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Ledger's Liquors

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world-class

53 Ratings
Ratings: 53
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.05%
$$ - reasonable
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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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reade

Texas

2.6/5  rDev -39.7%
quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$$$

Went here while on business, as I frequently seek out good stuff I can't get in the backward state of Texas, and the reviews said this place was one of the best. Initially, this place seemed pretty cool - good selection of some of my favorite but harder to find Belgians, all the CA micros, etc. - but then I noticed some of the prices were way out of line. One that sticks in my mind was Ommegang Three Philosophers for $14.99 a bottle. I told the guy behind the counter (who appeared to be more than just a clerk) that most places sell it for about $8-9, even in Texas, where it's pretty common. He didn't bat an eye.

My brother lives in Berkeley and has stopped going there altogether, since the prices are ridiculous and many of the bottles (which are mostly outside of the cooler) are beginning to collect dust. This place may have been a welcome novelty at one time, but price does matter and I suspect they will either get real or fade away. I hope it's the former, but it may take more than this infrequent traveller to send them a message.

04-21-2008 12:32:51 | More by reade
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DaveJanssen

Germany

3.56/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

They had a great selection, though it was clear that much of it was very old and may not have been taken care of. Some coolers had significant amounts of mold growing on labels. There was not much organization, so they may have what you're looking for, but it might be hidden behind a jumble of other random beers you'll find in three other places throughout the store. They still had the jubel 2010, old guardian 2010 and mirror mirror in the coolers, which was surprising. All in all a great selection, but Im concerned how well they care for their beer.

03-11-2011 00:44:33 | More by DaveJanssen
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TheStove

Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$

Worth your time if you're around Berkeley and need some beer.

Impressive selection of Belgians for sure. Tons of stuff from Witkap to Petrus to Chouffe to a few I didn't even know. Prices are decent and stuff can be scattered which is kind of bad if you are in a rush but great if you're looking to do a little beer hunting and see what's around.

Good selection of craft stuff; definitely didn't recognize some bottles on the shelf and was unfortunately on foot so couldn't buy too much. Great selection of beer glasses too if you're looking to build a beer den. Prices are about on par, if not a dollar better, than most other places.

Service was good; received a greeting upon entering and I think I was helped by the one guy who knows where every beer in the store is. Recommended if you're in the area or considering "quality of earest liquor store" while apartment hunting.

10-06-2011 06:13:51 | More by TheStove
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eyeenjoybeer

Seychelles

3.74/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I visit this place every time I visit friends in Berkeley.

The store is a nondescript front on University, and the inside pretty much bottles, bottles, bottles. The selection includes all of the Bay Area favorites: RR, 21st Amendment, Lagunitas, Moylan's, et al. as well as many other California brews. Beyond this, they have fun stuff like Jolly Pumpkin and a slew of other domestics. Their foreign collection is pretty good as well. However, I am curious about how long some of the bottles have been there on the floor.

The staff has been friendly, unlike some notes of the previous posters who have claimed a paranoid response from whoever is working. Their prices for PtE, for example, are the best I have ever found. The rest of their pricing is very reasonable.

I will always stop by here when in the area.

07-02-2011 18:42:58 | More by eyeenjoybeer
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biggbossmanng

California

3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I visited Ledger's after having it recommended by a few friends and coworkers as a quality liquor store. What I found was a mish-mash array of quality brews from everywhere, commingled and (sometimes)dusty and otherwise waiting to be scoured. While the approach of the store requires a bit of work, it would be hard to complain about combing through a collection of beer. I walked out of Ledger's sporting a new tote bag awarded at the time of my purchase, which was filled with a few imported bottles of Bierre de Garde, a 750mL bottle of Duchesse de Borgogne, and some lemon bitters(the impetus of my visit). A fun place to find some new treasures, I'll be back...

01-07-2010 00:31:29 | More by biggbossmanng
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aforbes10

Iowa

3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$

I stopped here yesterday on my way to visit a friend in San Francisco. I was excited because it was to be my first trip to a really good store since i arrived in CA (slim pickings further north so far). I found the place, which is sort of run down, though not disagreeably so. Walked in and started looking around and decided to grab a cart for the goodies. They had a lot of Port Brewing and Russian River and Lost Abbey, which was nice since i dont see those up here (RR coming soon to Davis though!) Import selection was fairly wide-ranging, as was the west coast beer selection. I have to say that i didnt see anything mind blowing, but a pretty good selection nonetheless. Paid a decent amount for what i got and talked to the clerk a bit, who said that they rotate the selection every couple of weeks or so. Id stop in again if in the area, its a good store.

11-16-2008 20:19:01 | More by aforbes10
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Seanibus

California

3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

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.

01-08-2012 01:14:14 | More by Seanibus
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$$

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.

06-20-2013 16:53:42 | More by RblWthACoz
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OStrungT

California

4/5  rDev -7.2%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$

I stopped by this place on a trip to Jupiter, and on the advice of my beer loving mom. It looks like any liquor store from the outside until you notice the Dogfish Head sign in the window. That tips off what is to come. Inside you are greated with a good selection of beer glasses. I can not comment on their price because I want shopping for them, but it is always good to know where to find a good glass.

The beer is all the way to the back of the store. One full wall with a cooler, and a nother smaller cooler on an adjacent wall. Then one row both sided with many beers, and another one sided row. They had a lot of stuff. No Dogfish Head, which was a let down from seeing the sign.

I got a lot of Russian River stuff, saw lots of Lost Abbey, and lots of great Belgain beers. After 7 months on deployment in the Gulf of Oman, this store was like being a kid in a candy store. Definately something for everyone.

I dropped about $100 and was happy with the beers I got. Some of the reviews say this place is a little pricey, but I really cant comment because after being out of the country for 7 months with the current state of the economy, and the hop shortage, I am just not as up to date on current prices as I should be.

Overall: This place is great. It a little out of my way, but as I plan to stop by Jupiter again in the future, I will definately stop bace here.

10-12-2008 18:42:44 | More by OStrungT
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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.05/5  rDev -6%
quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$

Ok my 3.0 on quality is not because they don't take care of the beer but because... It's every where. They literally have boxes on the floor stacked up and made to look like a display but you have to search through the boxes and open some and check lables just to make sure your not missing out on anything good. I almost missed the Abyss because it wasn't opened and buried under a couple other boxes. Also I'm pretty sure they are suppose to be cold storing the Pliney and Blind pig but it was out with the other beers. There was also a bottle of Cuvee de Tomme I had to move some bottles around to find.

You do have to check this place out though if you wanna find some rare beers and a nice selection of beers you won't find else where. But it's just bad business to not take care ogf your stock. They would sell so much more if it was there and you could see it without having to search.

Staff was helpful in helping us locate a Utopias. They seemed to be knowledgable enough too.

Prices were very fair too. They weren't trying to stick you with extra cost for the more rare offerings.

Allin all. Go check it out. Yull find some awesome beers. I just wish they would get it together so you don't have to search.

01-12-2010 11:58:12 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA
95 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.