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Beltramo's Wines and Spirits

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17 Ratings

Type: Store

1540 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, California, 94025-4111
United States

(650) 325-2806

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Reviews by beerguy101:
Photo of beerguy101
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%

Beltramo's is kind of an institution on the SF Peninsula. They are mostly a high-end wine store. So most of their customers could be classed as “yuppie scum” Despite that they have a reasonably decent selection of beer. Their beer selection is weighted toward English and German beers, but there is a small but decent selection of Belgian and stuff. They have a reasonable selection of California and Pac NW micros. The best thing about this place is that they will occasionally get a real “odd and wonderful” beer. I stop by once a month or so to see what they might have. They have a large parking lot and access in and out of the place is easy. Staff is mostly wine guys, but some of them have a passing knowledge of beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of reggggg
4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of chrisjws
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Photo of James_Michaud91
4.71/5  rDev +23.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Massive selection of beers from all over the world. Full range of prices/quality from your after work German pilsners and lagers to your rare and limited special releases. Also extremely flexible in ordering almost any keg you would want to have!

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Photo of KitsuneCaligari
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of brywhite
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of mikul93
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

From the looks of the outside, this place looks very very promising. When you first walk in, you notice that this place is huge and they have a lot of wine. You gotta take a quick hike to the back corner of the store for their beer selection. Ummmm decent selection I guess. Nothing you can't get at your local Bev Mo. I've never found a rare beer here. This place caters more to the wine folk, but so does K&L and although K&L has a smaller beer section, they have better quality beers. I've never been asked for assistance. I've never even seen a worker in the beer section. They are all patrolling the wine section. Prices are decent.

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Photo of Gambac
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Beltramos has been around since I can remember, but only recently stopped in to check out the beer a couple of times. Selection was decent, but nothing I couldn't find down the road at either BevMo (Redwood City or Menlo Park). They do have the odd Belgian you won't see at other stores, so I plan on treating it like a potential treasure chest, but won't be execting something if I do stop in again.

Pros: Decent selction, variety. Some glasses for sale as well

Cons: Being more of a wine place, focus just isn't on the beer

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Beltramos is a fantastic wine and liquor store, but their beer selection is only slightly above average compared to other good beer stores. They carry pretty much the same beers that you can find at BevMo, but not quite as many, as their beer section isn't quite as big. I didn't see any hard to find top rated beers here.

They also sell high end food, glassware, and have a great selection of wines and other liquor. But again, their beer selection is slightly above average. If you're looking for hard to find top rated beers, try K&L Wines about 3 minutes north of here. Not as many beers there, but more craft beer.

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Photo of Nick3
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

As most people have mentioned, this is primarily a great wine store, then a place to get hard alcohol, and then a place to buy beer. That being said, I think their beer selection has improved. I went their today and below is a sampling of my haul (many of these I've found are hard to get in the immediate area).

Kasteel - Donker, Tripel, Rouge
Val Dieu - Brown, Grand Cru
Gouden Carolous Cuvee
Allagash - Dubbel/Tripel

I also thought the prices were pretty reasonable for a specialty store. For instance, they had 4 packs of North Coast Old Stock Ale for $10.99.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

I generally don't think of this as a beer place, and it's apparent from their selection that they don't, either. Most of the store is dedicated to wine and scotch, with a couple of aisles and coolers for beer.

The selection consists of domestic craft brews that you can find in any of the local groceries or BevMo. A few surprise German beers, and some Belgian abbey ales. I do have to admit: their prices on some things were a buck or two cheaper than BevMo (Unibroue and Ommegang bombers being the main comparison).

I noticed some glassware but I didn't look at the price.

I had a productive visit, but it's not a place where I can spend a lot of time or drop a lot of cash.

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Photo of sessycuban
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Stopped by this place just the other day. This place has one of the nicest wine selections I've ever seen. Their scotch collection is also very impressive. In this respect, this place is an absolute homerun. I will be back to sample some wines once my budget permits.

From a beer perspective, nothing really surprised me here. I wouldn't go out of my way to return here to buy beer. They have a lot of local craft beer, but none of it is hard to fine. They have a few hard to find Belgian ales but I don't think it merits a trip to the store unless you're already in the area.

Beer prices were very good. The wine is expensive but their selection is incredible. They package the beverages very well and overall, it's a very nice operation. Some of the other reviews have done a good job of describing their beer selection so I'll refrain from doing that in my review.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev +1%

I pretty much agree with the other reviewers here. Beltramos is a great liquor and wine shop that has a reasonable beer selection. Better than other local liquor stores, better than Andronicos, and better than the local BevMo for German and Belgians. Much worse for American craft brews. I saw nothing at all interesting in this category. I've been going to this place for years, and it seems like the selection has been getting worse, not better. When I come to California, I want to explore California beer- this ain't the place to do it. The glassware is great, the service is good, and for a nice bottle of scotch, cab, or a German Hefe, come here. Otherwise go to BevMo.

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Photo of mitchfor3
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

Beltramo's is primarily a wine store with what looks like an outstanding selection, although not being much into wine I'm not really qualified to judge it.

Even so, the beer selection doesn't seem like an afterthought. The selection was smaller than that of Beverages and More, but with more of an emphasis on quality, and with more harder to find beers.

Pretty good selection of Belgian and German beers, including some that I haven't seen before.

NOT a very good selection of domestic craft brews - they have the basics and a few surprises but they are really lacking in the local stuff and they even lack a lot of craft brews that you see almost everywhere, for example Dead Guy Ale.

A lot of the beer is kept in refrigerators which was nice.

Very decent selection of interesting branded glassware.

Staff was quite helpful - one guy stocking the beer shelves was clearly a beer geek - he knew when everything would be coming in and how much they would be getting and seemed to know about his stock.

Good prices - Sam Smiths, Fuller's, and Youngs for $2.99, Ommegang for around $5, six packs vary but on par or less than elsewhere. Also, singles can be purchased of anything, a major plus, for only a small (10-15 cent) surcharge.

All in all a good find in an area that is lacking in quality beer stores, even if only for the few interesting beers and the good prices.

Update: I just stopped in today (5/18/06) and noticed that they still have a ton of 2006 Bigfoot at $8.99/sixer and 2005 North Coast Old Stock at about $11/four pack. This place doesn't seem to turn around stock very quickly, so it's a good place to find vintage brews that are sold out at a lot of other places. Another neat find today was 750s of Alesmith Horny Devil which I've never seen in NorCal before.

Summary: Check Beltramo's out but don't expect a great selection of domestic craft brews, rather expect a few surprises and a few things you've never seen before - in other words, a few treats.

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Photo of baiser
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

Beltramo's is primarily a wine store, but they do have quite a nice beer section. Lots of Belgians, Germans and just a few Californian micros. Alot of their beer is stored chilled in the back. They also have a decent selection of glassware - ie. various unibroue, delirium tremens, duchesse de borgnonge etc.

Prices were very reasonable. Domestic bombers ran for around $3, and 750mL Belgians were $6-8 bucks. I plan to come here about once a month to see what they have. Definitely a recommended place if you're in the area.

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Photo of lou91
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

This is a good beer store for belgian and german beers but only a few standouts for the hardcore beer hunter. These include the Bear republic special tribute brown ale, a big Hopf bock for $50.00, Cantillon Iris for $13.00 and a big gulden draak. They also had the Rochefort 8 and plenty of Big foot 2005. They also have a great glass selection as well as plenty of wine. It should be on the rotation of anyone searching for that beer long gone from Bev'mo but few will make you jump for joy. They also have plenty of gourmet snacks and cigars to go with your brew.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%

I've passed this store at least 50 times and finally pulled in to see if they carried any decent beer. Actually my girlfriend suggested we go there; so good call on her part. Got to give her props. Anyway, I was really amazed to see the selection they had. Must have looked around for 30 minutes trying to decide what to buy. It is a wine store primarily, but the service was fine. Very friendly staff that helped me find a few things. The selection ranges from all over the globe. Saw many beers that I hadn't seen or heard of before. I wish they would have had more domestic micro's though. I was a bit bummed about that. They have a good selection from Germany and Belguim though. The one thing that suprised me was that they carried at least 4 or 5 types of Cantillon and at very reasonable prices. Very nice store that I will be going back to on a monthy basis to check out.

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Beltramo's Wines and Spirits in Menlo Park, CA
Place rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 17 ratings
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