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Beer Available At City Beer (arranged by most recent)
Midnight Sun XXX Black Double IPA 98, Spencer Trappist Ale 95, Knee Deep Hoparillo 3x IPA 98, AleSmith Wee Heavy Scotch Ale - Barrel Aged 100, Russian River Salvation 99, Midnight Sun Moscow 99, Alpha Acid 650 IPA , Alpine Beer Company Nelson IPA 100, Craft Artisan Ales Andromeda IPA , Pretty Things Jack DíOr 95, Stout Rullquin 93, Perennial Coffee Abraxas 99, Evil Twin Turkish Delight 85, Gigantic Geezers Need Excitement Chocolate IPA 77, Noble Ale Works / Three Weavers The Messenger , Marin Van Who? Flanders Red , Green Flash Soul Style IPA 94, Arrogant Bastard Ale - Bourbon Barrel 97, Three Weavers Blood Junkie , Societe The Apprentice 98
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t0rin0 (1456) Do Not Resuscitate, California | June 5, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Visited for the first time during the 5th anniversary week. I was lucky enough to have business in the city during that time and got some bottles of Wanderer and Open Container. Back then (only a couple years ago) they only had the one unit. Very tight space. Only stuck around long enough to buy the bottles, grab a pint, and head back to work. Since they expanded Iíve been a few more times for events during beer week.
People like to complain about their prices (they are high) but they also have some older bottles that are priced surprisingly low. They had Partridge for $40 the last time I looked in the fridge. They also had some interesting stuff that I wouldnt pay for but was neat to see in the fridge like Rories Ale, Beatification 003, and their anniversary beers.
Over all a cool place but its not really that close to any places I visit often.
brokensail (933) Orange County, California | April 27, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
The store is a bit hard to find, so make sure you right down the address and pay attention to the buildings. Parking can also be a bit difficult, so just take the first spot you can find thatís within a reasonable distance.
The store itself is rather tiny with plenty of coolers, boxes, and shelves full of beer. Thereís also a bar where there are several beers on tap and also some snacks available for purchase (like cheeses and crackers).
The prices vary quite a bit, with some things being quite reasonable (or even a good deal) and others being on the high side. I was primarily there to pick up bottles of 50/50 Imperial Eclipse, but I certainly took a look around.
The service was good, but not necessarily anything amazing. But, as I said, I mostly just picked up a few bottles.
There are some beers that are fairly difficult to find in CA, which I appreciated. They also had some vintage offerings which are nice, but you, of course, must be willing to pay the premium.
Dogbrick (775) Columbus, Ohio | May 1, 2014| Updated May 2, 2014
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
City Beer Store is located on Folsom Street in downtown San Francisco, a couple blocks away from Cellarmaker. Street parking is available in the surrounding blocks, but availability is probably a challenge at certain times of day.
Upon entering, a short staircase leads down to a space that is divided between a store and a bar. The store is on the left side, with a row of coolers along the wall and shelves occupying the rest of the available space (which is not a lot). On the right is a curved bar with a few stools and a couple high top tables. Very DYI motif, with a signboard listing the beers on tap. There is a cooler of rarer beers behind the bar as well.
There are around 15 beers on tap at City Beer, including many CA breweries like Heretic, Rare Barrel, Coronado and Alpine. The bottled selection numbers in the hundreds, again with many vintage and rare beers from Bruery, Goose Island, Logsdon, Almanac, Cascade and many others.
Service on an early weekday afternoon both at the bar and in the store was good. The staff are all well-versed in the beer selection and was very helpful in selecting beers on draught and to take home.
I did not have any food during my visit.
Overall this is a worthwhile bar/store. I always like the option of buying a pint and carrying it around while I shop, and/or buying a bottle to drink in a cool bar. Definitely a must stop in San Fran.
Braudog (773) Phoenix, Arizona | April 14, 2008
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
April 2008 What a diamond of a discovery!! Thanks to the tip of Chris and Meredith at thebeergeek.com, whom we visited with. Conveniently, we stayed right around the corner ... so if we had nowhere else to go or if Iíd lived in the area, Iíd have grown roots. Fronting as a small retail outfit with a impressive West-coast-leaning lineup, this turns out to be an uber-friendly cafe, where you can crack open your lucky finds and enjoy a gourmet cheese plate with the friendly owners and even friendlier clientele. They also happen to have ~5 quality taps. Iím stealing their business plan and doing this in some other city. Awesome!
nate2g (671) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | October 19, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Impressive tap selection and bottles are stored well for the limited space they have. Iíd be here often if I lived in town.
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | July 1, 2009
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
A fine small beer store where you find a bit of everything, focusing on very good stuff. The concept is particularly interesting since plenty of beer geeks seem to hang around in the ridiculously small space. A very small 1$ corkage fee lets you try a bottle on location to determine how many you want to come back and the 4 taps seem to feature rarities. I was also quite impressed with the prices, I expected a huge SF premium, but nothing was more than 2$ above what weíd seen in Southern California.
GT2 (620) San Diego County , California | February 7, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Really fun place- small, hip, buzzing, packed. Doubles as a little beer store with IPAs properly in the fridge and everything else on shelves. They had a good selection including Russian River, Lost Abbey, De Dolle, Struise, some random lambics. Tap list is short but sweet with some local obscurities and nice classics like RR Sanctification. Looks like they mostly put specialty sixtels on draft, which is a good sign. Also looked like they hosted a good amount of specialty beer pairings and had a 50/50 Eclipse tasting coming up as well as a Stillwater tasting. Fun place.
Sammy (570) Toronto, Ontario | May 28, 2010
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
Looks like a grocery store when you first pass by. I need parking if you want me to buy multi-bottles. Enter, and 2 coolers and several shelves of beer; a few tables, a small bar. Whatís on tap? Had to ask tap by tap, gave up quickly, as objective was to get several bottles for hotel room stay. Bout half the bottles were Belgians, Quebec beers I have had. The other half included some very hard-to-gets had had me drooling. Took the best of the lot, a small percentage of my wish list. Almost everything was sold out, the Net List being quickly out of date.
theisti (560) Leawood, Kansas | September 7, 2010| Updated September 8, 2014
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
Overall: this is the type of place I would love to own, or have located really close to me.
Visited on early evening on a Wednesday. It was a hot day in San Francisco, and the place was crowded with folks enjoying beers and shopping. It was hot in the store, but not overly so (I am sure this is pretty rate). As others have noted, its a small bar, a couple of tables, and surrounding shelves and coolers of beer. I love the focus of the 6 tap options, as well as how well chosen the bottles are. Whether you stay or go, this place is really chock-ful of options. I stayed for three taps, and had a cheese place. The service was great, really friendly and comfortable. I just really loved this place.
94 = ★★★★Ĺ (World class)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | August 4, 2010
78 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
I really didnít expect such a tiny beer shop! Apart from that, I liked their selection, but I would have liked a few more breweries to be well covered. They have a few taps, but they werenít running the day I visited. The ambiance doesnít really call for sitting down here and enjoying a few brews, unless you like to do that in your usual convenience store, but I admit these taps might make a nice icebreaker with the friendly owners. There doesnít seem to be many more good beer stores in SF proper, so I would definitely come back here, but when you compare it to Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa (for example), this one might be disappointing.
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