeley's at 3000 telegraph.

      1. wineguy7 Nov 23, 2012 03:43 PM

        I'd try Ledger's.

        1. psb Nov 23, 2012 05:27 PM

          Of course LEDGERS is the standard, but I recently saw some pretty interesting beers at STAR MARKET. I was neither actively looking for nor passively noticed the ELDER PLINEY, but it's worth a phone call if Plan A and B fall though, or they are closer.

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            sambamaster Nov 23, 2012 06:45 PM

            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

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              Pius Avocado III Nov 24, 2012 08:32 AM

              It doesn't come in 6-packs; you'll be buying a half-dozen singles, so be sure you have an empty 6-pack for wrapping.

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                Cheesy Oysters Nov 26, 2012 12:28 PM

                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.

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                1. re: Cheesy Oysters
                  Eugene Park Nov 26, 2012 01:06 PM

                  Did you find out how much WF charges for PtE by the bottle?

                  1. re: Eugene Park
                    rubadubgdub Nov 26, 2012 01:12 PM

                    I think it's 4.99 for 510 ml. I bought one the other week at WF Berkeley. I had never thought of them for beer but their selection is extensive, esp. for singles.

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                      Cheesy Oysters Nov 26, 2012 02:03 PM

                      I thought it was extensive as well and the clerk that helped me was very knowledgeable.

                      1. re: Cheesy Oysters
                        Eugene Park Nov 26, 2012 06:26 PM

                        Thanks Rub & Cheesy!

                        (sounds like a goofy band name........you heard it here first, I think!)

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                  Spatlese Nov 26, 2012 02:49 PM

                  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.

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                  1. re: Spatlese
                    SardoNumspa Nov 29, 2012 12:03 AM

                    I prefer their Blind Pig over Pliny . Their Row 2 is one of the best beers I've ever had .

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                      j mather Nov 29, 2012 01:27 PM

                      The Walnut Creek Whole Foods also gets their Pliny shipment on Wednesday. I talked to the beer guy there yesterday while grabbing several bottles.

                      1. re: Spatlese
                        Spatlese Nov 29, 2012 01:27 PM

                        As a follow-up post, I snagged several bottles of Pliny at Beer Revolution last evening - bottled 3 days ago!

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