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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)
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| Reviews: 67 | Show All Ratings:
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Outstanding little shop that packs in the good (Belgian/French style mostly) beer. Brewbacca and Clickpush, the places Beer Specialist were nice enough to show me the place.
Food: Samples of various Mediterranean/Middle Eastern foods were available free of charge. All were homemade and delicious. A Cheese expert, I believe he called himself a fromageie, was on hand as well giving out samples of some very fine, even exquisite California cheeses. This is hard for me to admit as a cheese head but California certainly has Wisconsin beat when it comes to my favorite styles of cheese, aged goat and lamb cheeses and lamb/goat bries. These were found in abundance at Healthy Spirits. We ended up purchasing some great cheese that was called something like moonlight or dark of the moon or something. Wow was it good. They also sell all sorts of pitas and breads.
Beer: Hundreds of bottles of Belgian and French style beers and a few local gems crammed into a tiny little place. Well selected, well displayed. What more can I say? This is a tremendous shop.
Staff: They have a manager whose secondary title is Beer Specialist. Hes a BA. What more needs to be said? Perhaps that the owner is very friendly and obviously makes a great effort to hire knowledgeable people and to sell the best possible products.
This store is highly recommended.
08-07-2007 20:27:09 |
More by DaPeculierDane
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I found this place while driving to toronados. It had a chimay sign hanging, so I went inside. My jaw dropped as I browsed through all the bottles. I stayed a good hour looking through all the beers. They had different of beer, domestic and foreign. The inventory had different brews of popular belgian breweries. I must have spent around 120 bucks. Included was a spelt ale, fig ale, buckwheat ale, cuvee, saisons, tripels, and some other intersting styles. The staff was helpful and friendly. I ended up just going back home. When it comes to Belgian beer, they have the best selection in the bay area. I highly reccomend this place
07-27-2007 06:19:35 |
More by live4beer
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I've been to Healthy Spirits a few times now. They have a solid selection of Belgian beers, including a few things that I haven't seen anywhere else. Matt, their beer guy, is very friendly and happy to chat about beer and answer questions or provide recommendations. They have the most comprehensive selection of Cantillon brews that I've found in the city, along with a couple of other lambics, sitting on a rack in the middle of the store. Good stuff.
I picked up a bottle of Cantillon lambic, a Girardin Gueuze, a bottle of Orval, some Monk's Flemish Sour and a bottle of Flemish Primitive while I was there. Cost about $50 total, which isn't bad for the Bay Area. They give a 5% discount if you buy six bottles and 10% if you buy 12.
07-04-2007 16:46:38 |
More by scojo
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
Small corner store with a friendly vibe. Awesome selection, and 98% in the fridge. Go fresh beer! Specializing in Belgian beers, lots of bottles I've never heard of before in my life (I've been in CA for 4 years and therefore am out of the Belgian loop). Probably about 150 different beers total, and all are top notch. Lots of good looking wines and botique sodas too. Small but quality food as well, specializing in middle eastern comfort food like hummus, along with a small but equally quality cheese selection.
We got a Monks Flemish Sour Ale (cool, I thought they only sold this one in Philly!), a Troubador Obscura Mild Stout, Houblon Chouffe (1st time since it came out a year ago that I've ever seen it for sale), and a Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calbaza (1st time I've seen it in CA). Total came to just shy of $50, steep for 4 bottles but I consider the quality as well.
The cons are that this place really jacks up those prices. A $7 bottle of Damnation costs $11 here. Ouch. Also, they didn't honor the 5% BA discount, which I was kind of counting on. Live and learn. My only other complaint is that the Bay area breweries aren't represented as much as I'd like; didn't see any Drakes, and no Trumer. They did have White Knuckles and Hopsickles, so I'll give 'em a break. I think they should have a little more hometown pride, though. Hope this helps, cheers!
04-23-2007 06:55:08 |
More by rayjay
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
A couple friends and I went well out of our way (the heart of San Francisco on a Santa Cruz-to-Berkeley trip) to find Healthy Spirits, based solely on a beer selection list posted here by employee and beer advocate Matt (clickpush). Upon entering I was awestruck, as the tiny corner cafe boasted an entire wall of refrigerators, each stocked to the brim with high-rated and hard-to-find beer. 4 Russian Rivers, St. Bernardus Abt 12 Special Edition, a bunch of trappists, and dozens of other Belgians.
Matt, an established beeradvocate member, was clearly knowledgable about the selection. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Brasserie de Rocs Triple Imperiale, which he strongly recommended, is in the top 50 on this site. My only regret is that I didn't pick up Deschutes The Abyss, as I haven't been able to find it anywhere else since. More reason to return to San Francisco, I suppose!
I found the prices fair enough considering the rarity of the beers I bought (made a healthy dent in the Russian River section), but this place is very generous with discounts. I got 5% off for mentioning BA and 5% off for buying 6 or more beers.
I'll surely be back again.
04-04-2007 08:00:46 |
More by illidurit
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Corner market with a large selection of Belgian and Belgian-style ales in 750ml size bottles, all kept cold in a line of display coolers. At the time of my visit (early Feb 2007) there were over 149 craft beers, of which 84 were from Belgium. The owner said he expected to receive another 25 or so Belgians in the next week. Some interesting beers I havent seen elsewhere recently included the Kapittel range, Deschutes Abyss, Leute Bok, three beers from Belgian brewer Blaugies, Ecaussinnes Ultrabrune, and Duinen Dubbel and Tripel. Prices are high about 24% higher than BevMo and 13% higher than PlumpJack but the interesting selection makes it worthwhile. Very tough on-street parking but open late nightly.
02-08-2007 23:49:02 |
More by CraftBC
quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is a small, innocent looking corner store w/ a surprising beer selection that's in your face directly upon entering. While they may not carry everything, there's an impressive amount of Belgians for such a small place, and most of the smaller label Belgian selections rotate through. This is a place you have to check every couple weeks to make sure you're not missing out on anything. The clerks there don't seem to know (or care) much about the beer, but this is an excellent place to get a sandwich and stare at the beer coolers while you eat. A number of rare brews somehow find their way in here and their prices aren't any different from anywhere else, despite the fancier aura about it.
09-13-2006 21:57:54 |
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