Plumpjack Wine Store
Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
Stopped here while in town on business. The selection was outstanding, with singles of more Belgians than I've seen in one place before. The only drawback is that the price is a little high, in comparison with prices I've seen in the midwest (Chicago, Columbus, and Detroit). For example, Achel brown was available for $8.99 per 11.2 oz bottle. This is twice the price I can get it for at Cloverleaf in Southfield MI. Many others were priced at only 10% to 20% higher than I can find elsewhere. But maybe that's because you're in San Francisco...
All in all, I recommend stopping here while in town to look for something rare. But if you want to go with a more or less mainstream Belgian beer, you can hit any number of winestores in the area.
09-06-2005 01:50:04 | More by TurdFurgison
3.55/5 rDev -16.5%
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
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
4.21/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
In comparison to other places, the selection here seems a bit smaller, but they do have a lot of nice stuff here. It does tend to be a lot of higher end stuff, it seems. Which ends up being a lot of pretty pricey stuff as well; which I am over. My beer splurging days are done. So, I tend to get the more obscure stuff here that I don't see elsewhere. One good example is a Spanish craft beer, which I hadn't recalled seeing elsewhere.
Keep in mind this is mainly a wine store, so any questions will probably not be answered with as intense a fervor if it were wine you were asking about. Definitely worth the stop.
01-11-2013 00:59:56 | More by RblWthACoz
4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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
4.35/5 rDev +2.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Noe Valley is one hip and good looking San Francisco neighborhood, made better by the presence of Plumpjack. Though their beer selection is limited, what they carry is impressive--great Belgians, Germans, and English ales as well as a strong selection of artisanal brews from California breweries like Farmhouse, AleSmith, Stone, and Moylan's.
The service was really knowledgeable about the different Belgians they were carrying and was helpful without being pushy. A class act to be sure.
Not living in San Francisco, I don't know that I'll get to Plumpjack again, but should I ever come back to the city, Plumpjack will certainly be near the top of my 'revisit' list.
06-14-2006 17:51:10 | More by benito
4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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
4.15/5 rDev -2.4%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Walked here from my brother's place, a few blocks away. Nice neighborhood and a well-maintained store front. Looking in the wondow, the place was packed with wines, which made me worry the beer selection might not meet expectations.
A small store with a few small aisles of wine. The register was to the right and beers along the wall to the left. A cooler with a few selections also on the left wall. Pretty decent selection of beers. no macro products whatsoever. Decent local California selection and some imports worth picking up, too. Most of the inventory could also be found at City Beer a couple miles away, but the prices in Plumpjack were lower. Plumpjack also had a few items that City Beer did not...? because the inventory doesn't turn over as fast? I think the guy working the register was the ownder and he seemed to know enough about the beers to sataisfy me needs. A few picky details he didn't know and I was happy he would admit to not knowing, rather than trying to BS me or gloss things over to put on the big sale.
A decent place and one that I will likely return the next time I stop into SF to visit my brother.
11-29-2007 05:20:21 | More by mentor
4.35/5 rDev +2.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This is a great place to go for unusual, harder-to-find beers, especially imports. It has a very eclectic variety of beers and the largest number of different, hard-to-find British beers I have seen in Northern California. It does not have a large variety of "regular" beers or nearly as many micro-brews, local or otherwise, as some other places, it's a little in the pricier side, and it is not a good place to go for just buying beer in general. However, it makes up for it with the selection of unusual beers and it is definitely worth a trip down there.
11-21-2008 05:54:08 | More by Offa
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
Plumpjack Wine Store in San Francisco, CA
93 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.