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Old 03-03-2013, 11:57 PM   #1
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Default Breweries in San Fran

My wife and I are headed out for a no-kids getaway, the first since our 4 year old daughter was born. We are headed to San Fran on March 21-25. I wanted to visit Anchor Steam, but it is booked. I am going to keep trying and see if there are any cancellations, but I wanted to see if anybody lived out that way or frequented the area and could point me in the direction of a great brewery to visit/tour.

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Old 03-04-2013, 12:11 AM   #2
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Instead of looking in SF, get a cheap rental and drive an hour north and go to Russian River. Beautiful drive and you can hit some wineries as well. My wife and I did a similar trip two years ago and the day in Sonoma was our favorite by far.

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Old 03-04-2013, 12:18 AM   #3
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Instead of looking in SF, get a cheap rental and drive an hour north and go to Russian River. Beautiful drive and you can hit some wineries as well. My wife and I did a similar trip two years ago and the day in Sonoma was our favorite by far.
And you can stop at Lagunitas in Petaluma on the way.
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Russian River would be pretty awesome. If you stay in San Fran: BeerAdvocate just did a beer destination piece on the city. I think it is in this months' magazine. You should be able to find it on their website. Gives you the good spots to check out (breweries and bars). I wish I had checked out 21st Amendment when were there.

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Old 03-04-2013, 12:38 AM   #5
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The piece was in Issue 73

Beer Advocate San Francisco This is what is online with user reviews.

The magazine recommended: (These all appear to be bars and stores.)

Toronado
The Alembic
Zeitgeist
La Trappe
Church Key
The Abbott's Cellar
Fat Angel
Public House

City Beer Store

SF Brewcraft

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Old 03-04-2013, 06:38 AM   #6
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I just went on a tour of several breweries with a company called "Bay Beer Bus". It was a lot of fun. They picked us up at Caltrain in San Fran and took us to pyramid for sampling beer and lunch. Then we were taken to Linden street brewery in Oakland, followed by Drake's Brewery. All the beer is included in the deal. My wife found it on groupon and it's definitely a plus that they do all the driving. When your done, they give you a free beer glass too. I highly recommend it. They always switch up which breweries they go to. Drake's was my favorite. They have a really large selection and great beer.

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+1 for going of to Russian River and DEFINITELY hit Lagunitas on the way up or back. Lagunitas tap house has a great atmosphere and several beers that will never make it to market but are fantastic.

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Thirsty bear in downtown san fran is good. Speakeasy brewing is also good. Plenty of options in the bay area for good craft brewing and a good bartender can always steer you in the right direction

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I really enjoyed stopping at 21st Amendment when I went to SF for a work trip. I stopped in on Repeal Day, so the place was packed. The beers were great, and the food was good. It's close to the Giants stadium (AT&T?).

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+1 to the idea of getting a rental car for at least a day and hitting wine country. It's just gorgeous scenery, you can hit Russian River, Lagunitas, and Bear Republic pretty much in one shot, and if you're at all into wine, you've got little boutique wineries all over both Sonoma and Napa counties that will blow your mind.

I mean this quite seriously -- do it. If you don't, you will regret it.

Depending on your schedule and how you're setting up for hotels, it might even be worth booking a hotel up that way for one of the nights. I like SF, but if you've got 4 days, that's plenty of time to get out of the city for at least a night and still feel like you're not missing anything.

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