City Beer Store

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City Beer StoreCity Beer Store
BA SCORE
98
world-class

253 Ratings
Ratings: 253
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 4.46
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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-08-2006)
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Reviews by NorCalYeti:
Photo of NorCalYeti
3.78/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

City Beer Store is located on the left (north) side of Folsom Street between 7th and 8th, take the Civic Center BART stop and walk a few blocks or find street parking on Folsom. When I arrived this morning, I thought the place was out of business because there are no window displays. The real reason for the confusion is the store sits below street level. The store opened promptly at 12:00 p.m. (Saturday) and I was greeted by Craig (owner) who welcomed me in. I told him it was my first time at the store and asked him for a description of the store layout which he promptly shared. He asked what style of beer I liked. Armed with some information from his website he was able to respond to my specific questions. In addition to their rotating six taps (primarily west coast beers), he will open any of the bottled beers you purchase for an additional dollar. The space is small with approximately 300 beers on hand, at least half on shelves with the others in cold storage. Didn't find as many gems as I had hoped but I did come away with some Elysian beers I haven't spotted in the East Bay and a hard to find Lost Abbey. Prices seemed reasonable and the selection is above average to the amateur. The space is crowded and includes a small tasting bar, a high bar table, and two low chairs with a table for your beers. Although the floor plan makes it awkward to shop for beer while others are sitting at the tables, it's a nice service. It's a decent spot to stop for a draught beer and be on your way. The owner said the best way to keep on top of their latest selections is to subscribe to their e-mail list.

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4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

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4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.3/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

A very unassuming store, but also serves beer with a full bar and a few bites to go with it.

The tap list is real impressive at times, with items from Russian River, Alpine, and other West coast classics.

Real nice organized store too. It's not a huge selection, but lots of West coast goodies, and even some decent foreign imports.

A great buying and drinking beer stop in the area.

Photo of Two40addict
4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Goalcam
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Love the concept, lots of beer to choose and some charcuterrie options. Also have some nice beers on tap rotation as well. Slightly shady area in the city though.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of dbannister
5/5  rDev +12.1%

This is the premier place in San Francisco to either get a bottle or something on tap (15 taps). The place has been open for >7 yeas but it has stayed humble and honest since the craft beer explosion. The staff is extremely pleasant, helpful, and responsive. The owners are great people who have helped shape the craft beer scene in the area.

Great place to go have a conversation (music isn't too loud) while enjoying a quality libation.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.4/5  rDev -1.3%

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City Beer Store in San Francisco, CA
98 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.