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We Live in a Beer Desert

By William Brand
Thursday, May 25th, 2006 at 11:21 pm in Uncategorized.

Hey there,
I swung by Luka’s to try the Belgium’s Duchesse de Bourgogne you described, and they had no idea what I was talking about. :( Richard, Oakland,CA.

Hi Richard.
Well, eat my words. Rick Mitchell, who owns Luka’s ( Luka’s Taproom & Lounge, 2221 Broadway, Oakland CA.) told me they took the Duchess off a couple of weeks ago. The last keg, he said, was just not right. So they’re waiting for a new shipment.

I checked everywhere. The two place that do have it in the San Francisco Bay Area, are the Bistro, 1001 B. Street, Hayward, CA. – (510) 886-8525 – and the Toronado, 547 Haight St. in San Francisco – (415) 863-2276. And that’s all folks.

Sometimes the East Bay feels like a damn beer desert — and we have among the widest selections in America.

Oh yeah, whoever told you they had no idea what you were talking back needs to check with the boss. They’ve had that beer on nearly all the time since they opened. Also, in the bottle, I’ve found it at Whole Foods, Berkeley, and Berkeley Bowl and sometimes, but apparently not right now at Beverages and More.

Live in the Bay Area and don’t have a clue where to find good beer. Email me (whatsontap@sbcglobal) and ask for our 2006 Retail Beer Store List.

Also, I’ve posted my Beer of the Week about the Duchess just below this posting.

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