Healthy Spirits

BA SCORE
99
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103 Ratings
Healthy SpiritsHealthy Spirits
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

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

(415) 255-0610 | map
healthyspiritssf.com

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

Added by EBbrewpunx on 09-13-2006

PLACE STATS
Score:
99
Ratings:
103
Reviews:
76
Avg:
4.55
pDev:
7.47%
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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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Photo of jophish17
4.55/5  rDev 0%

Reviewed with both a visit in fall 08 and a shipped order earlier this year

What more can be said about this great shop. This place is among the best to get all the great west coast beers. Russian River, Deschutes, HOTD, Firestone Walker and then possibly the best selection of Belgians on the west coast. They also specialize in bourbon so that makes this southern dude approve. The staff is incredibly helpful, though it did take a while on my online order to get everything completed and shipped out. Some things can get pricey but its San Fran and Im happy to support such great beer advocates. A great craft beer store

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.93/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I visited all the top rated Beer Advocate beer stores in the Bay Area, and I believe Healthy Spirits has the best selection of beer on the San Francisco Peninsula (although several beer stores in the East Bay Area have more, such as Perry's in Livermore which has the best Bay Area selection).

They have a great website (http://healthy-spirits.blogspot.com/), which includes their beer prices (a HUGE bonus), and it lets you know when beers are out of stock.

The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. They even sell some pretty decent food & snacks if you're hungry, and will often put food out (like cheese) to sample.

Definitely worth stopping in to see the selection. I picked up many great hard to find beers here.

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Photo of number1bum
4.7/5  rDev +3.3%

Stopped here while in San Fran to pick up a few goodies to take home. It was easy to park nearby and easy to find. There was a sign boasting over 550 beers, and pretty much none of it was crap. Very impressive selection of regional and national micros, including about 5 different Russian River selections and lots of other limited stuff. I picked up some Deschutes Black Butte XI and some new Nectar Ales Black Xantus. Also saw a few remaining bottles of last year's Bruery Partridge in a Pear Tree which the guy there said was flying out the door. There was too much great stuff and I didn't have enough room (or money) to take nearly enough of it home. Lots of Belgians as well, and just a very high quality selection overall.

The guy behind the counter was chatty and helpful, and if I had had any more questions I have no doubt that he would have been more than willing to help. Seemed to know his shit, too, which was a good sign. Prices seemed a bit high, although there was a 10% off discount for buying 6 or more bottles. Even given the discount prices were maybe a touch high, but the quality and selection were well worth it. I'd absolutely stop here again next time I'm in town.

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Photo of wd40
3.35/5  rDev -26.4%

The shop is very clean and tidy. There is a long string of refridgerators on the left wall as you enter the store with beer, some wine and sake as well as some soft drinks. There is a counter where you can get food on the right, which is also where the register is located. Between the two walls are stand alone shelving units which have beers are room temperature. I believe that there is little to no crossover between what is in the fridge and what is on the shelves. There are a number of very good and hard to find beers (at least hard for me to find!) as well as good beers or beers that are just ok.

They had beers from hair of the dog, north coast, some russian river, bear republic, lost abbey, cantillon, st. bernardus among others.

Although I think the store has its good points, I have to mention that I did not feel particularly welcome in this store due to the attitude of the clerk. Also the person working in the store had very little knowledge about beer. If you know what you want and are willing to pay a few dollars more for it, this is the place to go.

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.7/5  rDev +3.3%

This place boasts to have more that 555 beers available. When you walk into this small place you wonder where? Then you start to look in the fridge and wonder how they have packed so many things into a tight spot. So overall it is great. They have brews that I have never ever heard of. They have really expensive foreign brews and really expensive local brews. It is really pricey. So the people that work there are great, one of the dudes says he has tried one of everything, so that was incredibly helpful. Overall a great place and a place I wish I had locally.
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Photo of clvand0
4.85/5  rDev +6.6%

Healthy Spirits has become a normal stop for me when I'm in the San Francisco area. The staff (only three people) are very knowledgeable and are always willing to make suggestions and give opinions.

This is a fairly small store, but they have some great stuff packed in here. They carry Boon, Deschutes, Port Brewing, Shipyard, Russian River, Hair of the Dog, Mikeller, Nogne O, and tons of Belgians.

The prices are a little high, but the beers are first class and priced appropriately.

This is a must see place if you're in the area.

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Photo of raoulduke37
4.85/5  rDev +6.6%

Located right in the Castro district, I would have driven right by this place if it didn't have a Chimay flag out in front - the place is tiny, but the selection is nothing short of astounding.

While here, I picked up RR Beatification, JW Lees Vintage Harvest Ale 1999, Gouden Carolus Cuvee, Gouden Carolus Noel, and DFH Palo Santo Marron. Most of the beers are refrigerated, too.

I didn't get to meet the famed Dave while there, but this place was well worth the trip. Do not pass up this gem of a store if you are in the city.

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Photo of Ktown67
5/5  rDev +9.9%

I Stopped in on a Sunday morning a few weeks ago and scored some Abyss and PTE. This has to be one of the best beer stores in the entire country. While the size of their selection isn't huge, the quality of what they carry is second to none. If you are looking for West Coast "hard to find" beers, this is the place to go.

Dave (the beer guy) was friendly and very informative. Just talking to him you can see and hear his passion for beer. If you can prove to him you know what you are talking about he might even share with you some of the gems he has in the back room. But you have to ask.

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Photo of ibbjamin
5/5  rDev +9.9%

A beer advocate's heaven. Dave's knowledge of beer is astounding. He has IBUs and OG memorized for what seems to be all the beers he sells. All the staff is very friendly and informative. They get some of the hardest to find brews in the area. Their prices will certainly be more than a BevMo, but you don't go to Healthy Spirits to get the beers that they sell at a BevMo.

Check out their blogspot (linked on here) for a listing of their current selections and any rare and new additions they may have.

Oh yeah, and be sure to get a nibble of the hummus while you are there. They usually have some out to sample.

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Photo of Nick3
5/5  rDev +9.9%

This place is a gift from the beer gods sent down straight from heaven. I've never seen such a great selection of QUALITY beers at one store. There are plenty of hard to find Belgians here; but the place also boasts plenty of hard to find out of state American brews. They offer a 10% discount if you buy 6 or more bottles (not sure if size matters). I ended up buying 12, mostly 750s of hard to find Belgians. Kasteel, St. Bernardus (all beers), Tripel Karmeliet, Jolly Pumpkin brewery beers, etc. Well worth the trip for any lover of quality beers.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
5/5  rDev +9.9%

I was lucky enough to spend about 2 hours here with Rami this past week.

The selection is amazing! Everything is seemingly hand-picked and the breweries are all top-notch that he carries. Rami clearly specializes in beer, and knows what he's picking up. He has sandwiches and coffee available as well, both very high quality. After visiting this store, I wish I had one like this here in Madison. He had all the R.R., a bunch of Lost Abbey, and the Belgian selection rivals others I've seen. The only thing is there didn't seem to be many, if any sixers, but I didn't go for them so it didn't bother me at all.

What a great place, it's a can't miss for beer shoppers!

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Photo of Genghis22
4.8/5  rDev +5.5%

Went into Healthy Spirits today and was instantly greated by the woman behind the counter. As I began to browse the selection a voice from above asked about the beer on my T-Shirt. I was wearing a Mongoose IPA shirt and Rami came down and talked beer with me for what must have been 15-20 minutes. He pointed out some new arrivals, some rare finds and some of his personal favorites. I live about 15 miles away but it was well worth the drive. The selection was out of this world, and the amount of knowledge and care for the beers in his store made Rami seem like an owner I'd be proud to support. I'll be back to this little corner market, it was a great find!

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Photo of trumpetego
4.3/5  rDev -5.5%

Stopped by here just a few minutes ago, after hearing about it from several friends. The place was everything I had heard - excellent selection, friendly service, and very pricey.
This is another very small store, no larger than City Beer. There is a wall of coolers against the left wall, a few free-standing racks down the center of the shop, and the cash register and food to the right.
Selection is impressive. The focus is on Belgians and West Coast micrbrews. The Belgians are what you would expect from a good beer store: Chimay, Rochefort, Duvel, Cantillon, Boon, Dupont, Chouffe, Lindemann's, etc. As for the Americans, there were several offerings from Russian River, Hair of the Dog, Marin, Lagunitas, Stone, Rogue, and Avery. There were also a few suprises, including the largest selection of Mikeller beers I've seen. The only area that seemed to be lacking was Germans - I saw Aventinus and Aventinus Eisbock, but that was about it. Not a huge number of English beers either, other than Sam Smith and JW Lee's.
Service was good. The woman who was at the counter was very friendly and pointed out some recent arrivals. As I was leaving one of the owners (I don't know which one) came in and chatted with me about the bottle of Adam I picked up.
Price was my only issue with this place. Very few bottles had price tags, and when I got to the register I found that my total for four bottles was much more than I had expected. As a result, I would say this place is good for rare items (Mikeller, Hair of the Dog, RR), but I would go elsewhere for more common beers. You can probably get Chimay, Duvel, and Anchor cheaper elsewhere.

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Photo of JoshuaCain
4.4/5  rDev -3.3%

my first trip to Healthy Spirits today and I was quite impressed.
the place seems like a run of the mill corner store from the outside, but contains a selection of only-the-finest brews from around the world inside.
of course I showed up on a day when Dave or Rami were not working so I couldn't properly nerd-out, but the lady behind the counter was very pleasant and talkative, though not a BA I would have to guess.
the beer selection is great, however, although space is a little tight.
the price was higher than you might expect to pay, but worth it to keep a place like this open in a great neighborhood location.

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Photo of errantnight
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

An excellent, excellent shop, if a bit on the pricey side.

They'll have everything Russian River bottles, they managed to land some St. Somewhere, they've got a large line of 3 Fonteinen, they've split open Sam Adams mixed 12 packs and sold the singles (so I can have my blessed Fezziwig!), there's De Struise and Haandbryggiert, there's Panil and other Italian imports...

Only complaints are price (generally high, sometimes much higher, than what I'd expect... nothing outrageous, though), and space is CRAMPED. If you're anything like me and go into beergasm overload and flit back and forth trying to figure out what you can properly afford it can be a bit difficult, particularly if there's "other patrons" (and there will be) getting in your way. But they make the best of a small space, and it's clean, well laid out, and everything seems well cared for (my impression is turnover is fast and furious).

Rami is an excellent and BA friendly proprietor... they have a row of just STACKED fridges with a huge variety of beers... it trends very much towards the imports, particularly Belgian, but there are some true gems here of all types. Worthy of a special visit, let him know you're from BA, and buy in multiples of 6. This is about a mile from a friend's house in SF and I'll be here every time I'm there.

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

Not sure why it took so long for me to chime in on this wonderful store. I'm constantly impresses by the breadth of selection at Healthy Spirits. Always well-stocked with hard-to-find brews, some of which you won't see anywhere else in the Bay Area. On my last visit I was stoked to find a 1999 and 2000 JW Lee's Harvest Ale along with a couple bottles of HOTD Doggie Claws.

Staff is always willing to talk shop (in this case beer), suggesting brews to go with your existing selections, or answering questions about beers you'd like to try. I've talked with Dave, Nate, and Rami and they are all just as fanatical about these beverages as any of us BA-ers.

They keep a blog to alert you to new or upcoming releases, run a beer of the month club, and are members of Beer Advocate.

Pricing can sometimes be a bit higher than a BevMo or City Beer Store but still very reasonable. It's located across the street from the 24-Divisadero bus which is very convenient for transit riders like myself.

Occasionally they impose limits on purchase quantity (I recall a one bottle limit on The Abyss) but other than that, selection is fantastic.

Cold storage is impressive with coolers filled to the brim.

The deli is great too. Had a delicious pita sandwich the one time I ordered food and the homemade dagga (a spicy, middle eastern salsa, is fantastic!). Their selection of hard-to-find european candies is another nice bonus.

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Photo of popery
4.2/5  rDev -7.7%

Outstanding little store with a phenomenal beer selection. I went to Healthy Spirits for the first time two days ago, and that is one great, little store. I talked with Rami (actually, I'm a little embarrassed because I'm not sure if I was talking to Rami or Dave. I'm horrible with names and didn't want to ask again ten minutes into our conversation. It was a dark haired short guy. Of course, I'm 6'4", so most people are short to me. Both guys there were very nice, fwiw.) for awhile about various beers and ended up buying a couple boxes of outstanding and hard to find bottles. Also, I signed up for their beer of the month club, which is an excellent deal, at least judging by this month's selection and their previous blog posts.

The store is small but doesn't feel particularly cramped. The beers are arranged very well with a small area for wine off to the side, which made me smile as most wine stores have the opposite distribution. There are short descriptions written for the vast majority of beers. Also, I overheard Rami making recommendations to people less knowledgeable about beer that weren't just the standard starter beers but actually based on their limited experience. Prices are very reasonable when you take into account the 10% off six bottle discount, the discount on the beer of the month pack and the coupons given to beer of the month members.

The selection is really superb for such a small space. The wall of fridges is packed to the gills with everything you can think of. Their are some interesting vintage selections, including an excellent J.W. Lee's collection. I was even offered beers not on the display floor and given a little tour of the store room. Now, that place is cramped, but it's from all the boxes and shelves of wonderful beer, so that's my kind of cramped. They will even email you their entire inventory list, which is a helpful for planning ahead, not that it isn't hugely fun to peruse the array of bottles. Anyway, Healthy Spirits is a great store and, after visiting all of the top spots in San Francisco, my new favorite place to buy beer.

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Photo of walshclimb
4.85/5  rDev +6.6%

We stopped by Health Spirits today, and were very pleasantly surprised by the selection. The sign in front says 555+ beers, and I believe it. The proprietor was friendly and helpful with my choices, and he offered to get room temperature bottles after I told him I was traveling. He offered a couple of beers that weren't in the case once he saw what I was looking for, and the place has a 10% discount on purchases over 6 beers. What more can you ask for? They have a great selection of northern CA and Belgian beers, but I thought it was a little weak on darker beers. Really, this is a minor complaint. It is an excellent store, and I highly recommend it.

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Photo of ArrogantB
5/5  rDev +9.9%

I ordered some Beatification 002 and 003 from Healthy Spirits and I am very pleased with my purchase. Rami was very helpful in putting together my order and my beers arrived in perfect shape. The prices were reasonable, communication was great, and the selection of beers was darn good. I will be doing more business with Healthy Spirits in the future based upon my first experience. It is nice to be able to order beers like Russian River that are not widely distributed. I am hoping that they will be carrying Consecration when it is released in bottles.

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Photo of tpd975
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%

While on my trip to SF I learned they had ABYSS which was just released a few days ago. I emailed Rami and asked if he could hold me a bottle. He fired back a beermail no problem.

I rode the electric cable car over and it was a short walk from the stop at market and castro.

The shop is not big, but what they may lack in size they make up in quality. Wonderful world class beers are all that are stocked on the shelves in this one.

A wonderful selection of Belgian brews along with the best the West Coast have to offer. Numerous bottles of ABYSS and Beautification which were recently released. Also 750's of Salvation, Sanctification, and Damnation. They also had some nice glassware which was also reasonably priced.

The prices were good and displayed on the bottle. I did not meet Rami, but I did meet his wonderful wife. She was very chatty and very friendly. I purchased an wonderful bagel sandwich as well before leaving.

It is a wonderful little corner shop. I would kill to have it in my neighborhood.

Rami, your an asset to the BA community and the neighborhood that you serve.

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Photo of GJ40
4.2/5  rDev -7.7%

Healthy Spirits is a solid beer store in a mostly residential area. The beer selection isn't huge but the quality is very good. They had lots of Belgians, Pliny the Elder, several from Avery. I stopped in specifically for the Sierra Nevada Chico Harvest Ale. I was very impressed that most all of the beers are refrigerated. A very nice touch. They even had several magnums from Chimay, Stone and others.

The guy behind the counter was very helpful and offered a few good suggestions. The prices weren't cheap but probably aren't bad for SF. They also carry a decent selection of wine, chocolate and other foods.

Healthy Spirits is a nice neighborhood beer store. Check it out.

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Photo of ahatcher78
4.85/5  rDev +6.6%

This is kind of a two part review for me. My wife was going to be in San Francisco for business so I immediately scoured BA for reviews. Saw some nice things about Healthy Spirits, and that Rami was an active member of our little community so for me the search was over. I contacted Rami by email to check on a few things, and received a very prompt response about what they had in stock. Very nice.

My wife said it was a short cab ride from where she was staying at the Argonaut. When she arrive Dave was working, and according to my wife the only place she had been that compares to the helpfulness she received is Bruisin Ales in Asheville. So that's a rave review from her. She said the store was nice, and the selection was outstanding. Seeing what she brought home I'd have to agree. Dave even called her a taxi, and offered to make her food while she waited. He even recommended a couple of local restaurants she really enjoyed. Class act all the way. I look forward to hopefully visiting as well in the future.

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Photo of tippletime
4.85/5  rDev +6.6%

Romey and Dave are good people! They have some solid raft/micro brews in store as well. Quaint nice shop located in a cool location btwn Castro and Haight. I was in from out of town and they were able to offer me a good base of beers which were enjoyed during our vacation down the CA coastline to LA. I will definitely visit them again next go round. Ohh, Thanks to Romey for the tip about the hip North Beach area. I strongly recommend this area to Italian cuisine lovers. Thanks for the stocking such a selection!

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Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA
4.55 out of 5 based on 103 ratings.
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