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Healthy Spirits

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

90 Ratings
Ratings: 90
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 9.05%
[ Store ]

2299 15th St
San Francisco, California, 94114-1237
United States
phone: (415) 255-0610

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @healthyspirits

Notes:
Sunday: 11am - 9pm
Monday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm
Friday - Saturday: 11am - 11pm

(Place added by: EBbrewpunx on 09-13-2006)
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

spark3148857, Nov 03, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

A really small store that is situated near the border of the Castro neighborhood and in the Duboce Triangle. Another great thing about the location is that it is a 10, 15 minute walk to Toronado in Lower Haight, which can't be beat either.

Prices are a little high, but the selection here is extremely varied. It's a little cramped but there are small shelves packed with bottles, and two walls one the cooler, loaded with beers. There are only a few six packs, and the store seems to give way to more variety which is a heck of a lot better.

If you are not from the state or area, the selection of beers in distribution here is extremely plentiful and enjoyable. There are even occasionally some heavy hitters on the shelf as well, such as finding Damnation series from DeStruisse here, and a couple Eclipse varieties.

Some serious deals might be available, but the selection is small and gets picked clean. But there are some real serious gems in here. The guy who also worked there when I visited was extremely knowledgeable and answered everything perfectly, there wasn't a question he didn't have an answer for, and there was no bullshitting around either.

A must stop when in the area, would love to go back, there was so much beer here I wanted to buy to take home but just couldn't carry it all.

smakawhat, Oct 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

TGS, Sep 27, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev -1.8%

wethorseblanket, Sep 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.7%

brywhite, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of LittleDon
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

A liquor store and bottle shop rolled into one. This small place is located between lower Haight and the Castro districts, so if you're in town for a visit, you'll have to rely on a friend or public transportation. Regardless, worth a visit. Friendly and helpful staff.

LittleDon, Aug 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -17.2%

halo3one, Jul 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -17.2%

atpca, Jul 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

wtkphoto, Jul 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.7%

greenspointexas, Jul 03, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

ajs4bd, Jul 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

vrbulldog22, Jun 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Rollzroyce21, Jun 11, 2014
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4.69/5  rDev +3.5%

Last summer, we had the great pleasure of living for a week in the Castro while being tourists in San Francisco. Most of the brewpubs and bars we visited were closer to downtown and, locally, the bars nearest the house didn't offer a wide selection of drafts. However, Healthy Spirits was a very welcomed source of great beer that was a few blocks walk (or a short bus ride) up the hill.

I found it shortly after we arrived; unfortunately, it was after trying several other places. Minnesota friends happened to be in The City at the same time, and we had an impromptu barbecue at our apartment. The very friendly and knowledgeable help at Healthy Spirits allowed me to bring some very fine bottles to our group of beery friends. In short, it's the only beer store I've found that rivals, or surpasses, the Four Firkins. If spending any time in or near the Castro, this is the place to stock up.

Here's a sampling of the week:

Triple Voodoo Grand Cru. Healthy Spirits exclusive barrel aged version of the TV Grand Cru. Dave told me that he bottles from full barrels of bourbon to sell in the shop and then sends the barrels to local breweries. Honey, blue agave nectar, coriander and orange peel are added to this version. Burnished copper color with dark gold highlights and an off white head that falls quickly. Elegant nose with the above plus fig and some alcohol underneath. Smells a bit like a quad but lighter. Flavors meld well and flow over the tongue. Very good ale and a great first beer from this brewery.

Stone RuinTen. Unable to find this at home before leaving, I was so happy to buy a couple. Just awesome.

Knee Deep Brewing Hoptologist DIPA. Brash and harsh bite on the tongue. Good if you like a sharp hop bite. Almost white head over a shining amber gold ale. Enormous citrus nose and a light biscuit base. Sweet on the tongue followed by strong hop bite that has a burn that feeds the beast. Fun hop forward brew that I would enjoy more when more hydrated. Almost sweet finish and a lingering hop.

Knee Deep Simtra. Marmalade ale with a white head. Clean, singular hop nose. Slightly oily taste and some hop bite but the sweetness and the bitterness don't meld completely. Not as good as the Boneyard we had at Toronado this afternoon. Hop lingers nicely on he tongue.

Pretty Things Ale Project Fluffy White Rabbits. These guys can be hit or miss,and this one is a miss for me. Muddled nose with some clear spice from hop and yeast, but the balance just doesn't make it. Side of the bottle says floral, and it is that. But this hazy orange beer with a white head has a lot of promise and is clearly well crafted, it falls short for me.

Triple Voodoo barrel aged Inception. Bottle 244 of 432 made for Healthy Spirits by aging in a barrel provided by HS. hazy gold ale with circling white film from a head that barely forms. Spice, yeast and light pepper nose that seems muted compared to the straight Inception but nice. Fruitiness on the tongue that finishes dry nice but unusually like the straight better. Straight version of TV Inception rated a bit higher for me, though I love that HS does it's own specialty aging.

FightingEntropy, May 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.7%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, May 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Kurmaraja, Mar 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

md655321, Mar 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Jvrdz24, Feb 18, 2014
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4.39/5  rDev -3.1%

Stopped in here yesterday to start my day of SF beer. Atmosphere was laid back and informal, as a bottle shop should be IMO. Lost of bottles and glasses on the left side of the store, tons of liquor and food stuffs on the right. Service was awesome. He made sure I had everything I needed and even checked on some bottles I was looking for to make sure they didn't have any hiding in the back. Quality was high, I didn't see a single out of date beer and the awesome glass selection was a bonus. Selection was great. Tons of beers from all over the country and even more from the rest of the world. I was able to find a long time want from Europe that I never thought I would see in the US. Prices were more than reasonable. Overall an awesome bottle shop in a really cool looking neighborhood. I would love to have this place in my area.

orangesol, Feb 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

Mposha, Feb 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.7%

Steffano, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Chelsea1905
4.17/5  rDev -7.9%

Lovely little neighborhood store, it is a little cramped. Great selection of beers and spirits. That'd were eager to help and answer questions too.

Selection was solid. Ranging from Belgian to California based goods.

Have to dodge amongst other patrons, but the place is in a nice area and worth a little walk to.

Chelsea1905, Dec 23, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

Zkscharf, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of Swongler
4.52/5  rDev -0.2%

Great store. Great staff. Great selection.

They have a regular supply of some of the best beers in the world. They are about $1 more expensive per bottle than most places, but you will have an easier time finding what you want here.

Prairie Bomb! was $9.99 here while it was $8.99 at Øl in Walnut Creek. Enjoy by was $8.99 while I have seen it around for $7.99. Still, no complaints. I would rather talk to this staff and pay an extra dollar for the beer. Plus I like supporting local small shops like this one.

I picked up Old Guardian, Enjoy By, Racer X, Bomb, Mikkeller beers, Lost Abbey beers.... awesome selection all the time.

Rare finds don't tend to last very long here, but they do a great job limiting the number of bottles you can buy. I would easily grade this shop with an A.

Swongler, Sep 10, 2013
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4.82/5  rDev +6.4%

For purely the bottle selection, this was the best of the bottle shops I visited while in San Fran. Small place but packed with a great selection of bottles. Prices ranged from average to slightly expensive. The service was also great; the guy working there helped me find some of the limited Almanac releases and actually went to the back to grab a box of one that appeared to be out of stock. A close walk to Toronado and Monk's Kettle and easy enough to visit all 3 in an afternoon.

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 05, 2013
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Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA
100 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.