Ales Unlimited

Ales UnlimitedAles Unlimited
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4.47/5
33 Ratings
Ales UnlimitedAles Unlimited
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

2398 Webster St
San Francisco, California, 94115-1807
United States

(415) 346-6849 | map
alesunlimited.com

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Added by DoubleJ on 07-10-2011

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
33
pDev:
7.38%
 
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Reviews by mactrail:
Photo of mactrail
4.14/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I found a better selection of unusual beers here than almost anywhere in the city except for the Jug Shop. They are especially strong in Belgians and have a thorough sampling of interesting brews and breweries from around the US. They seem to have an affinity for oddities.

I only found this place because I wrote down the actual street address. It seems to be called Ales Unlimited now, which much more accurately describes the business and the appeal to beer geeks. It's a tiny corner market space but a treasure hunt as you twist and squat among the narrow aisles.

For the tourist, this is in an interesting neighborhood just east of upper Fillmore where bus and trolley coach lines converge. Bring your backpack.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of respeseth
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

The owner is very helpful. They're slightly heavier on Belgian ales than others but have a broader selection than I expected. They're only a block off the upper end of the Fillmore shopping and restaurant scene...when you're in the area, it's well worth a small detour.

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Photo of Bum4ever
4.74/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Awesome small bottle shop. Great selection of aged stouts and some tough to get brews. Great knowledge by the woman behind the counter. Picked up my first KBS there. Will definitely go back when I'm in SF.

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Photo of TheBlueJerzzzz
3.36/5  rDev -24.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Photo of BabaBeer
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of tshanahan
4.93/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

These guys rock. Wonderful selection in a small store. Get to know these people and they will keep you updated on what's fresh and new. I come here regularly.

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Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of bostonbeans
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of senglish7
4.94/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Rutager
4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

The girl that helped me was so awesome. She even offered me something special from the back. Great store!!

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Photo of Flabbyjandro
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Fogindex
4.04/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of spark3148857
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of JonahNW
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Tiny; packed to the gills -- dig!

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Photo of LittleDon
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

I have to a agree with a few of the other posters, probably my favorite bottle shop in SF. Small, but well stocked. When I was there it was like a treasure hunt, seeing what might be lurking behind some of the bottles. I also had fun talking with the owner, who was very enthusiastic about what she liked.

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Photo of halo3one
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of hambone
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of WillyB123
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

A good, small place. They seem to try and get as much new beer as possible. I've seen some rare stuff come by here. They do a great job on placing limits on certain beers so that more people can come pick some up. Occasionally they'll focus on a brewery from out of state and pick up 6 or 7 of their beers. I like this, because then its like a whole introduction to a brewery I might not ever try. I trust them.

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Photo of Jvrdz24
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of NickRivers
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Awesome cozy shop here, Steve was a great guy to talk to, and really knows his stuff. I like most people went in looking for Pliny. I ended up walking out with some Mogli, 1 Pliny on the shelf, Some Fantomes, Prairie, RR and more.

Located in the beautiful Pacific Heights, this corner shop is sure to do its job and fix that itch for craft beer. The prices we're reasonable, parking as mentioned in other reviews seems like it can be a pain but who drives in this town. Also, follow them on instagram. That'll help the hunt of the whale.

All in all if your in this area make an effort to visit this shop. Very sleek and well done. Cheers!

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Photo of Steffano
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of flexabull
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Founds this place while out on a morning walk, returned later in the afternoon to check it out.

Small tiny little corner store that is packed to the gills with high quality beers and wine. It was almost too small when a couple of other patrons came in to shop with me. But it's a really cool looking place.

Quality is top notch, only high quality craft here.

Service was good. As usual in a beer store, I rarely ask for help, but the guy was friendly and talkative when I checked out.

Selection is good, and impressive for such a small place. My only minor complaint was the selection seemed mostly import heavy, and there wasn't a whole lot of local craft.

Prices were fair for most everything I saw.

Overall, a very nice little beer store. Especially if you are looking for imports.

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Photo of TxUltraRunner
5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Best bottle shop in the city by far! Owner is a blast to talk to and is willing to suggest to your taste. Being a Texan myself, the owner gushed over Jester King. Ended up getting stuff from The Bruery, Almanac, Russian River, and Firestone Walker. The walk from Chinatown was hell considering I ran the San Francisco Marathon a few hours before.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Great little place with tons of great beer. You would never know what this place was about just passing by. Tiny interior with just a lot of great beer-domestic and imports. The owners a helluva nice guy and he's really into it for the love of beer.

Highly recommended.

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Ales Unlimited in San Francisco, CA
Place rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 33 ratings
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