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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
3.35/5 rDev -26.2%
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.
07-19-2009 02:36:49 | More by wd40
3.73/5 rDev -17.8%
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
3.75/5 rDev -17.4%
This is a small, innocent looking corner store w/ a surprising beer selection that's in your face directly upon entering. While they may not carry everything, there's an impressive amount of Belgians for such a small place, and most of the smaller label Belgian selections rotate through. This is a place you have to check every couple weeks to make sure you're not missing out on anything. The clerks there don't seem to know (or care) much about the beer, but this is an excellent place to get a sandwich and stare at the beer coolers while you eat. A number of rare brews somehow find their way in here and their prices aren't any different from anywhere else, despite the fancier aura about it.
09-13-2006 21:57:54 | More by clickpush
3.85/5 rDev -15.2%
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.
01-10-2010 22:12:27 | More by radshoesbro
3.88/5 rDev -14.5%
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
3.9/5 rDev -14.1%
Corner market with a large selection of Belgian and Belgian-style ales in 750ml size bottles, all kept cold in a line of display coolers. At the time of my visit (early Feb 2007) there were over 149 craft beers, of which 84 were from Belgium. The owner said he expected to receive another 25 or so Belgians in the next week. Some interesting beers I havent seen elsewhere recently included the Kapittel range, Deschutes Abyss, Leute Bok, three beers from Belgian brewer Blaugies, Ecaussinnes Ultrabrune, and Duinen Dubbel and Tripel. Prices are high about 24% higher than BevMo and 13% higher than PlumpJack but the interesting selection makes it worthwhile. Very tough on-street parking but open late nightly.
02-08-2007 23:49:02 | More by CraftBC
Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA
99 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.