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Ledger's Liquors

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54 Ratings
Ratings: 54
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.05%
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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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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
5/5  rDev +16%

I heard good things about this place so I decided to stop in and everything I heard was true. Tons of bombers and other singles to choose from, and the man who worked there was genuinely interested in send me off happy. He helped me with some choices, gave me publications as to events in the area and around California, and even threw in a few free beers for me since I was from out of the area. It seemed to be an old place but you can't judge a book by its cover. While it had some beers in the cooler, some where on the floor but considering the outstanding service there turnover is probably brisk and not an issue... I mean they excelled at everything else so they must know what they're doing.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of mjl21
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%

Every time I go in to Ledger's Liquors I always think about how many times I drove by this place not knowing what was inside.

When you walk in to Ledgers you are greeted by a very loud bell, the kind that you hear in a corner liquor store where you sole purpose is condoms, King Cobra, and Swisher Sweets. But don't let that ring fool you. Immediately to the right of the entrance and in front of you are cases stocked with all kinds of cool glassware. There are rows stocked with tons of good booze and towards the back is where the beer is located. They have a coolers along the wall which are stocked with everything. All of the popular guys are here including RR, HOTD, Port/Lost Abbey, Stone, Deschutes, The Bruery, et. al. You can slo find limited stuff from smaller guys such as Iron Springs and Schooner's.

Besides the beer in coolers there is beer in boxes on the floor and along several shelves. It is always fun to go through the shelves because there is always something new and interesting. They also have shelves dedicated to the Euro offerings. In the back is where they keep the Belgians.

Another nice feature is you can make your own six packs from any of their beers so you are not left feeling burned if you try a beer that you do not like.

The service is outstanding. Ed owns the place and Sonny is his right hand man. Both guys are extremely amiable. I have been told Ledger's is also frequented by bartenders for their rare liquor selection.

If you are visiting this is a must stop as Ledger's has great prices and selection.

mjl21, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of Murchmac
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%

Ding Dong. The loud noise bellows as you walk into this ratty looking homeless shopping liquor store. When you wander past the ice cream, scratch tickets, and cheap vodka, you find yourself smacked in the face with some of the best beer selection i've ever seen. They have everything there. Lots of belgians, lots of holiday beers, aged beers, pizza port, lost abbey, drakes special releases. Great store, I wish i lived closer to it. The staff was friendly and knowledgable. It's a bit pricey, but worth the price if you enjoy good beers.

Murchmac, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.7/5  rDev +9%

Ledger's is one of the biggest surprises I've found in the San Francisco Bay Area. From the outside, it doesn't look like much; in fact, it doesn't look like much from the inside either. It looks like a typical "hole-in-the-wall" liquor store.

But the beer selection IS very impressive. In fact, I'd rate it the #3 beer store in the entire San Francisco Bay Area; it's probably on par with Healthy Spirits in San Francisco in terms of overall selection, but Ledger's has better prices. Only Perry's in Livermore (#1) and Monument in Concord (#2) have more beer in my estimation.

The owner pretty much leaves you to browse unless you have questions for him, which I like, and then he's very helpful. You'll find some very nice surprises here. However, it'd be really nice if they updated their website to list their beer selection, as many other big beer stores do.

All in all, an excellent beer store.

Falcon91Wolvrn03, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of urwatuh8
4.7/5  rDev +9%

Somehow, I have never reviewed this place. I live maybe a mile away, and this is my go to store. I see some complaining about the price, but on most stuff it's not much more than bevmo. And bevmo doesn't move five to ten cases of every Russian River release. Or have a huge collection of obscure belgian stuff. In my opinion, this place has the best selection in the bay area. (By a nose, there are several close competitors.) I can probably think of one or two places on the east coast that are more impressive. Very handy to have nearby in case I have a sudden urge for, say, a good gueuze and I don't happen to have any on hand.

The stuff is friendly too, and Ed definitely knows his beer. I'm not usually looking for recommendations so much as info on what's coming in and when and such.

urwatuh8, May 15, 2008
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%

I dropped a Benjamin here on my way out of town and would have dropped two if I had had a bit more space in my luggage. Included in my purchase: multiple bottles of Stone RIS, Runination, IPA, RR Temptation, Damnation, and Salvation, PP SPF 45, etc… Service was phenomenal. After browsing for a minute or two, the owner walked over and asked me what I was looking for. I began rattling off my list of topnotch, west coast beers that I hoped to take back to Wisconsin. His reply was two fold, either… “yes I have it, here you go,” or “sorry, I don’t have that but I’ll order it or drive to some far off city to pick some up right away.” When I explained that I was from Wisconsin and would not be a repeat customer he was still insistent on getting the beers I had asked for because he figured they were good and others would like to have them. Then as I was checking out, I remembered that I had not picked up or seen any Pizza Port. No sooner than I had asked, then he was in and out of the back with his last bottle of SPF 45 and a good story about a recent road trip to Southern California to stock up on beer for his shop. Apparently, the Ledger’s guy regularly drives all over the west coast picking up beers that he can’t get delivered to him. Now that’s service! The owner also gave me plenty of print info on California beer festivals, new releases, other good beer stores, bars, etc… He was a real talker. I probably spent thirty minutes gabbing with him about beers/beer bars. In addition to the brews I picked up, Ledgers seemed to have a pretty good handle on obscure, small west coast breweries and tons of great Belgians. Prices were a bit high on some of the more obscure stuff and a bit low on some of the more common items including many of the Belgians. All-in-all a great shop and well worth a trip.

DaPeculierDane, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of BrewerB
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%

My go-to East Bay beer store.

The selection is top notch and they seem to have an "in" with the hard-to-find distributors. Prices are very reasonable compared with other shops.

I've found quite a few hard to track down beers including RR sours, old JW Lee's Harvest Ales, and limited edition Port Brewing.

The staff is friendly and more than willing to talk beer with you if you've got the time. They often give you a head's up on what beers might be in stock down the road if you ask the right questions.

Parking is free, too if you park in their lot (enter off University Ave.)

BrewerB, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of fartingdog
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%

Since I shop here regularly, I figure it's time to throw out a review.

The selection here is the best in the bay. I've been to every quality liquor store listed on beerfly, and this still is my #1 choice. When I worked in Berkeley, I would stop here at the end of every week after the deliveries, since there is almost always something new on the shelves. The selection has been growing over the years as well. Plenty of British, German, Belgian and domestic craft brews abound, as well as many from other parts (such as Lithuania and Sweden). They've gone out of the way to bring unique beers into the store, including road trip to places like San Diego to bring up beers that weren't distributed here.

The shelves can be a little haphazard, as certain stock dwindles down and new stuff comes in. You can't just walk down the aisle and see everything neatly organized, but that's OK tho. It becomes like a treasure hunt when you find that one bottle stuck behind some other stock, so plan on spending some time to peruse the shelves here. Prices can be a little higher for some beers, but seem to be on par with all the other privately owned (read: not BevMo) establishments around here.

Everybody that works there is very helpful, and the owner, Ed, is a great guy, very knowledgable of what he carries, and has lately been pushing alot of beer and food pairing. Seems nowadays my visits are social calls as much as perusing the shelves.

If you are visiting and can only make one stop, this is the place.

fartingdog, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of redbird
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%

What else can be said about this place? It's amazing. One of the best beer stores I've been in. They carry just about everything you could possibly want. One great thing that they do is the price sticker on every bottle has a month on it, so for all those bottles that don't have a born on date, you at least know when they got it.

The only knock I would have them is that the bottles are really scattered around, meaning not all the bottles from one brewery, or even the same beer, are in one place. This just means you need to really look hard and you could possibly find a hidden gem.

I didn't catch his name, but I had a great conversation with the guy working the counter, and he gave me a recipe for some beer pancakes that I can't wait to try out.

If I ever find myself in San Fran again, I'll definitely be going back.

redbird, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of WOTO97
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%

In terms of quality and quantity, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better bottle shop in the east bay, or maybe anywhere in the bay area.

The number of beers on the shelves and in the cold boxes is pretty impressive. They generally get most new releases and have on hand many rarer bottles. I've managed to find a bottle of the Alaskan Balkan Porter here not to long ago, which I hadn't seen anywhere else. Anytime I visit, I always manage to pick up something I didn't expect to find.

Service is a perfect balance. The staff really let's you figure out your own shit; allowing you to meander for quite a while without pestering you. Nonetheless, most of the folks, namely the owner, is stoked to talk shop and help you out if you need it. My visits are always very pleasant.

Selection is very solid. Organization could use some work, but that is part of the charm of the place. In fact, digging around for those gems is part of the fun here.

Prices are bit steep, but nothing that would preclude a purchase.

If you are in the area, I highly recommend visiting this spot.

WOTO97, Aug 23, 2010
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Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA
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