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4.2/5 rDev -7.5%
Outstanding little store with a phenomenal beer selection. I went to Healthy Spirits for the first time two days ago, and that is one great, little store. I talked with Rami (actually, I'm a little embarrassed because I'm not sure if I was talking to Rami or Dave. I'm horrible with names and didn't want to ask again ten minutes into our conversation. It was a dark haired short guy. Of course, I'm 6'4", so most people are short to me. Both guys there were very nice, fwiw.) for awhile about various beers and ended up buying a couple boxes of outstanding and hard to find bottles. Also, I signed up for their beer of the month club, which is an excellent deal, at least judging by this month's selection and their previous blog posts.
The store is small but doesn't feel particularly cramped. The beers are arranged very well with a small area for wine off to the side, which made me smile as most wine stores have the opposite distribution. There are short descriptions written for the vast majority of beers. Also, I overheard Rami making recommendations to people less knowledgeable about beer that weren't just the standard starter beers but actually based on their limited experience. Prices are very reasonable when you take into account the 10% off six bottle discount, the discount on the beer of the month pack and the coupons given to beer of the month members.
The selection is really superb for such a small space. The wall of fridges is packed to the gills with everything you can think of. Their are some interesting vintage selections, including an excellent J.W. Lee's collection. I was even offered beers not on the display floor and given a little tour of the store room. Now, that place is cramped, but it's from all the boxes and shelves of wonderful beer, so that's my kind of cramped. They will even email you their entire inventory list, which is a helpful for planning ahead, not that it isn't hugely fun to peruse the array of bottles. Anyway, Healthy Spirits is a great store and, after visiting all of the top spots in San Francisco, my new favorite place to buy beer.
12-22-2008 18:29:45 | More by popery
4.85/5 rDev +6.8%
We stopped by Health Spirits today, and were very pleasantly surprised by the selection. The sign in front says 555+ beers, and I believe it. The proprietor was friendly and helpful with my choices, and he offered to get room temperature bottles after I told him I was traveling. He offered a couple of beers that weren't in the case once he saw what I was looking for, and the place has a 10% discount on purchases over 6 beers. What more can you ask for? They have a great selection of northern CA and Belgian beers, but I thought it was a little weak on darker beers. Really, this is a minor complaint. It is an excellent store, and I highly recommend it.
12-22-2008 03:20:33 | More by walshclimb
5/5 rDev +10.1%
I ordered some Beatification 002 and 003 from Healthy Spirits and I am very pleased with my purchase. Rami was very helpful in putting together my order and my beers arrived in perfect shape. The prices were reasonable, communication was great, and the selection of beers was darn good. I will be doing more business with Healthy Spirits in the future based upon my first experience. It is nice to be able to order beers like Russian River that are not widely distributed. I am hoping that they will be carrying Consecration when it is released in bottles.
12-17-2008 18:25:10 | More by ArrogantB
4.35/5 rDev -4.2%
While on my trip to SF I learned they had ABYSS which was just released a few days ago. I emailed Rami and asked if he could hold me a bottle. He fired back a beermail no problem.
I rode the electric cable car over and it was a short walk from the stop at market and castro.
The shop is not big, but what they may lack in size they make up in quality. Wonderful world class beers are all that are stocked on the shelves in this one.
A wonderful selection of Belgian brews along with the best the West Coast have to offer. Numerous bottles of ABYSS and Beautification which were recently released. Also 750's of Salvation, Sanctification, and Damnation. They also had some nice glassware which was also reasonably priced.
The prices were good and displayed on the bottle. I did not meet Rami, but I did meet his wonderful wife. She was very chatty and very friendly. I purchased an wonderful bagel sandwich as well before leaving.
It is a wonderful little corner shop. I would kill to have it in my neighborhood.
Rami, your an asset to the BA community and the neighborhood that you serve.
11-22-2008 02:46:58 | More by tpd975
4.2/5 rDev -7.5%
Healthy Spirits is a solid beer store in a mostly residential area. The beer selection isn't huge but the quality is very good. They had lots of Belgians, Pliny the Elder, several from Avery. I stopped in specifically for the Sierra Nevada Chico Harvest Ale. I was very impressed that most all of the beers are refrigerated. A very nice touch. They even had several magnums from Chimay, Stone and others.
The guy behind the counter was very helpful and offered a few good suggestions. The prices weren't cheap but probably aren't bad for SF. They also carry a decent selection of wine, chocolate and other foods.
Healthy Spirits is a nice neighborhood beer store. Check it out.
10-09-2008 04:57:21 | More by GJ40
4.85/5 rDev +6.8%
This is kind of a two part review for me. My wife was going to be in San Francisco for business so I immediately scoured BA for reviews. Saw some nice things about Healthy Spirits, and that Rami was an active member of our little community so for me the search was over. I contacted Rami by email to check on a few things, and received a very prompt response about what they had in stock. Very nice.
My wife said it was a short cab ride from where she was staying at the Argonaut. When she arrive Dave was working, and according to my wife the only place she had been that compares to the helpfulness she received is Bruisin Ales in Asheville. So that's a rave review from her. She said the store was nice, and the selection was outstanding. Seeing what she brought home I'd have to agree. Dave even called her a taxi, and offered to make her food while she waited. He even recommended a couple of local restaurants she really enjoyed. Class act all the way. I look forward to hopefully visiting as well in the future.
09-27-2008 21:28:47 | More by ahatcher78
4.85/5 rDev +6.8%
Romey and Dave are good people! They have some solid raft/micro brews in store as well. Quaint nice shop located in a cool location btwn Castro and Haight. I was in from out of town and they were able to offer me a good base of beers which were enjoyed during our vacation down the CA coastline to LA. I will definitely visit them again next go round. Ohh, Thanks to Romey for the tip about the hip North Beach area. I strongly recommend this area to Italian cuisine lovers. Thanks for the stocking such a selection!
09-18-2008 04:02:14 | More by tippletime
4.65/5 rDev +2.4%
This place is within walking distance from the Castro and Haight, a very convenient location as I spent my afternoon walking around these areas; enjoying the beautiful city and looking at beautiful San Franciscan girls. Anyway, impressive selections of Belgians and Nordic brews. They do have the normal 750 Russian Rivers in the cooler, the barrel aged brews are in the back, just ask for it and they'll give it to you. Lots of rarer Belgians, others I found interesting are the Weihenstephan 1809, Koningshoeven Bock, etc... But still, no Bear Republic XP Pale... ahhh!!
Service is pleasant and down to earth. A nice little store that i will go regularly if I live nearby.
08-25-2008 23:41:57 | More by vince4953529
3.2/5 rDev -29.5%
Last stop in San Francisco before getting back to Redding, this place is located in the Castro District on a corner, expected great things from this place too and came up empty handed, did not buy one thing, I asked the girl working behind the counter and she just ignored me, got a weird vibe in here and it seemed like more of a coffee shop or something than a beers store, place was clean and everything, just not my thing, lots of beer in the fridges with lots of imports, saw Hair of the Dog Ruth there which was the first time I had ever seen it but I already a couple bottles of that off of Liquid Solutions, so I did not buy anymore, all the Russian River stuff everybody talks about was non existent and I only saw Blind Pig and Pliny there as well, other bottles included stuff from Cantillon, Lost Abbey, Stone, Allagash, and many more, it is too bad I did not get to meet Rami or Dave, maybe next time if I happen to make near this part of SF
08-24-2008 04:14:53 | More by Floydster
4.74/5 rDev +4.4%
First off, a big thank you goes out to Rami for making such a pleasant experience. I had called ahead to confirm there was Russian River left and he asked if I would be able to bring some Brooklyn Brewery beers, which I was more than happy to do...in abundance. Upon arrival he and William (other employee there) were super cool and great to hang around with. Also worth mentioning is that Rami knows and loves beer and is just a real pleasant guy to talk to.
As far as my honest critique of the store goes: A very nice selection. At that moment they had a lot of Russian River. And I mean a massive amount. Beatification, Supplication, Temptation, Redemption, Salvation, Damnation, Pliny the Elder, and Blind Pig. And not just a small amount either. Cases and cases and cases and cases. So if the folks at Russian River like the place enough to make sure they get a huge delivery of stuff, you know something good is going on. Beyond the Russian River there was a nice variety of well arranged American and international stuff. Lots of Belgians! Everything in the front is in the coolers, but if you want something at room temperature, just ask. They have many, many shelves of things in the back.
Overall I think that Healthy Spirits is really just in it's beginning phases. I can see the whole store growing and becoming bigger and even more interesting as time goes on. Which is why it'll be a place I hit when returning to San Francisco.
About 5 blocks from the N subway and only a few blocks off Market Street.
07-21-2008 15:27:08 | More by RblWthACoz
Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA
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