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Ales Unlimited

Ales UnlimitedAles Unlimited
BA SCORE
96
world-class

16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 5.09%
$$ - reasonable


[ Store ]

2398 Webster St
San Francisco, California, 94115-1807
United States
phone: (415) 346-6849

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @alesunlimited

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(Place added by: DoubleJ on 07-10-2011)
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Reviews by mactrail:
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mactrail

California

4.14/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I found a better selection of unusual beers here than almost anywhere in the city except for the Jug Shop. They are especially strong in Belgians and have a thorough sampling of interesting brews and breweries from around the US. They seem to have an affinity for oddities.

I only found this place because I wrote down the actual street address. It seems to be called Ales Unlimited now, which much more accurately describes the business and the appeal to beer geeks. It's a tiny corner market space but a treasure hunt as you twist and squat among the narrow aisles.

For the tourist, this is in an interesting neighborhood just east of upper Fillmore where bus and trolley coach lines converge. Bring your backpack.

10-24-2011 04:25:48 | More by mactrail
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WillyB123

California

4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$

A good, small place. They seem to try and get as much new beer as possible. I've seen some rare stuff come by here. They do a great job on placing limits on certain beers so that more people can come pick some up. Occasionally they'll focus on a brewery from out of state and pick up 6 or 7 of their beers. I like this, because then its like a whole introduction to a brewery I might not ever try. I trust them.

03-08-2014 00:00:19 | More by WillyB123
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Jvrdz24

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

02-18-2014 15:02:42 | More by Jvrdz24
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NickRivers

California

4.57/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | $$

Awesome cozy shop here, Steve was a great guy to talk to, and really knows his stuff. I like most people went in looking for Pliny. I ended up walking out with some Mogli, 1 Pliny on the shelf, Some Fantomes, Prairie, RR and more.

Located in the beautiful Pacific Heights, this corner shop is sure to do its job and fix that itch for craft beer. The prices we're reasonable, parking as mentioned in other reviews seems like it can be a pain but who drives in this town. Also, follow them on instagram. That'll help the hunt of the whale.

All in all if your in this area make an effort to visit this shop. Very sleek and well done. Cheers!

02-14-2014 16:34:30 | More by NickRivers
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Steffano

California

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

01-26-2014 06:02:44 | More by Steffano
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flexabull

California

4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$

Founds this place while out on a morning walk, returned later in the afternoon to check it out.

Small tiny little corner store that is packed to the gills with high quality beers and wine. It was almost too small when a couple of other patrons came in to shop with me. But it's a really cool looking place.

Quality is top notch, only high quality craft here.

Service was good. As usual in a beer store, I rarely ask for help, but the guy was friendly and talkative when I checked out.

Selection is good, and impressive for such a small place. My only minor complaint was the selection seemed mostly import heavy, and there wasn't a whole lot of local craft.

Prices were fair for most everything I saw.

Overall, a very nice little beer store. Especially if you are looking for imports.

09-03-2013 17:53:03 | More by flexabull
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TxUltraRunner

Texas

5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

Best bottle shop in the city by far! Owner is a blast to talk to and is willing to suggest to your taste. Being a Texan myself, the owner gushed over Jester King. Ended up getting stuff from The Bruery, Almanac, Russian River, and Firestone Walker. The walk from Chinatown was hell considering I ran the San Francisco Marathon a few hours before.

07-10-2013 02:36:48 | More by TxUltraRunner
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Great little place with tons of great beer. You would never know what this place was about just passing by. Tiny interior with just a lot of great beer-domestic and imports. The owners a helluva nice guy and he's really into it for the love of beer.

Highly recommended.

05-17-2013 01:43:38 | More by brewandbbq
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nrb1

California

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$

My favorite beer store in San Francisco. Great selection and Steve really knows his beers. I have found a lot of hard to find old favorites here as well as found a lot of new favorites. Great selection of both Belgian and US craft beers. Only down side is that parking is tough to find.

04-26-2013 23:28:03 | More by nrb1
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Falcon91Wolvrn03

California

4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$

I found this place while searching for a beer on beermenus.com. This was the only store in the Bay Area I could find that seemed to have was I was looking for, so I came in to see if they actually carried it. Not only did they carry it, but they also carried a huge selection of other very good beer.

This store is relatively new, which explains why I haven’t heard of it before (and why there aren’t that many reviews yet on BA). The selection is fantastic. I saw a number of beers here that I couldn’t find at Healthy Spirits, and overall, I think the selection here is as great as the selection at Healthy Spirits. Prices are reasonable as well. If it means anything, beermenus.com shows they carry 921 beers as of this review compared to 788 at Healthy Spirits (although that list is probably not 100% complete or accurate). They recommended following them on Twitter or Facebook for the latest updates.

The staff is friendly, and very helpful. They recommended some very good beer based on my tastes that I may not have otherwise found in their huge selection. I found them to be interesting to chat with, and very willing to go out of their way for me if I had any requests.

Overall, I feel this is one of the top beer stores in the Bay Area. Definitely worth checking out!

10-15-2012 06:06:14 | More by Falcon91Wolvrn03
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Ales Unlimited in San Francisco, CA
96 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.