The Jug Shop
Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
4.82/5 rDev +17.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
I've been frequenting the Jug Shop for a little over two years now and can say that I am huge fan. The selection is always rotating which makes it fun to go in and see that they. They almost always have some sort of a 'tion from Russian River which makes me happy.
The staff is my favorite part of the Jug Shop experience. They are so knowledgeable and friendly. Eric, Evan, and Adam know their beer. Go in there and talk to them, you will learn something, I certainly have.
I have been going there more and more for the tastings. They are not to be missed. The crowd that shows up are a good mix of casual beer drinkers and a couple of beer geeks. I have tried some amazing and rare beers at these events. It can turn into a bottle share as some of the generous patrons will bring something amazing on top of the nights already stellar offerings. I'm shocked to not see the tastings packed with more beer nerds. Everyone in the SF bay area should go to at least one tasting here. Come, bring a bottle to share and enjoy what Eric, Evan, and Adam have put together to try. You will not regret it.
06-18-2013 23:13:53 | More by reverbking
4.67/5 rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
My wife and I recently visited the Jug Shop for the first time. We came is on a Sunday late morning, so it wasn't very crowded. They have a small parking lot in, which a great in this area of San Francisco. They are only a couple of blocks away from Van Ness, so they were easy to find.
They have a great selection of beer and most of them are fairly priced for SF. They carry a good selection of Russian River Brewery offerings and other moderately hard to find beers. As other BA's reviews have mentioned, the have excellent and friendly customer service. These guys konw their stuff. They may not carry the variety of City Beer Store, but they are still pretty solid. I would put these guys selection options right up there with Healthy Spirits and Blackwell's.
06-25-2013 00:09:05 | More by terence
4.51/5 rDev +10%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The name alone should make you go into this store. And they have T-shirts to boot! They were more than kind enough to save a couple of bottles of beer for me for a week while I was away on vacation. I wouldnt have been able to get the limited bottles otherwise. Much appreciated service. The store doesnt have much atmosphere but the beer and wine selection is very good. There is enough for any style, taste, or region to be satisfied. Also, quite a big shop and selection for the city which usually has much smaller stores.
05-05-2011 16:13:29 | More by NorCalgrowler
4.35/5 rDev +6.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I have been a patron of the Jug Shop for a few years now (off and on). Though they have a much better hard-a and wine selection they do have a pretty decent rotation of beers in stock and always have always had a "beer geek" on hand to point me towards that "something special." For instance, I went in for a 4 pack of BrewDog's Punk IPA, got to talking about Saison's, and walked home with what I came for... and a Saison D' Erpe-Mere (which was brilliant). Their beer selection is a little small, but I gave it a 4 because they really seem to put a lot of effort into picking out good and hard to find brews.
04-16-2010 05:09:55 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
4.31/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Stopped by this place while in SF for the weekend. I was planning on spending all my money at City Beer, and ended up spending more here!
Great selection of a wide variety of beers. I was surprised at how many beers they had that I had never seen in my area, given that I only live 45 minutes north. 80% of the beer was refrigerated and everything that was on the shelf was stuff that didn't necessarily need to be enjoyed fresh. Prices seemed very reasonable as well.
Staff was friendly and helpful as well. My only real complaint is that a lot of space was dedicated to wine and liquor, but not every store can cater solely to the beer nerds. Definitely worth a visit.
09-22-2011 15:20:34 | More by litheum94
4.2/5 rDev +2.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Went to this place and found some hard to find bottles that I didn't see elsewhere. Called ahead of time and the staff was helpful in letting me know what they had. They also had a number of other bottles that I wasn't looking for but ended up buying.
It's also pretty convenient that they have a parking lot outside for easy access. It's in what seemed to be a decent area of town.
Prices seem very reasonable and in line with what you would expect everywhere else. I would say this place and City Beer are must stops in San Francisco with respect to beer stores.
01-09-2011 04:34:40 | More by moz9
4.15/5 rDev +1.2%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I am not from the SF area, but while visiting this past weekend a friend in the city told me of a holiday beer tasting at The Jug Shop. I wasn't expecting much when I first walked in as the store is mainly wine and spirits, but when I got back to the tasting section and saw the 20 beers many of which are regulars and many of which were specials, I got very optimistic.
Eric the head beer guy who was running the tasting is super friendly and really knows his stuff. He was friendly and informative and he really seems to be trying to get some great beers at the store (I picked up a RR Salvation and a JP Biere de Mars). The selection is not huge but it is on the better end for a store that has to cater to its wine and spirit customers. I have a feeling that the selection will only be getting bigger and better.
I haven't been to City Beer but I would say that this place is definitely worth a stop for any beer fan in SF. Eric runs tastings every Friday and from the one I went to it is a great time.
12-08-2009 04:38:32 | More by WeeObese
4.14/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is my go to place for Russian River brews. The beer selection is pretty good. The clerks seem to know they're beer and have suggested some great ones for me to try. They also have frequent beer tastings. The biggest plus for a place in the City is that they have a PARKING LOT! Never have to worry about parking. They're prices are reasonable. I went there last week and they didn't have any Pliny on the shelves. I asked a stock guy and he quickly went into the walk-in and brought out more for me. Very friendly staff.
06-26-2011 00:17:48 | More by mikul93
The Jug Shop in San Francisco, CA
91 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.