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Old 04-14-2010, 08:08 PM   #11
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I'll have to remember a couple of these for my upcoming trip. Keep in mind that the anchor tour books way in advance and may be sold already for all of May. I called in January to book for April 23rd and was told that they were already booked for every friday through May. Also, Rogue is a great stop for beer, but the food is not good at all (from the 3-4 times I've eaten there). Just FYI

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Old 04-14-2010, 08:44 PM   #12
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Magnolia is fantastic. It's on Haight St. near Ashbury if not right on the corner. I go there everytime I visit San Fran.

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Old 04-14-2010, 09:23 PM   #13
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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).
This is actually a great idea, especially if the weather is good.

Also, the walk from Toronado to Magnolia (best brewpub in the city, IMO) isn't so bad - 15 min or so. You could end your day up there. If you go on a Tuesday, most beers will be $3!
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Old 04-14-2010, 09:51 PM   #14
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Yeah walk from Anchor to Magnolia for dinner and stop at Toronado to rest before climbing the last part of the hill.

You also might try The Page (on Divisidero and Page) which is a block out of the way on the short trip from Toronado to Magnolia. They have a good beer selection (though definitely smaller than Toronado) with 100% less attitude than Toronado.

At this rate you will never get any work done.

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I'll have to remember a couple of these for my upcoming trip. Keep in mind that the anchor tour books way in advance and may be sold already for all of May. I called in January to book for April 23rd and was told that they were already booked for every friday through May. Also, Rogue is a great stop for beer, but the food is not good at all (from the 3-4 times I've eaten there). Just FYI
That's ok, I wasn't visiting Rogue for their food anyway
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Yeah walk from Anchor to Magnolia for dinner and stop at Toronado to rest before climbing the last part of the hill.

You also might try The Page (on Divisidero and Page) which is a block out of the way on the short trip from Toronado to Magnolia. They have a good beer selection (though definitely smaller than Toronado) with 100% less attitude than Toronado.

At this rate you will never get any work done.
The attitude at Toronado???

That's Ok, I have half a day Monday, plus all day saturday for myself since my flight doesn't leave til Sunday afternoon. So I've got Friday and Saturday night, though most of Friday night will be at the vendor provided conference(free beer & food) so I'm not sure if I'll be getting out too much on Friday. Plus I've got to eat dinner somewhere during the days I'm actually working anyway
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The attitude at Toronado???
Haha ... yeah, it depends on who the bartender is. They're all a little grizzly, usually nice, but some can be pretty snarky and attitudinous if they're in a bad mood.

Put it this way: it's not the bar to go to if you want to meet chicks.
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Haha ... yeah, it depends on who the bartender is. They're all a little grizzly, usually nice, but some can be pretty snarky and attitudinous if they're in a bad mood.

Put it this way: it's not the bar to go to if you want to meet chicks.
That's ok, I'm looking for good beer and good food. I'm getting married in about 6 months so I'm not too worried about the chicks
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The attitude at Toronado???
I have heard this from a number of people but the bartenders when we went were very friendly. We had a very nice time there. But, really, one of the best parts might have been getting a good buzz and walking next door and having a sausage and German potato salad.
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I've been at Toronado a lot over the years starting sometime in the 90s and the only time I've really seen that attitude is when people were rude to the bartenders. They don't put up with any crap from anyone (ie, the customer is NOT always right!), which I can understand. In my experience they can be a touch surly but if you're not an ass to them and are genuine then they lighten up. Bear in mind, it gets very busy in there. I've enjoyed a number of entire days in that place and heartily recommend it.

Anyway, it's my favorite beer place there. It's great because they don't just carry one brewery's stuff. They have something like 46 taps, and they only carry good stuff, no taps wasted on Bud or the like. Lots of local stuff represented. Unlike brewpubs which usually only carry their own beer, Toro's will have Lagunitas, Bear Republic, Speakeasy and other local stuff with a good cross section.

The Anchor tour's pretty great if you can get in.

Magnolia's is very close to Toro's but when I was there like ten years ago the beers were mediocre. Maybe they're better now, I don't know. But for me at that time, it was a waste of time. They didn't suck but were nothing special. They could have a new brewer or more interesting beers now, though, dunno.

Also, I used to regularly make the drive from Portland to San Francisco, hitting all of the brewpubs on the way. This is a while ago, also. But from my memory those Moylan's places (he had two breweries from what I remember, with two names) were not interesting. The beer was great, but they were in strip malls from what I recall and the space itself was nothing special. Bear Republic has a much nicer pub and great beers. If you manage to do any road trips, I'd hit that place. I can't say about Russian River as they were part of Korbel in the old days and I don't remember them having a tasting room. But their beers alone would be worth the trip.

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