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27 New and Forthcoming Bay Area Beer Spots

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If you've been paying any attention, you know that a bevy of new breweries, brewpubs, and taprooms are currently taking the Bay Area by storm. From the Dogpatch to Oakland, from established breweries to new names, even seasoned brewheads are having trouble keeping up with what's on tap. Fear not: we've assembled the ultimate need-to-know map to chart the bevy of new, notable, and upcoming beer spots in San Francisco and the East Bay. Every place on this list either opened in 2013 or will open later this year or early next year—and at 27 locations strong, that's a whole lot of beer.


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Allie Pape co-authored this story.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Mikkeller Bar

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With 40 gleaming taps of incredibly rare brews, this hotly anticipated beer mecca is an ambitious American take on the Copenhagen original. Expect classed-up pub grub and an extensive selection of beers from around the world.

The Beer Hall

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This charming new craft-beer tasting room and bottle shop boasts 20 taps of all-California beers, two signature brews and a nifty collage made from more than 14,000 bottle caps.

Bar of Arrr

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This pirate-themed America's Cup brew bar is only around until September 8th, so grab your mateys soon for a huge complement of beers from Kiwi craft brewery Moa and a chance to imbibe while lounging on something resembling a pirate's bed.

Golden Gate Tap Room

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This massive Union Square bar/playground has a 100-beer menu with an emphasis on California and Pacific Northwest breweries, plus shuffleboard, foosball, skeeball, arcade games and much more.

Speakeasy Tap Room

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Speakeasy has been around a while, but with a cozy in-brewery taproom that opened in February, they've now got a centralized spot where 12 taps of the brewery's finest can flow (plus lots of fun little speakeasy-themed touches and dimly lit nooks).

Caskhouse

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This Noe Valley craft beer spot has been open since January, and its rotating selection of handpicked American beers, cozy neighborhood feel and pub grub make it a destination for thirsty locals.

The Willows

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The Willows, the SOMA spinoff of The Sycamore that opened in June, boasts a “beer den” with 12 taps of rare and local beers like Dogfish Head Sixty-One and Calicraft Chez Panisse Farmhouse Ale. They're constantly switching out the selection, and the food menu, nearly identical to the Sycamore's, is solid.

InnerFog

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InnerFog may just be the best-kept beer secret in the city. After a water pipe burst at this Inner Sunset wine bar, they rebuilt the bar with a new tap system for beer and wine and an impressive lineup of microbrews, both bottled and on tap.

Barrel Head Brewhouse

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This upcoming NoPa beer destination will feature a hand-crafted wooden stave bar and a fireplace, along with beers made on site and a locally-sourced food menu. They're aiming to open in the fall, so keep a close eye on this one.

Magnolia Dogpatch

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Dave McLean's brewery has outgrown its Haight Street digs and is close to opening a new 30-barrel production brewery in the Dogpatch. Expect a full bar focusing on whiskey and a BBQ-centric menu from Namu Gaji's Dennis Lee, along with Magnolia's signature selection of cask-conditioned ales.

Triple Voodoo Brewery

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The Dogpatch will the future home of this local nanobrewer's new 2,800-square-foot brewery, featuring 15 taps of house brews and other rotating local operations. The goal is to open by the end of the year, so keep your eyes peeled for updates.

Cellarmaker Brewing Co.

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This brand new brewery from two Marin Brewing Co. alums is looking to open up shop in SOMA shortly. They'll have a a tasting room and will offer tasters, pints, and growlers as well as getting their brews on local beer lists around town come September or so.

Blind Tiger Tap Room

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This newly opened back bar at Noir Lounge stocks rare and interesting beers from the likes of The Bruery, Uinta, Port Brewing, Dogfish Head, and Rodenbach. With five rotating taps and only seven seats, it's a mini beer den with bite.

Blueprint Tap Room

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This Design District tap room is days from opening, and its 20 brews on tap from local breweries and modern American comfort fare will make it a prime destination for after-work happy hour and early dinners.

Hopwater Distribution

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Look for comfort food from "Beer Chef" Bruce Paton and over 30 California craft beers on tap at this upcoming beer destination. They're targeting a September opening date, so get thirsty.

Phantom Coast Gastropub and Brewery

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This 5,000-square-foot Mid-Market behemoth is scheduled to arrive early next year. It'll be a pub with its own brewery, live music, West Coast brews, and Bavarian-inspired snacks. And it'll have 75 drafts.

The Rare Barrel

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This upcoming Berkeley beer destination aims to provide an outlet for sour beers which are brewed offsite but aged, blended, and bottled here. Expect the sours to be flowing at their tasting room by the end of the year, alongside bites to go with their brews.

Moxy Beer Garden

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This Berkeley beer garden, which opened in April, features 14 drafts with an emphasis on local producers like Almanac, Anderson Valley, Drake's, and Thirsty Bear, plus burgers, a fire pit and plenty of (covered) outdoor seating.

The Hog's Apothecary

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Coming next month, The Hog's Apothecary is an American-style beer hall set to feature 32 U.S. craft brews and rotating firkin selections. They'll also have a house-butchered menu of all things pork and shuffleboard and darts for good measure.

Brotzeit Lokal

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This new waterfront beer garden has a German focus, with 16 beers on tap and a sausage-heavy menu from a Chop Bar alum. Bonus: the views and fresh air along the Oakland estuary.

Albany Taproom

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This new beer bar, which opened in March, features 32 taps both local (Drake's, Highwater, Heretic) and national (Dogfish Head, Ballast Point, The Bruery). As an added bonus, they have an arrangement with Grazzy, the new burger spot next door, allowing drinkers to bring in food.

Faction Brewing

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This forthcoming brewery from Drake's and Triple Rock alum Rodger Davis will feature classic styles like IPAs, pilsners, and pale ales. It'll be right next to Rock Wall Wines and St. George Spirits, giving Alameda a new booze trifecta.

Sierra Nevada Taproom

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The big-name craft brewer is opening up its very first taproom outside of its home base in Chico, serving limited and special-release beers normally only available upstate. It'll likely open late this year or early next year.

Hoi Polloi Brewpub and Beat Lounge

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This tiny nanobrewpub from avid homebrewer and first-time restaurateur Viet Vu will feature 15 or so drafts of both housemade creations and outside offerings, as well as bar snacks. They hope to open in December.

Diving Dog Brewhouse

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Arguably the most unique concept on this list, Diving Dog will allow patrons to come in and brew their own beer, then come back later and bottle it to take home. They'll have 30 taps of their own creations and other goodies from local breweries, and hope to open in the fall.

Ale Industries

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The Concord stalwarts are moving to a new space a block from the Fruitvale BART, which will expand their capacity, allow for more sour and barrel-aged beers, and support a taproom. They hope to open by the end of 2013.

TBD Drake's/Jupiter Beer Garden

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Though it's likely to be one of the last spots on this list to open, a still-unnamed beer garden from the team behind Drake's and Jupiter is headed to Uptown Oakland next year, with live music, fire pits, and 25-30 taps.

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Mikkeller Bar

With 40 gleaming taps of incredibly rare brews, this hotly anticipated beer mecca is an ambitious American take on the Copenhagen original. Expect classed-up pub grub and an extensive selection of beers from around the world.

The Beer Hall

This charming new craft-beer tasting room and bottle shop boasts 20 taps of all-California beers, two signature brews and a nifty collage made from more than 14,000 bottle caps.

Bar of Arrr

This pirate-themed America's Cup brew bar is only around until September 8th, so grab your mateys soon for a huge complement of beers from Kiwi craft brewery Moa and a chance to imbibe while lounging on something resembling a pirate's bed.

Golden Gate Tap Room

This massive Union Square bar/playground has a 100-beer menu with an emphasis on California and Pacific Northwest breweries, plus shuffleboard, foosball, skeeball, arcade games and much more.

Speakeasy Tap Room

Speakeasy has been around a while, but with a cozy in-brewery taproom that opened in February, they've now got a centralized spot where 12 taps of the brewery's finest can flow (plus lots of fun little speakeasy-themed touches and dimly lit nooks).

Caskhouse

This Noe Valley craft beer spot has been open since January, and its rotating selection of handpicked American beers, cozy neighborhood feel and pub grub make it a destination for thirsty locals.

The Willows

The Willows, the SOMA spinoff of The Sycamore that opened in June, boasts a “beer den” with 12 taps of rare and local beers like Dogfish Head Sixty-One and Calicraft Chez Panisse Farmhouse Ale. They're constantly switching out the selection, and the food menu, nearly identical to the Sycamore's, is solid.

InnerFog

InnerFog may just be the best-kept beer secret in the city. After a water pipe burst at this Inner Sunset wine bar, they rebuilt the bar with a new tap system for beer and wine and an impressive lineup of microbrews, both bottled and on tap.

Barrel Head Brewhouse

This upcoming NoPa beer destination will feature a hand-crafted wooden stave bar and a fireplace, along with beers made on site and a locally-sourced food menu. They're aiming to open in the fall, so keep a close eye on this one.

Magnolia Dogpatch