City Beer

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Beers At City Beer

Midnight Sun Arctic Devil13.2%10/8/2017
Jackie O's Scrip4.5%10/5/2017
Founders DKML14.2%9/30/2017
Almanac Splendid Population8.8%9/30/2017
Struise Rio Reserva (St Emilion Wine + Kentucky Bourbon B.A.)10.5%9/27/2017
Jackie O's Off The Beaten Path 25.5%9/27/2017
Bruery Terreux Befuddlement9.9%9/26/2017
Fieldwork Nine Trizzay9.3%9/25/2017
The Rare Barrel Mad Plum5.7%9/24/2017
Melvin 2x49.9%9/20/2017
Alvarado Street Precious Oils6.4%9/20/2017
Avery Anniversary Twenty Four9.7%9/11/2017
Russian River Damnation7.75%9/11/2017
Karl Strauss Wreck Alley Imperial Stout9.5%8/29/2017
Mraz Blueberry American Sour4.5%8/29/2017
Bruery Terreux Batch No. 17315.1%8/29/2017
Lagunitas SuperCritical6.6%8/29/2017
Beachwood Mocha Machine9.2%8/29/2017
Fieldwork Sea Farmer7.3%8/29/2017
New Belgium Labor of Love0%8/29/2017
Garage Project Qishir6.8%8/29/2017
Garage Project Oumou6.3%8/29/2017
Revision IPA6.5%8/28/2017
Knee Deep Lupulin River8%8/28/2017
Karl Strauss Aurora Hoppyalis IPA7%8/18/2017
Green Flash Imperial IPA9%8/18/2017
Omission Gluten Free IPA 6.7%8/11/2017
Garage Project Sauvin Nouveau8.5%8/1/2017
525 Pine6.5%8/1/2017
Alvarado Street Killer Dismount6.9%8/1/2017
Rhinegeist Bourbon Barrel Aged Penguin9.8%8/1/2017
Garage Project Rosé de la Vallee9%8/1/2017
Black Sands Ruinenlust6.9%8/1/2017
Middle Brow White Light5.1%8/1/2017
Stillwater Insetto5%6/30/2017
Goose Island Cooper Project No. 1: Scotch Ale8.7%6/30/2017
Alvarado Street Cool Runoffs8.1%6/27/2017
Claimstake Logan's Beer Run5.2%6/17/2017
Claimstake Silent Shawn5.2%6/17/2017
Claimstake Cherry Mash7.3%6/14/2017
Claimstake Jesse Likes IPAs Now7.3%6/14/2017
Deschutes Black Butte XXVI10.8%6/3/2017
Caldera Old Growth Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout8.8%6/2/2017
Caldera Mogli - Bourbon Barrel Aged8.5%6/2/2017
Caldera Mogli8.5%6/2/2017
Russian River Salvation9%5/15/2017
Against the Grain London Balling12.5%5/9/2017
Faction Something Different IPA6.8%5/9/2017
AleSmith Spezial Pils4.9%5/9/2017
Stone Bastard's Midnight Brunch12.7%4/29/2017
Garage Project Day Of The Dead6.7%4/28/2017
Oskar Blues Death By Coconut6.5%4/26/2017
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Coffee13.4%4/16/2017
Lagunitas The Waldos' Special Ale11.9%4/16/2017
Drakes Duck Puppy11.8%4/15/2017
Cascade Sang du Chêne9.6%4/15/2017
Societe The Heiress5.3%4/15/2017
Deschutes Black Butte XXVIII11.5%4/5/2017
Midnight Sun Berserker12.7%3/12/2017
American Solera Money Blend6%3/11/2017
American Solera Foeder Gold5.6%3/9/2017
Phantom Carriage Broadacres - Tart Cherry3.7%3/9/2017
Half Acre GoneAway IPA7%3/9/2017
Altamont Beer Works Scarcity IPA311%3/9/2017
AleSmith Noble Empire11%3/9/2017
Fieldwork Coconut Milk8%3/9/2017
Cascade Tangerine Dream NW11%3/5/2017
Sante Adairius Capitola Sunset5.7%3/4/2017
Oskar Blues Ten FIDY - Barrel Aged12.9%3/4/2017
Drakes Hopocalypse DIPA (Green Label)9.3%2/26/2017
Drakes Hopocalypse Triple IPA (Black Label)12.5%2/26/2017
Drakes Aroma Therapy10.2%2/20/2017
Drakes Hopocalypse Imperial White IPA (White Label)8.4%2/19/2017
Midnight Sun 2014 Alaskana Series: Mudflats10%2/19/2017
Midnight Sun Big Fish: Just the Tip5.5%2/19/2017
Fieldwork Pulp6.9%2/14/2017
Finback Stellar Wind10%2/14/2017
Kern River Citra Double IPA8%2/14/2017
Sante Adairius Southern Sunrise0%2/13/2017
Urban Family Death to Cereal7.4%2/13/2017
Pizza Port Dusk Till Dawn10.5%2/13/2017
The Bruery 8 Maids-A-Milking11.3%2/13/2017
Perennial Sump10.5%2/13/2017
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged: Vietnamese Coffee12%2/13/2017
De Garde Petit Blanc7.1%2/12/2017
Hop Dogma Fides In Fermento Imperial Stout10.4%2/9/2017
Hop Dogma Beaudacious8.5%2/6/2017
Lagunitas High West-ified Imperial Coffee Stout12.4%2/6/2017
Deschutes The Abyss11%2/4/2017
Lagunitas Willett Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout11.7%2/2/2017
Alvarado Street / Council Humming Wires6.5%2/2/2017
Drakes Coconut Kitten Party6.8%1/29/2017
Alvarado Street Contains No Juice8.1%1/28/2017
Lagunitas Special Farmhouse sour City Beer Store Blend7.8%1/26/2017
Crux [BANISHED] Tough Love11.5%1/24/2017
Mikkeller Kaffestout6%1/24/2017
Gigantic Massive!12%1/13/2017
Blackberry Farm / Evil Twin From Tennessee With Smoke6.3%1/2/2017
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Regal Rye Barrel13.5%12/28/2016
AleSmith Evil Dead Red6.66%12/20/2016

  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
t0rin0  (1529) 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.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
brokensail  (1366) 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.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
nate2g  (1290) 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.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis  (1085) 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.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
mcberko  (1065) 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.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Leighton  (1043) 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.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Braudog  (901) Yorktown, Virginia | April 14, 2008
April 2008 What a diamond of a discovery!! Thanks to the tip of Chris and Meredith at, 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!
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • OVERALL 19/20
theisti  (893) 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.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick  (858) 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.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty  (747) Kyoto, Japan | August 18, 2012
Nice place to hang. quite crowded when I went, but they had an event on. Tap list was decent but not overly impressive. Bottles same. Lots to choose from. Owner was very friendly and of course knowledgeable. I would go if I lived there, though hard to agree fully with the adoration it’s gotten here. Doesn’t compare to Toronado in selection or price.

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