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Breweries in San Francisco: an overview of different breweries in the City by the Bay

Where can you find breweries in San Francisco?  I’ve written pretty often on the wineries in the San Francisco area, but I’ve ignored the brewery scene–which is pretty big.

Here are a few breweries in San Francisco you can check out on your next trip there.

Breweries in San Francisco

1) 21st Amendment Brewery & Restaurant

Address: 563 2nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone:(415) 369-0900

Check out their Hell or High Watermelon (seasonal) for flavors that shouldn’t work together, but do.

Breweries in San Francisco: the fruity one

2) Social Kitchen & Brewery

Address: 1326 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122
Phone:(415) 681-0330

Come for the IPA and stay for the comfort food.

Breweries in San Francisco: feel like you’re at home.

3) Cellarmaker Brewing Co.

Address: 1150 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone:(415) 863-3940

They specialize in “experimental beer”.  What’s experimental beer?  They experiment with creative flavors and combinations, and with different brewing styles.

Breweries in San Francisco: the creative one

4) Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

Address: 1195 Evans Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124
Phone:(415) 642-3371

I love the way this brewery packages their beer.  Their Prohibition Ale caught my eye the first time I spotted it.  I have a thing for noir, and they really connect with that aesthetic.

You can do flights in their tasting rooms.  Dogs and children are only allowed outside on the patio and leashed.  (Well, the dogs need to be leashed…)

Breweries in San Francisco: the sexy one

5) Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery

Address: 1398 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Phone:(415) 864-7468

They brew the beer in the basement in a 7-barrel system.  They also have extensive meat/cheese/sausage plates and have wine on tap.

Breweries in San Francisco: the meaty one.

6) ThirstyBear Brewing Company

Address: 661 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone:(415) 974-0905

This brewery is the only certified organic brewery in San Francisco.  They also only serve sustainable food in the restaurant portion.

Breweries in San Francisco: the environmentally conscious one.

7) Anchor Brewing Company

Address: 1705 Mariposa St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone:(415) 863-8350

We carried Anchor in a bar that I used to work in.  About once a week, I’d get someone coming in saying “I’m from San Francisco and can’t believe you carry Anchor.”  Many people know Anchor Steam but there’s a whole variety available.

Breweries in San Francisco: the famous one

8) Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant

Address: 1000 Great Hwy, San Francisco, CA 94121
Phone:(415) 386-8439

They are known for their blonde ale and really known for their seafood.

Breweries in San Francisco: the fishy one

9) Black Hammer Brewing

Address: 544 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone:(415) 758-2223

Malty German and British-style beer.

Breweries in San Francisco: the old-school one

10) Local Brewing Co.

Address: 69 Bluxome St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone:(415) 932-6702

Their brewmaster started out as a homebrewer!  They also invite in some guest brewers for some really unique offerings.

Breweries in San Francisco: the self-taught one

11) Fort Point Beer Company

Address: 644 Old Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94129
Phone:(415) 906-4021
(But a tasting room in the Ferry Building)

Get pretzels, dogs, and brew in the Ferry Building.

Breweries in San Francisco: the Oktoberfest experience one

12) Harmonic Brewing

Address: 1050 26th St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone:(415) 872-6817

Low-key brewery that shows sports events.  You can buy food there, but they also let you bring in your own food.

Breweries in San Francisco: the laid-back one

13) Barebottle Brewing Company

Address: 1525 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone:(415) 926-8617

They have an interesting business model–they use competitions to develop their new flavors.

Breweries in San Francisco: the crowd-sourced one

About Jeanne Marie Hoffman

Former bartender, still a geek. One equal part each cookies, liberty, football, music, travel, libations. Stir vigorously. +Jeanne Marie Hoffman Jeanne on Twitter

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