City Beer Store

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City Beer StoreCity Beer Store
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98
world-class

184 Reviews
Reviews: 184
Visits: 292
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: n/a
Taps: 15
Bottles: 300
Cask: Y
[ 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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Reviews: 184 | Visits: 292
Reviews by Arbitrator:
Photo of Arbitrator
4.13/5  rDev -7%
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. (1,520 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of BDeibs
4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

What a great store. A really well curated 10 tap list and a very fun vintage bottle list for sale. They make of the most of their space and have curated a nice selection of beers for sale from 45 dollar Belgians, to some great beer from across the US and a nice selection of small breweries from Northern California. The service couldn't have been better. Everyone was very friendly and very helpful without being pushy. A really great group of people supporting a really great store! (489 characters)

Photo of James_Michaud91
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Bar/Bottle shop with a huge selection. Well known amongst the beer community. Regularly have very limited/special taps on including beers brewed specifically for their store by greats such as The Bruery. (203 characters)

Photo of jloomis
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of SFCraft
4.9/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of EdrickCS
4.44/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of suckaj
4.14/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of spointon
4.22/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Rubalaca
4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Rating should be a bit higher but those big city prices!! (57 characters)

Photo of pinhead
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of AgentMunky
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Only about eight taps, but every single one is quality. Pretty helpful service and a nice vibe. Bottle shop is marginally overpriced. (133 characters)

Photo of TheBrewViking
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Brown120
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of ericw985
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great tap selection, including a few from Russian River (Blind Pig and Perdition when I visited) and some very good local brews from Cellarmaker and Fieldwork. There was a big bottle selection too, but while Cantillon and some harder to find RR bottles were available, they were extremely expensive and had to be opened and drank before leaving. The bartenders were very friendly and knowledgeable, and the tap area was a fun and social environment.

I didn't get to check out Toronado before leaving SF, but CBS is an excellent place to check out for high quality beer that I would go out of my way to visit again. (615 characters)

Photo of HookemHoos
4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Rutager
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of vtbeerandbud
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Vinithing
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Iamjeff6
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Mikaveli
4.67/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Beerswag
4.83/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Japsican23
4.07/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of ThirstyHungryLife
4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.11/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Selection was smaller than I had expected, but definitely nothing to scoff at. Was able to find a few 'wants' that I can't get back home in Wisconsin, but nothing mind-blowing.

Vibe was cool, and the inclusion of a small tap room was a great bonus. Didn't stop for a beer but it looked well-managed.

Staff was friendly. A worthy stop, but not a destination in my opinion. (373 characters)

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City Beer Store in San Francisco, CA
98 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.