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4.8/5 rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
This place is tucked away in a residential part of SF near the Castro. While I’ve heard about it for some time I found it by wandering around. Happy accidents!
I consider myself a beer geek but I was amazed at their selection—imports upon imports that I have never encountered elsewhere. How do they do it? Of course expect to pay a premium for these bottles. The staff was friendly and inviting. And to be honest he seemed like he wanted to geek out with everyone who came in. It was a nice touch to see the employees share in the enthusiasm.
12-02-2012 03:17:11 | More by elNopalero
4.3/5 rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
In essence, it's a kick ass corner store. On offer other then beer they have a good spread of cheeses for pairings, also some chocolates, and other assorted food provisions.
The focus is certainly on Belgians and Belgian-style. For the size of the place, what they fill it with is very impressive. Cooler lined walls on one side opposite the cheese counter and checkout area. Four or five smaller racks with room temp selections. All your traditional labels are here but they've got most other places beat when they add in a label from a brewery you don't normally see in the States.
Sunday afternoon I was the only one in store and service was very good. Learned that they'll be opening a new store in the next couple of weeks which tells you enough about how people feel about this store.
A very good stop for anyone visiting SF.
09-28-2012 16:01:56 | More by JosephThompson
4.71/5 rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Was only in SF for technically a day and made this a “must go” place for me. Located a few miles from my hotel I found parking right in front of the store.
I walked in around 2pm on a Tuesday. The store was empty except for the man behind the desk who greeted me promptly. The store has lots of fun things besides beer (ice cream, dips, other random food and wine). It is well laid out for such a small store and everything looks clean and new. Presentation was also good with various racks of beers and other things displayed nicely. The selection was fantastic. There were quite a few “rare” beers that I was surprised to see (including Dépuceleuse, BB Old Dipsea, Brettanomyces Lambicus, Danation 23, etc.). Needless to say I was there for quite some time to make sure I saw everything they had to offer.
The gentleman behind the counter was extremely nice and as I struck up a conversation with him I could tell he was genuinely into beer and keeping his store stocked with the best stuff. He was very sincere when he thanked me for complimenting him on his selection.
Overall, a great experience and great beer store. The “hype” of this store is true because as stated, I found some great things I was not expecting in the least, and the people there are great. A must stop if in SF.
02-08-2012 04:54:11 | More by SpdKilz
4.78/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
A: Store is small and cozy, a little tight in some spots but it has a great feel.
Q: The quality of all the product in the store was excellent, maybe a few dusty bottles.. but hey I like my beer aged.
S: I was asked if I need help or suggestions. Talked with the owner for a while and found a common interest in the Foodery back home.
S: Selection was great, everything they had was awesome but the store was small. More would have been nicer, but it was still great.
V: I expected to pay exactly what I did. Most places now do a 6 pack discount for mixing.. I can't remember if they had that going when I visited.
12-17-2011 22:17:57 | More by nrpellegrini
4.41/5 rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Healthy spirits offers an exceptional selection of beers, coupled with even more impressive service. What looks like a corner store with a faded Chimay sign on a residential corner turns out to be a treasure trove of imports and local craft beers. A center row of islands holds quite a few single bottles, and the coolers on the left are full of sixers, bombers, and import singles. An inordinate number of magnums and jerobaums here if you're looking for a party starter.
Rami gave some excellent recommendations and advice, not to mention an extra on top of our purchase. Very helpful in picking some local beers to try.
Selection was varied, plenty of imports from the Shelton portfolio, Mikkeller, Italian stuff from B. United, Hitachino, Jolly Pumpkin, Strubbe, Yo-Ho, Drakes, High Water, Russian River, and plenty more. Felt like a kid in a candy store again...
10-08-2011 04:46:08 | More by emerge077
3.88/5 rDev -14.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Whenever I am back in San Francisco and looking to stock up on good beers to bring home, I check out the selection at Healthy Spirits. They have a great selection of the usual suspects of quality beers from Stone, Russian River, Lost Abbey, Port, Lagunitas and many more. Even some rare Italian stuff. They have a very impressive bourbon selection as well. If you're hungry they have a really good bagel sandwich. If you can't find a specific beer you're looking for, it's worth asking because they might have it hidden in the back somewhere.
09-25-2011 11:29:11 | More by skimoore
4.6/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
I've been to Healthy Spirits a few times now and feel I should finally review it. It looks like a beer store, enough room to explore the selection. Both the gentlemen I've met weren't super open but, to be honest, trip one, he was talking to boss or owner about what new brews he was ordering. Understandable, it's a beer store. Second time I had to approach the dude, but a good brew conversation insued. The selection is top notch, rivaled only by City Beer Store (my opinion of course). Short list of beers obtained: HOTD Blue Dot, Ola Dubh 20, 30 and 40, Port Mongo and Zuur. I'm poor and not on the ball, so I missed or could not afford some of the choice brews. Got a free cloth bottle bag on my first trip too. Very worth finding.
07-29-2011 00:43:34 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
4.95/5 rDev +9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited Healthy Spirits on my Honeymoon last month. I found it on beer advocate, and the website they had set up looked promising.
Upon arrival, I had a list from the website that I was in search of. They had everything on the list. This is a freak occurence if you're used to hoping that stock matches the website at liquor stores. The gentleman behind the counter was courteous and extremely helpful. I needed help locating everything on the list, even though the store is quite cozy. The selection isn't massive like a chain, but doesn't need to be, because they have stocked everything that a beer lover would ask to find.
They make their own hummus in house and we tried a few. They were all fresh, some spicy and others sweet, and would have gone great with an ice cold beer.
We ended up shipping about 15 bottles home from this store, and are so glad that we went out of our way to find it.
06-28-2011 20:15:15 | More by FoxiBoxi
3.73/5 rDev -17.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$$
As soon as you walk in you see beer! There is a pretty nice sized cooler filled with a large variety. There were a lot of bottles that I didn't recognize so I was there for a bit, studying each one. They also have a decent glass ware section in the front. Prices seemed reasonable. Parking was a pain but it's the city. The guy behind the register greeted me when I walked in and let me browse without hassling me. Some places can be a little pesky. They must have one of the best selections in the city. That being said, their prices can be a outrageous. They tend to mark up a lot of their beer, especially the limited releases. I've stopped going for this reason.
06-27-2011 04:40:59 | More by mikul93
4.7/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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.
06-25-2011 19:21:57 | More by BigB415
Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA
99 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.