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Ledger's Liquors

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55 Ratings
Ratings: 55
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.82%
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1399 University Ave
Berkeley, California, 94702-1710
United States
phone: (510) 540-9243

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(Place added by: GClarkage on 07-01-2005)
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Reviews by sfprint:
Photo of sfprint
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%

Great place. Very unorganized but I don't mind that. It's fun to dig for treasures there, and the selection is pretty great, ranging from all over the world to many great local breweries. I found it to be a bit pricey, but not too much so. Grocery stores like the Berkeley Bowl and even Andronico's offer some better prices, but dont come close with the selection. I wish the whole store was beer rather only 1/3 being for beer. Imagine the possibilities! The people there seemed nice enough too. Perhaps the best place in Berkeley.

sfprint, Jun 22, 2010
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Photo of brywhite
4/5  rDev -7.2%

brywhite, Sep 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

atpca, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%

There is certainly a lot of beer going on here. My only complaint would be that there seems to be a haphazard style of organizing it for display. Stuff here, stuff there, stuff everywhere. Don't be too let down when you walk in and the place seems old and run down. There certainly is a lot here that will keep you happy. But if you live in San Francisco, or this is out of your way, I can't really suggest the trek. It is 1.5 miles from Jupiter though, if you feel like doing the two-fer thing.

RblWthACoz, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of Tiburon
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%

I must say that this establishment met all my expectations regarding being highly disorganized and also a gold mine of beer. I was lucky enough to be witness to a Pliny the Elder beer event. I entered the store at about 4:30pm on a Wednesday. I first noticed a case of Blind Pig sitting in an aisle, opened but no price tags on the bottles. I immediately knew this was a significant find, after having searching various San Fran liquor stores for Pliny/ RR and only scoring a bottle of Damnation at Whole Foods on Haight Street.

So I keep searching through the train wreck of beer selection at Ledger, and eventually find a case of Pliny which still had about 15 bottles left, w a price tag of $4.18. So I grab one bottle, mindful of the fact that my checked luggage only has so much room before I reach the 50 pound limit. Also factoring in that I enjoy my home state New Glarus beers much more that Pliny. So I know I am sitting on a gold mine, and I keep searching.

Then I start talking to an older guy in the store w his 20 something college? kid. He tells me that earlier this year he stood in line for 5 hours at a Pliny the Younger event, etc etc. I grab a second bottle as I see a frenzy developing. Meanwhile an older foreign dude that works at the place said he just put the case of Pliny out an hour ago, and that he has one more that his is shelving that day. So dude’s kid gets a hand basket and puts maybe four bottles in, after asking jefe if there is a limit on bottles. Then some other bozo comes in and swoops up the remainder of the case, which at that point was about 8. So I talk w my guy for a while longer, then head for the check out. I cashed out, then look at the glassware at the store entrance for a short time. I go to my car, and see another patron giving the stink eye to the guy who walked out w the 8 pack of Pliny. He pulls out in his Subaru, and I follow shortly afterwards. I come around the corner in the parking lot, and I am blocked in. I say WTF, then see the Pliny pig walk to the back of his vehicle holding the front headlight ensemble for his vehicle. I believe he made a wide and hasty turn, bumped into the guard rail and knocked out his head light…..

Anyway, Ledger has a ginormous selection of beer and other spirits. Be patient while you search through the shelves, and you will find something good. I did visit at 10am the next day, and the aisles were clear. I believe they stock the shelves during the day, and get interrupted by the waves of customers coming through. So it depends on what time of day that you come through. They have a dedicated parking lot also, which is a definite plus in Berkeley. There is a Trader Joe’s a couple blocks down the street, which has a decent selection of beer and their own parking lot.

Tiburon, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.31/5  rDev 0%

Recently moved to the area and have been looking around without success for a great craft beer store. I heard about this store from a friend whose also into craft beer.

Rode my bike to check it out, and their selection is massive. Bring some spare time when you're there because you're going to have to dig. There's very little organization to the store other than most belgians are on one side of one of the aisles. Also be careful about what you buy, particularly with IPAs. They don't really rotate their stock or remove old beers (least not that I could tell). But the price tags all say when they got the beer which is nice. Prices are some of the best I've seen, and pretty reasonable with a great selection.

I wouldn't say the staff is all that knowledgeable, I asked about when/if they would be getting certain beers like Double Bastard, Darkness, or Firestone Walker Anniversary beers and they didn't know even when they were usually released let alone when they'd be getting it.

Overall best selection I've come across in the Bay Area and that includes SF. friendly staff and prices are right in line. In the area I'd highly suggest checking it out.

CommanderOfAwesome, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of Seanibus
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%

A fairly run-of-the-mill liquor store that just happens to have an amazing, if extremely disorganized, beer selection. There is an aisle of imports and a couple of islands of domestics, with a good selection of regionals and locals, but a scattering of good East Coast offerings (Including some oddballs that are hard to find out West, such as Victory's Otto). Did I mention that it was disorganized? Because it is - take some time and pick through the selection carefully because there are treasures back in there somewhere. I didn't speak with the staff, but I overheard some conversations with customers that suggested they are friendly and knowledgeable and love beer themselves.

Seanibus, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of coldriver
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%

visited on December 23. Pretty non-descript look from the outside, but what a joy on the inside. Two aisles of beer seemingly randomly dispersed. It would easy to spend at least an hour digging through the inventory, but the 20 minutes I had was very enjoyable. Very high quality selections from Russian River, Alesmith, Belgians, etc. Some selections were a bit dusty, which in a way is a good thing (you know it might be a little old rather than trying to guess among dusted bottles). Prices were reasonable. A very solid east Bay bottle shop.

coldriver, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%

Unlike any liquor store I've ever been to; it's like your grandfather's basement with stuff filling every possible space, leaving just enough room for mobility. But imagine that the stuff was booze.

Fine selection of brews from all over the world and some excellent local stuff. They've get tons of RR, some FW, the Bruery, Alesmith, etc. They also had SA Infinium which I had never seen in person. Great selection of glassware as well.

It's a lot like a great used clothing store where most of the stuff is actually pretty good but you've got to dig through a lot of it to find the gems.

Some folks have mentioned the mold in the coolers, and I noticed it too. Don't know what's going on with it, but luckily it didn't affect anything I bought or wanted anyways.
Glad I stopped in while staying in Berkeley. Will def be go to when back in the area.

Heavenisbeer, Dec 20, 2011
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Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA
95 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.