[Photos: Patricia Chang]
Last year saw an unprecedented parade of craft breweries, beer bars, and beer restaurants, and 2014 is shaping up to be no different, with Triple Voodoo already open, Fort Point Beer Company now brewing and Magnolia's Dogpatch Brewery on the cusp. Now comes Hopwater Distribution, a new beer destination which opened in the former Key Klub last week.
A project from partners Sky Wegman and Chris Barry of Dogpatch Saloon and 83 Proof and Jon Guinea of Oakland's Wood Tavern, Hopwater aims to supply Lower Nob Hill denizens with all the drafts they can drink. With 31 taps at the ready, this spot is all about California brews, with a hefty list from the likes of CaliCraft, Sudwerk, Almanac and Bear Republic, plus notables like Oude Tart from the Bruery, Faction Triple IPA, and a rotbier from the newbies at Fort Point. With a firkin and two nitro taps,
not to mention a mega-rare Russian River keg account, this is shaping up to be a concentrated (Tablehopper has the full tap list here.)
Bruce Paton, the "Beer Chef," is behind the food menu, which rolls out bar favorites like cheese and charcuterie to start, with gradual additions like deviled eggs and Dungeness tater tots, plus larger options like both Cobb and beet salads, an oyster po' boy and a burger with tomato confit and scallion aioli. (See the full menu here, again via Tablehopper.)
Inside, the bar has an airy, rustic aesthetic, with a 30-foot copper bar, brick walls, and wood accents on both the lower floor and the mezzanine. Hours for the new spot are Sunday-Wednesday, 5-11pm, and Thursday-Saturday, 5pm-1am.