The Place Pike Street Beer and Wine
The Deal A dizzing collection of global craft beers, plus a nice selection of wines, ports, and select glassware.
Owner’s Pick Dubuisson Scaldis Prestige Ale from Belgium ($44.99 for 750ml). “It’s aged in oak for at least six months and is more than 13 percent alcohol!” says owner Anthony Yap.
Our Picks Pliny the Elder from Russian River Brewing in California (limit three per customer). Dussek Cellars 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon ($37.99).
The Scoop There’s a free tasting featuring three to six beers every Friday from 5-7pm. This week’s brewery: Sierra Nevada.

Do I love beer? I love beer so much it makes me freak out! If you do too, you gotta get over to Pike Street Beer and Wine. Owner Anthony Yap traveled the world during his corporate days as a marketing exec, and when he got bored at night he’d head down to the local pub and try whatever was on tap.

Two years ago he decided to settle down and turn his beer passion into a way of life. Lucky us. Yap stocks his shop with his own favorite local and farflung beer, plus a small selection of wines. Since Yap isn’t much of a wine drinker, he decided to select bottles from small wineries that aren’t available at the supermarket, you’ll find everything from Famega vinho verde ($8.99)—one of my favorite cheap weekday wines—to the lovely 06 viognier from Cougar Crest and the inimitable Dussek Cellars 04 cab.

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Read about Pike and Western, another one of my happy places, here.

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