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 colonelforbin:
Photo of colonelforbin
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Definitely a big fan of this place, even if I only make it over there every couple of months. Craig and Beth are top notch proprietors and very friendly and helpful. I couldn't ask for much more in this regard.

Excellent selection of beer in coolers and on the shelves. 6 taps, many of them limited/interesting brews, which rotate pretty regularly.

Prices are somewhat reasonable, especially considering you're near downtown SF. Some things are a better value than others, but the great selection makes everything seem worthwhile indeed.

They put on some nice events here, usually on a weekly basis, but sometimes it's every two weeks, or every month; this varies. Mostly just doing interesting flights of beers of a certain style, or beers with some sort of connection to each other; though they have brewers in the house to showcase their beers often as well.

The one slight downfall of this place is the size; however, that will be changing as they are expanding, so I did not ding them for that in the score. It's pretty small and fills up easily and quickly, depending on when you are there. I am very interested to see what the expanded location looks like.

Highly recommended if you are spending any time in the bay area. It is very easily accessible via BART, just a three block walk from the Civic Center BART station. Check it out. (1,351 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.