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City Beer Store

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186 Reviews
Reviews: 186
Visits: 297
rAvg: 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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Reviews: 186 | Visits: 297
Reviews by OBeerMeGreatOne:
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I had been here once before to pick up a bomber in a hurry so this time I decided to take it easy and have a beer while I explored the selection. The bar/store is small but it is like being in a rare bookstore, everywhere you look there are hard to find beers. It took a while to get the bartenders attention but I finally go him to pour me a Payback Porter from the tap. He spent a lot of time with one guy which kind of irked me. It was very hard to get help afterward. That being said, I will restate that the selection is pretty amazing, worth checking out for sure. Be prepared to spend some cash though, some of the beers you can find elsewhere are marked up an awful lot.

I've made several trips back since my first review. The people behind the counter recognized me at about my third trip. The tap selection changes quickly enough, and they break out aged beers for sale. Very nice staff, great selection, drink and shop, sweet. (938 characters)

More User Reviews:
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. (281 characters)

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. (346 characters)

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! (489 characters)

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. (203 characters)

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!! (57 characters)

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. (133 characters)

Photo of TheBrewViking
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Brown120
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of ericw985
5/5  rDev +12.9%
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 -7.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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

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

Photo of Vinithing
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Iamjeff6
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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City Beer Store in San Francisco, CA
98 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.