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Ledger's Liquors

On an average day, Ed Ledger has 500 beers, 100 single-malts, 80 bourbons, and 125 tequilas for sale in his shop. "Currently I've got 13 different bitters in stock," he says. "In most places you're lucky to find one or two." Customers come to Ledger's Liquors for products that tend to be overlooked by less ambitious liquor stores: locally made spirits like Sarticious gin and Hangar One vodkas, Enat Ethiopian honey wine from Oakland, artisan cocktail ingredients, and obscure microbrews. Since 1935, it's been a family affair. Ledger's grandfather applied for the 14th liquor sales license in California after Prohibition ended. It cost him $50. "When I took over the business, my dad wanted me to bring it back to life as a true liquor store," says Ledger, and customer satisfaction is always a top priority. "As soon as you think you sell everything, someone comes in the door looking for something new," he says. He's more than happy to oblige.
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