Perry's Liquor & Craft Beer


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Perry's Liquor & Craft BeerPerry's Liquor & Craft Beer

Type: Store

1522 Railroad Ave
Livermore, California, 94550-1919
United States

(925) 443-0550 | map

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3.04/5  rDev -30.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4

Short version:

They refrigerate almost everything. Great selection. But it's expensive.

Recommended for: anyone from out of town who wants to pick up Bay Area beers that are gone from other stores' shelves.

Not recommended for: Bay Area locals who live near a good bottle shop. Any travelers should visit Monument first. The selection isn't much different, and it's costlier.

Oh, and I'm banned from this store. Not surprising.

Long version:

Perry's is a bit of a drive from the Peninsula, but in spring of 2009, my girlfriend moved within 10 miles of the place, so I had to stop by. I have to admit it's not much to look at: it's a crappy looking liquor store in a run-down strip mall. That aside, my first few visits were wonderful. Great selection, good personal attention from Harpreet, and I spent hundreds there on each visit.

However, as I began to explore the area and visit bottle shops like Monument, Ledger's, and City Beer, I found that Perry's just doesn't cut it. For comparable bottles, Perry's is always more expensive (AleSmith IPA is $9 here versus $5 elsewhere).

They do sell some black-market stuff out of the back, like Westvleteren, Three Floyds, Surly, and even Lost Abbey Sinners Club releases, but they are VERY expensive (Westy 12 was $29, for example). I wound up trading for most of those at a lower cost. Here's a rundown of some other beers (prices are from 3/16/2011).

A few prices were very fair:

Black Butte XXI $15
Cantillon Classic Gueuze 375mL $10
Stone IRS '10 $7
Stone 13th (ha!) $4

Some were just a little high:

RR Damnation $5 ($4 elsewhere)
RR Consecration / Temptation / Supplication $14 ($12 elsewhere)
Stone IRS $7 ($6 elsewhere)

And some were flat-out derp:

BA Old Stock $30 ($25 elsewhere)
Evan Williams Eclipse $30 ($22 elsewhere)
Abyss '10 $15 ($12 elsewhere)
Angel's Share $18 ($15 elsewhere)
Stone Highway 78 $8 ($3 elsewhere)
Speedway Stout $16 ($12 elsewhere)

When I complained about his prices in the forums, I received some BMs from Harpreet telling me that his dad sets the prices (which I don't believe, since he's the beer buyer) and that prices would come down. I have made some more visits since then, and the prices have remained fixed.

Supposedly they have a price-matching policy, though they won't admit to it unless you press the issue. But the terms are ridiculous: you need documented, itemized receipts from another store. If you're buying beer at another store, why would you come to Perry's to get the same price? Idiotic. They're just hedging their bets.

I'm annoyed with the dishonesty -- hence the low "service" score. If the beer buyer lies on one thing he's probably lying on another. Anyway, regarding prices, I find it more worthwhile to drive slightly farther away to Monument, where they have a better selection and lower prices.

I can see why people like this store, but if you have the mobility to check out the Bay Area's other bottle shops, you'll get more value there. I also checked the dates on a number of products and found that several beers were old; I'm guessing the high prices cause low turnover.

As I was leaving, Harpreet asked me to give his store a perfect 5.0 review. Sorry buddy... I'll do that when you've earned it.

An aside: when I was there in summer of 2009, Harpreet made it a point to tell me about a beer that Russian River was brewing exclusively for his store. Naturally, I e-mailed Vinnie to ask about it.

My e-mail:


I'm a big fan of Russian River beers, particularly the sours. On a recent trip to Perry's Liquors in Livermore, I was informed by the beer buyer (Harpreet) that you are brewing a beer exclusively for his store a la Deviation and Toronado 20th.

Can you provide any details on this beer? What style will it be, what kind of barrel-aging do you have in mind, etc.? Do you have a timeline for release? I'm pretty excited to try it."

Vinnie's response:

"Ahhhh, I'm not sure what you are talking about."

Coming soon to Perry's... Russian River Fabrication Ale (thanks Arne).

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ch3t
3.81/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

The selection here is pretty fantastic, but the prices are kind of steep. Some Almanac Farm To Table and Jolly Pumpkin bottles were about $3-4 more than what I've paid more recently from other places (online and in-store). The Almanac Farm To Table bottles were $10.99 (which I had gotten from Trader Joes recently for $6.99), Jolly Pumpkin bottles (750ml) were $17.99-19.99, Bomb! was $10.99 (you can get it from Whole Foods for a few bucks less), etc. It's definitely worth the trip to browse, but be prepared to pay a premium if you don't want to walk out empty handed.

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Photo of craftybeerman
3.29/5  rDev -24.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4.75

Perry's has an excellent selection, and I've gone there for years to find rare brews that you can't get anywhere else locally. But, after having been overcharged (but caught every time) by $10-$20 for countless times, I feel I have to point out some glaring weaknesses. Beyond just flat out making numbers up at the register, they play games with the prices. Anything without a sticker, they size you up and make random numbers up. Could be $16. Could be $25...for a beer you'd pay $14 elsewhere. I guess this crap works on some people, so they keep trying it. So, this is a mixed review where I'd say GO for the great selection but keep your eyes OPEN and don't let them pull any games on you.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.55/5  rDev -18.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of charrel
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Geoffq
4.72/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of beercoach
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of Warlocks-Passage
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of brywhite
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of richard_stanton
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of JDelder
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of UcDru
1/5  rDev -77.1%

Photo of smitty5245
2.75/5  rDev -37.1%

Photo of Gnomo
2.89/5  rDev -33.9%
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. Much better spots in the Bay Area

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Photo of roshambo74
2.96/5  rDev -32.3%
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.

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Photo of JAPack521
4.86/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of GJ40
4.37/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of flaran
4.78/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of JasonFromLA
1.83/5  rDev -58.1%
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.

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Photo of DanGolfs86
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

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Photo of PeterWeller
4.9/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.51/5  rDev -19.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

A major caveat for those who don't live in Livermore and found the place online - DO NOT go there because their website listed something you wanted in their inventory. It is not accurate/kept up to date. I went 45 minutes out of my way on a trip to the bay area to check this place out because they were supposed to have Peche Mortel and Bourbon County Stout (even Dieu du Ciel's website lists the place as a carrier of that beer). They had neither. It was remarkably disappointing, but I guess it's also on me for not calling. But based on other things I've read about the place I figured it would still be worth visiting either way. To some extent, it was. They do have a pretty good selection including a few beers I've never seen in my hometown. They could use some better organization outside of the fridges, but the chilled products are easy to navigate and they have a remarkable amount of Mikkeler, Bruery, Russian River and Lost Abbey beers, among others. There are also some surprising/rare selections that indicate a true beer fanatic runs the place, but those can also be unpredictable.

Atmosphere-wise it's kind of a dumpy city liquor store, sadly, but the owners are nice and helpful. I hear they own a bar in town that constantly has great beers on tap (naturally).

So anyway, it's a good store, but it's not worth going too far out of your way.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Like The Bruery much?? If so, this will be your dream spot. These guys had a ton of stuff that I had never seen at a store before, which is a rarity for me. I picked up Tart of Darkness, and they had many of the other Provisions Series as well as the Collaborations. Beyond that, there was a pretty wide variety waiting to be picked up. I will say that it seemed there was some beer that had been resting here for a while, but with a selection such as this, I blame beer nerds not keeping up their end of the bargain, as opposed to the store not "moving" inventory. Plus, some of these beers aged would be a good thing (barleywines and the like). Perry's is clearly dedicated to bringing in a lot of good stuff for people to try. Livermore isn't exactly near San Francisco or anything else, but if you're going to Byron to skydive or heading to Stockton, Davis, or Sacramento, it may be worth a side trip.

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Photo of jmgrub
4.94/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

What can I say but "wow." Stopped by on my way back home to LA from San Francisco on a friend's recommendation. My friend's recommendation couldn't have been any better. From the moment I walked in, Diego, the beer guy, was as helpful as could be. I told him what I was looking for, and he really hooked it up.

Given their selection, this place would be awesome great service or not. The service was the icing on the cake. Personal favorites are a range of vintage JW Lees, a bunch of Eclipse, and even a couple bottles of Deschutes Mirror Mirror! What a place. I can't wait to stop by again. We have nothing like this in SoCal (probably because NorCal distro > SoCal distro).

Thanks Perry's! Can't wait to stop by again soon on a trip up north.

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Perry's Liquor & Craft Beer in Livermore, CA
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