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Plumpjack Wine Store

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25 Ratings
Ratings: 25
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.06%
$$$ - a bit pricey
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4011 24th Street
San Francisco, California, 94114
United States
phone: (415) 282-3841

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SeanChouffe

New Mexico

4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

During my last trip to the Bay Area I was on yet another quest for great beers of the world. After researching retailers through Beer Advocate, I narrowed my hit list down to two places. Plump Jack was at the top of my list
Plump Jack was a little hard to find, but worth the search. Parking is horrific, and I had to have y girlfriend circle the block, while I frantically pursed the beer selection. This was the best selection of primarily high-end Belgian beers I have seen in the US. I was able to find some of the the Holy Grails of Belgian beer (at least for a neophyte like me) The had Westvleteren Abt 12 Trappistes Rochefort 10, and other hard to find gems. My bottle of Westvleteren blew up in my luggage, and I have still not had the pleasure of the experience.
The prices are a little high and they do not have some of the more middle of the road brews, but Plump Jack is worth the trip.

02-27-2004 03:03:57 | More by SeanChouffe
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kiya

California

4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

this is the place. this is it. you don't want to pass this store by if you're ever even anywhere close to san francisco.
not because of it's amazing selection of beers from all over the world, but because of the quality of it's selection.

Drew, the beer buyer, is probably the most knowledgeable beer/wine shop employee you'll ever run across.. seeking out the rarest brews from every corner of the world to be sold in plumpjack..

Drew also runs a beer club for local san francisco residents. runs around 21 to 25 dollars a month, and you get a binder to put your beer notes from the club, along with full reviews and background on the brewery that Drew writes up and prints out to be stored in the binder. great value and a great way to learn about new beers.

drop in and see what he's found, you'll be surprised at what kind of rare beers you can find here.

06-16-2004 05:04:18 | More by kiya
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axisjones

California

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
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GClarkage

California

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
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studentofbeer

California

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
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willjschmidt

California

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
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

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
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ThreeWiseMen

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

Stopped in here each of the last two days to make purchases, and then make more purchases. Here we go:

Plumpjack Wine Store's weathered, nondescript storefront would have made you think it was just another boutique wine store. I initially glanced at it and kept walking. Then the name registered - "I've heard that name on BA", I thought. In I went.

Plumpjack Wine Store certainly IS a wine store. A good 75% of the shelves are stocked with rare and unique wines. As for that other 25%: high-quality craft beer and a handful of meads and ciders. The majority of the beer comes from northern Europe: predominantly Belgium, but also Norway, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Denmark. However, the United States craft beer industry was also well-represented - think Russian River, Jolly Pumpkin, Cascade Brewing, Midnight Sun, Allagash, etc. All of the beer seemed to come from top notch breweries, and most of that beer was of the rarer, highly-sought-after variety. (Why did I go to Plumpjack back-to-back days? I didn't have enough room on my bike to carry the four bottles of Sanctification I purchased, so I had to come back with a car the next day.) All in all, the selection is very impressive.

There were a few negatives about Plumpjack, but they aren't biggies. Number one: they don't really "do" six packs. Almost everything they sell is a single. Number two: most of the prices were higher than they should be; not by a lot, but a few dollars here, a few dollars there adds up pretty quick. Number three: the majority of the beers sit unrefrigerated on wooden shelves. This typically doesn't bother me, but some of the beers left out were IPAs and imperial IPAs. I would have purchased their last Sierra Nevada Estate if it had been sitting in the cooler.

Each of the cashiers I chatted with was friendly and knew his craft beer. I'll be back several more times before this summer is over (I'm only living in San Francisco for the summer). EDIT (09-12-2010): I've been into Plumpjack several more times over the last month and have grown pretty fond of one of the employees: a young guy named Josh. Josh is very knowledgeable about craft beer and can make some excellent recommendations. He won't bullshit you either; if you inquire about a beer he doesn't like, he'll let you know.

08-10-2010 04:57:28 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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Jvrdz24

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-18-2014 15:02:55 | More by Jvrdz24
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oggg

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I am beginning to understand what Michael Jackson means by "beer hunter". I made the pilgrimage to this quaint wine and beer store in Noe Valley. They have another branch on Fillmore but it does not have beer.

The store was relatively quiet on a Saturday early afternoon. There's only about 6 feet of wall space for beer, among like 5 shelves. Seems small, but they stock the largest selection of Belgians I've ever seen. Westy, Rochefort, St Bernabus, Cantillon, Unibroue, Petrus, etc. They've got the small 11.2oz bottles as well as nice 750ml bottles. There's a bunch of hardcore lambics next to the Lindemans, 2 or 3 Oud Bruins, and a couple of other specials, including a Rauchbier, Dorothy Goodbody stout, Old Engine Oil, and some other rare stuff. I even saw some 3L Double Bastards =)

The only thing I might complain about is that there is ambient light that comes through the front door. It hits the wines at the front, but I'm sure it gets to the beers too. We'll have to see, I haven't opened any of the bottles yet.

The manager is quite knowledgable and friendly. Sadly, on 3/27/04 he was out of Westy. He recounted the story of Westy and how some guy goes to the back of the monastery in Belgian, waits in line, buys as much as they will let him. Then he puts it on cold storage and waits to piggyback it with some other shipper, and brings maybe 300 cases to the States to distribute, of which he gets like 2 cases, but they're gone now and he can't predict when they will come back.

Prices are quite reasonable for these rare imported beers. Don't be surprised if you come out averaging $5/bottle.

03-29-2004 17:34:45 | More by oggg
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Plumpjack Wine Store in San Francisco, CA
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