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Beers At City Beer

NameABVEntered
Midnight Sun 2010 Pop Ten: Barfly12.6%6/29/2016
Drakes Duck Puppy11.8%6/29/2016
Libertine Pepe Le Pluot6%6/27/2016
Sierra Nevada Trip in the Woods Barrel-Aged Maple Scotch Style Ale11%6/25/2016
New Belgium Labor of Love0%6/21/2016
Mikkeller Beer Geek Vanilla Shake13%6/18/2016
De Dochter van de Korenaar Crime Passionnel7.5%6/17/2016
Almanac Cold Brew Coffee Barrel Noir10.3%6/13/2016
Modern Times Infinity Beach7.2%6/13/2016
Russian River Propitiation7%6/13/2016
Drakes Gooseberry Michelada3.8%6/12/2016
Other Half / Stillwater Rockstar Farmer4.5%6/9/2016
Pizza Port Swami’s India Pale Ale6.8%6/5/2016
Brouwerij Kees East India Porter6.5%6/1/2016
Shady Oak Barrel House Alpha Cure5.3%5/9/2016
North Coast Old Rasputin (Bourbon Barrel)12.1%4/29/2016
Logsdon Seizoen7.5%4/28/2016
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Hawaiian12%4/15/2016
Hair of the Dog Otto from the Wood13%4/9/2016
Evil Twin Aún Más Café Jesús12%4/9/2016
Societe The Coachman4.5%4/9/2016
Anderson Valley Briney Melon Gose4.2%4/9/2016
Nómada Royal Porter10%4/9/2016
Alpenfire Spark!8.9%4/5/2016
Deschutes Black Butte XXVII11%4/1/2016
Knee Deep Twisted Barrel8%3/30/2016
Heater Allen Sandy Paws Dark Lagered Ale (2015)7.25%3/30/2016
Jester King Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale (Batch 10+)9%3/29/2016
Tusk & Grain Barrel Blend No. 0112.5%3/25/2016
AleSmith My Bloody Valentine6.66%3/19/2016
Boulevard Smokestack Series: Imperial Stout X - Aztec Chocolate11%3/18/2016
Bear Republic Café Racer 159.75%3/6/2016
Midnight Sun SOB Stout (Son of Berserker)8.5%3/5/2016
Alpine Beer Company San Diego Surprise5.5%3/4/2016
North Peak Grizzly Peak Series: Berserker Winter Imperial Stout9%3/4/2016
Altamont Beer Works Ganja Juice8.5%3/4/2016
Cascade Twisted Julep10.5%3/4/2016
Founders Azacca IPA7%3/2/2016
Elysian The Fix8.9%2/26/2016
Council Béatitude: Apricot Tart Saison4.5%2/25/2016
Midnight Sun 2014 Alaskana Series: Mudflats10%2/24/2016
Midnight Sun Big Fish 2015: Just the Tip5.5%2/24/2016
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare 201514.5%2/23/2016
Green Flash Passion Fruit Kicker (2016)5.5%2/23/2016
Altamont Beer Works Scarcity IPA311%2/23/2016
Mikkeller SpontanRedgrape7.7%2/21/2016
Evil Twin Cognac Jesus12%2/21/2016
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kona Coffee12%2/21/2016
Boulevard Heavy Lifting IPA6.2%2/20/2016
Drakes Hopocalypse Imperial White IPA (White Label)8.4%2/15/2016
Libertine Scrappy7%2/15/2016
Pizza Port Simcoe City6.5%2/15/2016
Drakes Hopocalypse Triple IPA (Black Label)12.5%2/15/2016
Ninkasi Helles Belles5.3%2/10/2016
Societe The Apprentice7.5%2/10/2016
Almanac Cerise Sour Blond7%2/10/2016
Upright Heart’s Beat6.8%2/10/2016
Full Sail Session Premium Lager5.1%2/9/2016
Drakes Hopocalypse DIPA (Green Label)9.3%2/8/2016
Chris Banker / Insurgente / Stone Xocoveza Mocha Stout - Charred10%2/6/2016
Perennial Jack Rose8%2/6/2016
Russian River Confirm Nor Deny7.7%2/1/2016
Brouwerij Kees Pink Grapefruit IPA5.5%2/1/2016
Pretty Things East Kent Saison5.6%1/31/2016
Phantom Carriage (Oude) Muis6.75%1/29/2016
Hop Freshener Series: Tropical & Juicy8.5%1/27/2016
Drakes Unholy Alliance7.1%1/26/2016
Pizza Port Bacon & Eggs Breakfast Coffee Imperial Porter9.5%1/26/2016
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vanilla & Coconut12%1/26/2016
Fieldwork Barrel Aged Eliza10.5%1/26/2016
Fieldwork Moraine Brett IPA7.1%1/21/2016
Beachwood Dubbel in Paradise8%1/6/2016
E.Z. Orchards Cidre Semi Dry6.4%11/7/2015
Blackberry Farm Fall Saison5.7%11/7/2015
De Dolle Dulle Teve 10º (Mad Bitch)10%11/7/2015
Modern Times Fruitlands - Apricot4.8%11/6/2015
Altamont Beer Works Hop Arsenal6.5%11/6/2015
Knee Deep Breaking Bud IPA6.5%10/16/2015
Port Brewing Hop 1510%10/16/2015
Stone Ruination IPA - Double Dry Hopped7.7%10/8/2015
Highland Park Slow Moves8.4%9/21/2015
Blackberry Farm Summer Saison6.06%9/18/2015
Epidemic Ales Zombrew9.6%9/13/2015
Berryessa Victim Or The Lime IPA7%9/13/2015
Bridge Road Single Hop IPA: Galaxy5.2%9/1/2015
Drakes Aroma Prieta6.75%8/30/2015
Steel Reserve Alloy Series Blk Berry 2118%8/17/2015
Port Brewing Wipeout IPA7.5%8/1/2015
Sante Adairius Branding Problem5.7%7/29/2015
Triple Voodoo Samurai Saison6.5%7/27/2015
Oude (Gueuze Tilquin)² à l’Ancienne 7.6%7/21/2015
Anchor Zymaster Series No. 8: Luxardo Cherry Ale6%7/6/2015


82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
t0rin0  (1516) Do Not Resuscitate, California | June 5, 2013
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 I’ve 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.
86
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
brokensail  (1275) Dublin, California | April 27, 2012
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 that’s within a reasonable distance. The store itself is rather tiny with plenty of coolers, boxes, and shelves full of beer. There’s 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.
76
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
nate2g  (1071) Boomtown!, Australia | October 19, 2013
Impressive tap selection and bottles are stored well for the limited space they have. I’d be here often if I lived in town.
84
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Leighton  (953) London, England | February 28, 2016
A pretty great spot, which mixes taproom with bottle shop. Excellent range of bottles, with a not surprising emphasis on California brews. Good number of keg taps; during our visit they had recently had a Midnight Sun takeover, which was reflected in the offerings. Some of the bottles may have been on the pricey side, but overall the value wasn’t outrageous. Low-key ambiance. The staff seemed to know their stuff. This is definitely a go-to spot if you find yourself in SF.
88
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick  (837) Columbus, Ohio | May 1, 2014| Updated May 2, 2014
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.
94
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 19/20
Braudog  (820) Yorktown, Virginia | April 14, 2008
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 I’d lived in the area, I’d 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. I’m stealing their business plan and doing this in some other city. Awesome!
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis  (740) Sunnyvale, California | November 7, 2012| Updated August 13, 2013
HIt City Beer right after Toronado. Although they had far fewer taps running, I actually preferred their selection, and service was friendly and prompt. The bottle shop side of the place has a pretty good selection, a little heavy on the not-hard-to-find locals, but a decent amount of interesting stuff, and prices are better than I am paying in the South Bay. Pretty good place. Not so happy that their best stuff is onsite only, and that they apparently stranglehold distribution in the city.
94
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 19/20
theisti  (737) Kansas | September 7, 2010| Updated September 8, 2014

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 = ★★★★½ (World class)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.
90
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
mcberko  (701) Vancouver, British Columbia | December 24, 2013
Awesome bottle shop and bar - very high quality list of taps, which included a couple of Sante Adairius beers on tap. Bottle selection isn’t the largest I’ve seen, but it boasts top quality brews. Prices are pretty high for the tap beers, but pretty standard for the bottles. An obvious choice for any beer nerd in San Fran.
84
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
GT  (672) Oceanside, California | February 7, 2011
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.

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