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City Beer Store

Not Rated.
City Beer StoreCity Beer Store
BA SCORE
98
world-class

237 Ratings
Ratings: 237
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 8.09%
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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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.64/5  rDev +4.3%

This is one of the best beer stores on the penisnsula. In terms of beer selection, it is comparable to Healthy Sprits, although I'd give Healthy Sprits a slight edge.

This place is great in that you can grab a beer out of the cooler and drink it for a $1 corkage fee. I don't know of any other place you can do that. It's not a large place, but so far I've always found a place to sit. The staff is very friendly.

The website is nice in that they list their beer selection, although it'd be even nicer if they listed prices like Healthy Spirits and K&L, and maybe if they had all their beers on a single page (rather than a separate page for each letter of the alphabet).

They have quite a number of top rated beers, and I enjoyed trying them right there, so if I liked it enough I could buy more to take home with me.

If you're into the hard to find top 100 beers, this is a very good spot (though for overall selection, my favorite in the Bay Area is Perry's in Livermore).

Falcon91Wolvrn03, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of nickd717
4.63/5  rDev +4%

Excellent place. I used to be a regular, but sadly I got tired of the 1 hour trek up there. Need to get back soon though. Always 5 or 6 interesting beers on tap. Also a huge bottle selection that is one of the absolute best in the area. Salami and cheese plates are great also, and Craig and Beth are awesome people that love to talk about beer. They also have great special events, but they're often on weeknights, so the fact that I live so far away means I usually have to miss them. Atmosphere is not the best - it's in a half-basement more or less and the lighting is a little odd at night. On the plus side though, it can feel sort of like you're in a beer cave, which is a nice feeling. Prices are a little high for the area, but not so much compared to other places in the city, and the $1 corkage fee is not a bad deal.

nickd717, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of Aenema
4.58/5  rDev +2.9%

This is a really nice shop that I will definitely make return visits to. You can purchase a nice variety of quality draft beers (6 on tap at a time) or drink your purchase at the store (there is a $1 corkage fee).

Atmosphere - I went on a Sunday afternoon and there was a decent crowd there, but unfortunately there is little seating, so you need to luck out to snag a table if you have a group (there are only 3-4 seats at the bar). Size is the biggest knock on this place.

Quality - Lots of great beer both bottled and on draft.

Service - Friendly/helpful service.

Selection - Wide array of good beer and some tough to find beers.

Value - I thought most of the prices were quite competitive/reasonable. Some very good bargains and some that were a bit much.

Definitely stop by this store/bar if you have the opportunity.

Aenema, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of gabeerfan
4.21/5  rDev -5.4%

I used to work less than a block away from this place, and I have to say the neighborhood has changed a lot. For the better.
I was surprised by how small the place was, and the decor is typical industrial chic with cases of beer littered around the space. They had 4 beers on tap while we were there, but didn't get to try them as we were driving to SoCal as soon as we were done there, so I didn't note what was available.
Service was quite good. I was wearing my UGA hat and the bartender/salesperson and I chatted about being from the south as she went to Auburn and her family lives in Atlanta. She helped us find the beer we came to get and gave us a few recommendations that we accepted.
Selection was quite good, they had most everything available in the Bay Area and a few beers from smaller breweries that would be difficult to find elsewhere.
Prices were pretty reasonable. We bought a bottle of Consecration for $23 and it was $25+tip at the Russian River brewpub. Everything seemed reasonable and in line with more "mainstream" stores.
A good stop to look for a hard to find beer.

gabeerfan, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of wd40
4.58/5  rDev +2.9%

I really liked this place. The owner was very nice and knowledgeable about the what he had and was not afraid to make some recommendations. While selection isn't vast, every beer in the store is worth trying. There are some real gems in the store that can be difficult to find. Seems to have the Russian River hook up. Will be going back here every chance I get!

The store has some limited seating area and 5 or 6 beers on tap. At the time I think they were serving Green Flash Quadruple, Firestone Double Jack, Stone 9th anniversary, Stone 11th anniversary and Stone 12th anniversary. There may have been another beer that I can't remember.

There are three fridges full of Russian River, Port, and Alesmith among others, and a two walls that meet at a corner full of beers from many other breweries. Finally, in the back, adjacent to the bar and room temperature beer are three more fridges with sours and other specialty beers.

Prices are very reasonable

wd40, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of NorCalYeti
3.78/5  rDev -15.1%

City Beer Store is located on the left (north) side of Folsom Street between 7th and 8th, take the Civic Center BART stop and walk a few blocks or find street parking on Folsom. When I arrived this morning, I thought the place was out of business because there are no window displays. The real reason for the confusion is the store sits below street level. The store opened promptly at 12:00 p.m. (Saturday) and I was greeted by Craig (owner) who welcomed me in. I told him it was my first time at the store and asked him for a description of the store layout which he promptly shared. He asked what style of beer I liked. Armed with some information from his website he was able to respond to my specific questions. In addition to their rotating six taps (primarily west coast beers), he will open any of the bottled beers you purchase for an additional dollar. The space is small with approximately 300 beers on hand, at least half on shelves with the others in cold storage. Didn't find as many gems as I had hoped but I did come away with some Elysian beers I haven't spotted in the East Bay and a hard to find Lost Abbey. Prices seemed reasonable and the selection is above average to the amateur. The space is crowded and includes a small tasting bar, a high bar table, and two low chairs with a table for your beers. Although the floor plan makes it awkward to shop for beer while others are sitting at the tables, it's a nice service. It's a decent spot to stop for a draught beer and be on your way. The owner said the best way to keep on top of their latest selections is to subscribe to their e-mail list.

NorCalYeti, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of BevMoPatrick1
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Visited on 5/30/09. Five taps, had the 21st Amendment Black IPA. The service was great. The place is pretty small but the selection is very good. Good selections from RR, Ballast Point, Stone, and many other great California brews. Good selection of begians and english beers as well. The owner was busy with other customers but was good enough to talk beer when he had a free moment. Anytime I'm back in SF will hit this place up. If your in the city, check it out, prices are fair and its a very relaxed environment.

BevMoPatrick1, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of washburnkid
4/5  rDev -10.1%

Went to SF to do some research/writing, and I decided to hit this place up before I had to head back home. Got off at Civic Center BART and walked a couple short blocks.

There were tons of people. Everyone sitting at tables stopped to watch you as you walked in, and the set-up was a little awkward. But it was a small space and the owners were working with what they had (a ton of beer). Two coolers of beer, and two tall shelves all packed with options, both domestic and import crafts. I was especially excited about the beers I bought from Alesmith, Ballast Point, HotD, and Stone. I was looking forward to having a beer or two while I was there, but there were just too many people and no places to relax. I would definitely go back to both buy more brews and enjoy some on premise, though maybe not on a Saturday.

One note about the service: No one offered to help me out, but it didn't bother me too much since there were plenty of other folks that the two employees (owners?) were probably dealing with. I would surely enjoy a conversation with them, so I look forward to going again.

washburnkid, May 24, 2009
Photo of NikkiMacBrain
4.72/5  rDev +6.1%

I was in town last week for my friend's wedding and this was one of the stops I wanted to make. A close walk from the Civic Center BART. Nothing fancy, just a plain floor with a couple tables and the bar. Cool selection of cold and warm bottles, any of which can be opened on-premises for a buck extra. Six taps, mainly local stuff but I was happy to see DFH 90 on. I had a Lost Abbey Carnevale and Iron Springs Witbier.

Craig was top-notch as far as customer service goes. Awesome guy who was very helpful to this out-of-towner. A bit pricey but it's the city, so I can't fault that.

If I lived in SF I'd definitely become a regular. Check out this little gem and do what you can to support this excellent small business

NikkiMacBrain, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of photomike
4.74/5  rDev +6.5%

This place is an absolute must-stop for any beer fan visiting San Francisco.

A tiny spot, the walls are lined with a really top notch selection of beers, both domestic and imported. Best selection of Russian River brews I've seen, and all the stock is very fresh and well-maintained. I actually got a bottle of Pliny the Elder last night that was bottled 3 days ago.

Respectable rotating taps for 4 or 5 bucks per fill, and a staff that is as knowledgeable as it is friendly.

The ambiance is really nice here, well lit, and everyone seems to be friendly. The size of the place is a big downside though, there isn't much seating, and if you are trying to bottle-shop while people are drinking, it can be problematic.

Prices are very slightly on the high side, but for the most part, the prices are reasonable. I frequently find great deals here. At City Beer, you know you are getting a quality product, and I never feel uncomfortable with the prices.

photomike, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of braddo
4.8/5  rDev +7.9%

Amazingly great concept. Every city needs a City Beer Store!! Part store and part bar. Pull a beer off the shelf and drink in the store. Also have a couple taps set up. $5 per pull. Owners have great beer knowledge. Again, great concept. I wish more states would allow stores like this.

Sampled:
Oro de Calabaza - Sour Bier de Garde (Draught) - Love the sour apple taste. Very refreshing. One of my favorite Bier de Garde's.

Telegraph Robust Ale - Belgium IPA (Draught) - Full bodied and well balanced beer. Very complex nose.

http://www.burrstreetbrewblog.com/2009/03/san-francisco-beer-week.html

braddo, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of jwolfie70
4.74/5  rDev +6.5%

City Beer Store is a must stop for Bay Area BAs. While it does not look like much at first glance (i.e. it looks like someone's basement with some beer shelves), Craig and Beth have a wonderful store. It usually has the best selection of beers in the bay area, and the owners are always willing to take the time to point you in the right direction. They have a handful of great taps and some great cheese selections, but other than that is a beer store. I would, and have, recommended this store to all BAs.

jwolfie70, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of mjl21
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%

City Beer Store is a great ***little*** beer shop located south of Market in the City. The first time I went there was right after they opened and I remember driving around the block a few times as I saw no signage. Luckily they now have a sandwich baord sign on the street. They are located in an area where there is plenty of street parking, both hourly and metered.

When you walk into the space you go down a small flight of stairs. To your right are a few coolers with tons of beer. Some rare in these parts (Alesmith), some not (Racer 5). There are a few tall tables where people are drinking beers from their 6 taps or from a bottle that they purchased at the store ($1.00 corkage). There are a few shelves lined from top to bottom with beers from all over and there are a few other coolers in the back that have a lot of good stuff.

The bar area has a few stools. The drink menu is on a little clipboard and they give a nice description of each beer. If you want to have a drink while shopping they serve in 5 and 10 ounce glasses. The beer selection is always rotating and they usually have offerings that you don't see outside of the Toronado or the respective brewpub. They frequently update their tap list on their site. They also serve cheese plates if you feel like eating.

The beer selection is good. They carry the harder to find NorCal beers and do a good job of bringing in brands like Alesmith to increase their offerings. They have a ton of beers from around the world. Since the store is on the small size I have found the turnover of beers to be quite good. This is one of the few places that I will buy IPAs with no best by date. Due to the store's popularity they do tend to run out of the popular offerings quickly.

The prices are a little higher than some of my East Bay hunts, but when you factor in rent it is understandable.

The owners, Craig and Beth, are both extremely amiable and know their stuff.

mjl21, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of ipa247
4.3/5  rDev -3.4%

Made a return trip here last night after a long hiatus. Made the less than pleasant walk from the Civic Center Bart Station after dark down 6th street. My suggestion is use 7th or 8th street. A lot of sketchy looking people and what appeared to be criminal activity taking place on 6th.

The sign to the store is dimly lit and you could easily walk by the place and miss it. Inside is pretty tight cramped quarters as many reviews have noted. Nonetheless it is an inviting atmosphere and I did not mind the fact I had to stand for the first hour. There are a few tables and chairs if you are able to get there right when it opens. The service is excellent and friendly and Craig the proprietor was more than willing to answer questions and offer beer suggestions.

The place has 5 hard to find beers on tap and you can also purchase bottled beer which can be opened and drank on site which is a nice set up. The beer selection is above-average to excellent and has an emphasis on Belgian and California craftbrews. I was delighted to see some Alesmith products as they do not distribute to Northern California. The prices are what you would expect from San Francisco and lean more to the expensive side. I can purchase some of their beers for 2-3 dollars cheaper at my local beer store in the East Bay. Such is the nature of buying beer in San francisco

There appeared to be a cheese and cracker plate that could be purchased. I did not partake and enjoyed my liquid dinner of Chicory Stout, Telegraph Porter and Marin Brewing White Knuckle Double IPA.

I will definitely be back as it is a nice environment and has a host of beers that I cannot get elsewhere.

ipa247, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of yeastsipper
4.94/5  rDev +11%

CBS is a must stop for anyone visiting SF - and a regular haunt for all beer lovers in SF.

The store is relatively small, but jammed with all sorts of great beers. The highlight for me are the always rotating taps with some very hard to get beers showing up very regularly. Get a beer, browse, and chat with other beer lovers or the very friendly and knowledgeable owners. A very cool concept of bar/retail store.

As I have started going in more often, I notice that new beers come in often. There is a lot of turnover and a lot of great beers on the shelf. Even if you are not looking to by bottles, this is a great place to stop in and have a beer. Chances are great that there will be something on tap that you haven't had.

A must stop in SF. I highly recommend City Beer Store.

yeastsipper, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of popery
4.8/5  rDev +7.9%

Great little beer store with a high quality selection and some well-used taps. I like City Beer quite a lot. My main complaint is that the space is too small for everything that's going on. They always have good to excellent beer on tap with the occasional rarity from a, usually, local brewery. The owner seems to have quite a few contacts in the craft beer world. I will admit that I don't love the service. It's not so much a problem with anyone who works there, but it's always been a bit too busy for me to ask questions. The place is halfway between a bar and a store, so there's an odd tension between serving drinks/talking about the tap beers and helping bottle customers. My other slight problem is the crowd tends to get a bit heavy on the yuppies, not really the store's fault so much as the city's. At times, it gets dangerously close to feeling like a wine bar, not really my favorite type of establishment. The selection is a tad on the small side, which is a function of the store size, but it's all high quality. You definitely see bottles, particularly from local breweries, here that you won't see anywhere else in the city. Of course, other stores (Healthy Spirits particularly for imports and Blackwell's occasionally) can make the same claim, but City Beer more likely has the hot California beers. Anyway, prices are a bit steep, only annoying when Whole Foods down the street carries some of the same bottles for fifty cents to a dollar cheaper, but I don't begrudge them that. It's expensive to run a store in this city. At any rate, they have a very nice little bar and a very nice selection of high quality beer.

popery, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of JoshuaCain
4.2/5  rDev -5.6%

atmosphere was kind of iffy. it was my first visit today, and they are usually closed on mondays, so maybe they were not at there best, but there was paperwork laying around and stuffed into a microwave on the counter and generally looked a little unkempt.
that being said the quality of the beer they sell is impeccable. I enjoyed a nice St. Bernardus Christmas Ale from the tap as I browsed the shelves.
selection is relatively small but includes alot of things I was wanting to try, including a Baird selection and Russian River brews as well.
service was kind of good, but the girl was on the phone & doing invoices & pouring beers, and generally seemed too over-occupied to offer any real insights or recommendations. price was higher than competitive for the area, you definitely are paying a premium to shop here.
overall the littlest bit disappointing, but I will definitely be back to give them a second chance on a regular business day.

JoshuaCain, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of BrewerB
4.45/5  rDev 0%

Craig and Beth have a great thing going for the SOMA folks and anyone else who loves beer in SF.

Though the atmosphere is fairly sparse and the place can get cramped during peak hours, selection is exceptional. You'll find 6 beers on tap at any time and hundreds of bottles to choose from.

This is the place to find those unique beers like barrel-aged Port Brewing/Drake's/Firestone Walker, Bear Republic X, and Black Albert.

Check their menu to see what's on tap and pay these folks a visit.

BrewerB, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of marcpal
4.86/5  rDev +9.2%

Q: You know what really sucks about City Beer Store in SF?

A: Nothing, absolutely not a thing.

I have been in SF for a week for business and got a time for a break from convention fun on Saturday and ventured a cab thank to BA suggestions to this 'establishment'.

This was in the middle of a unique neighborhood, off the beaten path and a cool environment. The concierge at the hotel I was doing work at said I would need to cab and not walk- not a great neighborhood. Is he kidding? Has this guy been to Newark? This is not a 'bad' neighborhood- grow some balls my man.

One of the coolest places I've ever been. There is nothing not to like. To start, the girl/woman working there was one of the friendliest, helpful beer store people I've ever come across. She took the time to attend to any and all questions, was interested in talking beer.

Definitely seemed to have locals in there and took me about 30 minutes of browsing to notice that they actually had taps there. How great is that? I hope to get back there another day before I leave just to enjoy a pour and give the place some deserved business.

Great selection for an out of towner and plenty of great imports that would make it great as well for an in-towner. Picked up a few bottles to either have cold (ie Pliny) or to bring back (ie Hopsickle) among others.

This is a place that cares and that is what matters. The prices are well beyond reasonable. If I lived in SF, I would be honored to frequent this place. Keep up the advocating.

Didnt try, but I saw they had bread and cheese behind the counter. Textbook for homegrown beer house. Thanks again, wish I knew the name of the woman working because she really does deserve credit.

Next to Oak Tree back home, the finest beer store Ive ever been to.

marcpal, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of RunDWP
4.33/5  rDev -2.7%

This half-bar, half-beer store is in a surprisingly small location in an industrial store front. Has a cluttered look to the place, with all sorts of kegs and other beer related items scattered about, and the bartender kept some sort of business files in the microwave! I didn't ask what would happen if she turned it on. For me, this is great atmosphere.

The place had six rotating taps. The day I was there, they had The Abyss, Port's Gift of the Magi, Drake's Imperial Stout and IPA, E.J. Phair Wheat Beer and another one I couldn't recall.

While there were plenty of imports, they mostly specialized in California microbrews, many which are hard to find elsewhere. (If you want something like Longboard Lager, you can get that here, too.) The bartender knew her beer pretty well, and many locals and non-locals dropped in to pick up a few bottles of something they had been hunting around for, or had heard about. Many six packs were broken up and they are pretty willing to sell individual bottles. Roughly half the inventory was refrigerated.

I wish they had places like this in San Jose.

RunDWP, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of Offa
4.74/5  rDev +6.5%

This is a neat little place selling only beer. It's a great place to go for trying new beers or finding good-quality, harder-to-find beers, but can be unpreditable and is not a place to buy large quantities of beer.

It has a few on tap but mostly sells bottles to drink there or take away. It is not big, but it has a very good selection of Belgian beers, some other harder-to-find imports I have seen only there or rarely anywhere else, and a pretty good selection of micro-brews particularly from California. The micro-brew selection is not large, but it seems to be strong in a small number of harder-to-find ones, particularly ones of good quality.

Aside from Belgian beers (which I can find in great variety many places), the import selection seems mixed. It gets some really hard-tofind beers such as Farson's Lacto stout and McAuslan beers, and has a few British and German beers that I have not found elsewhere. However, otherwise it is a bit weak on German, British, and especially Czech beers. I've found only a few German beers I could not get in Santa Rosa, and very few German or Czech ones, and only a few British beers at all. The website states that it carries, subject to limited availability, a wide range of great British beers, but they haven't been in stock when I've gone. I mostly wish they consistently carried a good British range such as that which they theoretically have, as it has now gotten to the point where every good beer store in the region, including my home town of Santa Rosa, has a varied selection of Belgian beers, but no-one has a really good, comparable selection of British, German, or Czech beers.

The service is very friendly, they encourage buying single bottles from 6-packs if you want to try something, and they give a discount for buying individual beers in a mix-and-match 6-pack.

One good point is that the beer selection is varied, seems to change a lot, giving greater variety over a period of time and making it possible to find some things impossible to find elsewhere. It also does focus on harder-tofind beers and uisually beers of higher quality. But, a downside is that you never know what they'll have and at any given moment they seem to have only a limited selection.

This is a must-stop place for beer fans when in San Francisco, but you just never know what or how much they will actually have.

Offa, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%

Visited early evening on 10/25/08.

A - City Beer Store is a small, lowly-lit bottle shop in South Market on Folsom. The store itself is about 800 sq ft and has pub table and bar seating for about 12-15 people. The shelves have Belgian beer and 2 small refrigerators host other bottles as well. The bartenders are very friendly and the place has the vibe of being home-like.

Q - The taps house 5 changing taps of moderate to difficult to get beers priced between $4-$8 for 10 to 12 oz pours. They also offer plates of cheese and meats.

S - The bartenders are more than willing to discuss the different beers on tap or help you select a beer to take home.

S - The majority of beers are moderate to difficult to find. Of particular interest to me was the selection of Lost Abbey, Belgians, Port, and Russian River. Excellent selection that I cannot obtain in Suckramento.

F - N/A Did not sample.

V - Although the taps are expensive, you're paying to try beer you cannot obtain at the majority of other places. The bottle prices are very competitive considering that you cannot obtain them elsewhere. In fact, it was cheaper to buy a Russian River Damnation there versus Russian River (about $1 less).

MisterClean, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of GJ40
4.06/5  rDev -8.8%

An interesting combination of a beer bar and a beer store. I stopped in during a business trip to pick up a few local beers to take home.

The atmosphere is very comfortable. The store consists of a couple of refrigerated units and a large shelf area. The selection isn't huge but it's got a good mix and beers from the US and Europe. I was pleased to find Russian River's Pliny the Elder and Blind Pig. I had specifically been looking for Pliny.

The bar consists of a small bar and several tables. The crowd is pretty artsy and based on the beers being consumed, into their beer.

The woman behind the bar was very nice and quite helpful. The prices aren't cheap but I doubt much is in SF.

City Beer Store isn't in an attractive area and it doesn't have a huge selection but it's dedicated to good beer and for that, deserves a visit.

GJ40, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of GoreStorm
4.84/5  rDev +8.8%

This was my second stop in SF.

This place was awesome for my purposes!
Very small, and relatively clean, but not so much that it seems douche baggy or whatever. everyone just kind of kicks back and whatever.

the only flaw of this place is that it only has 6 taps. they all had something interesting that i'd never had before though and that was just fine.

their tap list was:
Jolly Pumpkin - Calabaza Blanca
Deschutes - The Dissident
Russian River - Pliny The Elder
New Belgian - Grand Cru
the new sierra nevada special release (my notes aren't clear on the actual name, sorry)
Allagash - Four

the bottle section packs a lot into a small area. a lot of good stuff including russian river stuff, lost abbey, the special release from harvestouns etc.

the bar tender who i assume was the owner was super friendly and conversed with us while we were there, there's almost no waiting to get your beer here.

i gave it a 5 on selection because this place was packed with stuff i can't get at home.

i give it a value of reasonable because a lot of the standard stuff is okay, but anything rare or out of the region you will pay dearly for. from what i understand he actually drives down to san diego to pick these beers up from those breweries which translates into a big price hike.

i preferred this place overall to toronado because it's a place i'd most likely frequent, i've never been a person to hang out for hours in a bar. i like to grab a few pints and then do the majority of my drinking at home. this place is perfect for that.

city beer is a place to hang out on your own....toronado is a place to take a friend from out of town who wants a bit more excitement.

GoreStorm, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of DaveHS
4.58/5  rDev +2.9%

City Beer Store is a pretty unique place. It's worth going just to speak to the owners, Craig and Beth. They are two of the nicest people I have met in the business. Craig is very knowledgeable. Beth knows a great deal about beer, but her specialty is cheese. City Beer Store always has a limited selection of high quality artisinal cheeses, selected by Beth.
The beer selection is unprecedented in the city, with the exception of Toronado. It is not uncommon to find Alesmith, Lost Abbey, Port Brewing, and other hard to find beers right out in the open. Their regular selection is aslso very respectable. Their markup is average. They could get away with charging alot more.
The bar is small, and tends to get very crowded, but it has never bothered me. I tend to go on tuesday mornings. If you are looking for new beer, this is the best time to go. City Beer gets most of its new deliveries on tuesday afternoon. This is also when you will find most of the reps drinking, and spilling secrets.
The best thing about City Beer is the community they have created. Its the kind of place where people buy bottles and let everyone at the bar have a taste. If you go, I reccomend you buy 2 bottles of whatever you are trying, and let everyone have a taste. The regulars will most likely pay it forward. All in all, a great San Francisco beer spot, and an essential stop for all out of town visitors.

DaveHS, Sep 16, 2008
City Beer Store in San Francisco, CA
98 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.