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City Beer Store

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City Beer StoreCity Beer Store
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99
world-class

264 Ratings
Ratings: 264
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 4.47
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

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Reviews by wagenvolks:
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4.74/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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.

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4.9/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

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Awesome beer fridge, best selection I've ever seen - awesome beers on tap during San francisco beer week

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City Beer Store in San Francisco, CA
99 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.