Popular San Francisco brewery Cellarmaker to close SoMa taproom

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The Cellarmaker SoMa taproom at 1150 Howard St., San Francisco, is slated to close at the end of the year.

The Cellarmaker SoMa taproom at 1150 Howard St., San Francisco, is slated to close at the end of the year.

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Cellarmaker, one of the most popular breweries in San Francisco, is closing its SoMa location, according to an Instagram post from the craft brewer on Thursday. 

The original Howard Street location first opened in 2013, a former garage turned tasting room. In 2019, the brewer rode the success of its juicy IPAs into opening a second location: Cellarmaker House of Pizza in Bernal Heights, which serves Detroit-style pizzas. An Oakland taproom that also serves pizza is set to open in Jack London Square in February 2023. 

While the Howard Street taproom is slated to close at the end of the year — "our lease at our Howard Street location is coming to an end and we've been unable to reach any reasonable agreement with our landlord to move forward," read the brewer's Instagram post — Cellarmaker also had some good news to share. The brewer is acquiring the sour beer Rare Barrel brand and facility in Berkeley.


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"We've been close friends with the @therarebarrel crew since before their brand and ours launched in 2013 and have worked together closely throughout the past decade on various collaboration beers, traveled to events together and even celebrated our 5 year anniversaries together," read Cellarmaker's post. "It's been a privilege to consider them friends and colleagues. We will continue the Rare Barrel brand and product line in addition to using the brewery in their facility to provide an increased presence of Cellarmaker beer throughout the Bay."

SFGATE could not reach Cellarmaker for comment in time for publication.

On Rare Barrel's Instagram, the brewery shared that the owners made the decision to sell due to the financial toll of the pandemic, and that they "determined that the best way of preventing a closure would be to find a partner to take over The Rare Barrel."

The acquisition is a chance for Cellarmaker to expand its facility, as it "outgrew the Howard Street space a long time ago despite continuing operations there," Cellarmaker wrote on Instagram. The Berkeley space should begin making Cellarmaker beer in the next month or so, although the taproom will have to temporarily close until spring.