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City Beer Store

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City Beer StoreCity Beer Store
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world-class

265 Ratings
Ratings: 265
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: n/a
Taps: 15
Bottles: 300
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Store ]

1168 Folsom St
San Francisco, California, 94103-6027
United States
phone: (415) 503-1033

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Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-08-2006

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4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

I live quite a ways from the city, and I hate the hassle of finding parking, so I don't shop here as often as I would like. It's too bad, because this is one place where I'd like to establish a relationship as a regular.

This is a combined bottle shop / taproom.

The selection is quite wide. Four coolers and a couple of room-temperature shelves. Consistently fresh product (Pliny the Elder and Blind Pig are always refrigerated, with the most recent bottling dates). Lost Abbey, Oskar Blues, Avery, FiftyFifty, JW Lees, AleSmith, The Bruery, Ballast Point -- these beers are consistently found here.

Prices for new beers are a little higher than Monument or Bottle Barn, but this is smack in the SoMa district. They don't really offset their prices by selling high-margin stuff like BMC. So I understand.

But I don't like their vintage pricing strategy, which is aggressive. They'll hold back a case or two of stuff like Cascade sours, Russian River sours, etc. for a few months and then charge $10 more than the original retail price. Most recently, I found it a slap in the face when they sold the re-release of FiftyFifty Eclipse (Pappy van Winkle) for $60 a bomber. Since they own their distribution company, I guess they have us by the balls on those exclusive releases. Sigh.

A nice tap lineup, usually accompanying a release of some sort.

Don't come here looking for deals; however, if you're in the city, this is by far the best bottle shop in San Francisco. I never fail to walk out with something.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BarrytheBear
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of demon
4.9/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

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

Photo of Ironstutz
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of M_chav
4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Awesome beer fridge, best selection I've ever seen - awesome beers on tap during San francisco beer week

Photo of Deggar
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

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4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

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4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

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

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4.47/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

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4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

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4.29/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

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4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.3/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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City Beer Store in San Francisco, CA
99 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.