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Drink These 7 Beer Cocktails Right Now

Don't miss your chance to snag one of these doubly-desirable cocktails.

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It's a classic question: Beer or cocktails? With so many great beers in the spotlight for SF Beer Week, that decision can be harder to make than ever. Luckily, there are more than a few spots throughout the Bay Area where you can have them both in a single glass: Say hello to beer cocktails. Check out these seven places in the Bay Area to get the best of both worlds.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ramen Shop

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5812 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 788-6370
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Faced with the challenge of pairing cocktails with steaming bowls of ramen, Ramen Shop Bar Manager Chris Lane features the savory Double Barrel Fizz—a tall, frothy drink combining Rittenhouse Rye whiskey, fresh lemon juice, tangy cherry gastrique, cinnamon, and a float of Roddenbach Grand Cru, a sour Belgian ale.

2. Belga

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2000 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 872-7350
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Belga is known for its Californian twist on Belgian food, and integrating beer into its drink list is yet another example of it. Its regular drink menu has been known to feature several cocktails using beer. Its Beer Week libations offer a twist: Instead of using beer in the cocktails, the staff whips up drinks inspired by various beer flavor profiles. The five-drink beer cocktail menu is available only from Jan. 25 to Jan. 31. Highlights include the To Wit, a drink inspired by Wit Bier that incorporates bourbon, amaro, curacao, bitters, lemon, and rose. The Potent Porter mimics barrel-aged stout with aged rum, cognac, whisky, cacao, coffee, and egg.
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3. Dirty Habit

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12 4th St Fl 5
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 348-1555
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In celebration of beer week, Dirty Habit Bar Manager Brian Means is debuting a new beer cocktail called Beers in the Trap. The new drink mixes beeswax-washed Evan Williams Bonded Bourbon, Anchor Porter, Italian bitters Cynar, Abbot’s bitters, and acid phosphate.

4. Namu Gaji

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499 Dolores St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 431-6268
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Namu Gaji offers a uniquely Korean take on the Michelada, typically a savory mix of beer, tomato juice, lime, and other salty elements. The Korean American restaurant switches it up by making their version with house-grown tomatoes, gochugaru (Korean pepper flakes), bulldog vegetable and fruit tonkatsu sauce, tamari (Japanese soy sauce from miso), wasabi, ginger, and unfiltered Asahi beer.

5. Maven

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598 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 829-7982
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Maven in the Haight is well-known for its smart cocktail pairings with food. The kitchen’s grilled pork chop comes with a recommended pairing of The Unwritten Law—a concoction of rum, Asian pear, cinnamon Belgian white beer reduction, and hopped whipped cream.
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6. Old Bus Tavern

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3193 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 843-1938
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Old Bus Tavern Bar Director Ryan Linden likes to integrate the housemade beers into the menu whenever he can. The Big Short is a newcomer to the menu: Four Roses bourbon, cinnamon, chocolate, and Old Bus Tavern's housemade chili nitro porter.
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7. Chino (The Restaurant Formerly Known As)

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3198 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
Tacolicious winds down SF Beer Week with a “decompression party” on Jan. 30, co-hosted with San Francisco Brewing Co in the now-shuttered Chino space. In addition to beer tastings, a taco bar, and a DJ, the bar will be pouring out beer cocktails. If you miss the party, you can still head to Tacolicious to wash down tacos with one of the most classic of beer cocktails, a Michelada—a straight-forward combo of Tecate, lime juice, salt, Tapatio hot sauce, and a few other secret ingredients. Available for four bucks a pop.

1. Ramen Shop

5812 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
Faced with the challenge of pairing cocktails with steaming bowls of ramen, Ramen Shop Bar Manager Chris Lane features the savory Double Barrel Fizz—a tall, frothy drink combining Rittenhouse Rye whiskey, fresh lemon juice, tangy cherry gastrique, cinnamon, and a float of Roddenbach Grand Cru, a sour Belgian ale.
5812 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618

2. Belga

2000 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Belga
Belga is known for its Californian twist on Belgian food, and integrating beer into its drink list is yet another example of it. Its regular drink menu has been known to feature several cocktails using beer. Its Beer Week libations offer a twist: Instead of using beer in the cocktails, the staff whips up drinks inspired by various beer flavor profiles. The five-drink beer cocktail menu is available only from Jan. 25 to Jan. 31. Highlights include the To Wit, a drink inspired by Wit Bier that incorporates bourbon, amaro, curacao, bitters, lemon, and rose. The Potent Porter mimics barrel-aged stout with aged rum, cognac, whisky, cacao, coffee, and egg.
2000 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

3. Dirty Habit

12 4th St Fl 5, San Francisco, CA 94103
In celebration of beer week, Dirty Habit Bar Manager Brian Means is debuting a new beer cocktail called Beers in the Trap. The new drink mixes beeswax-washed Evan Williams Bonded Bourbon, Anchor Porter, Italian bitters Cynar, Abbot’s bitters, and acid phosphate.
12 4th St Fl 5
San Francisco, CA 94103

4. Namu Gaji

499 Dolores St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Namu Gaji offers a uniquely Korean take on the Michelada, typically a savory mix of beer, tomato juice, lime, and other salty elements. The Korean American restaurant switches it up by making their version with house-grown tomatoes, gochugaru (Korean pepper flakes), bulldog vegetable and fruit tonkatsu sauce, tamari (Japanese soy sauce from miso), wasabi, ginger, and unfiltered Asahi beer.
499 Dolores St
San Francisco, CA 94110

5. Maven

598 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Maven
Maven in the Haight is well-known for its smart cocktail pairings with food. The kitchen’s grilled pork chop comes with a recommended pairing of The Unwritten Law—a concoction of rum, Asian pear, cinnamon Belgian white beer reduction, and hopped whipped cream.
598 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117

6. Old Bus Tavern

3193 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Ryan Linden
Old Bus Tavern Bar Director Ryan Linden likes to integrate the housemade beers into the menu whenever he can. The Big Short is a newcomer to the menu: Four Roses bourbon, cinnamon, chocolate, and Old Bus Tavern's housemade chili nitro porter.
3193 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

7. Chino (The Restaurant Formerly Known As)

3198 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Tacolicious winds down SF Beer Week with a “decompression party” on Jan. 30, co-hosted with San Francisco Brewing Co in the now-shuttered Chino space. In addition to beer tastings, a taco bar, and a DJ, the bar will be pouring out beer cocktails. If you miss the party, you can still head to Tacolicious to wash down tacos with one of the most classic of beer cocktails, a Michelada—a straight-forward combo of Tecate, lime juice, salt, Tapatio hot sauce, and a few other secret ingredients. Available for four bucks a pop.
3198 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

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