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Inside Southern Pacific Brewing, Opening Tonight

[Photo: Molly DeCoudreaux]
Today the Mission gets its first brewery-backed mega bar with trees growing inside of it and nice bathrooms. It's also the first 8,500-square-foot bi-level space where you can get six to eight draft beers brewed on-site. With Southern Pacific Brewing, Treat Street will gain 175 total seats, both indoors and outdoors, from which to enjoy a focused West Coast-style beer program. It's nothing if not a game changer. Owner Chris Lawrence says they'll unleash six beers with the opening tonight. The end goal is to offer six to eight at all times, including a guest tap featuring another local beer from California or Oregon. In the future, brewmaster Andy French will dive into more labor-intensive brewing and aging using wine barrels from the AP VIN artisanal winery right next door.

As you can gather from the slideshow above, the interior reminds of the wood-driven, high-ceilinged rooms at places like Four Barrel, Sightglass and Flora Grubb. Not surprising, since the same architect Boor Bridges designed it. The tables, chairs and bar are made of repurposed Douglas fir, and the beautifully weathered back bar comes from a 120-year-old Mendocino barn.

Former Osteria Coppa chef Tyler Moorish has created a nice full-on menu that covers your expected burger and fries, but then goes a step beyond with items like wild mushroom soup, pale ale pork sausage pizza, and steak frites. There's also a bar menu available for a different style of dining.

Check out Southern Pacific Brewing when it opens for business tonight and tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Starting on Monday, hours will be from 11 a.m. to midnight, Sunday through Wednesday, and until 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Early reports are most welcome here in the tip jar.

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Southern Pacific Brewing

620 Treat Street, San Francisco, CA