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Inside San Francisco Brewing Co.’s Colossal Ghirardelli Square Brewery and Restaurant

Beer, cocktails, fire pits, and more

San Francisco Brewing Co.’s massive, 12,000-square-foot temple of beer is now open, serving up its beer and a menu of pub-style food to locals and tourists alike. Owners Jennifer and Josh Leavy and Josh’s brother Aaron Leavy brought on former Gordon Biersch brewer Justin Boehle to oversee the production at their shiny new brewery, which is incorporated into the taproom.

Chef Abraham Ibarra (Perry’s) is in charge of the food, which is upgraded drinking food like pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and mains like mahi mahi tacos. Appetizers seem like a sure bet, with meatballs, spicy wings, and burrata with pesto all sharing space on the menu. Check out the full menu below.

The extremely enormous space was designed by BCV Architecture + Interiors, also behind the Ferry Building Marketplace, Gott’s, and Oxbow Public Market in Napa. There’s lots of beautifully patterned tile and art, and various seating areas from large communal tables to two- and four-tops. It’s a refreshingly bright space, with modern light fixtures and accents like Douglas Fir timber, and blue concrete floors.

Some fun features of the new space:

Pour your own beer

Seriously, they’re going to let you pour your own beer, but only for sampling. Drinkers can use prepaid RFID cards to access taps and sample beer by the ounce.

Peek into the brewery

Bask in the gleam of brand new brewery equipment that is visible to patrons. Tables are tucked right into the whole shebang, giving beer nerds the opportunity to see how the sausage beer is made.

Play games

Game tables like foosball and ping pong are scattered throughout the restaurant, so customers can get into heated, beer-fueled competitions with their friends.

Hang around outside

Drink beer in the sunny outdoor beer garden before Karl the Fog rolls in, and enjoy views of Ghirardelli Square and tourists wandering by. And when Karl does arrive, fire pits (and lots of beer) will chase the chill away.

Drink cocktails

Sure, it’s a brewery, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have liquor too. Cocktails are available to please all the drinkers in the group. (Check out the cocktail list below.)

The SF Brewing Co. burger
Michelle Min

Eat this burger

It looks delicious.

To celebrate their opening, Stu Tails will play live music this Saturday, May 12, from 2 p.m.-4 p.m., and 5 p.m.-8 p.m. (There’ll be limited service with pizzas and beers until the restaurant opens at 4:30 p.m.)

At opening, the brewery will be open Sunday-Thursday from 4:39 p.m.- 10 p.m., and Friday-Saturday 4:30pm-11 p.m. Lunch, brunch, and tours of the brewery itself will be added in coming weeks.

Foosball by the bar at San Francisco Brewing Co

Pour your own beer at a set of taps installed in the brewery (you still have to pay for them, though)
Cocktails at SFBC

San Francisco Brewing Co.

3150 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109 (415) 484-2337 Visit Website
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