Plumpjack Wine Store
Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
3.55/5 rDev -16.5%
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I used to love this place, but Craig just has everything on lock down now. The quality of the beers is great and the selection is pretty damn good, but the service is really only good when the one beer guy is there as some of the other employees just know nothing about beer. Also this place is in Noe Valley so it is kind of out of the way for me and the prices are definately on the higher end of things. So all in all this place is great to pick up a few special bottles quickly when you already know what you want. I rest easy shopping here every once in a while because hey, Gavin Newsom owns the place ;-)
05-21-2007 02:57:47 | More by francisweizen
4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A specialty wine shop that also stocks an excellent selection of beer. They carry a very large selection of Belgians (including ones that I haven't seen elsewhere) along with a large selection of special releases. I picked up some double bastards on my last visit. They have a small fridge with everything else on the shelves.
The person helping me was very knowledgeable and helpful. An excellent environment in which to buy beer (good prices as well), if I lived in SF I would be in here once a week. One of the top 3 beer stores in which I have ever been.
03-26-2007 20:59:04 | More by willjschmidt
4.35/5 rDev +2.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
PlumpJack is one of my go-to stores in San Francisco - a place I need to visit at least 3 times a month just to make sure nothing impressive and new hasn't surfaced that I haven't seen anywhere else. Drew, the manager, knows his beer as well as his wine and Scotch, so he's normally who I approach w/ conversation & questions (though BA BrewBacca works there on the weekends, we've never met in person). They have a decent Belgian and other import selection, certainly the best of the upscale alcohol-only stores. Prices are very reasonable, average or below I would say, and this is one of the few places in the city with consistent AleSmith and Russian River bottles (the other being Blackwells). Cantillon, Urthel, Stone limited releases, and a good selection of magnums all contribute to the great selection here. I belong to the beer-of-the-month club here and at the end of every month am handed $20 worth of good beers that I often have not seen before, plus a greatly informative write up of both brews and breweries written by Drew. I like this place plenty and it's a straight shot from my house on the 24 line... but definitely worth seeking out even if it's not so easy for you.
02-22-2007 20:50:05 | More by clickpush
4.2/5 rDev -1.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
This is a small specialty wine store that really packs in the inventory. I counted about 157 different craft beers (of which 89 are from Belgium). But some may be stored in the cellar due to lack of shelf space. The manager expects to stock more beers from the Shelton Bros. importers in the next month. Prices about 8% higher than BevMo but it has a much more interesting selection. Unusual beers available here include Petrus Aged Pale, Flying Dog Wild Dog Double Pale Ale, De Ranke Kriek and XX Bitter, Drie Fonteinen Kriek, Lees Manchester Star, RCH Ale Mary, Aventinus Eis Bock and Le Bete des Vosges. Very tough street parking but worth popping in just to see whats new.
02-08-2007 23:51:51 | More by CraftBC
4.35/5 rDev +2.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Noe Valley is one hip and good looking San Francisco neighborhood, made better by the presence of Plumpjack. Though their beer selection is limited, what they carry is impressive--great Belgians, Germans, and English ales as well as a strong selection of artisanal brews from California breweries like Farmhouse, AleSmith, Stone, and Moylan's.
The service was really knowledgeable about the different Belgians they were carrying and was helpful without being pushy. A class act to be sure.
Not living in San Francisco, I don't know that I'll get to Plumpjack again, but should I ever come back to the city, Plumpjack will certainly be near the top of my 'revisit' list.
06-14-2006 17:51:10 | More by benito
4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
Stopped here while in town on business. The selection was outstanding, with singles of more Belgians than I've seen in one place before. The only drawback is that the price is a little high, in comparison with prices I've seen in the midwest (Chicago, Columbus, and Detroit). For example, Achel brown was available for $8.99 per 11.2 oz bottle. This is twice the price I can get it for at Cloverleaf in Southfield MI. Many others were priced at only 10% to 20% higher than I can find elsewhere. But maybe that's because you're in San Francisco...
All in all, I recommend stopping here while in town to look for something rare. But if you want to go with a more or less mainstream Belgian beer, you can hit any number of winestores in the area.
09-06-2005 01:50:04 | More by TurdFurgison
4.55/5 rDev +7.1%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
plumpjack is a great place to go for rare beer. As others have said, the selection is mostly focused on Belgium, but there are some high quality English and North American brews as well. Service is great as long as you ask for it, otherwise the store can be pretty quiet. They also get in plenty of seasonals, so it's a good place to stop for winter offerings from Belgian breweries. The selection is small, but what is there is all awesome. prices are so-so to relatively high, but you are paying for the fact that you may not be able to find these beers anywhere else. There's plenty of things in here that I have never heard of, and I use to browse the aisles at Sams in Chicago at least once a week. a great place to go, especially if you are looking for some nicer offerings for a treat.
02-04-2005 00:32:09 | More by studentofbeer
4.7/5 rDev +10.6%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Two words....Belgium and Beer! That's pretty much what this place is about. Walk in, look to the left and find about three or four shelfs about 10 feet long that contain mostly belgiun beers. They also have a small cooler towards the back of the store that has a few different micro's in it. I think they had some AB and some Marin WHite Knuckle DIPA last time I was there. Service is very knowledgable and the selection is awesome if you are looking for Belguim beer. The prices are, however, a bit high. But, this is about the only place you are going to find Fantome in the Bay. At least that I am aware of. Plus they had every single Cantillon also! Swing by here and you won't be sorry.
11-15-2004 16:27:09 | More by GClarkage
4.7/5 rDev +10.6%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4
This place is for belgium lovers and belgium lovers alone. They usually have the full range of Trappists, including Westvleteren (although they were out on my last visit). Although this is primarily a wine shop, the worker was really knowledgable, chatting it up and recommending a few beers. I ended up picking up a rochefort 8, achelle bruin, st. bernardus 8 and 12 and a few more. Prices are a little high, but most are so unique that there really isnt a point of reference. If you are into wine also, this place is a must visit in SF. If you arent into belgiums or wine, there really isnt anything for you here.
08-13-2004 10:15:50 | More by axisjones
4.35/5 rDev +2.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
Easily the best selection of Belgian beers I've seen, with an interesting selection of other high-end imported beers. This isn't the place to go for American craft-brews--if you need to pick up a sixer, they'll have something good for you to buy, but the selection apperars to be limited. No problem. There are other places for that.
If you go, you should know that as of when I went there a few days ago they had a number of beers in stock that were not displayed, such as the Cantillon Lou Pepe lambics and multiple vintages of Drie Fonteinen gueuze (the 1999 was on display but they also had 2000 and 2001 in stock). So, if you don't see what you're looking for, ask and they might well have it.
The first time I went, the guy there was of no particular help, but then again I didn't ask him any questions--he might well have been quite knowledgeable for all I know and I certainly didn't feel his service was lacking. The second time, the guy working the store was, I suspect, the beer buyer mentioned in previous reviews, and after seeing me browse the Belgian selection and in particular the lambics for a while he told me what they had downstairs that wasn't on display; he seemed quite knowledgeable on their selection.
How many towns can say that their mayor owns a great beer store?
07-17-2004 02:08:30 | More by SFBass
Plumpjack Wine Store in San Francisco, CA
93 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.