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City Beer Store

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City Beer StoreCity 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 willjschmidt:
Photo of willjschmidt
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

A store that only sells beer and offers top notch selections and service as well. They also always have several beers on tap. I couldn't stay long during my visit so I couldn't sample the draft beers but this is a fantastic concept. There are a couple of coaches out as well for the patrons to chill.

Even though it's on the small side the selection here is top notch. Lots of stuff that you can probably only find in a small handful of Bay Area stores. Only a few beers are kept in a small cooler, the rest are out on the shelves. They also let you break six-packs or buy singles which allows you to try a lot more beers.

The best part is the service. The guy working when I went in was incredibly helpful, offering suggestions and just bs-ing about beer. I would highly recommend this place. (800 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.