Cellarmaker Brewing Co.

Cellarmaker Brewing Co.Cellarmaker Brewing Co.
Cellarmaker Brewing Co.Cellarmaker Brewing Co.
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

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

(415) 863-3940 | map

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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Real cool spot; they have a hundred IPA's but most are good and the wild ales are a treat. Bartenders were knowledgeable, welcoming & refreshingly opinionated. Good music too.

Jan 03, 2020
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lucius10 from California

4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75

Glad I had a chance to stop by...parking is an issue, but San Francisco! Came midweek and music was a bit loud which made everyone scream to talk to each other. Customer service was fantastic! Decent selection...and for some reason, it is really dark in here...

Sep 19, 2019
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Bum4ever from California

4.36/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Always a great tap list here, and I like that it feels like an old-school bar. It's always been super busy when I visit and the service does a good enough job trying to keep up. The beer here is top notch over a bunch of different styles, really can't complain.

Jun 09, 2019
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MilwaukeeBoy from California

4.55/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The best quality beer in the city IMO. Taproom is pretty small, bar seats about 12-15 with a bunch of big tables. Typically standing room only. They serve growlers and crowlers and will do half pours of most everything. Great beers across the range of pilsners to pale ales to IPAs to stouts. They usually have about 20 beers on tap. No food (but you can bring it in). Servers are efficient and helpful.

I have mostly been there late afternoon, early evening. I do not think the neighborhood is sketchy, certainly nothing approaching the Tenderloin (hang outside Mikkeller for a few minutes and you'll see the difference). They are a couple blocks from City Beer. With the new Pizza restaurant opening, there is now another outlet for their great beer.

Jan 27, 2019
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Rocknrao from California

4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is the best brewery in San Francisco, in my opinion. If their taproom was three times as big, they would still fill it up with customers on any given day. It's located in the part of SOMA that is roughly equivalent to the Tenderloin in terms of neighborhood character, so keep that in mind if you're planning to visit. Also, it's along a major downtown bike route, so consider riding your bike here instead of driving or ubering.

Dec 21, 2018
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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

4.51/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

As tourist by himself at night a walk over vs a Uber might have not been the best idea .. but once inside great tap room cool vibe and helpful staff with great selection of beers and size pour (always a plus).. only thing that could but them over the top is a little food or snacks while drinking .

Nov 12, 2018
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Zonian1 from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Made my first visit to Cellarmaker on a Friday afternoon in June, 2018. I'd read others' reviews about the sketchiness of the neighborhood, but even so I was surprised at the number of homeless on the streets. I parked across the street and kept my belongings out of sight in the trunk and didn't have any problems, but I'd recommend going with a group.

Decent crowd at 2pm on a Friday. I was able to get one of the few seats at the bar and sample several beers. Strangely, there was only one IPA on tap that day; most of the offerings were pale ales which were a little bit dialed down flavor-wise. I also tried a wild ale that had had a bottle release the previous day. Overall, I was a little bit disappointed in the beers I tried that day. Maybe my expectations were too high? I did meet some cool people and we chatted about beer and San Francisco, and some of the other breweries in town. I would visit again, but I wouldn't go so far out of out of my way.

Jul 07, 2018
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GGBS from California

4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Hops to the Dome!

Best brewery in the SF bay area! Top tier brews and tight crew running the place.

Smallish bar/taproom with the brewery in the back. Always a particularly great selection of fresh hoppy ales, pretty mellow vibe for how crowded it is during peak hours. To go options are growler fills and once a month hoppy can releases with sporadic bottle releases of sours/stouts. Can/bottle releases are relatively low key and pretty smoothly handled.

Jul 06, 2018
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gr8fulbeerhead from California

4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

on a busy street in san fran. nice space but not a lot of seating. be prepared for way to loud music and some extra cool people here. the beer is top notch so that should mellow out the other crazyness.

Feb 26, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Modern bar meets old brick building in drug central San Francisco. Nice jazzy wooden bar and wall behind the bar with exposed old brick walls, modern hipster lights and a few plants. Gets busy quick, even a guy checking ids at the door.

15 of their own beers on tap, many ipas, a couple ba stouts, and a few other styles, nice selection and very good quality. Beer served in the correct glass too. The two bartenders were friendly and knowledgeable. Some weird modern jazz music playing.

Jan 26, 2018
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PolhillS from Maryland

4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Good place! Neighborhood vibe, strangers welcome. Good, varied selection of what they brew. Good music that does not interfere with the conversation. Obviously, fresh beer (good beer). No food, so make this your first or last stop.

Sep 03, 2017
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RyanK252 from California

4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Dropped in on a Wednesday night after a Giants game. Not a big tap room, but there's a lot of good stuff packed inside. Beer offerings cover the full spectrum, from light to dark, hoppy to funky, and everything in between. Pretty laid back vibe. Definitely worth a stop.

Aug 15, 2017
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mrcraft from California

4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Cellarmaker Brewing is located south of Market Street towards the Civic Center area of Downtown San Francisco.

As you enter, you will find the bar and some tables with seating area. There's a large board on the wall with the day's offerings. I had a glass of a nice American Double Stout. I didn't venture towards the back, but you can see some brewing equipment from the bar area. I like this kind of transition between the area for patrons and brewing operations.

I love their stouts, and enjoyed my glass of Vastness of Space. When in the area again, I will return. Very cool.

Aug 12, 2017
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NapaClancy from California

4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Beyond the fantastic punny beer names, strong house style shows consistency in clean pure expression beers. Do not miss this place.

For those looking for the next great thing! They are already there...

Jan 11, 2017
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SportsandJorts from Virginia

4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Atmosphere: Small place and pretty plan. Neat deco and relatively simple. They stay pretty busy and have music at a decent level. Fun place but not my favorite hang out as far as breweries go.

Quality: Every beer I tried here was good, especially when compared to others of its style. Overall its tough to find a place that puts out better quality across the boards.

Service: Even when it was very busy and only two bartenders working they kept everyone served and continued to fill growlers.

Selection: not the largest number of taps of the widest variety of styles, but they had some pretty good variety and really fast turn over while I spread my visits out over a week.

Overall: in SF this is probably my number one recommended stop. I can see arguments for others but in terms of getting the best beer and best vibe this is the place. I had a ton of great ipas, some great dark beers and was certainly happy with everything I had

Dec 20, 2016
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flagmantho from Washington

4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I visited Cellarmaker last night and the place was absolutely jumping. The beers turned out to justify this; I had the kettle sour and the saison and they were totally outstanding. The Vienna lager was less so, but the greatness of the other beers totally outweighed this. There were 12 beers available when I visited; I would like to someday be able to try more of their beers. Standing-room-only crowds made the place hard to get around, but service at the bar was shockingly quick and efficient. Absolutely worth a visit!

Nov 02, 2016
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Zythophile from District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

They let me in, and I don't even have a beard. (I guess that not shaving for a couple days counts.)

They do do some crowd control, which is nice. That kind of thing has the potential to irk me, but I don't need a seat, just elbow room. Good enough.

Noise is moderate for the type of establishment, although the crowd that was there at the bar last Sunday night seemed like mostly introverted strangers. Anyways, the beer is pretty good, and that's what matters. (Not like I knew anyone in there, myself.)

The beer selection was pretty good, but the food... potato chips and beef jerky. They do try to nudge one toward the local eateries, and that probably is for the best.

Sep 06, 2016
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Phil-Fresh from California

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

Located in SOMA, off Howard – Cellarmaker doesn’t have a lot of signage up and if you don’t pay attention, you could pass by it on accident. Once inside there’s a small tasting room that features about six house selections. Cellarmaker tends to focus on hoppier beers, though their stouts and porters are also quite tasty. The staff is pretty attentive and service is quick. Downside is the tasting room is small and usually packed, meaning seating can be a challenge.

Jul 27, 2016
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Rockjocknroll from California

4.16/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Excellent IPAs, killer stouts and a nice location. Some staff (some...) have lost their friendly charm but such is the life of a bartender at a really popular brewery.

It's kind of a bummer this place has gotten so popular so fast. Used to be a lot of casual conversations and really fun folks; now it's a lot of 'I know more than you' beards. At least the beers are still great; just don't stop in for a growler fill during any kind of release. You'll be waiting in line a really, really long time.

If you're in SF from out-of-town, well worth the visit. Come thirsty!

Jun 29, 2016
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BT_Bobandy from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Small 'whole in the wall' brewery that made my visit to San Francisco very enjoyable. Great draft list, although mostly hoppy stuff, friendly staff and place was packed 2 of the weekday nights I was there. If you like hops, you'll like Cellarmaker.

May 02, 2016
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_pat_ from Colorado

4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Apr 26, 2016
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funjack5150 from California

4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Mar 27, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.17/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Feb 17, 2016
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rcamp28 from Florida

4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

Jan 09, 2016
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amano_h from Oregon

4.87/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Jan 07, 2016
Cellarmaker Brewing Co. in San Francisco, CA
Brewery rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 4375 ratings