Cellarmaker is making some of the best beer around right now, and all it takes is a visit to see how many people are there at any time to realize this.
The Cellarmaker space is an exposed brick, semi-industrial space in SOMA. It comes across of more of a bar than a brewery, partly because it is always pretty packed and partly because they tend to have the music going pretty strong. This is not necessarily a bad thing, and if a bar-feel is more your thing, you will love Cellarmaker.
They are constantly changing their beers, and with a few exceptions, there are almost always predominately new beers on tap. According to their website, they say there will be at least 3-5 hop forward beers on tap at any time. This has been true whenever I have gone.
Their Pale Ales tend to come off as more of IPAs, which works great for me. I have had a few good stouts as well.
The Tiny Dankster and the Quad Dobis (a beer week special beer) were some of the better beers I have had in the last year. That said, I have liked everyone of their beers I have had.
As of a couple months ago, they have been selling bomber bottles the first week of the month, however they sell out quick (ie one day), so if you want one, get on it. Growler purchases are always an option.
Only bad thing I can say about this place is no dogs 😦
It will be very interesting to see if they try and grow or stay the size they are. The quality is supreme right now, so one has to wonder what may happen if they try and expand…