City Beer Store

BA SCORE
97
world-class

328 Ratings
City Beer StoreCity Beer Store
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Store

1168 Folsom St
San Francisco, California, 94103-6027
United States

(415) 503-1033 | map
citybeerstore.com

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-08-2006

PLACE STATS
Score:
97
Ratings:
328
Reviews:
197
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
7.5%
 
 
Taps:
15
Bottles/Cans:
300
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Ratings: 328 |  Reviews: 197
Photo of AussieActor
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

An unassuming cozy little nook staffed by some of the coolest people in the industry. Adam, Teddy, Ryan and Eddie always deliver. The knowledge and enthusiasm is second to none. I love this place.

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Photo of KevSal
5/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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

Stopped by during a vacation to grab some beer and the guys working were extremely helpful offering suggestions related to what beer I was looking for. Seemed to be pretty busy on the bar side as well and I would have loved to stop and have a pint. Next time.

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of cam477
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of terence
5/5  rDev +13.6%

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

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

Photo of dbannister
5/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

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Photo of ronricorossi
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of willandperry
5/5  rDev +13.6%
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).

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Photo of cletusdog
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of HopsAholic79
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of josmickam
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of TWITA
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of BarrelAgedG
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of ericw985
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great tap selection, including a few from Russian River (Blind Pig and Perdition when I visited) and some very good local brews from Cellarmaker and Fieldwork. There was a big bottle selection too, but while Cantillon and some harder to find RR bottles were available, they were extremely expensive and had to be opened and drank before leaving. The bartenders were very friendly and knowledgeable, and the tap area was a fun and social environment.

I didn't get to check out Toronado before leaving SF, but CBS is an excellent place to check out for high quality beer that I would go out of my way to visit again.

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Photo of James_Michaud91
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Bar/Bottle shop with a huge selection. Well known amongst the beer community. Regularly have very limited/special taps on including beers brewed specifically for their store by greats such as The Bruery.

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Photo of MattPfeifer
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of pjwilson
5/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of noattention
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Tristan_E
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of MexicanSkittel
5/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of ThirstyHerf
5/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

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Photo of JeffWelge
5/5  rDev +13.6%

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City Beer Store in San Francisco, CA
4.4 out of 5 based on 328 ratings.
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