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City Beer Store

Not Rated.
City Beer StoreCity Beer Store

188 Reviews
Reviews: 188
Visits: 305
Avg: 4.43
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: 188 | Visits: 305
Reviews by Floydster:
Photo of Floydster
4.14/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stopped here right after Toronado and expected to find something special on tap after everything I heard about it but found that only four of the six taps were working and they were all beers I had already had or can buy at home, they were Stone 12th Annivesary Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, Full Sail Prodigal Sun IPA, Marin Blonde, and Port Wipeout IPA, the place was set up weird with only like four stools at the tiny bar, then bottles lining the entire wall, I talked with the guy there for a while and found out that I was a day early for a great barrel aged fest they were putting on, they had a bunch of Drake's stuff lined up that was upwards of four or five years old, some Avery beer called Platypus, Angel's Share, Cuvee de Tomme, and many other great things, anyways the guy was cool and we talked quite a bit and he gave me some recommendations as far as some of their bottles go, this was the first and only place I have seen Lost Abbey's Witch's Wit, also Brewdog Paradox variations, too bad that stuff is fifteen dollars a bottle, selection was decent but not as great I was expecting, I ended up buying two things and they were Russian River Blind Pig IPA and Pliny the Elder, after tax the two bottles were ten bucks, I was on my way because I had people waiting for me outside in the car once they saw the tap list, other beers to go included Cantillon Cuvee Des Champions, both 21st Amendment brews that are available in cans, Lost Abbey Inferno and Gift of Magi, various Avery things, Alesmith stuff but it was ten or twelve dollars more than I pay at home, that is probably because it is such a pain to get it up here, this place was cool, a little expensive for my taste, but I will probably go back in the future and give it another go

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More User Reviews:
Photo of rfgetz
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

A for the bar, B+ for the carry out

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Photo of Magnum40s
4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I Love City Beer, it's always been one of my favorite places to drink beer in the City. While it started out as a tiny bottle shop with a superb selection... it's turned into a small (double the original size but still quite petite) very chill beer bar with 15 handles of interesting, rare selections - often of kegs you wont find anywhere else in the City or the Bay Area. Even better, they have a deal with Alpine, so there's always at least one offering. They also hold some super kick-ass special events. There are still bottles for sale and a solid variety, just a bit less emphasis.

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Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

15 taps, smaller bar area, nice bar though big wooden lacquered thing, semi open area, few artistic pictures, bartender was fairly knowledgeable and friendly. Pretty clean, very limited snack offerings. Tons and tons of bottles, lots of super limited stuff like framboos, goose island bourbon county series, midnight sun, Avery specials, eclipse series, lots of vintage bottles, many great Belgians sour esp, almanacs, cascades, etc. Prices are fair, on the better side for the most part but a few expensive ones.

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Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.73/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of tshanahan
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

These guys regularly tap amazing, hard to find beers. The shelves are stocked with delicious brews at all times. The staff is knowledgeable as well.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of EsseQuamVideri
3.68/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Solid place. I'm a tourist, so I can't really compare it to places in the region. As a bar, I rate them very highly; good vibe, good beers, good bartenders. As a bottle shop, I rate them average; average to slightly small selection. Overall, I exhumed you go if you're in the area.

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Photo of bostonbeans
4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of ricoslim
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of mikepcarney
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Only issue I had going to City Beer Store is that everything is way over priced. Tap list is very nice and interested array of bottles on the shelf. Bottles are consistently marked up 20% over elsewhere. The reserve list is insanely overpriced. Go to Toronado if you want a great reserve list and great taps. Bottles check out The Wine Club.

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Photo of Highbury09
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BDeibs
4.57/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

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Photo of James_Michaud91
5/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of jloomis
5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of SFCraft
4.9/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of EdrickCS
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of suckaj
4.14/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of spointon
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Rubalaca
4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Rating should be a bit higher but those big city prices!!

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Photo of pinhead
5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of AgentMunky
4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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City Beer Store in San Francisco, CA
98 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.