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City Beer Store
Taps: 15 / Bottles: 300
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Store ]
1168 Folsom St
phone: (415) 503-1033
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-08-2006)
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Reviews by trevorwideman:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
City Beer is an amazing store in SOMA that is a required stop on your beer tour of SF. Atmosphere is a little dank and industrial, and smaller than I imagined from the reviews. The quality of the selection cannot be underestimated, and the Owner has a great knowledge of the selections as well. He was very helpful in making my choices a bit easier. You can open any beer in the store and drink it there, which is cool. I took home 6 bottles to share and 2 to take home to Winnipeg, and walked away spending less than $40, even with 2 Russian River bottles in the mix. A great beer shopping experience.
07-30-2007 22:08:50 |
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More by topdown
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I made a trip from P to CA and made it into this place. It was awesome. Very cool vibe and atmosphere. The tap selection was awesome. Every tap on I have never had because it's not easy to get them. Same with the bottle shop in the same building. The selection was amazing. Tons of great beers to pick from. There is also a higher end bottle selection behind the bar. A handful of cantillion bottles and big damnations and temptations. The bar tender was cool as hell too be sat and talked beer, previous events, and the city(I was a tourist). Very cool place. Next time I'm in San Francisco, I will be making another stop here.
10-15-2013 21:20:49 |
More by mikefuski17
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
This is a really cool place that is worth a visit for a pint but also worth a visit to see what the bottle shop might have. When I was there, there were a few solid bottles available but nothing overly rare or limited. I would guess that their inventory gets picked over pretty quickly given its location and the great tap list they have.
As for the bar area, it was really cool. Small place with a great atmosphere and friendly and knowledgeable service. There were about 10 taps but the quality was fantastic. Blind Pig, 2011 Supplication and Salvation were among the beers on tap when I was there.
Makes sure you stop here for a pint when you are in SF.
08-05-2013 17:38:25 |
More by TheSevenDuffs
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | $$$
Stopped here after the Toronado and was pleasantly surprised they had the beer I came to buy, Almanac Reserve #3. Beautiful sour on tap. Seven of eight beers on tap. Bottle selection was a bit lacking but the help/suggestions was appreciated. About the same size as Toronado but cleaner and more modern. Had a special cooler but the bottles inside were on-premise consumption. Would like to have gotten an Abyss but I was alone and I knew after the Toranado I wouldn't be able to make it back to the hotel in one piece. Definitely go back next time I'm in the city.
07-10-2013 02:42:14 |
More by TxUltraRunner
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Visited on a Tuesday afternoon.
I liked the idea of the place. There's only one place i know of that's like this in my area, and that's more catered to wine. This is a hybrid bottle shop/beer bar. There's a bar with approx 10 taps (sorry i didn't count), and the choices seemed to be good. Alot of smaller breweries with limited distro, not alot of stuff i'd seen elsewhere around town. The other side is a bottle shop, where you can purchase for take out or take to the bar and pop right there to drink. Probably pretty standard stuff for No Cal bottle shops, but for an East Coaster, i was pretty amazed by the selection. There is also a a cooler with some really nice vintage bottles, but they are for on site consumption only. They are a bit pricey and i had to fight the urge the entire time not to buy anything.
The place had a chill vibe, at least on the afternoon i was there. It was the kind of place you could go to really talk beer, whether that be with the employees or the patrons that this place attracted. I had planned for another stop that day, but got "sucked in" drinking good beers and talking beer (and being close enough to the hotel i didn't have to bother with public transportation), so i stayed the whole afternooon. Nice place, will go back if i'm ever back in the area.
07-08-2013 19:58:17 |
More by AngusOg
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | $$$
For some reason I was expecting something much larger... ~10 taps, a few coolers and dry-shelves of to-go product and a goldmine cooler of vintage and out-of-network bottles for on-site consumption.
A little pricey on the taps, but while the bottle shop/bar hybrid may be huge in the NW, I understand there aren't too many peers in SF. Everything looked pretty well maintained - a few almanac bottles on the shelf, supplication, but not anything else of considerable rarity. I think this place gets picked over a bit.
Good spot, but dime a dozen in Portland/Seattle
06-30-2013 04:59:43 |
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