Blackwell's Wines & Spirits
Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
4.71/5 rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Blackwell's Wine & Spirits is a fantastic shop with a smart and friendly staff. Craft beer selection is excellent and ranks up there with Healthy Spirits and Ales Unlimited. Parking is slightly easier to find in this area than most of SF's bottle shops.
They do a great job of rotating there beers and often have some of the harder to find stuff like Russian River and Cantillon.
01-09-2014 01:25:36 | More by terence
4.32/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
Blackwell's is a very nice store, albeit kind of out of the way of virtually anything else, as far as craft beer goes. However, one of the better sushi spots in town is around here, as are a ton of Chinese, Korean, Thai, and other restaurants that you might enjoy if that's your thing. Mayflower has a location here (I get down to the Silicon Valley location in Milpitas once in a while with family) too, so if you like dim sum, there ya go.
Selection wasn't the largest around, but that is find. There is attention to quality, instead of attention to quantity. I never really need much assistance in the stores anymore, but the woman working there who was stocking seemed very ready to help out and looking to spread the good news to whoever would take the time.
01-11-2013 00:40:23 | More by RblWthACoz
4.58/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I lived in NW Ohio and as such don't have access to the California (or west coast for that matter) craft brewing scene, as you can imagine.
A few hours scouring the net for various Russian River beers landed me on Blackwell's website. Not the most user friendly, but it wasn't until after my initial web order did I get the full benefit's that is Blackwell's.
The email based newsletter!
Gary sends them out with new and limited releases as well as the rest of the craft beer selection.
First I searched the website for said new and limited releases mentioned in the newsletter to no avail. Finally I tried the old fashioned method of responding to the email with my "verbal" order.
Gary responded back in person with acknowledgement and even notified me when his shipment of Wooky Jack was delayed. (Turns out it was only delayed a few hours)
Selection is top notch, prices are reasonable (in line with other places I've bought locally), service and quality is above and beyond.
I know where i'll be ordering all my west coast craft beers from, from now on.
05-01-2012 23:20:27 | More by WesM63
4.5/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Blackwell's in an all-around ideal dream corner store for beer geeks and wine enthusiasts alike. I stumbled upon it on my various early frustrating journeys in attempting to find a nice bottle of Pliny throughout SF. However, when walking into the store for the first time, I felt that I had uncovered my very first treasure chest that beer geeks first uncover in their lifelong adventure of beer tasting.
My God, the selection! I found all kinds of beers by Trappist breweries and craft breweries from Rochefort to Russian River to the Lost Abbey for the first time in my life. Or, at least, the first time I decided to pay attention to their beers when visiting corner stores. I was assisted by one of the full-time employees at the time, a kooky looking character with long white hair, who proceeded to educate me about different Belgian styles and how they can be aged, as well as furthering my knowledge on imperial IPAs.
After various returns, employees at the store begin to identify me as the "Pliny Guy" and always asked me to check out their awesome wine selection as well. Whenever I have the chance to go here, the experience is very intimate and nice. Not all of the people here are full beer experts, but they always know what to recommend you if you want to try something new. Plus, this store very well organized, clean, and it's easy to tell that a lot of love was put into its crafty selection of beverages. A great store!
07-20-2011 08:20:06 | More by magictacosinus
4.34/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I joined Blackwell's email list which is the way to go. You get emails about some limited rlease beers etc that a lot of stores just dont get their hands on. Their beer selection is decent for northern California but is not the center of their stock. Bourbons, whiskeys, and wines are their best attribute. Spectacular selection of all of them. I found out about them when I was searching for a store that might carry Templeton Rye - an Iowa prohibition style rye whiskey only distributed in 4 states. They carried it. And I was grateful they did. They even shipped me 2 bottles across the bay for not much more than the bridge toll. Well worth a visit!
05-05-2011 14:49:25 | More by NorCalgrowler
Blackwell's Wines & Spirits in San Francisco, CA
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