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Healthy Spirits

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

84 Ratings
Ratings: 84
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 9.03%
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ 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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Nick3

California

5/5  rDev +10.1%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

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.

03-08-2009 09:08:12 | More by Nick3
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ThreeWiseMen

California

5/5  rDev +10.1%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$

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!

08-12-2010 06:30:25 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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stupac2

California

5/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

06-10-2011 19:30:25 | More by stupac2
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md655321

Michigan

5/5  rDev +10.1%

03-19-2014 03:07:41 | More by md655321
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Zkscharf

California

5/5  rDev +10.1%

12-03-2013 05:25:27 | More by Zkscharf
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mszuch

California

5/5  rDev +10.1%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

Ok, in town visiting family, and just happen to look through beerfly for a store with good selection.
The name got me originally - Healthy Spirits, gotta love the name!!!
The location isnt too far, and once i start to read the reviews, I am hooked.
I walk in the store and meet Dave. Talk about a great "host", since salesperson just doesn't cut it.
After introductions, he spins me around, and my jaw hits the floor at the Belgian selection he has there!!! HOLY %$#$%^
So. Cal has nothing like this, and don't even get me started on Nor. Cal beers. Russian is my fav, and he mentions a little "back stock" that I take advantage of.
I left there a happy person, and Dave, when you read this, you can definitely expect me back whenever in the bay area, and I cant wait until the shipping thing gets going.
Cheers to the crew.

07-17-2008 21:17:10 | More by mszuch
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jkane101

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +10.1%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

What can I say about Healthy Spirits...other than this is now and forever will be my "Go To" place in San Fran..
here's my story...
So while browsing the forums I noticed that Rami of Healthy Spirits has just posted that he has a limited number of bottle from Russian River in..just a few of each. Me, living in NJ, started thinking "how the fuck can I get my hands on these bad boys" without performing some kind of Fantastic Four stretchy-man act.
Then it hit me...isnt my ex-wife in SF on a business trip??? HELL YEAH she is...
So a few sweet text messages to butter her up and BINGO...she's willing to be my beer mule!
Now I gotta get in touch with Rami and see if we can work out how to get her the beers since she's in a day long meeting.
I call Rami...and he is, in a word, unbelievable.
First he tells me what he has...then he puts the beers I want to the side. He tells me if it comes to it he'll find a way to get the beer to her hotel...are you kidding me? He's awesome.

Anyway...as it turns out my ex is able to get out of her meeting early and take a cab there. She's on the phone with me the whole time while Rami and her are adding to the order... being a beer drinker herself she also wanted a few of these goodies.

So there's my tale....
an exceptional store with exceptional people working it.
Thank You Rami!!
and hey...thank you to my ex-wife, Kanesty, for being a good sport.

05-12-2008 20:41:38 | More by jkane101
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Onibubba

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +10.1%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$$

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?

11-05-2010 15:08:48 | More by Onibubba
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madtowndmb1

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +10.1%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

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!

02-23-2009 20:47:14 | More by madtowndmb1
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Beerenauslese

California

5/5  rDev +10.1%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$

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.

01-13-2011 19:06:16 | More by Beerenauslese
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Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA
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