As lovers of fine beer and fine food, Craig and Beth often wondered about the lack of a beer specific retail and tasting bar in their much loved city of San Francisco. Often they questioned the inability to mix and match a six pack, why must one be committed six times over asked Craig to Beth?  Living in a wine swept environment, the beer couple wondered if perhaps a beer bar- based upon a wine bar model- had legs.  While traveling in a foreign land the idea of a beer niche retail and tasting bar was born.  City Beer Store opened its doors in May 2006.

In 2018 we took our bottleshop tasting bar concept two blocks up the street and added a full service kitchen to complement your City Beer experience.  Now one can enjoy a creatively inspired food menu by chef Bam alongside a curated draft menu.

Our vision was to create a friendly community gathering spot to sip a beer while you browse the shelves.  Each customer is deserving of a unique individual shopping encounter rather than a formula sell, and we work closely with our staff to provide this experience. Our hope is for beer to be treated with the same respect as a fine wine or fine bourbon.  We will continue to source and seek out the finest offerings for our splendid City Beer Store community; thank you for the support and kindness!
Craig and Beth Wathen
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