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K & L Wine Merchants

Not Rated.
K & L Wine MerchantsK & L Wine Merchants
BA SCORE
96
world-class

28 Ratings
Ratings: 28
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 6.29%
[ Store ]

3005 El Camino Real
Redwood City, California, 94061-4004
United States
phone: (650) 364-8544

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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-29-2008)
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Reviews by willjschmidt:
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willjschmidt

California

4.2/5  rDev -5.6%

A wine shop located in Redwood City with a small but outstanding beer selection. It is a very unusual beer selection. They focus on hard to find stuff and breweries that do not normally distribute to Northern California. They have lots of stuff from breweries such as Alesmith, Lost Abbey (including their rare stuff), Port Brewing, Dieu Du Ciel, Mikkeller, Fantome, Jolly Pumpkin, and the Bruery. Just to name a few. Many of these are only found at a small handful of shops in the Bay Area. However, you can't get a six-pack of Sierra Nevada here. Due to the fact that they obviously had to go outside the normal distribution channels to get this stuff, it is therefore very expensive.

08-28-2009 22:12:46 | More by willjschmidt
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aboyko

California

4/5  rDev -10.1%

08-02-2014 22:54:54 | More by aboyko
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LurkingMan

California

4.71/5  rDev +5.8%

I went to K&L today and bought two armagnacs, a bourbon, and a calvados; based solely on the staff's recommendations after they had heard what I liked about what I had already tried. Each of the four gets five WOWs. It isn't just that their recommendations were better than my previous choices. Their recommendations also had what I liked about my previous choices. They were similar, but better.

The more I think about this setup the better it seems. Shopping at K&L is like hiring expert buyers to search the world for me. Even better, a large set of results is already gathered and waiting for my acceptance, along with the scouting report.

What's not to like?

I rated price as reasonable because,
1. Although they sell high end products, the prices are reasonable for goods offered.
2. You get the scouting report, so your chances of getting the wrong high-end stuff go down.

06-14-2014 19:49:53 | More by LurkingMan
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largadeer

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

06-03-2014 01:41:58 | More by largadeer
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -3.4%

Our first stop on the way down to SD. Actually heard about this place for the wine but not the beer, glad we made the stop to check it out. Tons of wine all over the place, it is a wine merchant after all. People milling around looking at different bottles, quite laid back. Quality was really high, as you would expect from a high end wine store. Service was good. I was asked once if I needed help, I didn’t tho, and the guy at the counter was nice to talk to as he rang us up. Selection was a little small compared to some of the other shops I have stopped at over the last two weeks but it made up for it with quality. I was able to pick up a limited Belgian I had been searching for as well as a new sour from Drake’s that sounds awesome, can’t wait to try it. Prices were a bit up and down but mostly they were all really well priced. Overall a great wine shop that has some awesome beers hiding in the back corner. Definitely worth the side trip to check out.

02-17-2014 19:04:55 | More by orangesol
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.36/5  rDev -2%

I stopped by based on BA reviews while in the area on business. Very wine focused with a small but impressive beer selection. I picked up some 3 Fonteinen, Crooked Stave and others. They were pricy but I was very happy to find them. And the staff managed to point me to one more selection to round out my purchase. I wish they focused more on beer but I highly recommend a visit.

11-06-2013 04:44:44 | More by GJ40
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SteveTheDog

California

4.33/5  rDev -2.7%

I'd never seen a fine beer importer. Their selection is on the higher end side and they do have a fair number of local brews too. I was very impressed at the selection. This is still clearly a wine store and all things are geared to it but its great for stocking up on my own private cellar of nice stouts.

07-12-2013 16:43:42 | More by SteveTheDog
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Gambac

California

4.8/5  rDev +7.9%

I had been to K & L before, and while I found what I was looking for, for whatever reason, it just didn't stick with me as a go-to place.

Went back today. Treasure trove, now on the monthly rotation for beer pursuits.

Inventory was fun to check online, all backed in store. Found things I wouldn't have expected, such as a Peche Mortel and Bigfoot Barleywine Ale from Sierra Nevada. Most importantly to me, all the stuff that should be chilled was chilled. And then some. To top it all off, I was able to buy a variety of singles - really looking forward to trying these new delights.

Didn't talk to the beer guy, but the cashier was extremely helpful and offered a good time to catch him next time. Might just take him up on it.

06-17-2011 23:09:25 | More by Gambac
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bradybeer

California

4.64/5  rDev +4.3%

Visiting nearby Palo Alto I was disappointed by the selection of beers to take back to Santa Cruz. I didn't realize that Redwood City was so near PA. Walking in this is no doubt a wine store-period. However, find your way to the beer coolers in the corner. The selection was fantastic, but not overly large. High end hard to find beers-Ironfist Brewing from Vista (really? great), Great Divide, Highwater from Redding, Midnight Sun from Alaska, plus large number of other U.S craft beers. They also had a very good selection of European micros as well as a few British. I thought prices were good. I bought bomber bottles of Yeti, Oak Aged Yeti, Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, Uinta's 750 ML Barleywine, and the bomber of Rogue dark ale estate beer for $50.

Service was good and I will be back to look throughthe 100 plus solid beers.

06-15-2011 00:27:05 | More by bradybeer
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mikul93

California

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%

This is my go to place for beer around my neighborhood. No, they don't have the largest selection around, but the quality of their selection makes up for it. The staff is very helpful and the store is very neat and clean! You can also search for beers on their website. If they are out of stock, you can request to be emailed once the beer is in stock. Awesome! If I had to say one bad thing about the place, it's that they had a larger selection of beer rather than isles and isles of wine. But that's just the hop head in me.

05-18-2011 21:48:20 | More by mikul93
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K & L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA
96 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.