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2299 15th St
phone: (415) 255-0610
Sunday: 11am - 9pm
Monday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm
Friday - Saturday: 11am - 11pm
(Place added by: EBbrewpunx on 09-13-2006)
Ratings & Reviews
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quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
In town for a few days and had to visit this place that I've ordered from over the phone before. Walking up the street wasn't sure what to expect and when I finally got to the door I thought "this small place is it?"? Yes, yes it is! AWESOME selection. I am on a Russian River mission so I quickly scout it out and put bottle after bottle on the counter. Rami (Owner?) is VERY helpful and nice and we have a great conversation about beer as I'm carefully scouting out the place looking for everything I can't get locally. Breweries include: RR, Stone, Bruery, New Belgium, Midnight Sun, Alaskan, DFH, Mikkeller, Nogne-O, Port, Deschutes, etc...etc... and tons of Belgian stuff. If you're ever in San Fran, you HAVE to check this place out. Excellent selection and service, I highly recommend.
08-29-2010 19:21:07 |
More by nyrangerfan
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
topped in here for the first time earlier today. A guy named Nate happened to be working the register.
Wow was this selection impressive! And most of it (or at least half) was kept chilled. The majority of the beers came from Belgium and other northern European countries (I saw a ton of Mikkeller), but most the rest came from the good old U S of A. No BMC here, and not even any mediocre breweries. Jolly Pumpkin, Mikkeller, Nøgne Ø, Russian River, Cantillon, Stone, Baladin (there were a good number of Italian beers too), HaandBryggeriet, Goose Island, the list goes on and on! I can't say enough about the selection - you'll just have to see it for yourself.
I chatted with Nate (the cashier) for quite awhile, and the guy definitely knew his craft beer. In fact, he probably knew more about craft beer than I do, which (don't take this in the wrong way - I'm not a cocky guy) has never happened to me at a beer shop before. It was really enjoyable! I was able to get honest opinions on just about everything, even the odd/rare styles like faro and gueuze. Nate claimed that he had tried 80-90% of the beer sin the store, and I certainly believe it. After finalizing my order, Nate hooked me up with a free reusable bag (long story, I lost mine, etc. - it was a very nice gesture). Top notch service!
I also found out (partially through the Healthy Spirits website, partially through Nate) that Healthy Spirits has a Beer of the Month club. For $40-50 a month, subscribers get monthly beer packages loaded with the rarest and most highly-sought-after beers Healthy Spirits has to offer. Last month, subscribers got a bottle of Bourbon Barrel-Aged Old Dipsea With Brett, which was only released at Marin Brewing Co. and Healthy Spirits. Yeah, it's that kind of beer store.
All in all, this was a fantastic experience! Healthy Spirits is the best beer store I've ever visited, and I recommend it to anyone within driving distance of the place!
08-12-2010 06:30:25 |
More by ThreeWiseMen
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Located just around the corner from the hustle and bustle of the Castro, this place almost feels like a hidden gem everyone knows about. The last time I was there the owner's wife was there. She's a really sweet lady who is totally hip to beer nerds coming in and even told us that her husband posts updates regularly on BA. Also the beer buyer was extremely well verses in the beer he sold; on one particular day he took me into the back to show me the early stages of what he hoped would become a cellar. He even gave me a bottle of Ale Smith's 2006 Crand Cru (this was in late 2007). This was before even city beer was aging stuff. Very nice and helpful staff.
The beer selection was pretty damn good too. This place mostly focuses on belgian beers and carries a good selection of german and some american beers, but the theme is mostly belgian. Their stock varies from things you've seen before so a few things you'll see for the first time. The prices aren't cheap, but I marked it as reasonable because you're getting mostly high end and imported beer.
Grab some home made hummus while yer their too, AMAZING!
06-01-2010 18:33:11 |
More by 100floods
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I was in town visiting a friend and decided to swing in. The place specializes in beer, whiskey, and hummus. When I first walked in I was greeted with a stand of beers containing some rarer oddities such as Black Albert and some local offerings. Some other breweries that were stocked were Chimay, Trappistes Rochefort, Russian River, Ballast Point, Alesmith, Stone, Mikkeller, St. Bernardus, Oskar Blues, Hair of the Dog, Deschutes, Ommegang, The Bruery, Avery, Port Brewing, Dogfish Head, Big Sky... I could go on. They seemed to stock some of the harder to find offerings from these breweries, although I was bummed to find out that they did not have any Pliny the Elder. David, the beer manager, was very knowledgeable and helpful and even pointed me towards Toronado to get some Pliny. Most of the beer was in the cooler and the only thing that seemed a little off quality wise was some of the beers on the racks being pretty exposed to sunlight. They offer a 10% discount on any combination of 6 bottles, but I still ended up spending quite a bit. Definitely worth checking out.
06-01-2010 00:45:43 |
More by david131
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Stopped by here on a recent trip to the Bay Area. Pretty large corner bottle shop with a very large selection of craft beers. They have a center aisle with a lot of room temperature bottles and about six cooler of additional bottles. The selection was pretty solid but the prices were a bit higher here than everywhere else in the area. Some of the highlights were Abyss, Mirror Mirror, Black Butte XXI, Marin Dipsea, Gales Prize Old Ale 1998 vintage, Cuvee de Tomme, New Belgium Lips of Faith series, Full Sail beers and a large selection of Belgian and Scandinavian beers. They also have quite a few different magnums for sale. The guys working here were very knowledgeable and friendly and I spent a good bit of time just talking to them about beer. I really liked this place and would highly recommend it even if the prices are a bit steeper than others.
01-16-2010 09:59:30 |
More by corby112
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Heard a lot about this place, and it was recommended by my friend Alex (checkii), so I had fairly high expectations.
First off, it's small. Only about five or six coolers and a few racks. Gourmet cheeses and ice creams, plus wine and beer. Good, friendly service and they seem knowledgeable about beer.
Fair number of belgians that aren't available in San Diego, so I was excited about that! The prices seem about average for a lot of their higher end beers. Otherwise, their selection was pretty moderate. The size sort of kills the amount of excellent beers they can have. Obviously they're going to need to carry the more pedestrian beers as it's their businesses bread and butter.
All in all this is a good place to have in the neighborhood, but if I lived here I'd be somewhat disappointed.
01-10-2010 22:12:27 |
More by radshoesbro
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Reviewed with both a visit in fall 08 and a shipped order earlier this year
What more can be said about this great shop. This place is among the best to get all the great west coast beers. Russian River, Deschutes, HOTD, Firestone Walker and then possibly the best selection of Belgians on the west coast. They also specialize in bourbon so that makes this southern dude approve. The staff is incredibly helpful, though it did take a while on my online order to get everything completed and shipped out. Some things can get pricey but its San Fran and Im happy to support such great beer advocates. A great craft beer store
12-04-2009 06:09:35 |
More by jophish17
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$$
I visited all the top rated Beer Advocate beer stores in the Bay Area, and I believe Healthy Spirits has the best selection of beer on the San Francisco Peninsula (although several beer stores in the East Bay Area have more, such as Perry's in Livermore which has the best Bay Area selection).
They have a great website (http://healthy-spirits.blogspot.com/), which includes their beer prices (a HUGE bonus), and it lets you know when beers are out of stock.
The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. They even sell some pretty decent food & snacks if you're hungry, and will often put food out (like cheese) to sample.
Definitely worth stopping in to see the selection. I picked up many great hard to find beers here.
11-06-2009 06:17:59 |
More by Falcon91Wolvrn03
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Stopped here while in San Fran to pick up a few goodies to take home. It was easy to park nearby and easy to find. There was a sign boasting over 550 beers, and pretty much none of it was crap. Very impressive selection of regional and national micros, including about 5 different Russian River selections and lots of other limited stuff. I picked up some Deschutes Black Butte XI and some new Nectar Ales Black Xantus. Also saw a few remaining bottles of last year's Bruery Partridge in a Pear Tree which the guy there said was flying out the door. There was too much great stuff and I didn't have enough room (or money) to take nearly enough of it home. Lots of Belgians as well, and just a very high quality selection overall.
The guy behind the counter was chatty and helpful, and if I had had any more questions I have no doubt that he would have been more than willing to help. Seemed to know his shit, too, which was a good sign. Prices seemed a bit high, although there was a 10% off discount for buying 6 or more bottles. Even given the discount prices were maybe a touch high, but the quality and selection were well worth it. I'd absolutely stop here again next time I'm in town.
10-15-2009 01:00:36 |
More by number1bum
quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
The shop is very clean and tidy. There is a long string of refridgerators on the left wall as you enter the store with beer, some wine and sake as well as some soft drinks. There is a counter where you can get food on the right, which is also where the register is located. Between the two walls are stand alone shelving units which have beers are room temperature. I believe that there is little to no crossover between what is in the fridge and what is on the shelves. There are a number of very good and hard to find beers (at least hard for me to find!) as well as good beers or beers that are just ok.
They had beers from hair of the dog, north coast, some russian river, bear republic, lost abbey, cantillon, st. bernardus among others.
Although I think the store has its good points, I have to mention that I did not feel particularly welcome in this store due to the attitude of the clerk. Also the person working in the store had very little knowledge about beer. If you know what you want and are willing to pay a few dollars more for it, this is the place to go.
07-19-2009 02:36:49 |
More by wd40
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