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Cellarmaker Brewing Co.

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Cellarmaker Brewing Co.Cellarmaker Brewing Co.

Type: Brewery, Bar

1150 Howard St
San Francisco, California, 94103-3914
United States

(415) 863-3940 | map

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Reviews by jeff1973:
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5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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Photo of _pat_
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Simply the best brewery in SF and the one that I find myself coming back to time after time. Their tasting room is always packed so get there early or grab a growler to go. Always rotating their brews (check out what's soon to come on from the sign in the back near the bathrooms), their selection is pretty wide though leans most heavily on hoppy pale ales and IPA's.
Amazing to think that they've only been doing this for two years since all of their beers have that distinctly Cellarmaker "dank-crushable" (their words) flavor that I've grown to love.

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Photo of DblDiamond
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of funjack5150
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Great place in the city, so many great beers! The only down fall for me is the brewery is so small and it's always packed. But that doesn't stop me from going.

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Photo of gcasher
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Loud cool desert rock music. Packed on Easter Saturday. Great beer.

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Photo of dwagner003
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of stevehagy
4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Frobert_Reynolds
4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of reggggg
4.01/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I recently stopped in here on a trip to Northern California. This is a fairly small tasting room with bar seating and some tables here and there as well. The bartenders were super nice and helpful even though it was very crowded when I went. They had around 10 beers on tap, with lots of hoppy offerings, some dark beers, and a barrel aged beer. The quality of everything was good. I would definitely recommend a stop in here if you are in the area. I know that I will be back for sure.

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Photo of CityofWind_brew
4.86/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of domdomdomdom
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of frasergrove
3.83/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of JR86
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of rcamp28
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Awesome little spot! Randomly found this place while I was visiting off of a recommendation from the guys at City Beer Store and I'm really happy I stopped in. Every beer I had was great. Definitely a hidden gem and worth a visit. Only wish I could get their beers in South Florida!

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Photo of amano_h
4.87/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Cellarmaker is every beer geek's dream neighborhood brewery / brewpub. It's just unfortunate that the neighborhood in which it's located is not quite inhabitable by people who would most benefit from its existence.

By now, Cellarmaker's reputation far precedes it by leaps and bounds. It's notable, however, that Cellarmaker has achieved this without bottling a single beer and serving their deliciously concocted brews only to those who make the short trek in SoMa to visit their hallowed grounds (and the few places around the Bay Area that they "distribute" to, like the Rare Barrel) and without the RateBeer/BeerAdvocate/Untapp'd hype that other Bay Area breweries tend to get showered with.

You will hardly see any tap repeat in close proximity to its last appearance, but you almost wish it did; I haven't seen Tangarang, Coffee and Cigarettes, Tiny Dankster, and Original Dankster on tap more than twice in the 4 or 5 separate occasions I've been to Cellarmaker, yet they're all remembered and fondly talked about every time I go as if they're available everyday of the week.

Stirring the conversation back to my main point. Cellarmaker is super comfortable and was never designed to be big or house that many people. That being said, it's also located in SoMa so it's always flooded with people every time I visit, especially since their open times tend to lean towards later on in the afternoon. The staff is very helpful and not at all shy about beer suggestions or general conversations about beer in general; I think I had a 15 minute conversation about american hop additions during whirlpool for one of their heavily-hopped lagers with one of the bar staff at one time, which was a pleasant surprise.

I sense I'm still not getting my main point across, so I'll be more concise. The beer here is comparable to some of the more popular Bay Area destinations such as Lagunitas and Russian River, with the key difference being you can enjoy your brews without the risk of drunk driving across the Golden Gate Bridge. The food option here is somewhat limited, but you'll be in SoMa so good food is not very far from you at all. If you don't like tech yuppies / hipsters talking about their latest exploits on the interwebs, then I strongly suggest you come as early as possible else you'll find yourself drowning in obnoxious technobabble, but in the end, none of this will matter as soon as the bartender hands you a pint of some of the freshest, hoppiest beer you'll taste on this side of the Bay.

Sorry for not making too much sense in this review. Just make sure to make this place a pit stop while making the SoMa craft beer bar crawl (i.e. Mikkeller SF, City Beer, etc.) You won't be disappointed, I promise.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.03/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Visited on a Tuesday evening after dinner.

A - Small, minimalist but clean and bright. Crowded with no place to sit. 4

Sel - A wide selection of their beers, but mostly IPA-like beers. Had the Tiny Dankster. 3.75

Ser - 3.75

Q – Appropriate glasses were used. Temp seemed reasonable. 4.5

F - NA

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Photo of Coldstorage
3.93/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

The vibe is very much skewed towards what I find the less pleasant aspects of beer culture. Crowded as hell with new money beer geeks. Also really cant stand their sense of humour (Hops to the DOME, DANK Williams, DANK statement, etc) that kinda shamelessly panders to first year chumps and beer bros.

Quality of beer is through the roof. Cant argue with the results. Doing everything well in that dept.

They do a decent job of managing the sea of jerks.

Selection is weighted heavily towards hops, but the stout game is usually ok. (Always thought the name Cellarmaker was weird for a brewery that seems to be 90% hop forward beers and usually has between one and zero BA offerings)

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4.14/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Stevenw7474
4.53/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of captaincoffee
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Long walk from the train station to find this place on a visit this summer...very glad I did. Cool but very small place, so get there early. Fab selection of great brews, including some highlights of my trip. Within SF, I haven't found a better place.
I should state that I came to the place when it was pretty dead. As more and more people came in, I am sure the quality of service went down.

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4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Magnum40s
4.87/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Great beers, Huey Lewis, easy parking. This should be the place you stop in the city if you want a really great beer. The IPA's are out of this world, the stouts are amazing! We have a bunch of beer bars in the city. This one has the best beer though.

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Cellarmaker Brewing Co. in San Francisco, CA
97 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.