By Alyssa Pereira

wise philosopher once said, “Here’s to alcohol: the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.” He was talking about beer, obviously, and today we celebrate all the wonderful craft breweries in San Francisco with that toast in mind.

The city plays host to many of the best American breweries, including Anchor, Speakeasy and 21st Amendment. There are many, many other smaller companies tucked away in corners of the city (and we’ll visit those next week), but for now check out out our visitor’s guide to the best breweries in San Francisco.

Bottoms up!


Brewery: 21st Amendment
Neighborhood: South Park, by AT&T Park
Offers Tours: No, but they do offer a virtual tour.
Serves Food: Yes.
The Details: Named after the amendment that repealed prohibition, this brewery is known for selling their beers in cans, right by the ballpark.

Brewery: Almanac Beer Company
Neighborhood: SOMA
Offers Tours: Not yet, but they’re working on it.
Serves Food: No.
The Details: Almanac “gypsy brews” meaning that they use local breweries’ equipment to create their product. That means they can continue to bring the Bay Area awesome beer while keeping costs low until they can open their own facility. They specialize in making interesting seasonal ales, like their Farmer’s Reserve Pluot or their Sourdough Wild Ale.

Brewery: Thirsty Bear Brewing Company
Neighborhood: SOMA, on Howard St.
Offers Tours: No.
Serves Food: Yes.
The Details: ThirstyBear Brewing Co. is the oldest brewpub in San Francisco,a certified organic brewery and San Francisco’s only certified Green Business that is also a brewery-restaurant. They also source their ingredients locally and host live music every week.


Potrero Hill

Brewery: Anchor Brewing
Neighborhood: Potrero Hill, by Bottom of the Hill and Thee Parkside
Offers Tours: Yes, but only on certain days, and you need to reserve it ahead of time.
Serves Food: No.
The Details: Anchor is one of America’s oldest breweries, since 1896, and they brew traditionally in copper kettles using all-malt natural ingredients.


The Haight

Brewery: Magnolia Brewing
Neighborhood: Upper Haight, by Buena Vista Park
Offers Tours: No.
Serves Food: Yes.
The Details: This funky craft brewery has been in the Haight for a long time, and has finally opened their bigger brewery in the Dogpatch with a BBQ restaurant.


The Mission

Brewery: Southern Pacific Brewing Company
Neighborhood: The Mission
Offers Tours: No.
Serves Food: Yes, and it’s very good too.
The Details: Southern Pacific, which is named after the railroad line that used to run down Harrison street offers “cask-conditioned ales”  and “barrel-aged beers” as well as a host of guest breweries. Try the IPAs—at any given time they have at least four homemade ones on tap.


The Sunset

Brewery: Social Kitchen and Brewery
Neighborhood: Inner Sunset, right off the N-Judah
Offers Tours: No.
Serves Food: Yes.
The Details: The brews here are heavily inspired by European tradition (paricularly Belgian, English and German), but the end product in purely Californian. Also, every Tuesday, Social offers $5 cask pints.

Brewery: The Beach Chalet Brewery
Neighborhood: Outer Sunset, above the Golden Gate Park Visitor’s Center near Ocean Beach.
Offers Tours: Yes.
Serves Food: Yes.
The Details: Also opened in 1997, Beach Chalet offers beautiful views in a building designed with 1930s painted frescoes on the walls. Oh, and there’s great beer too!



Brewery: Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
Neighborhood: Bayview, and they have a parking lot onsite.
Offers Tours: Yes, but you should make a reservation.
Serves Food: No.
The Details: Founded in 1997, Speakeasy has the feel of a secret, well, speakeasy. The mysterious decor and underground feel of its tasting room make for a fun backdrop during your Tap Room sampling.


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