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$$ - reasonable
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423 San Antonio Rd
phone: (650) 949-1826
Reviews by Arbitrator:
quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This is my local BevMo. I go here on a weekly basis in the winter, but during the rest of the year, I trek up to Berkeley or farther for good beer.
It's hard to support a place that has an entire wall of beer against the sun, baking and baking away. It's disappointing at best. I give that poor marks for quality.
The service is average. Usually I have to ask to see the beer expert on staff at the time, and they are pretty friendly. Most of the time they don't have any information on when to find x, y, or z. I've learned that if it's not on a shelf, I should just try another local store, instead.
The selection is not bad. Two large industrial-size shelves of beer, although one is totally compromised, having been baked. There is also a refrigerated wall of beer, mostly BMC.
This is a grade above the Safeway across the street, but you don't get the impression when you walk in that these guys love beer. I would skip this place and find a dedicated bottle shop.
02-04-2009 01:26:55 |
More by Arbitrator
More User Reviews:
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
It's a BevMo, but it's a little better than the other BevMo's I have been to. Yes they don't have any RR's or anything that's considered rare, but I did score my Stone IRS when I couldn't find it anywhere else. They also have a decent selection of Port/Lost Abbey brews. Also got a couple of Parabolas. Good thing about BevMo is you can search on their Website, buy online and pick up later. So when I review a BevMo, it's pretty much being compared to other BevMo's and not other beer spots that I hit.
06-27-2011 18:12:02 |
More by mikul93
quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $
Hey guy, if you don't know what BevMo is all about, you need to get with it. This is a BevMo. It is what it is. You can't find Russian River here (I don't think Vinnie likes their storage policies much), but you can find a lot of good stuff. Lots of Belgian, German, English, and other international beers. Lots of American craft brews, local and otherwise. Bear Republic, New Belgium, Dogfish Head, Blue Frog (gag me), Alaskan, Allagash, etc. Nothing too rare, but overall pretty solid selection.
Ambiance is very warehouse-like. That's what it is. Don't complain. Prices are typically reasonable. Service is helpful if you catch them at the right time. Other times they can be tough to find.
They should allow mixed sixers here (and everywhere), but alas, they don't. There are some single bottles for sale though, mostly international stuff and American craft bombers.
For the die-hard skunk odor fan, BevMo has everything you could ever dream of. They put a whole huge shelf of beer directly facing a huge floor-to-ceiling window that gets intense afternoon sunlight every day. Yes, there are some green bottles on this shelf, but with that amount of sunlight pouring in, bottle color doesn't even matter. If the Beatles were to walk into this store, they'd be singing, "Here comes the skunk, doo doo doo doo, here comes the skunk, doo doo doo doo, it's all right..." Note the "doo doos" in there. That's what your beer will likely smell and taste like if you buy it off this shelf.
12-11-2009 18:50:14 |
More by nickd717
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is my local Bevmo store. It has a very impressive number of beers. In fact, it may have more beer than any other store I've been to. If you're looking to try something new, this is a great place to shop.
However, in searching for top rated beers I was only able to find the usual handful that I can pick up anywhere else (Duvel, Trappistes Rochefort, La Fin Du Monde, etc). Most of the beers here are average rated beers, and that doesn't mean they have no great beers, but it'd be really nice if they carried more Beer Advocate top rated beer.
Most beers are stored at room temp on the shelves, but a number are in a decent sized fridge on the side of the store.
The store also has an ok selection of beer glasses.
Unfortuntately, they don't sell singles for all their beers, as many specialty beer stores do. I tried to grab a Bourbon County Stout, and they wouldn't sell it unless I bought a 4 pack.
In summary, if you're looking for Beer Advocate's top rated beers, this is just a slightly above average store, but if you want to experiment with something new, you'll definitely find a lot here.
11-20-2009 06:15:40 |
More by Falcon91Wolvrn03
quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Good size beverages and more nice layout good selection of beer. I have found some beers at this one that I could not find at others in the area. Has one big flaw as others have said and that is the big bank of windows with the beer baking in them. Service is not great tried to find someone to ask a question and they kept disappearing in the back. Prices are good especial if you find a beer with the bev mo discount card. Would return if I was by it again or looking for beer that the others did not carry.
10-25-2007 21:27:22 |
More by monkeybeer
quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Your standard Bevmo: very good selection, indifferent service, and very poor storage conditions. The geniuses that designed the layout of this particular store made the brilliant decision to place the beer section up against a wall of windows that gets a lot of sunlight. I was in there on a warm day and there was all of their beer, baking in the sunlight. The wall that directly faces the window was stocked with Hopsickle. If you've seen this beer before you know that there is a large red stripe on the label that says "Keep Refrigerated". Not only does Bevmo not refrigerate it, they keep it baking in sunlight.
After stopping at Bevmo, I stopped at the Whole Foods only a mile or so away on El Camino. They have an excellent selection and all of their beers are kept in a cooler. I'd recommend going there instead.
06-14-2007 15:31:49 |
More by willjschmidt
quality: 1 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | $$
A sad disaster of a BevMo.
The best beer selection of any BevMo on the peninsula (SF Bayshore is better, not technically the peninsula). Nicer and cleaner than most others in the area.
But fatally flawed in that the beer aisles are right up against a wall of huge windows, no shades. I've been there on several warm sunny days, with sun baking various bottles and six packs on the shelves, also spilling into the (limited) refrigerator units. I can't believe the distributor reps don't say something.
BevMo is infamous for careless handling of beer in transit and storage (but I shop at many of them nonetheless). Compounding it with light and heat on the shelves - steer clear of the Mountain View location.
02-04-2007 04:28:10 |
More by Talisker
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Pretty much the best place to get beer on this part of the Peninsula. Their selection is by no means encyclopedic, even in local brews, but they have a significantly better selection than the competition. Many good California beers are represented Stone, Moylans, NorthCoast, Sierra (including Bigfoot), Anchor, Lost Coast, Mendocino, Bear Republic,Drake's etc. They were missing some that are often available, though, like the great Russian River beers, and they were out of Stone RIS. The place has friendly but somewhat cluless staff, and as noted by others, almost all the beer is on shelves, and some of it seems a little dusty. They do have a fair number of 22 oz beers in the coolers, including a few left over holiday beers. Its worth joining club bev (free) to get soem good occasional discounts on products. There are also a number of beers from surrounding states and from Belgium, Germany, England, and other assorted spots. Not a bad selection, could be a little deeper in places.
07-27-2006 05:41:38 |
More by Georgiabeer
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
BevMo is sadly the best bet for local micros in the Palo Alto/Redwood City/Mountain View area. No singles or mixed sixers, unfortunately, but a pretty good selection of bombers. They carry most of the local breweries - Marin/Moylans, Anchor, Lagunitas, Speakeasy, North Coast, Anderson Valley, Bear Republic, Drakes, Gordon Biersch, Hoptown, Firestone, Lost Coast, Mendocino, Sierra Nevada, Stone, Sudwerk, etc. but the national selection is lacking, and a lot of Southern California brews are missing as well, including Alesmith and Ballast Point, although that could just be a distribution issue since those aren't widely available elsewhere. They do have a good selection of Ommegang and Allagash, however.
Also a pretty good selection of imports. Lots of Unibroue, Weihenstephan, Ayinger, and a decent number of Belgians.
Most beer is on shelves with only a smallish cold case in the back.
All in all, your best bet in the area except for the lack of singles. Look for the ClubBev! specials to pick up a good price. Regular prices are average, some ClubBev! sales are really inexpensive, such as Sierra Nevada and Sam Adams sixpacks that show up for $5.99 quite often.
10-14-2005 22:34:31 |
More by mitchfor3
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Plenty of parking, spacious aisles, and appears to be fairly new with a roomy refridgerated section.
Five guys walking around and one cashier with a line of people. I suppose the guys were anticipating a lot of questions around the aisles.
The selection was adequate however there were some empty shelves that could have had more selections. Plenty of British, German, American Micro, Belgian, and others however there was a better refridgerated selection of bombers verses the shelves. Had a whole aisle of macro, what a waiste.The keg page does not quite fill the page and does have the Tied House options.
09-11-2005 07:36:33 |
More by Troyone
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