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dummkauf 04-13-2010 11:17 PM

Brewpubs in downtown San Francisco?
So I'm going to be spending a week in San Francisco in May, and am looking for recommendations on brewpubs to visit? A quick google searched revealed the following near my hotel:
- Rogue Ales Public House(I WILL be visiting this one!)
- Thirsty Bear Brewing
- Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

Any other recommendations, or reviews on those 3(or the last 2, I'm already sure I will love the beer at Rogue's) :)

Beerrific 04-13-2010 11:33 PM

21st Amendment
(not brewpubs)
The Toranado (and the sausage place next door)
The Trappist (in Oakland)

dstar26t 04-14-2010 12:44 AM

Yeah, and then drive north to Lagunitas, Moylan's, Bear Republic and Russian River. That area is like a Mecca for beer. The places north will probably require a hotel outside of San Fran.

bleak 04-14-2010 12:55 AM

Thirsty Bear's IPA is outstanding. Food isn't bad either.

JayBullen 04-14-2010 01:19 AM

Definitely Magnolia, Thirsty Bear, 21st Amendment(in that order), but I would skip Gordon Biersch altogether. Beach Chalet's beer is ok, but it's a great place to eat and it's right on the water. If you can get on a tour at Anchor Brewing, it's one of the best, but you have to make a reservation WAY in advance. Laguinitas is a great tour too, and you don't need a reservation, but its about 30-40 minutes north of the city. Doesn't matter which direction you go in the Bay Area, you won't be far from a good brewpub or brewery.

dstar26t 04-14-2010 01:29 AM

I never went to Thirsty Bear but I would recommend Magnolia over 21A.

remilard 04-14-2010 02:03 AM

Anchor has a good tour.

If you can spend a night up North and hit some of those places, I like the Courtyard Marriot in Santa Rosa. Pretty Cheap and easy walking distance to RR. Easy drive from Santa Rosa to Healdsburg and Petaluma.

dummkauf 04-14-2010 02:37 AM

Thanks for all the recommendations. Don't think I will be heading too far out of downtown as I am "technically" there to work and my days are pretty booked already, just looking for someplace near by to unwind at the end of the day.

Though I think I will see if I can score a tour on Saturday as that's the one day I'll have with nothing to do :D

remilard 04-14-2010 02:54 AM

If you have never been to SF and you are in quasi-reasonable shape, walking from the Anchor tour to Toronado is a good way to sober up and get ready for more. It's a good couple miles or so but you get to see a lot of the city (outside of the financial district or north beach which I assume is where you will be working).

samc 04-14-2010 04:09 AM

Before or after Rogue, take a walk on Columbus and have dinner @ Brandy Ho's. My all time favorite Chinese restaurant.

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