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City Beer Store

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City Beer StoreCity Beer Store
BA SCORE
99
world-class

251 Ratings
Ratings: 251
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 7.85%
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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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-08-2006)
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Photo of KevSal
5/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is one of my favorite spots in the city where i'm a regular. All the guys down there are great. where else can you have a pint of rare stuff while shopping a huge selection of beers.

A- its the perfect atmosphere for me, but im usually there in the afternoon so the place is nearly empty, the way i like to shop and sip some beer.

Quality- this is where they hit their mark. lots of quality bottled beers and usually a top quality selection on tap. they pull some pretty big beers on tap, constantly. its always changing (this could be bad for some though) so theres always something for you on tap.

Sev- A+ these guys are great down here

Selection- probably the best selection in the city, along with healthy spirits, this guys get everything, and a lot you just cant find anywhere else.

between here, healthy spirits and toronados (and the whole foods Wes is at) youve pretty much got everything covered in SF.

EDIT: also something really cool about this place a lot of people don't know is you can order a half glass on any of the beers on tap and its half the price. i really like this because you can try a variety of beers without getting too inebriated.

Photo of fito1212
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of cam477
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of terence
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of dbannister
5/5  rDev +12.1%

This is the premier place in San Francisco to either get a bottle or something on tap (15 taps). The place has been open for >7 yeas but it has stayed humble and honest since the craft beer explosion. The staff is extremely pleasant, helpful, and responsive. The owners are great people who have helped shape the craft beer scene in the area.

Great place to go have a conversation (music isn't too loud) while enjoying a quality libation.

Photo of ronricorossi
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of willandperry
5/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I have not actually been to this store, but I had a friend who was visiting the area, who agreed to visit this store and mule some beer for me. whenever my friend showed up, he called me, and long story short, this guy from the store(connor) talked to me on the phone and told me good beers they had and recommended many different types. I had many beers I was ISO and he was patient and answered all my questions for probably 10 mins.
Incredible service! I hope to visit in person one day, as it seems that they have some awesome beers that are only to be drunk on premise(cantillon, vintages).

Photo of cletusdog
5/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of pjwilson
5/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

What's to say?

This is every beer nerds dream store they wished they opened and this guy did it. Where else you can drink beer while you shop for beer? I've never been anywhere else that you can. I don't know why more places aren't like this.

You walk in, choose one of the six amazing taps and then shop for all the rarest, hard to find amazing beers. Grab another beer and mingle with your newest friends. There's no way you can leave without picking up a few things. No way.

Prices totally on point for the beer. You almost don't notice it's in a postage stamp sized space in a SOMA basement. Makes it cozy.

Photo of noattention
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Tristan_E
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of MexicanSkittel
5/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I love tHis place, always something delicious on tap, vintage, new releases, and tasty treats. Some are a little pricey for me for such small pours, but I understand via the rarity of them.
Bottle selection is pretty vast and covers a lot of styles, countries, sized and prices.
Service is or has been to me always friendly and helpful.
Aside from it being on the other side of town from me I'd be there every day. So with the distance making it there once a week makes it such a treat.
Thanks
Keep up the great work everyone.

Photo of ThirstyHerf
5/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

A-What a gem of a store here in San Fran!

Q & Sel-Great but small tap selection. Extremely nice selection of bottles to go but an even more impressive selection of ages bottles that had to be drank on premises.

S-Connor and the rest of the staff was extremely knowledgeable and awesome to hand out with. Also, the day i made t to City beer there just happened to be a very nice Belgian styles tasting going on and was able to take part. AWESOME!

F- Ok, so there wasnt any food at City beer, however there is a killer sandwich shop down the street. Fortunately for me, with the belgian tasting came a large supply of aged Gouda.

If you are in town, I highly recommend stopping by this fine establishment but be sure to have some scrilla, its gonna cost you and arm and a leg, but you will be happy to pay for that batch 1 consecration!

Photo of JeffWelge
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of indianabeerman
4.97/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

went with my wife on a Friday night. the places was packed. service was awesome. bartenders were very knowledgeable and also quite helpful in the selection of beers. the bottle selection was great. current beers and aged beers. people hanging out drinking exceptional beers.

Here on vacation 1st week of may.

Photo of elNopalero
4.94/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is perhaps my absolute favorite beer store in the universe.

I honestly cannot afford to visit here on a regular basis so when I do it’s a real treat. Well-lit, well-stocked, and Beth and Craig, the couple behind it all, are just all-around fantastic people. More on that later.

Their recent remodel added more shelves and refrigerators full of beer to the place as well as expanded their tap handles—without making it seem any more spacious. But I think that’s just because they remain just as busy as ever. A sign to their success, as much as evidence of the growing craft beer scene. This is every bit how a bottle shop and tasting room should be.

For me, Beth and Craig make City Beer Store what it is. There’s not a lot of places that offer such a wide selection of beers, or allow one to taste on premise and take something to go. Certainly they’re unique but not the only ones on the scene. So when I say that I’d be a regular no matter what sort of operation they ran, I mean it. They could sell auto parts or brew gourmet coffee or run a furniture store slash cardboard box manufacturing factory but on the strength of their customer service alone I’d find a way to return. (Even if my tiny apartment would end up getting filled with fancy engraved chairs from the 17th century and the boxes to hold them in.) One of the reasons I like visiting so much is that I feel welcomed every time they’re there. Simple gestures like eye contact, greetings, and an acknowledgement on the busiest of days goes such a long way and I wish more places would realize that.

Since I moved away from the bay I don’t stop in as often as I once did. In fact, I’m guessing it had been around nine months since I last visited, and maybe another six months between that and my previous trip. But the last time I was in the bay I managed to go twice. I dropped in, briefly, on a rainy Friday night. They were packed for a bottle release so my companion and I opted to get dinner first then return—but didn’t. I came back mid-day the following week. Didn’t have enough time to sit down and try anything (believe me, that was hard not to do!) but I had a few minutes to peruse the selection (and drool over the rarities behind the counter). Craig snuck away from what he was doing long enough to make small talk and see how I was doing—mentioning in passing something like ‘it’s been a while since we’ve seen you. Welcome back.’ It was nice to hear. There’s a dozen other places I count as regular haunts and I’d be hard pressed to find the same level of recognition and reception at half of them. I know I’ll be back. Not soon enough.

Photo of Mulligan
4.94/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Awesome selection and knowledgeable staff. Prices are not cheap, but are what you'd expect for high-end beer. The store's layout is a little strange (i.e., half convenience store and half bar) and it feels a little more sterile than I'd like. But those are nits--this is my favorite beer place in SF.

Photo of caskstrength
4.94/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

For those seeking out west coast beer destinations, this is on the short list.

The top west coast offerings available. Good turnover, so the beer is fresh. IPAs in the fridge. Selection is insane.

Hole in the wall type place, so if you're looking for "the scene" this isn't where you go.

I've never been to a beer store that has an in store tasting bar with awesome selections on tap and lets me pick any beer off the shelves and drink it there for a one dollar "corking fee".

Just to give some details: Had 5 oz draft pour of Black Xantus (really good actually) while browsing the cooler/shelves. Then had them open a bottle of fresh Green Flash WCIPA for me. Drank that while looking for my next beer, which was a bomber of Sculpin IPA (black label) which I then finished. Picked up some Older Viscosity, Deliverance, Xantus, for the cellar and called it a night. (came back later for fresh Pliny and Russian River sours)

As good as it gets.

Photo of 2dogbrew
4.94/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

What a find - I didn't actually check the BA reviews on this place before I went there, but most are spot on. An excellent selection of beers - just got there when fresh Pliny the Elder was delivered. Bought a couple of beers to bring home and had an excellent draft. They have an amazing selection of bottles for consumption on premise, most are pricey as noted but almost all are hard to find. So worth it if you want to try.

Staff is very knowledgeable and friendly.

Not too busy when I was there, but it was 1pm on a Wednesday.

Highly recommended.

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City Beer Store in San Francisco, CA
99 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.