City Beer Store
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Reviews by wagenvolks:
4.74/5 rDev +6.8%
Hit up City Beer Store during the last day of my San Francsico visit. Very, very glad I did.
Industrial feel to the place, with a cement floor, wooden and metal benches and chairs. Seating is somewhat limited. Service was excellent, bartenders definitely knew their stuff and despite the crowd were able to keep the order flowing smoothly.
As a beer bar, City Beer Store has a meager, yet very polished tap selection. About 12-15 taps in all, but nearly every one a gem (and rotating constantly, I'm told). Bear Republic Tartare Berliner Weiss ($7 for 7oz) was the highlight, and it was joined by the likes of '08 ($5 for 5 oz), '10 ($6 for 7oz), and '11 ($8 for 12oz?) Deschutes Abyss, '08 Lost Abbey Ten Commandments, Ballast Point Sculpin, Cascade Sang Rouge, Stillwater Rule of Thirds, and De Ranke Pere Noel.
The bottle list behind the bar is extensive, expensive, and exciting for any beer geek. Bottles must be opened on-site, and I gladly emptied my wallet for the likes of Russian River's Framboise for a Cure ($20), Midnight Sun Arctic Devil ($30), and Firestone Walker Parabola ($30). Other notables included several Cantillons, Bruery releases (Cuir, Partridge--$80 or $100!!), and vintage Russian Rivers.
As a beer store, this place was much more reasonably priced vs. the tap/bottle selection at the bar. I grabbed some week-old Pliny, RR Temptation, Speedway Stout, and Midnight Sun Mayhem IIPA. Selection wasn't endless, but it surely felt that way.
Only negatives include: Friday night and the last call was at 9:30--bar closed up shop at 10. Also, there is no longer food served there, but you can order some delicious $6 sausages from a gourmet joint down the street. You can also bring in any food you'd like.
12-13-2011 23:15:35 | More by wagenvolks
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev -9.9%
Fairly unimpressed considering all the hype. I was able to find a similar beer selection at a nearby Whole Foods (which was an amazing selection, mind you). Overall, compared to the likes of other dive bars with similar selection (Toronado, Zeitgeist, etc.) and Monk's Kettle, I was far from impressed.
08-28-2014 19:37:47 | More by mike312
4.6/5 rDev +3.6%
A (mostly) beer only SoMa establishment with an strong tap list and comfortable environs.
If I'm staying in SF for more than a day, and staying in the usual Financial District spot, I try to make my way to City Beer Store. The three for four times I've been here it's been fairly busy. It's a polite crowd, though, a I've never had to wait too long for my next pour. There's always something to choose. A dozen to fifteen choices ranging from very small breweries you've never heard of (unless you live in the area) to stuff you've always wanted to try but haven't been able to find. The food is limited, but you're not here to eat. Parking is limited, but it is walkable if you're staying around the Convention Center. Prices are reasonable. I believe there are bottles and growlers for purchase, but I never have. A must if you're coming to the city.
08-16-2014 22:06:56 | More by LittleDon
City Beer Store in San Francisco, CA
98 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.