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Healthy Spirits

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Healthy SpiritsHealthy Spirits

75 Reviews
Reviews: 75
Visits: 102
Avg: 4.55
pDev: n/a
[ Store ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @healthyspirits

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: 102
Photo of BigB415
4.7/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in here on a friday afternoon after passing it by every week day for work for more than a month. As soon as you walk in you're greeted by beer by the several "focals" in the middle of the store. On the left side of the store is glassware and a cooler filled with all sorts of beer and soda. On the back wall there is wine and magnums of beer and older vintages. I saw a magnum of 1998 Anchor Our Christmas Ale. On the right side of the store there is whiskey, home made hummus, cheese and the cash register. I found a mini vertical of Gale's Prize Old Ale 1996 to 2000. I brought up the 1997 to 2000 and the guy threw in the 1996 for free so I could complete the vertical, I thought the 1996 was the 1997.

The guy working the register and seemed to be the only one working at the moment was really laid back and nice, I asked him his thoughts on the 1997 Gale's and he gave an honest opinion and left me to wander on my own. Healthy Spirits really focuses on Belgium/Imported beer. About 85% of the beer selection was imported, the rest being from America. I had to stop and look at every bottle since I didn't recognize more than half the beer in the store. A nice little spot in a nice part of SF, the neighborhood is beautiful. I suggest stopping in here if you are in the neighborhood. I guarantee there is nothing here you haven't had already.

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Photo of leschkie
4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

One of my go-to bottles shop while in the city. I like how this one is located away from the bustling city life. Bottle selection is very expansive and probably one of the best in the bay area. I think this is the poster-child of how a bottle shop should run their customer service. The staff is very knowledgable and looking to help you out. One of the best things about this shop is how they are constantly keeping you informed of new arrivals (even the rarest of things) via their blog. And, unlike many other bottle shops I've shopped at, they give everybody an equal and fighting chance to get their hands on new limited releases the moment they arrive, rather than putting them aside for their buddies. Slightly more expensive than other shops around the bay, however.

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Photo of stupac2
5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I love this store. Their selection is among the best (or perhaps the best) in the Bay Area, the staff are exceptionally friendly and helpful, their communication with customers can't be beat (updates via facebook and blog when new stuff comes in), and their Beer of the Month club has expanded my tastes significantly. Sure, you pay a bit of a premium because it's in the city, but it's worth it (and the 10% discount for BotM members offsets it somewhat).

If you're in the city, check this place out.

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Photo of futura123
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This is a small, cozy beer store looking like a mom and pop shop. However, when you step inside, you will be amazed with the selection they have. Most IPA, Belgians are in the fridge with some cellarable stout outside. Everything is well organized and well thought. They have plentiful of beers available for the West Coast. Once in a while, they also have some special release with 1 or 2 bottle limit.The staff is super helpful. They also have some special beers behind the counter. One of the thing I really like about Healthy Spirits is that their inventory is pretty accurate with what they post on their website, thus saving me time to browse and plan my trip to get the exact bottle I want. Besides beers, they have excellent Humus. Love Healthy Spirit. I always stop by if I made a trip to the city.

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Photo of baycat
4.9/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Best bottle shop in San Francisco. Healthy Spirits is unassuming on the outside but is packed full of great beer ranging from sought after locals to hard to source rarities. They maintain an up to date inventory list on their website and post shipment updates constantly. While it is good to be surprised by what a store has in stock, even better to know what you can get before you buy. Healthy Spirits runs a well priced beer of the month club which will get you those special releases and introduce you to new beers. Plus the make some of the best hummus.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
5/5  rDev +9.9%

If you've never been to this store, and were just driving by, Healthy Spirits would appear to be just another Mom and Pop small corner store. But those in the know will quickly see signs that this store is a special place. There are several different brewery signs in the front window, including an iconic Chimay sign hanging outside. There also might be a sidewalk sign that says they know hummus, bourbon, and beer, or that boasts they have more than 500 bottled beers.

Once inside, get ready for beer nirvana. The selection of beers is just fantastic. They get most of the beers that are in distribution to the west coast, and Dave Hauslein, the beer manager, gets his hands on lots of special allocations. Dave runs their beer of the month club that I have been a member of since it started, with great selections of new things to try and interesting writeups of the beers. BOTM membership comes with a good discount (15%) for buying additional beers, which makes their prices fairly competitive with other providers in the Bay Area.

The service is outstanding. Rami, Nate, Dave and others know their beers and can be depended upon for good advice. I do most of my shopping here, except for some special allocation beers they may not have. They also ship and they have a website with product updates and that has their entire inventory and prices (http://healthy-spirits.blogspot.com), updated regularly. They have added a line of specialty beer glasses too.

It is wonderful to have this resource just a few blocks from where I live. It's not their fault, but a downside is that due to city laws, they are prohibited from pouring because they are a block away from an elementary school. Wish that would change.

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Photo of Natural510
4.55/5  rDev 0%

My first visit yesterday was by chance. What appeared to be your regular urbane liquor store in a well-heeled neighborhood is actually a high-grade beer store.

The selection is on the smaller side, but thoughtful. Mostly bombers and 750ml corked bottles. The focus is on Belgians and the higher-end California stuff. 4-5 doors of chilled bottles, plus some sporadically shelved bottles. The store is small, but they fit in everything as well as possible.
The staff behind the counter were all helpful, even when a bit over-engrossed in personal conversation. No help needed on my end still, though they did have a hummus tasting going when I was there, which I thought was a nice touch.

Overall, a nice store with thoughtful selections in a limited space. I prefer City Beer Store due to them having more shelf space, but Healthy Spirits is a worthy stop in its own right. If you're on a budget though, you may find yourself limited to one or two bottles, as most of the offerings are higher-end labels (Port, Lost Abbey, Ballast Point, the RR sour line, etc).

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Photo of Onibubba
5/5  rDev +9.9%

My absolute favorite spot to buy beer in SF. Dave is super helpful, especially so for an out of town customer. As someone who likes Belgians and American Wild Ales especially, I could not ask for a better selection. They seem to specialize in locals, Belgians (esp lambics / geuze), and more exotic European offerings - Nogone, Mikkiller, Haandybaak. Of course, your Russian River and Lost Abbey needs will be taken care of here. Expensive? Yeah buddy, but it is premium beer in San Franciso. What do you expect?

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Photo of nyrangerfan
5/5  rDev +9.9%

In town for a few days and had to visit this place that I've ordered from over the phone before. Walking up the street wasn't sure what to expect and when I finally got to the door I thought "this small place is it?"? Yes, yes it is! AWESOME selection. I am on a Russian River mission so I quickly scout it out and put bottle after bottle on the counter. Rami (Owner?) is VERY helpful and nice and we have a great conversation about beer as I'm carefully scouting out the place looking for everything I can't get locally. Breweries include: RR, Stone, Bruery, New Belgium, Midnight Sun, Alaskan, DFH, Mikkeller, Nogne-O, Port, Deschutes, etc...etc... and tons of Belgian stuff. If you're ever in San Fran, you HAVE to check this place out. Excellent selection and service, I highly recommend.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
5/5  rDev +9.9%

topped in here for the first time earlier today. A guy named Nate happened to be working the register.

Wow was this selection impressive! And most of it (or at least half) was kept chilled. The majority of the beers came from Belgium and other northern European countries (I saw a ton of Mikkeller), but most the rest came from the good old U S of A. No BMC here, and not even any mediocre breweries. Jolly Pumpkin, Mikkeller, Nøgne Ø, Russian River, Cantillon, Stone, Baladin (there were a good number of Italian beers too), HaandBryggeriet, Goose Island, the list goes on and on! I can't say enough about the selection - you'll just have to see it for yourself.

I chatted with Nate (the cashier) for quite awhile, and the guy definitely knew his craft beer. In fact, he probably knew more about craft beer than I do, which (don't take this in the wrong way - I'm not a cocky guy) has never happened to me at a beer shop before. It was really enjoyable! I was able to get honest opinions on just about everything, even the odd/rare styles like faro and gueuze. Nate claimed that he had tried 80-90% of the beer sin the store, and I certainly believe it. After finalizing my order, Nate hooked me up with a free reusable bag (long story, I lost mine, etc. - it was a very nice gesture). Top notch service!

I also found out (partially through the Healthy Spirits website, partially through Nate) that Healthy Spirits has a Beer of the Month club. For $40-50 a month, subscribers get monthly beer packages loaded with the rarest and most highly-sought-after beers Healthy Spirits has to offer. Last month, subscribers got a bottle of Bourbon Barrel-Aged Old Dipsea With Brett, which was only released at Marin Brewing Co. and Healthy Spirits. Yeah, it's that kind of beer store.

All in all, this was a fantastic experience! Healthy Spirits is the best beer store I've ever visited, and I recommend it to anyone within driving distance of the place!

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Photo of 100floods
4.45/5  rDev -2.2%

Located just around the corner from the hustle and bustle of the Castro, this place almost feels like a hidden gem everyone knows about. The last time I was there the owner's wife was there. She's a really sweet lady who is totally hip to beer nerds coming in and even told us that her husband posts updates regularly on BA. Also the beer buyer was extremely well verses in the beer he sold; on one particular day he took me into the back to show me the early stages of what he hoped would become a cellar. He even gave me a bottle of Ale Smith's 2006 Crand Cru (this was in late 2007). This was before even city beer was aging stuff. Very nice and helpful staff.

The beer selection was pretty damn good too. This place mostly focuses on belgian beers and carries a good selection of german and some american beers, but the theme is mostly belgian. Their stock varies from things you've seen before so a few things you'll see for the first time. The prices aren't cheap, but I marked it as reasonable because you're getting mostly high end and imported beer.

Grab some home made hummus while yer their too, AMAZING!

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Photo of david131
4.65/5  rDev +2.2%

I was in town visiting a friend and decided to swing in. The place specializes in beer, whiskey, and hummus. When I first walked in I was greeted with a stand of beers containing some rarer oddities such as Black Albert and some local offerings. Some other breweries that were stocked were Chimay, Trappistes Rochefort, Russian River, Ballast Point, Alesmith, Stone, Mikkeller, St. Bernardus, Oskar Blues, Hair of the Dog, Deschutes, Ommegang, The Bruery, Avery, Port Brewing, Dogfish Head, Big Sky... I could go on. They seemed to stock some of the harder to find offerings from these breweries, although I was bummed to find out that they did not have any Pliny the Elder. David, the beer manager, was very knowledgeable and helpful and even pointed me towards Toronado to get some Pliny. Most of the beer was in the cooler and the only thing that seemed a little off quality wise was some of the beers on the racks being pretty exposed to sunlight. They offer a 10% discount on any combination of 6 bottles, but I still ended up spending quite a bit. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of corby112
4.65/5  rDev +2.2%

Stopped by here on a recent trip to the Bay Area. Pretty large corner bottle shop with a very large selection of craft beers. They have a center aisle with a lot of room temperature bottles and about six cooler of additional bottles. The selection was pretty solid but the prices were a bit higher here than everywhere else in the area. Some of the highlights were Abyss, Mirror Mirror, Black Butte XXI, Marin Dipsea, Gales Prize Old Ale 1998 vintage, Cuvee de Tomme, New Belgium Lips of Faith series, Full Sail beers and a large selection of Belgian and Scandinavian beers. They also have quite a few different magnums for sale. The guys working here were very knowledgeable and friendly and I spent a good bit of time just talking to them about beer. I really liked this place and would highly recommend it even if the prices are a bit steeper than others.

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Photo of radshoesbro
3.85/5  rDev -15.4%

Heard a lot about this place, and it was recommended by my friend Alex (checkii), so I had fairly high expectations.

First off, it's small. Only about five or six coolers and a few racks. Gourmet cheeses and ice creams, plus wine and beer. Good, friendly service and they seem knowledgeable about beer.

Fair number of belgians that aren't available in San Diego, so I was excited about that! The prices seem about average for a lot of their higher end beers. Otherwise, their selection was pretty moderate. The size sort of kills the amount of excellent beers they can have. Obviously they're going to need to carry the more pedestrian beers as it's their businesses bread and butter.

All in all this is a good place to have in the neighborhood, but if I lived here I'd be somewhat disappointed.

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Photo of jophish17
4.55/5  rDev 0%

Reviewed with both a visit in fall 08 and a shipped order earlier this year

What more can be said about this great shop. This place is among the best to get all the great west coast beers. Russian River, Deschutes, HOTD, Firestone Walker and then possibly the best selection of Belgians on the west coast. They also specialize in bourbon so that makes this southern dude approve. The staff is incredibly helpful, though it did take a while on my online order to get everything completed and shipped out. Some things can get pricey but its San Fran and Im happy to support such great beer advocates. A great craft beer store

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.93/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I visited all the top rated Beer Advocate beer stores in the Bay Area, and I believe Healthy Spirits has the best selection of beer on the San Francisco Peninsula (although several beer stores in the East Bay Area have more, such as Perry's in Livermore which has the best Bay Area selection).

They have a great website (http://healthy-spirits.blogspot.com/), which includes their beer prices (a HUGE bonus), and it lets you know when beers are out of stock.

The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. They even sell some pretty decent food & snacks if you're hungry, and will often put food out (like cheese) to sample.

Definitely worth stopping in to see the selection. I picked up many great hard to find beers here.

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Photo of number1bum
4.7/5  rDev +3.3%

Stopped here while in San Fran to pick up a few goodies to take home. It was easy to park nearby and easy to find. There was a sign boasting over 550 beers, and pretty much none of it was crap. Very impressive selection of regional and national micros, including about 5 different Russian River selections and lots of other limited stuff. I picked up some Deschutes Black Butte XI and some new Nectar Ales Black Xantus. Also saw a few remaining bottles of last year's Bruery Partridge in a Pear Tree which the guy there said was flying out the door. There was too much great stuff and I didn't have enough room (or money) to take nearly enough of it home. Lots of Belgians as well, and just a very high quality selection overall.

The guy behind the counter was chatty and helpful, and if I had had any more questions I have no doubt that he would have been more than willing to help. Seemed to know his shit, too, which was a good sign. Prices seemed a bit high, although there was a 10% off discount for buying 6 or more bottles. Even given the discount prices were maybe a touch high, but the quality and selection were well worth it. I'd absolutely stop here again next time I'm in town.

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Photo of wd40
3.35/5  rDev -26.4%

The shop is very clean and tidy. There is a long string of refridgerators on the left wall as you enter the store with beer, some wine and sake as well as some soft drinks. There is a counter where you can get food on the right, which is also where the register is located. Between the two walls are stand alone shelving units which have beers are room temperature. I believe that there is little to no crossover between what is in the fridge and what is on the shelves. There are a number of very good and hard to find beers (at least hard for me to find!) as well as good beers or beers that are just ok.

They had beers from hair of the dog, north coast, some russian river, bear republic, lost abbey, cantillon, st. bernardus among others.

Although I think the store has its good points, I have to mention that I did not feel particularly welcome in this store due to the attitude of the clerk. Also the person working in the store had very little knowledge about beer. If you know what you want and are willing to pay a few dollars more for it, this is the place to go.

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.7/5  rDev +3.3%

This place boasts to have more that 555 beers available. When you walk into this small place you wonder where? Then you start to look in the fridge and wonder how they have packed so many things into a tight spot. So overall it is great. They have brews that I have never ever heard of. They have really expensive foreign brews and really expensive local brews. It is really pricey. So the people that work there are great, one of the dudes says he has tried one of everything, so that was incredibly helpful. Overall a great place and a place I wish I had locally.

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Photo of clvand0
4.85/5  rDev +6.6%

Healthy Spirits has become a normal stop for me when I'm in the San Francisco area. The staff (only three people) are very knowledgeable and are always willing to make suggestions and give opinions.

This is a fairly small store, but they have some great stuff packed in here. They carry Boon, Deschutes, Port Brewing, Shipyard, Russian River, Hair of the Dog, Mikeller, Nogne O, and tons of Belgians.

The prices are a little high, but the beers are first class and priced appropriately.

This is a must see place if you're in the area.

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Photo of raoulduke37
4.85/5  rDev +6.6%

Located right in the Castro district, I would have driven right by this place if it didn't have a Chimay flag out in front - the place is tiny, but the selection is nothing short of astounding.

While here, I picked up RR Beatification, JW Lees Vintage Harvest Ale 1999, Gouden Carolus Cuvee, Gouden Carolus Noel, and DFH Palo Santo Marron. Most of the beers are refrigerated, too.

I didn't get to meet the famed Dave while there, but this place was well worth the trip. Do not pass up this gem of a store if you are in the city.

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Photo of Ktown67
5/5  rDev +9.9%

I Stopped in on a Sunday morning a few weeks ago and scored some Abyss and PTE. This has to be one of the best beer stores in the entire country. While the size of their selection isn't huge, the quality of what they carry is second to none. If you are looking for West Coast "hard to find" beers, this is the place to go.

Dave (the beer guy) was friendly and very informative. Just talking to him you can see and hear his passion for beer. If you can prove to him you know what you are talking about he might even share with you some of the gems he has in the back room. But you have to ask.

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Photo of ibbjamin
5/5  rDev +9.9%

A beer advocate's heaven. Dave's knowledge of beer is astounding. He has IBUs and OG memorized for what seems to be all the beers he sells. All the staff is very friendly and informative. They get some of the hardest to find brews in the area. Their prices will certainly be more than a BevMo, but you don't go to Healthy Spirits to get the beers that they sell at a BevMo.

Check out their blogspot (linked on here) for a listing of their current selections and any rare and new additions they may have.

Oh yeah, and be sure to get a nibble of the hummus while you are there. They usually have some out to sample.

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Photo of Nick3
5/5  rDev +9.9%

This place is a gift from the beer gods sent down straight from heaven. I've never seen such a great selection of QUALITY beers at one store. There are plenty of hard to find Belgians here; but the place also boasts plenty of hard to find out of state American brews. They offer a 10% discount if you buy 6 or more bottles (not sure if size matters). I ended up buying 12, mostly 750s of hard to find Belgians. Kasteel, St. Bernardus (all beers), Tripel Karmeliet, Jolly Pumpkin brewery beers, etc. Well worth the trip for any lover of quality beers.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
5/5  rDev +9.9%

I was lucky enough to spend about 2 hours here with Rami this past week.

The selection is amazing! Everything is seemingly hand-picked and the breweries are all top-notch that he carries. Rami clearly specializes in beer, and knows what he's picking up. He has sandwiches and coffee available as well, both very high quality. After visiting this store, I wish I had one like this here in Madison. He had all the R.R., a bunch of Lost Abbey, and the Belgian selection rivals others I've seen. The only thing is there didn't seem to be many, if any sixers, but I didn't go for them so it didn't bother me at all.

What a great place, it's a can't miss for beer shoppers!

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