Plumpjack Wine Store
Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
3.55/5 rDev -16.5%
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I used to love this place, but Craig just has everything on lock down now. The quality of the beers is great and the selection is pretty damn good, but the service is really only good when the one beer guy is there as some of the other employees just know nothing about beer. Also this place is in Noe Valley so it is kind of out of the way for me and the prices are definately on the higher end of things. So all in all this place is great to pick up a few special bottles quickly when you already know what you want. I rest easy shopping here every once in a while because hey, Gavin Newsom owns the place ;-)
05-21-2007 02:57:47 | More by francisweizen
3.7/5 rDev -12.9%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4
This is the best place to find belgian beers on a consistant basis. I was in search of xmas beers and they had some great ones including the gouden caroles and st. freuillen which are tough to find. They also had three years of doggie claws and a wide selection of lambics. They also have an extensive selection of british beers including the harvey's and george gale's. Tough to find parking in the area but it is worth a trip. The former owner was a serious beer geek. The new emphasis is obviously wine but their selection was still strong. I found the stone 7th anniversary ale which no one else seemed to carry.
12-12-2003 06:17:16 | More by lou91
4/5 rDev -5.9%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in on a recent visit to the left coast to see a friend who lives in this area. Was pleased to see many hard to find (for me) brews. Was able to pick up some Russian River selections and a Moylan's Hopsickle which I've been wanting to try. Unfortunately, no Alesmith were in stock. Spoke briefly to a guy who seemed to know his stuff but I didn't catch his name. I marked this store as reasonably priced as prices were not out of line with what I expected to pay and single bottles in PA are outrageous.
08-01-2007 16:03:01 | More by Riggsy
4/5 rDev -5.9%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
win. as a disclaimer, i am a bottle shop owner so i may be slightly biased. additional disclaimer, i was browsing wine not beer a few years back, so selection wise i will re-rate and revisit upon the next time in. bottle stores are ALMOST ALWAYS going to have better staff, period. liquor stores hours start early open late, and its a lot to ask for your early morning/graveyard staff to know and care about spirits, wine, and beer. chain stores are safe, most bev mo type places are really safe, only carrying larger production stuff and they monopolize price structure through buying power. they do have few cool things, but most things are not as small production as you may believe. grocery stores are the same, and most whole food/trader joe type places have little staff assistance or knowledge at all, usually youre alone. bottle shops will have great margins, passion, and expertise, and plumpjack is no exception. same philosophy for brewing as purchasing, ask yourself if you like craft/niche or corporate and mainstream? Does the place you buy your product have a symbol on the stock exchange? have you ever met the owner?
02-25-2010 02:04:51 | More by cleverbeername
4.05/5 rDev -4.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
The bartender at Toronado turned me on to this place. I asked him where to go for Belgians - he said here. OK... I know it's first and foremost a wine store, and it's in Noe Valley, and it's actually a Yuppy Noe Valley Wine Store to be blunt. But get over it, trust me, it's worth it.
The place specializes in Belgian beers and Vintage Ales. The do have a handful of (high quality and often hard to find) American craft beers, but the majority of their selection is within those areas of focus. As a result, they don't have a massive number of beers. If you want Sierra Nevada, or Rogue, or even Speakeasy you're probably best going to BevMo or Whole Foods or something. But if you've got a hankering for some Belgian... this is the place to go.
On the day I went there, the Belgian selection ranged from the usual suspects (Chimay, Duvel, Orval, Lindemann's) to a really good bunch of other Trappists (Westvleteren, Rochefort, Achel, Westmalle) to a bunch of nice Abbeys (Affligem, Corsendonk, Maredsous, St. Bernardus, La Trappe) to a great Lambic selection (Hanssens, Cantillon, Oud Beersel, Boon) to some really cool and unusual Belgians (Fantome, Binchoise, Chouffe, Vapeur, Dulle Teve) and a couple really large bottles (Jerreboams of Duvel and Chimay). The have Belgian style beers from other than Belgium as well (Allagash, Unibroue, New Belgium).
I didn't pay as much attention to their American beers or their Vintage Ales, but I saw some cool and unusual things in the passing (Lagunitas Solstice Lagunator, Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic, Marin White Knuckle Double IPA, Bear Republic Ricardo's Red Rocket -- a bunch of Thomas Hardy and a bunch of Fuller's).
The service can be good... but only if Drew (the beer guy) is there. Otherwise you're pretty much on your own. The other guys are nice. They're not snobs. But they're not super knowledgable.
Put it this way... next time I'm in SF there are two places that my trip is planned around... Toronado and here.
06-14-2003 21:29:59 | More by SamuraiJack
4.1/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
The beer selection at Plumpjack is all high end craft beers including a great selection of Belgians. But they didn't have as many craft beers as I've seen elsewhere, such as Healthy Spirits (S.F.), Monument (Concord), and Perry's (Livermore).
The quality of the beers they had was all very good, but the prices were very high as is typical in San Francisco beer stores.
About half the beers were in two coolers, and the other half next to the coolers on the shelves.
If this is in your neighborhood, it's a very nice selection of craft beer; if you're coming in from out of town, I would recommend Healthy Spirits, Ales Unlimited, and/or City Beer.
12-07-2009 20:55:13 | More by Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.15/5 rDev -2.4%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Walked here from my brother's place, a few blocks away. Nice neighborhood and a well-maintained store front. Looking in the wondow, the place was packed with wines, which made me worry the beer selection might not meet expectations.
A small store with a few small aisles of wine. The register was to the right and beers along the wall to the left. A cooler with a few selections also on the left wall. Pretty decent selection of beers. no macro products whatsoever. Decent local California selection and some imports worth picking up, too. Most of the inventory could also be found at City Beer a couple miles away, but the prices in Plumpjack were lower. Plumpjack also had a few items that City Beer did not...? because the inventory doesn't turn over as fast? I think the guy working the register was the ownder and he seemed to know enough about the beers to sataisfy me needs. A few picky details he didn't know and I was happy he would admit to not knowing, rather than trying to BS me or gloss things over to put on the big sale.
A decent place and one that I will likely return the next time I stop into SF to visit my brother.
11-29-2007 05:20:21 | More by mentor
4.2/5 rDev -1.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
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
4.21/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
In comparison to other places, the selection here seems a bit smaller, but they do have a lot of nice stuff here. It does tend to be a lot of higher end stuff, it seems. Which ends up being a lot of pretty pricey stuff as well; which I am over. My beer splurging days are done. So, I tend to get the more obscure stuff here that I don't see elsewhere. One good example is a Spanish craft beer, which I hadn't recalled seeing elsewhere.
Keep in mind this is mainly a wine store, so any questions will probably not be answered with as intense a fervor if it were wine you were asking about. Definitely worth the stop.
01-11-2013 00:59:56 | More by RblWthACoz
Plumpjack Wine Store in San Francisco, CA
93 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.