Healthy Spirits

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75 Reviews
Reviews: 75
Visits: 100
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: n/a
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2299 15th St
San Francisco, California, 94114-1237
United States
phone: (415) 255-0610

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Place added by: EBbrewpunx on 09-13-2006

Sunday: 11am - 9pm
Monday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm
Friday - Saturday: 11am - 11pm
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Reviews: 75 | Visits: 100
Reviews by SpdKilz:
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4.71/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Was only in SF for technically a day and made this a “must go” place for me. Located a few miles from my hotel I found parking right in front of the store.

I walked in around 2pm on a Tuesday. The store was empty except for the man behind the desk who greeted me promptly. The store has lots of fun things besides beer (ice cream, dips, other random food and wine). It is well laid out for such a small store and everything looks clean and new. Presentation was also good with various racks of beers and other things displayed nicely. The selection was fantastic. There were quite a few “rare” beers that I was surprised to see (including Dépuceleuse, BB Old Dipsea, Brettanomyces Lambicus, Danation 23, etc.). Needless to say I was there for quite some time to make sure I saw everything they had to offer.

The gentleman behind the counter was extremely nice and as I struck up a conversation with him I could tell he was genuinely into beer and keeping his store stocked with the best stuff. He was very sincere when he thanked me for complimenting him on his selection.

Overall, a great experience and great beer store. The “hype” of this store is true because as stated, I found some great things I was not expecting in the least, and the people there are great. A must stop if in SF. (1,304 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of James_Michaud91
4.81/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Very small little corner liquor store with anything but a small corner store selection. Great beers from all over the place. Also routinely have special, limited bottles for sale. Knowledgeable staff also helps making the decision of what to drink tonight that much easier. (273 characters)

Photo of Alequine
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A place of beer nirvana. Great varied selection and nice gems on the shelf if you are knowledgeable and careful. Good west coast distribution so if you are from the east coast its a good place to stop. The service was outstanding as the young lady behind the counter was very helpful in spotting sours for me and she works at another local brewery so she was knowledgeable as well. Most of the beers are priced at $2 above the other bottle shops in the city. I guess the rent is higher in this neighborhood. (511 characters)

Photo of TheBrewViking
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Vinithing
4.31/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of ChaseTheAce
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Fogindex
4/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Bwagner1122
4.72/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of ckeegan04
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Corner store just on the north side of the main drag through The Castro. Cool little neighborhood. Signs on the windows advertising beer, whisky and hummus. Interesting combo. Small store crammed full of great beer and one of the best whisky collections I have ever seen. Great selection including some vintage Russian River -tions. Friendly staff that was happy to answer questions. Would certainly recommend stopping by if in the area. (444 characters)

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of spark3148857
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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. (1,313 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.45/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of LittleDon
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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. (270 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -17.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of FightingEntropy
4.69/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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. (3,150 characters)

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Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA
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