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Old 07-26-2010, 05:23 PM   #1
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Default san francisco breweries.. help

my wife and I and and 2 friends are visiting San Fran in about 2 weeks to see my bro. We have a sat. dedicated to seeing a few sights, and we want to include a brewery tour in there somewhere.. anybody here from the area with a good recommendation? We want to just tour 1, but will probably visit 2-3 at least for a beer and a glass to take home.

I've only read that the anchor is the best, but they are booked until sept.

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Old 07-26-2010, 05:39 PM   #2
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I just visited family in San Fran two months ago. I had the same intentions as you. I would HIGHLY recommend you take the 1 hour trip north to Russian River Brewing (Santa Rosa). It was more than worth it. I had simply planned on finding a bottle of Pliny to try from a liquor store, but I couldn't find it and everyone kept telling me how awesome it was. So I went. They don't have a tour but it was so awesome. I had their sampler:


Quite a few of their beers are only sold there.

Also, while on your way back you could try Marin Brewing. Everything there was fantastic also. Especially the IPA.

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Old 07-26-2010, 05:43 PM   #3
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here are a few in San Fran specifically

www.sfbrewersguild.org/

but just north there are some great ones in Sonoma county like Bear Republic, Lagunitas, Russian River, lost coast a bit further

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Old 07-26-2010, 05:49 PM   #4
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yeh i don't think I'll convince the rest of the group to lose two hours out of our 1 day to driving up there to RR.

Def. need to stick to something in town.

was hoping someone who has been to a couple in town can give me a top 2 or 3 list.. there's about 8-10.

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Old 07-26-2010, 06:08 PM   #5
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Haven't actually done it yet, but apparently Speakeasy Brewery has a really fun tour / drinking session. Everyone I know who's gone has had a fun time. Anchor is great, but yes, you have to book months in advance.

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http://www.beermenus.com/san-francisco

Try this link to help you out. You definitely want to stop by the Toronado.
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Old 07-27-2010, 04:39 PM   #7
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Anchor has a nice tour, but they fill up fast. Call ASAP.

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Old 07-27-2010, 04:44 PM   #8
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IS THAT AN 18 TASTE SAMPLER!?! If it is I am going to start planning a trip right now.

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Lol, it was only 16. But there were 18 slots. Of all the brewpubs or breweries I've been to, Russian River is by far the one that takes the cake. That sampler was awesome. The food was pretty good too.

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