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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Reviews by amano_h:
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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
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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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Montanabeerz from Montana

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Nov 06, 2019
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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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jophish17 from Georgia

3.43/5  rDev -23.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25

Aug 22, 2019
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Danielr26 from Michigan

4/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Jun 24, 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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NickThaFish from New Mexico

4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Mar 06, 2019
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TheBrewsky from California

4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Mar 06, 2019
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Curt3 from New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Feb 20, 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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acurtis from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

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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BerryKumquat from California

3.6/5  rDev -19.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Sep 21, 2018
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Selkie85 from Minnesota

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

Sep 08, 2018
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cryptichead from Illinois

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

Sep 01, 2018
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Jason_cs from Florida

3.83/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Jul 29, 2018
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thatche2 from Georgia

4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Jul 10, 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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richj1970 from Alabama

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

May 24, 2018
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Hellpop65 from Kansas

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Apr 28, 2018
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atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Apr 19, 2018
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Tbarnes1414 from New York

5/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Apr 06, 2018
Cellarmaker Brewing Co. in San Francisco, CA
Brewery rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 4173 ratings