The Jug Shop

very good

25 Ratings
The Jug ShopThe Jug Shop

Type: Store

1567 Pacific Ave
San Francisco, California, 94109-2626
United States

(415) 885-2922 | map

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Added by axisjones on 05-16-2005

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 25
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.35/5  rDev +11%

I have been a patron of the Jug Shop for a few years now (off and on). Though they have a much better hard-a and wine selection they do have a pretty decent rotation of beers in stock and always have always had a "beer geek" on hand to point me towards that "something special." For instance, I went in for a 4 pack of BrewDog's Punk IPA, got to talking about Saison's, and walked home with what I came for... and a Saison D' Erpe-Mere (which was brilliant). Their beer selection is a little small, but I gave it a 4 because they really seem to put a lot of effort into picking out good and hard to find brews.

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Photo of WeeObese
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

I am not from the SF area, but while visiting this past weekend a friend in the city told me of a holiday beer tasting at The Jug Shop. I wasn't expecting much when I first walked in as the store is mainly wine and spirits, but when I got back to the tasting section and saw the 20 beers many of which are regulars and many of which were specials, I got very optimistic.

Eric the head beer guy who was running the tasting is super friendly and really knows his stuff. He was friendly and informative and he really seems to be trying to get some great beers at the store (I picked up a RR Salvation and a JP Biere de Mars). The selection is not huge but it is on the better end for a store that has to cater to its wine and spirit customers. I have a feeling that the selection will only be getting bigger and better.

I haven't been to City Beer but I would say that this place is definitely worth a stop for any beer fan in SF. Eric runs tastings every Friday and from the one I went to it is a great time.

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Photo of mjl21
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

Stopped in yesterday and thought I would do a BeerFly review.

The Jug Shop is located on the upper part of Polk Street (aka the nice part). It is a decent sized building that has free parking spots in the front. The shop definitely caters more towards good wines and spirits, but the beer selection is not too shabby considering the space dedicated to it.

The beer is on the left hand side of the store and is in a few coolers. The selection is quite varied. They had a lot of the Mikkeller single hops when I was there, Jolly Pumpkin, Avery, Deschuttes, and some various Euros. They had RR PTE/Blind Pig/Consecration/Temptation; and Mission Brewing.

Prices were very good and the guy at the register was very helpful. They also do beer tastings. It is worth a stop if you are in the area and looking for RR, but there are better shops in the city.

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Photo of bcm119
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

A small warehouse-style liquor/wine/beer store. Most beer is refrigerated. Standard west coast craft selection, and I was surprised to see a whole line of Jolly Pumpkin bottles. Above average German selection; Belgians are well represented too. Occasionally something will pop up here that you don't see at the other popular beer stores. Overall selection is good, but not on par with the likes of City Beer, Ledger's, etc.

Friday tastings are excellent here: a good value, fun people and plenty of beer. They often have breweries come in with their whole portfolio, plus some specialties. If there is a keg tapped the beer flows very freely. It is also close to many Russian Hill area restaurants and bars.

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Photo of clickpush
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

Came across this place as I was exploring Russian Hill. Entering the store I was blown away by the size and selection of the liquor department. I followed the glow of the coolers to find the beer: a long row of refrigerators against the wall to the left of the entrance, opposite the cash register. Although for the most part this place had an 'average' selection, meaning the BMCs plus lots of local micros that are stocked at every convenience store in the city, I was impressed at the variety of German beers that I'd never seen before. Also, there was the standard selection of Belgians, obviously Chimay + some others. I also so Petrus Winterbier - a brew I've never seen before. I believe it was $3.99 / 33cl.

A clerk was in the process of stocking the coolers and stopped to offer some help and advice. We chatted for a couple minutes and he gave me the card of a co-worker to provide any contact info I might need.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%

This liquor store was about 100 yards from my hotel on Nob Hill. The address on Beerfly is the old one, as they just moved directly across the street to 1590 Pacific, in a newer box-style building with plenty of parking up front. (I notified the change)

Inside it’s a big old warehouse full of booze, the Beer is to your left. Plenty of local stuff can be found like Speakeasy and Anchor, a few larger California micros, and a small but decent supply of imports, 6$ Orval (ouch), Lindemans for the ladies, Samuel Smiths and Chimay. But this place is mainly a wino store. The website claims they’re the kings of Australian wines in the US, most of what they had I can get here in Quebec, and quite frankly a lot of them aren’t that great, but there are a few diamonds in the rough, and very cheap ones to boot. But who cares really, Beer was my reason to be there.

Prices were all right, if I remember correctly I took 2 or 3 12oz Speakeasies and a Cassis for around 10$. We drank everything we bought from there the next day, and it was fresh. Help was at the register only, which is fine by me for this type of store, and they allowed me to break a 6-er when I asked. Prices weren’t always clearly indicated though, some labels underneath the Beers in the fridge didn’t always match. As mentioned below, it’s only worthy of a stop if you’re nearby and need a few bare necessities, as it was our case. And they happen to have long opening hours, so that can come in handy. While you’re there, right across the corner of Pacific and Polk there’s this little bakery/cheese shop/foodie store that had some great stuff, including some obscure French ciders, don’t hesitate to check them out.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%

Last time I hit up the Jug shop was about 4 years ago.
I had hit it up probably 3 times previously with good scores each time.
Oh well, things change.
Lots of wine, with beer on the back left to middle.
Pretty much standard fare, a very basic import selection and some locals.
Only found one that wasn't at Bevmo,-Island Brewing Stout.. Hmmm, what the hell.
Prices were higher than Bevmo, but still not bad. Oh yea, we're not in Mass!
Can't really recommend it unless you're close by.
Selection has gone downhill.

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Photo of axisjones
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Located in the Nob Hill/Tenderloin area of San Francisco, The Jug Shop is one of the classier liquor stores in the area. It definitely has a slant towards wine, but their beer selection is interesting.

With a focus on German styles, The Jug Shop has a wide selection of beer represented, included Belgian, English, and American craft brews. There is nothing outstanding or totally rare, however there are great choices for any taste (except lambic with only Lindeman's representing). They had the Chouffe party box, the full line of Samuel Smith, and some local Northern Cali beers as the standouts. No glassware except in value boxes. I did see the 3L Oaked Arrogant Bastard for $40, which is a good price.

If you are in the neighborhood, its worth a look. If you like wine as much as beer, it is also worth a look. Otherwise, its definitely not anything to go out of the way for.

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The Jug Shop in San Francisco, CA
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