For when a bottle of Jim Beam just isn’t adventurous enough
  1. 1.
    Beverage Warehouse
    This institution features the best of the current American microdistillery boom, plus a deep inventory of the more storied houses of Scotland, Tennessee, and Kentucky.
  2. 2.
    K&L Wine Merchants
    There’s a sense of adventure and risk at K&L—especially evident in the series of exclusive bourbons, ryes, and scotches bottled under its Faultline label. The brand’s blended scotch is a masterpiece of peat, smoke, and extreme thrift.
  3. 3.
    Wine and Liquor Depot
    Within this grim cinderblock fortress is a world-class research library of fermented malt and grain. A single distillery might be represented by a dozen or more bottlings that stretch back almost half a century.
  4. 4.
    Silverlake Wine
    Sure, the store may have only about eight bottles of scotch and a smattering of American and Japanese brands, but each has been selected by a master whiskey sommelier.
  5. 5.
    Topline Wine & Spirit
    Enthusiastic salespeople take you on global whiskey excursions so engaging, you might forget you’ve merely been wandering among the metal shelves of a west Glendale warehouse. It’s a solid, if not overly broad, selection. Terrific prices, too.