Perry's Liquor & Craft Beer
Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 60
Reviews by ffejherb:
5/5 rDev +13.9%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
We visited Perry's Liquor during a recent trip to California, based solely on Beerfly reviews. Man, was I glad I stopped in!
We looked around for a little bit, and I thought, "OK, they have a respectable selection." After a few moments, I was greeted by the store's employee, which was followed by a simple inquiry: "Are you into good beer?" Answer - YES!
After some idle chit-chat, he directed me into the back room. I felt like I was going into the VIP lounge or the back-stage area of a concert. We checked out a storage area chock-full of Lost Abbey and Russian River 750ml and 375ml bottles. The floor was littered with rarities. Cuvee de Tomme, Beatification, Angel's Share, etc. We then went into another back room. By this point, I felt like I was back in PA shopping for illegal fireworks. I could have spent hours in this store. Every California brewery was represented, it seemed. Tons of Alesmith, Port, Avery, yada yada yada. You get the picture. Simply an amazing assortment of craft beer everywhere you looked. Finally, we went into another cooler area that was just jam-packed with beer... 6-packs, bombers, Belgians, corked and caged rarities, etc. I spotted two 2008 Alaskan Smoked Porters on the top shelf, which I purchased. There was also a Black Albert, which I snagged as well. I'd also like to point out that we were offered a glass of Beatification when we told the employee that we never had it. That was definitely an awesome gesture! Needless to say, I could have spent hundreds of dollars here, but I tried to keep my composure. Still, I easily spent $150 on a box of goodies, all of which I am unable to procure in PA.
All in all, this place is sick and it is definitely worth a trip. It would be impossible not to find something here or leave empty-handed. Simply put, this place is amazing! If I ever find myself in this neck of the woods again, I wouldn't even hesitate to stop in and have a looksie. This place rules!
09-08-2009 00:06:43 | More by ffejherb
More User Reviews:
2.89/5 rDev -34.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$$$
If you support violation of the 3-tier system and your wallet being emptied then shop here, otherwise go to a shop that charges fair prices and abides by state liquor laws. They have a great selection but I refuse to be overcharged on something I can get down the street for (at times significantly) less money, nor will I support such blatant violation of state law and purchase any out of distro beer from them. Such "rarities" and "bargains" lately have been Heady Topper @ $11/can and Bourbon Fred @ $15/bottle. Yeah...no. Much better spots in the Bay Area
08-29-2013 12:20:42 | More by Gnomo
2.96/5 rDev -32.6%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.75 | $$$$
I visited Perry's in Livermore and have followed them on instagram and facebook for a while. It is your typcal lquor store, nothing fancy. They focus on craft beer and have a solid selection but you quickly notice most beers are priced at about 20% over market value. It also appears that they buy and sell beers that are not from this market at a high premium. I have no idea on the care or quality of these items and they are cirumnavigating the three tier laws that are in place. I certainly won't be going back or supporting the price gouging of customers. If there is something you absolutely have to get it will probably still be sitting on a shelf here but otherwise there are plent of other shops around the bay that have as good of a selection and don't over charge.
08-24-2013 21:50:23 | More by roshambo74
4.86/5 rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
My wife and I recently discovered this shop since we just moved to California. My wife described it as a "treasure trove" before I got to go and she is quite right. Their selection is totally mind-blowing. Diego took his time showing me around and clearly knows and loves his stuff. I took home a bottle of Labyrinth that he recommended and I loved it. The prices were a bit higher than you'd pay at a BevMo, but I think it's a small price to pay for the variety and service. I'd recommend this shop to anybody and plan to go back frequently when we go to visit the Bay Area.
08-20-2013 17:57:52 | More by JAPack521
4.37/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
Great shop! I stopped in while in CA on business. They had a lot to choose from. I picked up some Russian River Consecration and Pliny the Elder. There may be cheaper places but this was a great one stop shop. They took great care of me and made sure that my trip from the east coast resulted in some great takeout.
04-20-2013 23:59:31 | More by GJ40
4.78/5 rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
This place is awesome! I was returning from a visit to LA over the weekend and this place topped all of the shops I stopped at while down there. Diego was very informative and helped us find things we might have missed otherwise. This is one of the most outstanding beer stores in the Bay Area. The prices aren't cheap, but they have held onto some limited release bottles you can't always get easily.
04-01-2013 16:47:00 | More by flaran
1.83/5 rDev -58.3%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$$$
Dumpy liquor store that realized they can illegally resell beer purchased in other parts of the state to people in the East Bay for insane markups. Staff think they know everything and will gladly share some stories they made up for their "beer cred". Oh, Russian River is going to brew you a special beer? Oh, you got KBS shipments directly? Come only to look around and see what greed is.
03-21-2013 07:24:52 | More by JasonFromLA
4.75/5 rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I went here on a whim. I am from Chicago and to find such a large selection of West Coast and PNW stuff was amazing for me. I really loved how much selection there was and they have a few harder to find bottles for a guy from the MW. My only downside is that I am limited by the space available in my suitcase for the flight home. Might have to invest in a bottle shipper! Cheers!
03-07-2013 16:08:37 | More by DanGolfs86
4.9/5 rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
This is a great liquor store with an awesome selection. I was told by a friend to check it out, and I was not disappointed. This place gets all the rare bottles as well as everything from most all of the California breweries as well as some great out of state gems and Belgians galore. I've gotten some amazing rare Bruery bottles here, as well as all the great California standards such as Russian River sours, and AleSmith beers. Whenever I am anywhere near the area, I make it a point to see Diego and Happy and talk to them about what they have, and what they're getting. Make it a point to seek this place out.
01-19-2013 00:10:19 | More by PeterWeller
4.25/5 rDev -3.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Place has a great selection, including Firestone Walker Anny Ales (but expect to pay out the ass for it). Staff is very friendly and knowledgeable and willing to help and give suggestions. Their selection is on par with Ledgers (top two I have come across in the Bay Area). However their prices seem to fluctuate wildly.
For example, you can find Speedway Stout readily available in the Bay Area usually for around $12-$13. Here is $17. Firestone Anniversary is about $20, here its $30. Other beers are priced right in line with other competition so just do your homework or expect to pay $5 premium on some beers. Also be careful, buddy of mine who went with me, picked up a bottle that once he got home and tried it, had to drain pour it. It was over 2 yrs old and skunked (sitting in the cooler).
Overall great place with fantastic selection and knowledgeable staff, just be careful with prices and ages of the beer.
10-19-2012 20:08:08 | More by CommanderOfAwesome
Perry's Liquor & Craft Beer in Livermore, CA
96 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.