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Old 12-07-2010, 02:19 AM  
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Great places to buy hard to find beers?

I have obviously been to BevMo and such but I am wondering what places in the Bay Area are the best spots for finding esoteric beers or places that just simply have a very special/large selection of craft beers.
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Old 12-07-2010, 10:12 PM  
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City Beer in SF, the K&L in Redwood City also has a good hard to find selection of beers. I also have had decent luck at Wholefoods around the Bay Area.
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Old 12-08-2010, 09:11 AM  
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Also Beer-revolution in Oakland and Berkeley Bowl.
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Old 12-08-2010, 10:49 AM  
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Perry's Liquor in Livermore actually have a pretty impresive selection. You can even search what he has in stock on his website (Perry's Beer Inventory).
Also, Whole Foods keeps a good selection, as does Draegers.
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Old 12-08-2010, 03:59 PM  
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City Beer on Folsom (in SF)
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Old 12-09-2010, 01:40 AM  
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If you head north, Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa is a great spot for some rarer stuff.
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Old 12-10-2010, 06:58 PM  
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Monument Liquor in Concord has hard to find stuff and the CO-OP in Davis as well has some hard to find unique beers as well.
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Old 12-14-2010, 12:33 AM  
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+1 on Beer Revolution
-1 on Berkeley Bowl--big beer aisle but the selection isn't that compelling and they don't have anything I haven't seen elsewhere (I haven't been there in a while so maybe I should go back before I say this definitively).
+1 on Whole Foods (at least the one in Oakland) which in the past year really seemed to expand its beer selection.

Worth considering are a couple of places that look like typical corner liquor stores if you just see them from the outside:
Ledger's in Berkeley--a large and weirdly (dis)organized selection.
Broadway Liquors in Oakland--recently changed ownership and the new owner, trying to branch out, has a big selection of craft brews and Belgian beers.
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Old 12-14-2010, 01:57 PM  
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Regarding Berkeley Bowl, yes and no.

I have been going to the new one (West). You are right in the fact that a lot of the normal craft beers are similar ot what you find elsewhere. But they have a huge selection of belgian ales and whatnot. Mostly singles, mostly more expensive than I want to pay, but intriguing.
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Old 12-16-2010, 03:47 PM  
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Ledgers in Berkeley as Well as Frank's... Both on University. Best beer selection anywhere.
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