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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Ratings by jakecattleco:
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Rated by jakecattleco from California

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Aug 15, 2014
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Reviewed by Dicers from California

4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75
RIP Howard St Cellarmaker - Long Live Howard St Cellarmaker!

Always a great spot that was bumping and had a great selection of beers. Sad they have closed as of December 2022 but I'm excited for their new location to open
Mar 02, 2023
Rated: 4.42 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Sep 12, 2022
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Reviewed by Pivopijak from Washington

4.16/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5
Small old bar atmosphere, with a dedicated clientele, filling up the place, 10 minutes after it opened. Quite a number of folks were getting a recently bottled release of a barley wine, with their tap beer orders, to take the bottled barley wine home for later. Very conversational clientele, they were.
May 11, 2022
Rated: 4.44 by Lucnifter from California

May 01, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Apr 27, 2022
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Rated by eluvah from New York

4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
Very crowded for $6 pint night but service was great. Nice selection of beers and the ones I drank were great.
Feb 03, 2022
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.5 by Montanabeerz from Montana

Nov 06, 2019
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by jophish17 from Georgia

3.43/5  rDev -23.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25
Small bar, wasn’t very busy but we went early on a weekday - I can see this place becoming almost uncomfortably packed because the beer was very good. IPA-heavy, I was not impressed with the selection diversity but again have to give them props on quality.
Aug 22, 2019
Rated: 4 by Danielr26 from Michigan

Jun 24, 2019
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.58 by NickThaFish from New Mexico

Mar 06, 2019
Rated: 4.05 by TheBrewsky from California

Mar 06, 2019
Rated: 4.39 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Feb 20, 2019
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.15 by acurtis from New Jersey

Dec 21, 2018
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 3.6 by BerryKumquat from California

Sep 21, 2018
Rated: 4.47 by Selkie85 from Minnesota

Sep 08, 2018
Rated: 4.22 by cryptichead from Illinois

Sep 01, 2018
Rated: 3.83 by Jason_cs from Florida

Jul 29, 2018
Rated: 4.7 by thatche2 from Georgia

Jul 10, 2018
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.25 by richj1970 from Alabama

May 24, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Apr 28, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Apr 19, 2018
Rated: 5 by Tbarnes1414 from New York

Apr 06, 2018
Rated: 4.67 by grapeshops from California

Mar 29, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by blisscent from Rhode Island

Mar 24, 2018
Rated: 4.51 by grilledsquid from California

Mar 22, 2018
Rated: 4.36 by Miesemer from Pennsylvania

Mar 11, 2018
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.37 by tobelerone from New Jersey

Nov 16, 2017
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.16 by Spoda1983 from Pennsylvania

Aug 29, 2017
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