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Cellarmaker Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Cellarmaker Brewing Co.Cellarmaker Brewing Co.
BEER AVG
4.13/5
Based on:
111 Beers
199 Reviews
Place Score: 96
Reviews: 38
Visits: 155
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: 38 | Visits: 155
Reviews by jeff1973:
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5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

More User Reviews:
Photo of duceswild
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Nice place. Airy but busy with very little seating open. Good selection of beer on tap. Good vibe and buzz. (107 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

just a short walk from the mikkeller bar, if you dont mind a colorful couple of blocks, you can make a heck of a day in this part of this city, thats for sure. teeny tiny taproom here just a block off the beaten path. i was surprised how packed it was, standing room only, but probably 40 people is the most that could squeeze in here, something like that. small bar not too many seats there, but a colorful chalkboard menu displaying the days offerings, which were diverse and abundant. i had four beers here, with all of them being over the top delicious. contains nuts was one of the more unique brews out there, and the hoppy stuff was all simply sensational. its obvious that in a short time these guys have built quite a loyal following. growlers were being filled up at a frenetic pace, and the two or three bartenders had no chance of keeping up. they were still friendly and welcoming though, and i liked that they took such care. for how good the beer is, this place is shockingly unpretentious. everyone was cool, it felt like everyone there was in the know, like a club of beer people enjoying an undiscovered treasure. i know some hype is getting out there, but this is still a real humble operation and a place that should absolutely be on your san francisco bucket list! (1,285 characters)

Photo of bostonbeans
4.97/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of ricoslim
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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

Photo of QuakeAttack
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

After an afternoon of hiking on a Sunday, my son and I hit Cellarmaker to relax and have a few beers before heading home. On a Sunday, parking on Howard wasn't a problem. While smaller than expected, it a nice layout with high ceilings and cozy tables. Good crowd which got to standing room only later in the afternoon. Mix of ages and pretty mellow. 12 choices on type of several different varieties with IPAs being center stage, but a nice variety of porters, English bitter, strong ales, and blonde ale.

Great addition to the SOMA area. We will be back! (558 characters)

Photo of Highbury09
4.4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BDeibs
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

A nice selection of about 10 beers on tap. A nice variety of sizes available to be poured. A funky, but small room in a slightly strange part of SF, but overall nice beer with good quality across the board. (208 characters)

Photo of mikepcarney
4.87/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of James_Michaud91
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Great beers with an emphasis on all things hoppy and delicious. Slightly small space can fill up quickly and get a bit noisy/chaotic, but the beer is definitely worth it. Growlers available to go as well. (204 characters)

Photo of Anaxagoris
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

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 menezes
4.75/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Resuin
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Jdizzy92
4.71/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

They know their hops and it's a great place to drink some ales. They do a lot of collaborations with other breweries in the bay area. (133 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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 spointon
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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 cherche
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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)

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Cellarmaker Brewing Co. in San Francisco, CA
96 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.