Healthy Spirits


76 Reviews
Healthy SpiritsHealthy Spirits

Type: Store

2299 15th St
San Francisco, California, 94114-1237
United States

(415) 255-0610 | map

Sunday: 11am - 9pm
Monday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm
Friday - Saturday: 11am - 11pm

Added by EBbrewpunx on 09-13-2006

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.82/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

For purely the bottle selection, this was the best of the bottle shops I visited while in San Fran. Small place but packed with a great selection of bottles. Prices ranged from average to slightly expensive. The service was also great; the guy working there helped me find some of the limited Almanac releases and actually went to the back to grab a box of one that appeared to be out of stock. A close walk to Toronado and Monk's Kettle and easy enough to visit all 3 in an afternoon.

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Photo of reverbking
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

I love Healthy Spirits! Seeing as I just picked up a Fantome Extra Sour Dark from them I would say their selection is very, very good. They have some pretty special stuff hiding on the shelves like Moylan's BA Old Blarney that was brewed specially for Healthy Spirits. They have done that with a couple of other breweries like High Water's Old and in the Way Buffalo Trace Single Barrel Edition. I think they secured the barrel's from Buffalo Trace for High Water.

The staff is helpful and knowledgeable. It's a good place to go and nerd out with the guy's behind the counter. They have a new location on Clement st that I go to more often now and the selection is just as good.

I will never forget going to a beer week event they put on a couple of year's ago where i met David Walker of Firestone Walker and got a couple of bottles autographed by him. They had an awesome collection of older vintages of Abacus/Sucaba, Parabola and Anniversary for the event. People should support a local bottle shop that puts the time and energy into hosting events like that. Give them your money!

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Photo of elNopalero
4.8/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This place is tucked away in a residential part of SF near the Castro. While I’ve heard about it for some time I found it by wandering around. Happy accidents!

I consider myself a beer geek but I was amazed at their selection—imports upon imports that I have never encountered elsewhere. How do they do it? Of course expect to pay a premium for these bottles. The staff was friendly and inviting. And to be honest he seemed like he wanted to geek out with everyone who came in. It was a nice touch to see the employees share in the enthusiasm.

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Photo of JosephThompson
4.3/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

In essence, it's a kick ass corner store. On offer other then beer they have a good spread of cheeses for pairings, also some chocolates, and other assorted food provisions.

The focus is certainly on Belgians and Belgian-style. For the size of the place, what they fill it with is very impressive. Cooler lined walls on one side opposite the cheese counter and checkout area. Four or five smaller racks with room temp selections. All your traditional labels are here but they've got most other places beat when they add in a label from a brewery you don't normally see in the States.

Sunday afternoon I was the only one in store and service was very good. Learned that they'll be opening a new store in the next couple of weeks which tells you enough about how people feel about this store.

A very good stop for anyone visiting SF.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.71/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Was only in SF for technically a day and made this a “must go” place for me. Located a few miles from my hotel I found parking right in front of the store.

I walked in around 2pm on a Tuesday. The store was empty except for the man behind the desk who greeted me promptly. The store has lots of fun things besides beer (ice cream, dips, other random food and wine). It is well laid out for such a small store and everything looks clean and new. Presentation was also good with various racks of beers and other things displayed nicely. The selection was fantastic. There were quite a few “rare” beers that I was surprised to see (including Dépuceleuse, BB Old Dipsea, Brettanomyces Lambicus, Danation 23, etc.). Needless to say I was there for quite some time to make sure I saw everything they had to offer.

The gentleman behind the counter was extremely nice and as I struck up a conversation with him I could tell he was genuinely into beer and keeping his store stocked with the best stuff. He was very sincere when he thanked me for complimenting him on his selection.

Overall, a great experience and great beer store. The “hype” of this store is true because as stated, I found some great things I was not expecting in the least, and the people there are great. A must stop if in SF.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

A: Store is small and cozy, a little tight in some spots but it has a great feel.

Q: The quality of all the product in the store was excellent, maybe a few dusty bottles.. but hey I like my beer aged.

S: I was asked if I need help or suggestions. Talked with the owner for a while and found a common interest in the Foodery back home.

S: Selection was great, everything they had was awesome but the store was small. More would have been nicer, but it was still great.

V: I expected to pay exactly what I did. Most places now do a 6 pack discount for mixing.. I can't remember if they had that going when I visited.

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Photo of emerge077
4.41/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Healthy spirits offers an exceptional selection of beers, coupled with even more impressive service. What looks like a corner store with a faded Chimay sign on a residential corner turns out to be a treasure trove of imports and local craft beers. A center row of islands holds quite a few single bottles, and the coolers on the left are full of sixers, bombers, and import singles. An inordinate number of magnums and jerobaums here if you're looking for a party starter.

Rami gave some excellent recommendations and advice, not to mention an extra on top of our purchase. Very helpful in picking some local beers to try.

Selection was varied, plenty of imports from the Shelton portfolio, Mikkeller, Italian stuff from B. United, Hitachino, Jolly Pumpkin, Strubbe, Yo-Ho, Drakes, High Water, Russian River, and plenty more. Felt like a kid in a candy store again...

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Photo of skimoore
3.88/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Whenever I am back in San Francisco and looking to stock up on good beers to bring home, I check out the selection at Healthy Spirits. They have a great selection of the usual suspects of quality beers from Stone, Russian River, Lost Abbey, Port, Lagunitas and many more. Even some rare Italian stuff. They have a very impressive bourbon selection as well. If you're hungry they have a really good bagel sandwich. If you can't find a specific beer you're looking for, it's worth asking because they might have it hidden in the back somewhere.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I've been to Healthy Spirits a few times now and feel I should finally review it. It looks like a beer store, enough room to explore the selection. Both the gentlemen I've met weren't super open but, to be honest, trip one, he was talking to boss or owner about what new brews he was ordering. Understandable, it's a beer store. Second time I had to approach the dude, but a good brew conversation insued. The selection is top notch, rivaled only by City Beer Store (my opinion of course). Short list of beers obtained: HOTD Blue Dot, Ola Dubh 20, 30 and 40, Port Mongo and Zuur. I'm poor and not on the ball, so I missed or could not afford some of the choice brews. Got a free cloth bottle bag on my first trip too. Very worth finding.

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Photo of FoxiBoxi
4.95/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Visited Healthy Spirits on my Honeymoon last month. I found it on beer advocate, and the website they had set up looked promising.

Upon arrival, I had a list from the website that I was in search of. They had everything on the list. This is a freak occurence if you're used to hoping that stock matches the website at liquor stores. The gentleman behind the counter was courteous and extremely helpful. I needed help locating everything on the list, even though the store is quite cozy. The selection isn't massive like a chain, but doesn't need to be, because they have stocked everything that a beer lover would ask to find.

They make their own hummus in house and we tried a few. They were all fresh, some spicy and others sweet, and would have gone great with an ice cold beer.

We ended up shipping about 15 bottles home from this store, and are so glad that we went out of our way to find it.

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Photo of mikul93
3.73/5  rDev -18%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

As soon as you walk in you see beer! There is a pretty nice sized cooler filled with a large variety. There were a lot of bottles that I didn't recognize so I was there for a bit, studying each one. They also have a decent glass ware section in the front. Prices seemed reasonable. Parking was a pain but it's the city. The guy behind the register greeted me when I walked in and let me browse without hassling me. Some places can be a little pesky. They must have one of the best selections in the city. That being said, their prices can be a outrageous. They tend to mark up a lot of their beer, especially the limited releases. I've stopped going for this reason.

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Photo of BigB415
4.7/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in here on a friday afternoon after passing it by every week day for work for more than a month. As soon as you walk in you're greeted by beer by the several "focals" in the middle of the store. On the left side of the store is glassware and a cooler filled with all sorts of beer and soda. On the back wall there is wine and magnums of beer and older vintages. I saw a magnum of 1998 Anchor Our Christmas Ale. On the right side of the store there is whiskey, home made hummus, cheese and the cash register. I found a mini vertical of Gale's Prize Old Ale 1996 to 2000. I brought up the 1997 to 2000 and the guy threw in the 1996 for free so I could complete the vertical, I thought the 1996 was the 1997.

The guy working the register and seemed to be the only one working at the moment was really laid back and nice, I asked him his thoughts on the 1997 Gale's and he gave an honest opinion and left me to wander on my own. Healthy Spirits really focuses on Belgium/Imported beer. About 85% of the beer selection was imported, the rest being from America. I had to stop and look at every bottle since I didn't recognize more than half the beer in the store. A nice little spot in a nice part of SF, the neighborhood is beautiful. I suggest stopping in here if you are in the neighborhood. I guarantee there is nothing here you haven't had already.

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Photo of leschkie
4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

One of my go-to bottles shop while in the city. I like how this one is located away from the bustling city life. Bottle selection is very expansive and probably one of the best in the bay area. I think this is the poster-child of how a bottle shop should run their customer service. The staff is very knowledgable and looking to help you out. One of the best things about this shop is how they are constantly keeping you informed of new arrivals (even the rarest of things) via their blog. And, unlike many other bottle shops I've shopped at, they give everybody an equal and fighting chance to get their hands on new limited releases the moment they arrive, rather than putting them aside for their buddies. Slightly more expensive than other shops around the bay, however.

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Photo of stupac2
5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I love this store. Their selection is among the best (or perhaps the best) in the Bay Area, the staff are exceptionally friendly and helpful, their communication with customers can't be beat (updates via facebook and blog when new stuff comes in), and their Beer of the Month club has expanded my tastes significantly. Sure, you pay a bit of a premium because it's in the city, but it's worth it (and the 10% discount for BotM members offsets it somewhat).

If you're in the city, check this place out.

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Photo of futura123
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This is a small, cozy beer store looking like a mom and pop shop. However, when you step inside, you will be amazed with the selection they have. Most IPA, Belgians are in the fridge with some cellarable stout outside. Everything is well organized and well thought. They have plentiful of beers available for the West Coast. Once in a while, they also have some special release with 1 or 2 bottle limit.The staff is super helpful. They also have some special beers behind the counter. One of the thing I really like about Healthy Spirits is that their inventory is pretty accurate with what they post on their website, thus saving me time to browse and plan my trip to get the exact bottle I want. Besides beers, they have excellent Humus. Love Healthy Spirit. I always stop by if I made a trip to the city.

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Photo of baycat
4.9/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Best bottle shop in San Francisco. Healthy Spirits is unassuming on the outside but is packed full of great beer ranging from sought after locals to hard to source rarities. They maintain an up to date inventory list on their website and post shipment updates constantly. While it is good to be surprised by what a store has in stock, even better to know what you can get before you buy. Healthy Spirits runs a well priced beer of the month club which will get you those special releases and introduce you to new beers. Plus the make some of the best hummus.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
5/5  rDev +9.9%

If you've never been to this store, and were just driving by, Healthy Spirits would appear to be just another Mom and Pop small corner store. But those in the know will quickly see signs that this store is a special place. There are several different brewery signs in the front window, including an iconic Chimay sign hanging outside. There also might be a sidewalk sign that says they know hummus, bourbon, and beer, or that boasts they have more than 500 bottled beers.

Once inside, get ready for beer nirvana. The selection of beers is just fantastic. They get most of the beers that are in distribution to the west coast, and Dave Hauslein, the beer manager, gets his hands on lots of special allocations. Dave runs their beer of the month club that I have been a member of since it started, with great selections of new things to try and interesting writeups of the beers. BOTM membership comes with a good discount (15%) for buying additional beers, which makes their prices fairly competitive with other providers in the Bay Area.

The service is outstanding. Rami, Nate, Dave and others know their beers and can be depended upon for good advice. I do most of my shopping here, except for some special allocation beers they may not have. They also ship and they have a website with product updates and that has their entire inventory and prices (, updated regularly. They have added a line of specialty beer glasses too.

It is wonderful to have this resource just a few blocks from where I live. It's not their fault, but a downside is that due to city laws, they are prohibited from pouring because they are a block away from an elementary school. Wish that would change.

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Photo of Natural510
4.55/5  rDev 0%

My first visit yesterday was by chance. What appeared to be your regular urbane liquor store in a well-heeled neighborhood is actually a high-grade beer store.

The selection is on the smaller side, but thoughtful. Mostly bombers and 750ml corked bottles. The focus is on Belgians and the higher-end California stuff. 4-5 doors of chilled bottles, plus some sporadically shelved bottles. The store is small, but they fit in everything as well as possible.
The staff behind the counter were all helpful, even when a bit over-engrossed in personal conversation. No help needed on my end still, though they did have a hummus tasting going when I was there, which I thought was a nice touch.

Overall, a nice store with thoughtful selections in a limited space. I prefer City Beer Store due to them having more shelf space, but Healthy Spirits is a worthy stop in its own right. If you're on a budget though, you may find yourself limited to one or two bottles, as most of the offerings are higher-end labels (Port, Lost Abbey, Ballast Point, the RR sour line, etc).

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Photo of Onibubba
5/5  rDev +9.9%

My absolute favorite spot to buy beer in SF. Dave is super helpful, especially so for an out of town customer. As someone who likes Belgians and American Wild Ales especially, I could not ask for a better selection. They seem to specialize in locals, Belgians (esp lambics / geuze), and more exotic European offerings - Nogone, Mikkiller, Haandybaak. Of course, your Russian River and Lost Abbey needs will be taken care of here. Expensive? Yeah buddy, but it is premium beer in San Franciso. What do you expect?

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Photo of nyrangerfan
5/5  rDev +9.9%

In town for a few days and had to visit this place that I've ordered from over the phone before. Walking up the street wasn't sure what to expect and when I finally got to the door I thought "this small place is it?"? Yes, yes it is! AWESOME selection. I am on a Russian River mission so I quickly scout it out and put bottle after bottle on the counter. Rami (Owner?) is VERY helpful and nice and we have a great conversation about beer as I'm carefully scouting out the place looking for everything I can't get locally. Breweries include: RR, Stone, Bruery, New Belgium, Midnight Sun, Alaskan, DFH, Mikkeller, Nogne-O, Port, Deschutes, etc...etc... and tons of Belgian stuff. If you're ever in San Fran, you HAVE to check this place out. Excellent selection and service, I highly recommend.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
5/5  rDev +9.9%

topped in here for the first time earlier today. A guy named Nate happened to be working the register.

Wow was this selection impressive! And most of it (or at least half) was kept chilled. The majority of the beers came from Belgium and other northern European countries (I saw a ton of Mikkeller), but most the rest came from the good old U S of A. No BMC here, and not even any mediocre breweries. Jolly Pumpkin, Mikkeller, Nøgne Ø, Russian River, Cantillon, Stone, Baladin (there were a good number of Italian beers too), HaandBryggeriet, Goose Island, the list goes on and on! I can't say enough about the selection - you'll just have to see it for yourself.

I chatted with Nate (the cashier) for quite awhile, and the guy definitely knew his craft beer. In fact, he probably knew more about craft beer than I do, which (don't take this in the wrong way - I'm not a cocky guy) has never happened to me at a beer shop before. It was really enjoyable! I was able to get honest opinions on just about everything, even the odd/rare styles like faro and gueuze. Nate claimed that he had tried 80-90% of the beer sin the store, and I certainly believe it. After finalizing my order, Nate hooked me up with a free reusable bag (long story, I lost mine, etc. - it was a very nice gesture). Top notch service!

I also found out (partially through the Healthy Spirits website, partially through Nate) that Healthy Spirits has a Beer of the Month club. For $40-50 a month, subscribers get monthly beer packages loaded with the rarest and most highly-sought-after beers Healthy Spirits has to offer. Last month, subscribers got a bottle of Bourbon Barrel-Aged Old Dipsea With Brett, which was only released at Marin Brewing Co. and Healthy Spirits. Yeah, it's that kind of beer store.

All in all, this was a fantastic experience! Healthy Spirits is the best beer store I've ever visited, and I recommend it to anyone within driving distance of the place!

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Photo of 100floods
4.45/5  rDev -2.2%

Located just around the corner from the hustle and bustle of the Castro, this place almost feels like a hidden gem everyone knows about. The last time I was there the owner's wife was there. She's a really sweet lady who is totally hip to beer nerds coming in and even told us that her husband posts updates regularly on BA. Also the beer buyer was extremely well verses in the beer he sold; on one particular day he took me into the back to show me the early stages of what he hoped would become a cellar. He even gave me a bottle of Ale Smith's 2006 Crand Cru (this was in late 2007). This was before even city beer was aging stuff. Very nice and helpful staff.

The beer selection was pretty damn good too. This place mostly focuses on belgian beers and carries a good selection of german and some american beers, but the theme is mostly belgian. Their stock varies from things you've seen before so a few things you'll see for the first time. The prices aren't cheap, but I marked it as reasonable because you're getting mostly high end and imported beer.

Grab some home made hummus while yer their too, AMAZING!

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Photo of gordavidson
4.65/5  rDev +2.2%

I was in town visiting a friend and decided to swing in. The place specializes in beer, whiskey, and hummus. When I first walked in I was greeted with a stand of beers containing some rarer oddities such as Black Albert and some local offerings. Some other breweries that were stocked were Chimay, Trappistes Rochefort, Russian River, Ballast Point, Alesmith, Stone, Mikkeller, St. Bernardus, Oskar Blues, Hair of the Dog, Deschutes, Ommegang, The Bruery, Avery, Port Brewing, Dogfish Head, Big Sky... I could go on. They seemed to stock some of the harder to find offerings from these breweries, although I was bummed to find out that they did not have any Pliny the Elder. David, the beer manager, was very knowledgeable and helpful and even pointed me towards Toronado to get some Pliny. Most of the beer was in the cooler and the only thing that seemed a little off quality wise was some of the beers on the racks being pretty exposed to sunlight. They offer a 10% discount on any combination of 6 bottles, but I still ended up spending quite a bit. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of corby112
4.65/5  rDev +2.2%

Stopped by here on a recent trip to the Bay Area. Pretty large corner bottle shop with a very large selection of craft beers. They have a center aisle with a lot of room temperature bottles and about six cooler of additional bottles. The selection was pretty solid but the prices were a bit higher here than everywhere else in the area. Some of the highlights were Abyss, Mirror Mirror, Black Butte XXI, Marin Dipsea, Gales Prize Old Ale 1998 vintage, Cuvee de Tomme, New Belgium Lips of Faith series, Full Sail beers and a large selection of Belgian and Scandinavian beers. They also have quite a few different magnums for sale. The guys working here were very knowledgeable and friendly and I spent a good bit of time just talking to them about beer. I really liked this place and would highly recommend it even if the prices are a bit steeper than others.

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Photo of radshoesbro
3.85/5  rDev -15.4%

Heard a lot about this place, and it was recommended by my friend Alex (checkii), so I had fairly high expectations.

First off, it's small. Only about five or six coolers and a few racks. Gourmet cheeses and ice creams, plus wine and beer. Good, friendly service and they seem knowledgeable about beer.

Fair number of belgians that aren't available in San Diego, so I was excited about that! The prices seem about average for a lot of their higher end beers. Otherwise, their selection was pretty moderate. The size sort of kills the amount of excellent beers they can have. Obviously they're going to need to carry the more pedestrian beers as it's their businesses bread and butter.

All in all this is a good place to have in the neighborhood, but if I lived here I'd be somewhat disappointed.

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