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t0rin0 (1270) Do Not Resuscitate, California | January 15, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Visited January 15, 2014.
Finally made it here. Iíve been hearing about this place for a while now and last month I even walked right by it on the way back from dinner at the German / Austrian (ratable) place a few blocks up the street but I didnít stop here. It looks impressive at first glance considering how much wine and liquor they have, how big the place is, and how the employees are all wearing beer shirts but over all the selection is just alright. Youíll find the beer in the corner of the store to your left when you first enter. There are half a dozen fridges full of beer across from some shelves with beer. In the next aisle over there is a small shelf that also has beer on it mixed in with the liquor. They have a good selection of German beers which I wonít complain about, they have some Belgians (decent selection), and they have kind of a hodge-podge lineup of American beers. They have a large sign in the back of the store that advertises Almanac but I saw no Almanac beers. I donít know if Iíll be stopping in again unless I need some Lagunitas and I happen to be in the area (probably for Leopoldís Gasthaus), though I can get Lagunitas anywhere on the peninsula.
laysh (1) , | March 17, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Eric and crew do a bang up job of bringing excellent beer to the masses! Creative, one-of-a-kind Friday tastings and a great selection of bottled oddities make this place a go-to. All they need now is some decent signage and an exterior paint job...beer mural?
gail (10) San Francisco, California | July 7, 2009
58 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 13/20
Sure, itís mostly wine. Beer selection is rather modest (though sometimes they have treasures from their last event.)
HOWEVER: Beer tasting and special events with guest brewers are very cool, with a smart and talkative crowd that shows upl. Itís worth getting on their mailing list if you are local.
RblWthACoz (23) Brooklyn, New York | October 13, 2007
46 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 8/20
From notes, 2006. After over a year of being in San Francisco, I finally checked this place out shortly before I moved out of town. The name Jug Shop sounds like a place that would have a heap of good stuff to sip on. As far as wine goes, that is true. But for beer, I wasnít overly impressed. They had a good selection, but not much that would raise eyebrows. If I still had to choose one place to continually stop for a good/great selection, it would most likely be BevMo. My understanding is that the Jug Shop used to be a great spot for buying beer. Iím not sure exactly what has changed, but it will need to change for the better to improve itís reputation for beer in my eyes.
mkgrenwel (110) Cambridge, Massachusetts | January 10, 2007
34 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 6/20
I walked in and walked right back out. Not that there was anything wrong with the place, but in this city you can find great beer in every corner store, and the Jug Shop didnít really push that standard. Itís a fine store, but Iím not sure itís notable enough to warrant a place on this site.
Goldorak (114) Montreal, Quebec | September 26, 2006
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
This liquor store was about 100 yards from my hotel on Nob Hill, in a recently built box-style building with plenty of parking up front.
Inside itís 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. 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 werenít always clearly indicated though, some labels underneath the Beers in the fridge didnít always match. As mentioned below, itís only worthy of a stop if youíre 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 youíre there, right across the corner of Pacific and Polk thereís this little bakery/cheese shop/foodie store that had some great stuff, including some obscure French ciders, donít hesitate to check them out.
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