City Beer Store

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City Beer StoreCity Beer Store
BA SCORE
98
world-class

183 Reviews
Reviews: 183
Visits: 291
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: 183 | Visits: 291
Reviews by NorCalYeti:
Photo of NorCalYeti
3.78/5  rDev -14.9%
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. (1,616 characters)

More User Reviews:
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)

Photo of JamLand
4.7/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Easily the best store/bar combo I've ever had the pleasure of visiting. Plenty of street parking around the store, if renting a car while in SF. Typically, one of the best to go bottle selections in the city and usually a great tap list, so you can have a brew after all the hard work of beer hunting. (301 characters)

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City Beer Store in San Francisco, CA
98 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.