Bay Area Supermarket & Bottleshop (2020)

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  1. Frosty11161

    Frosty11161 Aspirant (226) May 2, 2016 California
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    Hella New Year
     
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  2. jcruz_

    jcruz_ Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2015 Guam

    Best place (cheapest) to grab 2019 BCBS in the San Jose area?
     
  3. QuakeAttack

    QuakeAttack Zealot (578) Mar 19, 2012 California

    Sorry, it's not specific, but you can get BCBS at a lot of places in the Bay Area. Cheapest? I usually see them at the same price points (unless they have been sitting on the shelf for almost a year).
     
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  4. Hopelessly0

    Hopelessly0 Aspirant (260) May 13, 2019 California
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    I know someone who put BCBS into a random 6-pack holder at BevMo, and was basically paying like $12 for for 6 BCBS, since the cashiers at BevMo don't know better.
     
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  5. bret27

    bret27 Meyvn (1,393) Mar 10, 2009 California
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    I hope I never run into that person in a trading situation
     
  6. IPAs-n-Stouts_OhMy

    IPAs-n-Stouts_OhMy Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2018 Washington

    Anybody have recommendations for bottle shops in the Palo Alto / Mountain View area?

    I have a couple upcoming business trips, and would love to have a legit reason to check a bag on my return trip home.
     
  7. AndresR

    AndresR Aspirant (209) Jul 19, 2009 California
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    Its been a while, but Jane's, in Mountain View, used to be Pretty awesome for bottles.
     
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  8. Leftofthedial

    Leftofthedial Devotee (402) Nov 17, 2011 California
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    Palo Alto Fine Wine and Spirits. Great selection and prices. And on top of that they regularly update their inventory online on BeerMenus so you can take a look beforehand to make sure it’s worth a visit.
     
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  9. IPAs-n-Stouts_OhMy

    IPAs-n-Stouts_OhMy Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2018 Washington

    thanks for the tips!
     
  10. bret27

    bret27 Meyvn (1,393) Mar 10, 2009 California
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    K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City. Haven’t been there for a long time but I remember they used to have a really good beer selection.
     
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  11. Juice0880

    Juice0880 Initiate (62) Feb 4, 2015 Pennsylvania
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    I goto Palo Alto quite often on business and my regular goto is Palo Alto Fine Wine and Sprits as previously mentioned. State of Mind pizza in Los Altos had an amazing tap list last week and the food is pretty good. Check out Gourmet Haus Staudt if time permits. Cheers!
     
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  12. BayAreaJoe

    BayAreaJoe Savant (931) Nov 23, 2017 California
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    Apparently there's new Grimm hoppy stuff around the area. I picked up a couple of DIPA hazies - Gull Wing Door & Gravity of Surprise from Øl in Walnut Creek. Really liked them both, especially the Full Wing Door. Overall they compare with the top hazy producers out here.
     
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  13. Hopelessly0

    Hopelessly0 Aspirant (260) May 13, 2019 California
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    Anyone hear anything interesting happening for SFBW? I heard they're gonna have some JREAMs at Ale Arsenal.
     
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  14. mogulskier

    mogulskier Initiate (119) Feb 3, 2019 California

    I have to trade in order to get any Grimm IPA/DIPA beers and even then, it is rare that I get the chance. It would be amazing if I spotted them in the Bay Area. I'll keep my eyes open, thanks for the info.
     
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  15. Rustytacos

    Rustytacos Aspirant (254) Mar 19, 2018 California
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    City beer posted they had Grimm yesterday.
     
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  16. NWH83

    NWH83 Disciple (397) Jan 2, 2009 California
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    Same with Ale Tales in Albany (East bay)
     
  17. elNopalero

    elNopalero Poo-Bah (3,978) Oct 14, 2009 California
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    I’m hoping Heady Topper makes its way back to the area. I missed it last year.
     
  18. Ma9573

    Ma9573 Initiate (111) Feb 21, 2017 California

    I've been seeing the Vanilla Maple Chocolate Dark Star again. That's definitely one worth picking up. Likewise the Moonraker Deafening Silence. I'd say that's the best NorCal Stout I've ever seen get distribution.
     
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  19. mogulskier

    mogulskier Initiate (119) Feb 3, 2019 California

    I will tell you this. I scored a couple bottles of DS Vanilla Maple Chocolate and had one a couple days ago. This is one incredible beer. I saw multiple bottles while in transit picking up the latest release "fitness party" from ASB. Now that I've had it, I'll be back to get a 3rd bottle. It is that impressive. Didn't see "deafening silence" yet, but will check it out if I see it.
     
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  20. thuey

    thuey Disciple (330) Nov 13, 2015 California

    This just hit me, even though I know you were enjoying VMC Darkstar last year.

    You're drinking stouts!?!

    Maybe one day I'll see you getting sucked into the Saison scene :sunglasses:
     
  21. grilledsquid

    grilledsquid Zealot (556) Jul 10, 2009 California
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    Where’d you find VMC at? I only got 1 bottle on a visit to SD. Never found any in the Bay.
     
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  22. Ma9573

    Ma9573 Initiate (111) Feb 21, 2017 California

    I found it at Ales Unlimited. I'm headed to Seattle on Wednesday and hope to grab some while I'm there.
     
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  23. Ma9573

    Ma9573 Initiate (111) Feb 21, 2017 California

    Lol I actually started with Saisons/Belgians back in the mid 2000s. Was addicted. But then my tastes changed and I got more into hops.

    I've actually been into Stouts for over a year now, but I'm VERY particular. I hate coffee so I need chocolate ,vanilla, cacao, coconut to be added if it's a non-BA. Bourbon aged is my go to though.
     
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  24. thuey

    thuey Disciple (330) Nov 13, 2015 California

    They also had it a K&L Wines and Gourmet Haus Staudt. Maybe it's a Peninsula thing....
     
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  25. grilledsquid

    grilledsquid Zealot (556) Jul 10, 2009 California
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    Definitely a Peninsula/South Bay thing and since I always miss the K&L listings these days, I miss out.
     
  26. Rustytacos

    Rustytacos Aspirant (254) Mar 19, 2018 California
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    City beer has great notion at 1 4 pack pp.
    Homecoming
    Breakfast of leisure
    Passion fruit mochi
     
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  27. thuey

    thuey Disciple (330) Nov 13, 2015 California

    Psst! I hate their beers but you guys would probably like this...

    K&L Wines has Heady Topper and Focal Banger just added. I assume it'll sell out in next 15 minutes.
     
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  28. ScottWoerner

    ScottWoerner Initiate (61) Jan 5, 2017 California
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    Corrected.
     
  29. QuakeAttack

    QuakeAttack Zealot (578) Mar 19, 2012 California

    Bummer. I went to get my wallet from a car and got back...Sold out...Thanks for the heads up though!
     
  30. ewwiccc

    ewwiccc Initiate (159) Jan 12, 2016 California
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    Heady/Focal is dropping all over south bay.

    IBU
    Cask n Flask
    Kelly's liquors
    K&L (only has focal left)
     
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  31. onetoomany

    onetoomany Aspirant (283) Apr 21, 2015 California
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    Should land everywhere. Need not to worry.
     
  32. thuey

    thuey Disciple (330) Nov 13, 2015 California

    Update: ... and they're gone.

    Also City Beer Store just got in Focal, and said Heady will get it Friday. So as mentioned, you Alchemist fans have opportunities.
     
  33. Ma9573

    Ma9573 Initiate (111) Feb 21, 2017 California

    Like @thuey I'm not that big on these. Focal especially I thought was kind of a malt bomb. Although I never really thought Heady was that special either. Maybe it was the hype, but after a buddy brought me a couple like 5 years ago I was disappointed. Tried them both again last year during beer week at Liquid Gold and didn't even finish them.

    I always preferred the Elder.
     
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  34. ericdavidmorris

    ericdavidmorris Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2014 California

    What shops get Fremont BA bottles?? Didn't realize, love those.
     
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  35. ericdavidmorris

    ericdavidmorris Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2014 California

    Any opinions on shops for a person new to the Bay Area?

    I live in the lower haight, so I usually just get some cans at Toronado, or at the Whole Foods on Market. However, I work in Menlo Park, and after reading on here, there seems to be some good Peninsula options as well? Any along Caltrain?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  36. ericdavidmorris

    ericdavidmorris Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2014 California

    Additionally, does ANYWHERE get Rothaus pils out here? Miss it! BeerMenus and Untappd make it seem like it isn't distributed out here.
     
  37. thuey

    thuey Disciple (330) Nov 13, 2015 California

    For SF, I'm assuming you've been to City Beer Store? For the intersection of local craft, national craft, and international (Cantillons, Drie Fonteinen, etc), I'm not sure if there's a better SF option. Although that section has been de-emphasized in their not-so-new-anymore location.

    For Peninsula, a lot of good options were mentioned in this thread:

    • Palo Alto Fine Wine and Spirits (Palo Alto)
    • K&L Wines (Redwood City)
    • Gourmet Haus Staudt (Redwood City)
     
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  38. bret27

    bret27 Meyvn (1,393) Mar 10, 2009 California
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    It came to the Bay Area for about an hour today. Hopefully it comes to you also.
     
  39. QuakeAttack

    QuakeAttack Zealot (578) Mar 19, 2012 California

    I love you. Is that ok to say in this forum?

    One hour ago, I went to IBU and picked up a four pack of Heady and a four pack of Focal. Life is good!

    I could have gotten two four packs of Heady, but I wanted to leave some from others.

    I have not had Heady or PtY. I may go up and get a couple of bottles. Five tears ago, who would thought that I could both in one month.
     
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  40. ewwiccc

    ewwiccc Initiate (159) Jan 12, 2016 California
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    Whole Foods in Bay Area have also been getting a ton of it. $20 a 4 pack
     
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