Cellarmaker Brewing Co.

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Cellarmaker Brewing Co.Cellarmaker Brewing Co.
Based on:
109 Beers
122 Reviews
Place Score: 96
Reviews: 34
Visits: 143
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

1150 Howard St
San Francisco, California, 94103-3914
United States
phone: (415) 863-3940

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Place added by: danscott on 10-09-2013

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Reviews: 34 | Visits: 143
Photo of Alequine
3.89/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Cellarmaker Brewing Company is located in the San Fran neighborhood of SOMA with nothing else around it. I would think a hip spot like this would be in a neighborhood with restaurants and stores and such. The tasting room was . housed in a industrial modern warehouse setting with nicely done wooden bar and tables. Small place which easily can be overrun with people when busy. Well it wasn't so busy but when we arrived on a Tuesday evening the three tables available for patrons were being taken by people not drinking or drinking very little at all. Ordered a flight of 10 five ounce pours. A lot for a flight and I thought pricey at $23. Welcome to San Francisco. Read some positive reviews of this brewery so I was excited to be there until I started drinking the beer. I immediately noticed no stouts or porters on tap. It may be summer in San Francisco but a summer in San Francisco can be the coldest spring day. Cellarmaker you need a stout or a porter on the tap list. The beers that I did have were underwhelming except for a nut brown ale and one other that I don't remember as all of the other beers were underwhelming. Had Blonde Mom's, Contains Nuts, an English Bitter and two saisons lacking in aroma, mouth feel and finish. (1,255 characters)

Photo of jrnyc
4.71/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Visited this place 3 days in a row while in San Francisco for vacation, loved it!

The space is awesome, not too big, not tool small. High ceilings, brick walls, open air wall in front. Enough space at bar and at tables and stools away from bar.

Service was OUTSTANDING! Bartenders have great attitudes and super efficient.

I loved the Original Dankster, wish they had more IPAs on while I was there, but could have drank Original Dankster all night long.

Place is close to perfect. (486 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I finally got a chance to visit Cellarmaker a few days ago.

Crowded and small place on Howard Street, packed on a week night, but I was served pretty quickly by a pleasant girl working the bar. Kind of bummed I had to stand the whole time I was there.

I tried two beers, a DIPA and a Pale, both were excellent, very tasty, and unique as well.

Selection was quite good. I believe they were a dozen beers with a pretty good variety of styles represented.

All in all, and outstanding place, would be nice if they had a bit more room. (536 characters)

Photo of RoundTripper
4.07/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

always alot on the board. Pretty respectable selection. Always busy but never too crowded. Dig their selection- not mind blowing but better than average. (153 characters)

Photo of Sixpoint
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

ultra-friendly staff, really unique location (amazing they tucked a brewery away inside here), and beers that are really "on the mark"

keep your eye on these folks, they are doing great stuff (192 characters)

Photo of Goldstar81
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

This might be my new favorite California brewery. I'm from Los Angeles but I used to live in SF before there were any real breweries here (sorry anchor steam). Arrived on a Friday at opening and there was a crowd of 20 or so waitng to be let in. You know it's gonna be good if there's a crowd. Parked myself at the bar and ordered 5 tasters: mocha and cigarettes, dank side of the moon, mo passion, new beer smell and ottos jacket. All stellar-mo passion was the standout for me. If you are a hop head and love a beautifully crafted, well constructed and balanced pale/ipa/dipa then run, don't walk to cellarmaker. Within 15 minutes the place was packed. Dank side and mocha were just released so that probably added to the crowd. Bring your empty (clean) growlers. These guys will fill just about any vessel that's from a brewery used to hold beer. One guy said he saw someone bring in a 1 gallon hydro flask from a brewery and they filled it. Definitely worth the trip-awesome place, awesome people, awesome beer. Expect big things from these guys. (1,050 characters)

Photo of abaer123
3.99/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Even though my rating is not that high, for me, as a hop head, this is a go to. Their beverages are almost perfect in my opinion. I think they can do better in some other categories and they will in time. (205 characters)

Photo of SFWD1934
3.8/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Very small place, but you will not be disappointed. Cellermaker does excellent beers. Very solid. Staff is usually very interactive with customers. I love the record player with all the vinyl available to play. (214 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

I’ve grown to enjoy my visits to Cellarmaker over the past year and change, although I’ll be the first to admit I felt somewhat ambivalent at first. I think this is a combination of working out the opening-night quirks (not technically opening night, by the way—more like the early stages when they were working things out)—like server attitude and ambiance, in subtle and not-so-subtle ways that I appreciate. I have a go-to beertender who I gravitate towards for her recommendations and raves, only because she’s yet to steer me wrong. That says a lot, especially because I am an infrequent visitor. But it’s things like that that make Cellarmaker such a treat to visit now. And the incredibly tasty beer only sweetens the deal. (742 characters)

Photo of drew42e
4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The tasting room located in the SOMA district of San Francisco is a hidden gem. The word is starting to get out how good their beer are as people are coming from all over the Bay Area to experience them. Definite "beer geek" vibe, and I mean that as a positive. Very knowledgeable and friendly patrons, had a nice time talking to some on a recent visit. The space itself is a little small, and as their popularity grows I wouldn't be surprised if they needed to expand some.
They rotate about 8-10 beers on draft which you can generally get in several sizes from taster to pints depending on the brew. They are constantly changing up their line-up. Cellarmaker is very innovative, experimenting and mixing/matching various hops. They also will do things like making an APA, IPA and IIPA with similar hop profiles just changing the brewing technique. Or do single hop releases (Mt. Nelson Pale Ale comes to mind). Of the beers i've tried there hasn't been one that i didn't like and several have been just incredible. Double Dobis may be my favorite IIPA i've ever had. While they've have released many excellent beers, and while I love their experimentation and innovation, I think to get rated amongst the best they need a few flagship beers. And they are pretty young , so maybe they are still in that discovery stage, trying to craft that marquis brew. Lord knows its gonna be dank. But I want to tell my friends, get the Double Dobis at Cellar, but there's no guarantee they'll have it at that time (for example you know you can get Pliny at RRB).
They do growlers on many of their beers, but pretty much everything is on draft, they don't bottle their beers which is a little disappointing. Hopefully as they evolve this will change, as will them developing a flagship beer, which I really believe could elevate them to one of the elite brewers on the West Coast. (1,886 characters)

Photo of chrisjws
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

I went there on a Saturday afternoon around 3pm. Stepping into the place made me feel like I was back in San Diego again. Nice decor, great vibe and overall very cool setup.

Every beer I had was excellent. Love the various IPAs and pale ales, so many great combinations of hops. Everything on the menu sounded interesting and everything I tried was 4+ star quality.

Service was good, it was a little packed and probably more people than two bartenders could really handle. When they attended to us they were on top of things, answered questions and had a nice setup for samplers (my pet peeve is places that give you 5 4oz pours then expect you to remember which one is which).

Selection was okay in that everything on the menu was pretty good. It was skewed very heavily towards IPAs and pale ales. I enjoy those styles but I also love to get to try some other styles as well. I enjoyed what they had, but a wider selection would have been cool. Also, maybe make some of the beers available in bottles instead of just growler pours. (1,038 characters)

Photo of SFCraft
4.84/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Incredible things coming from this gem of a brewery here in San Francisco. Truly fantastic beer across all styles.

Quite small and often packed, I've caught myself standing every time I've gone to visit. Great vibe & top notch service to match.

Easily accessible via public transportation, a 5-10 min walk from the Civic Center Bart/Muni stations. (349 characters)

Photo of dbannister
4.93/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Only reason I give selection a 4.75 is because there are no bottles and a lot of times, their best stuff can't be growlered....

This place is the best brewery in San Francisco currently (3/15). Its not the oldest, its not the biggest, but the beers they make are outstanding.

If you want to relax and enjoy a beer without too many people, make sure you go when they open. They get pretty crowded late in the day on weekends.

The brewery is only a block from City Beer and its pretty easy to find parking (very nice feature in the city). Pretty much all of their selection is high quality. (596 characters)

Photo of erha2
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Friendly staff, great tap list. Only complaint was that they were not willing to open special bottles that I brought from the East Coast (maybe for legal issues). Not a big deal since its their loss. (201 characters)

Photo of alexander_ostrofsky
4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

These guys definitely have someone talent working in back. Quality and creativity with many beer styles. I will come back every time I visit San Fran. (150 characters)

Photo of emilylee
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Hands down my favorite SF brewery and perhaps favorite brewery in the Nation right now. These guys do everything well, especially their IPA's with unique New Zealand hops. They release one or two new beers each week and everything is super fresh. Coffee and Cigs is a go-to and watch out for their special barrel aged stouts and saisons. Super cool brewers and staff. Watch Giants/Warriors and listen to good music. Great location in SOMA which is easily accessible by bike or public transportation. Please…For the love of craft beer...Go there... (549 characters)

Photo of heymikew
4.4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

A popular hipster brew hangout. Not a huge tasting room but very helpful and knowledgeable staff. Good selection of beer styles and always new ones to try. This brewer knows his stuff. Everything we tried was great. They have a good setup for just sampling too. (266 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

A real nice spot much out of the way of busy market street area.

A big open space, with a very large and colorful chalkboard provides a plethora of beers for you to choose from.

They are big on IPAs here, so if that's your angle you wont be disappointied. However, there are some other styles here as well, and they are done with great care and are very good also.

Service is also great, as the busy staff still manages to take care of you as the growler fills keep coming from the customers like crazy.

Real nice stop, very good beer, and great staff, what more do you need. Could easily waste a lot of time here, and they offer different sized pours for also real cheap too. Great place. (696 characters)

Photo of BabaBeer
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Constantly rotating beer selection (changing almost weekly), and offers great beer samplers. New building so everything is neat and clean. Staff if friendly and knowledgeable about all things beer. (199 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Coquette is a flirt, right? That naughty little gal. I saw her on the menu eyeing me intently, ever so suggestive with her saison name.

I took the bait. I fell for her. And I fell in love.

I know most will advocate for the IPA here, but that Coquette is a true gem. She's a real beauty.

Also, if it's available, the Peach NIghtmare is a delight of a sour. Go with those two if you're tired of IPAs.

I had a stout on my visit to and wasn't blown away, but the two mentioned above are real winners.

As for the ambiance here, pretty lowkey and not particularly spacious, but that adds to the charm. (601 characters)

Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
1/5  rDev -77.3%

They wouldn't let me get a 1L growler of a beer that was on. From out of town, they were total dicks about the whole thing after telling me they could do it. All their ipas are good but taste the same. Way to be beer advocates. (227 characters)

Photo of Tazmaniandavis
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Cool place but pretty small and kind of difficult location to get to. Their beers are solid and priced well. The growler options were limited when I went, they had 7 or 8 different beers on tap but you could only get 3 kinds to go. (231 characters)

Photo of brongladest
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Cellarmaker is one of the best brewpubs i've been to in the bay-area. Amazing beers on tap from all of the best west coast styles and others, with great descriptions and colorful presentations. A total hub for beergeeks in the city, I'll be going again whenever my time frees up to do so! (288 characters)

Photo of nmann08
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75

This is a great little beer spot in San Francisco.

Stopped in on a Friday night. It was busy, but not super crowded. Our party of three easily walked up and stood at the bar. The room is not large, an L-shaped bar, a few tables. It has a garage door feature that allows open air to pour in and there is a lot of dark wood, which I always find attractive in bars/restaurants. The crowd was young professional.

They were out of a few beers, but the ones they did have were all really good. They did full pints, half pints and tasters. I also saw that they do growler fills on a select few.

Service was great. Bartender was fast, attentive and engaging.

No food, but you can bring it in.

Overall, the beer is very good to outstanding, the atmosphere is excellent and reasonably priced for San Francisco. (805 characters)

Photo of shangwang
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Stopped in on a Saturday afternoon for a couple and was surprised by how packed it was. Despite the lack of much personal space the bartenders were attentive and fast, and there wasn't a point where I waited for a beer for more than a minute or two. Decent selection; there were about a dozen beers listed and 3 or 4 of them were kicked. Interesting crowd, it was pretty loud and young, but that didn't bother me. I'd like to check it.out again at some point when it's a little less busy but still enjoyed my experience. (520 characters)

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Cellarmaker Brewing Co. in San Francisco, CA
96 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.