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20 Hopped Up Breweries in San Francisco

Where to drink craft beer straight from the source

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Sam Francisco has a tall and strong list of local breweries, pouring everything from classic steam lagers to hoppy and hazy West Coast IPAs. During the pandemic it might have felt like people were drinking more than ever, but unfortunately, small craft breweries suffered a dramatic drop in business, and for a long time, tap rooms in the city had tighter restrictions than restaurants, in terms of how they were allowed to serve. So for beer lovers, it’s more important than ever to support those hometown favorites. So whether you’re ready to grab a beer and soak in some sunshine, or want to pick up some cans or crowlers to sip at home, here’s how to tap straight into the source.

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1. ThirstyBear Brewing Company

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661 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 974-0905
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After a long pandemic hibernation, ThirstyBear is back to brewing and pouring once more, and the brewery is ready to serve tech workers and conventioneers in SoMa. Going strong after more than a decade, it claims to be the first and only brewery in San Francisco to make exclusively organic beer, pairing German marzens and West Coast IPAs with paella, piquillo peppers, and ceviche.

Beers on the bar at ThirstyBear ThirstyBear Brewing Company

2. 21st Amendment Brewery & Restaurant

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563 2nd St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 369-0900
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Best known for its widely distributed cans of seasonal beers like watermelon wheat, 21st Amendment is named for the repeal of Prohibition. The brewery is located near South Park in SoMa, where head brewer/co-founder Shaun O'Sullivan started 21A.

3. Black Hammer Brewing

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544 Bryant St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 997-9253
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Black Hammer Brewing, a SoMa brewery and tasting room, is suds and pup friendly. Brewer Jim Furman is constantly fiddling with his line of beers, focused on American IPAs and some classic German styles like pilsners and bocks. The patio is also fine at sister spot, German-inspired beer garden called Wilkommen at Market and Sanchez in the Castro.

4. Local Brewing Co.

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69 Bluxome St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(435) 912-6702
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Local's head brewer and cofounder Regan Long brews a killer West Coast IPA. While her beer makes its way in kegs across the city and is occasionally distributed in cans, the best place — by far — to get it is right at the source at her SoMa taproom, located near the ballpark.

5. Barrel Head Brewhouse

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1785 Fulton St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 416-6989
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Sure you can get a bunch of delicious local beers on draft at Barrel Head (all of which come out of a tap system attached to a World War II–era torpedo), but what puts the brewery on this list are its house brews, which change seasonally, but always include an IPA, a Kolsch, and a sour.

6. New Belgium Brewing Taproom & Restaurant

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1000a 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94158
(415) 874-9633
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New Belgium Brewing, the Colorado brewery best known for Fat Tire amber ale, has a massive new brewery in Mission Bay, just a peanut’s throw away from Oracle Park. Of course, they’re pouring their bestselling Belgian-style brews, but they also hired local brewer Ramon Tamayo (Russian River Brewing Company) to craft a few fresh beers on site. And star chefs Laura and Sayat Ozyilmaz (Noosh) stepped in to develop the food menu, which includes a stuffed wagyu burger and bacon-wrapped hot dog.

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7. Fort Point Lower Haight

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701 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 726-7002
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The largest independent brewery in San Francisco remains half open: Fort Point’s flagship location on Valencia Street is still dark, as is the Rockridge location in the East Bay. But the Haight Street and Ferry Building locations have both reopened, serving that magical new hazy IPA and a menu of hot dogs, if only for outdoor dining and takeout.

Hot dogs from Fort Point Fort Point Valencia

8. Park Chalet Coastal Beer Garden

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1000 Great Hwy
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 386-8439
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A historic landmark between Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach, Park Chalet may be better known for its views than its food, but the beer and garden are just fine, and you can’t go wrong chasing flights of wild West Coast brews with sweet oysters on the lawn. In fact, the beers are all brewed on site, and there’s a fun seasonal rotation every month.

Beer flight at Park Chalet Park Chalet

9. The Seven Stills Brewery & Distillery

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100 Hooper St Ste. 4
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 757-0178
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Seven Stills makes beer, distills whiskey, and even distills beer (their own and beer from other breweries) into whiskey, which is wild and might give you a sense of the ways this spot breaks the typical brewery mold. The brewery and distillery finally fired back up production after a long pause during the pandemic, but they’ve always got good list of beer, whiskey, and pub eats at the massive new Mission Bay location, as well as a taproom outpost in the Outer Sunset.

Beer from the tap Torin Nielsen

10. Standard Deviant Brewing

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280 14th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 590-2550
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Standard Deviant prides itself on pouring “the coldest tasting beer” in the city so stop by the unassuming former garage in the Mission. The brews are more standard than totally deviant: solid IPAs and saisons reign, though you’ll also find more adventurous options like barley wine and smoked Kolsch.

11. Anchor Public Taps

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495 De Haro St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 863-8350
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San Francisco's oldest brewery is no longer independently owned after it was purchased by Sapporo, but it's still a crown jewel of local brewing with a long, unique history. You might not be able to take a brewery tour to gaze at the beautiful copper mash tuns, but at least you can still drink the goods — in addition to classics like their steam beers and porters, there are seasonal releases to try. At the time of publication, it’s open for outdoor seating only.

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12. Woods Cerveceria

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3801 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 273-9295
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This tiny taproom was the start of Jim Woods empire, which now includes taprooms locations in Russian Hill, the Outer Sunset, Oakland, and Treasure Island. One popular IPA is brewed with yerba maté, and during Girl Scout cookie season, don’t miss Woods’ cookie flavored beers, based on favorites like Thin Mints and Samoas. Currently open for outdoor dining and takeout only.

Special Stash from Woods Woods Cerveceria

13. Lupulandia Brewing

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2243 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 757-0487

This Mission newcomer features an exciting double whammy: creative Tijuana-style food and a small but interesting selection of house-brewed beers on tap. Head here for brew styles you’re unlikely to find elsewhere in the Bay Area — a brown lager that’s equivalent to a more flavorful, “craft” version of a Negra Modelo; an India pale lager; and a sour blonde that’s especially good in cocktails and micheladas.

Churros and fried chicken at Lupulandia Lupulandia

14. Magnolia Brewing Company

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665 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 864-7468
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Groundbreaking SF brewer Magnolia was founded by Dave McLean in the Upper Haight in 1997, later expanding to include this massive Dogpatch brewing facility and restaurant. Since then, quite a bit has changed: Colorado’s New Belgium took over after Magnolia declared bankruptcy a few years back, and now, after being acquired by a subsidiary of Japanese beer giant Kirin, the brewery has lost its craft status. But fans still drink up Magnolia’s IPAs and menu of elevated pub fare. Both the original location on Haight and the big industrial location in the Dogpatch are now open.

15. Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company

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1735 Noriega St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 571-8452
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This Outer Sunset brewery quickly became a neighborhood favorite thanks to its six rotating house beers ranging from a sour wheat to a dry Irish stout, as well as fried chicken sandwiches/ Plus, they have been known to partner with Devil’s Teeth on the weekends for epic breakfast sandwiches.

Beer flight at Sunset Reservoir Michael David Rose Photography

16. Harmonic Brewing

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1050 26th St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 952-6258
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Harmonic brews small batch beer in a wide range of brew styles, from Kolsches and sours to several different IPAs. The original location in the Dogpatch, a taproom and brewery in a large warehouse space next to a metal shop, welcomes a crowd of kids and dogs. And a big new second location opened in Thrive City, the area immediately outside of Chase Center, with the added perks of bay views and pizza.

17. Cellarmaker House of Pizza

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3193 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 296-6351
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Cellarmaker has become one of San Francisco’s most respected brewers thanks to consistent quality across all sorts of experimental and classic beer styles. Its pale ales are pillowy and soft, and its dark beers like the “Coffee & Cigarettes,” a smoked porter, are hefty and satisfying. The original brewery in SoMa serves straight beer, and Cellarmaker House of Pizza in Bernal also adds on excellent Detroit-inspired square pizza.

Beer at Cellarmaker Brewing Co. Cellarmaker Brewing Co.

18. Barebottle Brewing Company

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1525 Cortland Ave
San Francisco, CA

This large, state-of-the-art brewery in Bernal Heights turns out juicy and hazy IPAs, tea-infused saisons, and competition-winning beers crafted from recipes written by enterprising home brewers. And there’s a rotating calendar of food trucks parked in front, should all those suds leave you hungry.

Beer from Barebottle Brewing Company Barebottle Brewing Company

19. Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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1195 Evans Ave
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 642-3371
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Established in 1997, this San Francisco distribution staple opened its taproom in 2011, featuring rotating taps in flights, pints, bottles, cans, and growlers. Its signature mobster-themed beer, "Big Daddy IPA," is always on hand, but so are more interesting beers you won't find in your corner store.

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20. Laughing Monk Brewing

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1439 Egbert Ave Unit A
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 890-5970
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Departing slightly from the hop-heavy ways of local craft breweries, Laughing Monk offers a California-Belgian crossover style, for everything from Holy Ghost pilsner to a Brother Harvey Milk-Shake IPA. And after a long year of pickup and delivery, the brewery has reopened for on-site drinking.

Cans from Laughing Monk Laughing Monk Brewing

1. ThirstyBear Brewing Company

661 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Beers on the bar at ThirstyBear ThirstyBear Brewing Company

After a long pandemic hibernation, ThirstyBear is back to brewing and pouring once more, and the brewery is ready to serve tech workers and conventioneers in SoMa. Going strong after more than a decade, it claims to be the first and only brewery in San Francisco to make exclusively organic beer, pairing German marzens and West Coast IPAs with paella, piquillo peppers, and ceviche.

661 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94105

2. 21st Amendment Brewery & Restaurant

563 2nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Best known for its widely distributed cans of seasonal beers like watermelon wheat, 21st Amendment is named for the repeal of Prohibition. The brewery is located near South Park in SoMa, where head brewer/co-founder Shaun O'Sullivan started 21A.

563 2nd St
San Francisco, CA 94107

3. Black Hammer Brewing

544 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Black Hammer Brewing, a SoMa brewery and tasting room, is suds and pup friendly. Brewer Jim Furman is constantly fiddling with his line of beers, focused on American IPAs and some classic German styles like pilsners and bocks. The patio is also fine at sister spot, German-inspired beer garden called Wilkommen at Market and Sanchez in the Castro.

544 Bryant St
San Francisco, CA 94107

4. Local Brewing Co.

69 Bluxome St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Local's head brewer and cofounder Regan Long brews a killer West Coast IPA. While her beer makes its way in kegs across the city and is occasionally distributed in cans, the best place — by far — to get it is right at the source at her SoMa taproom, located near the ballpark.

69 Bluxome St
San Francisco, CA 94107

5. Barrel Head Brewhouse

1785 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Sure you can get a bunch of delicious local beers on draft at Barrel Head (all of which come out of a tap system attached to a World War II–era torpedo), but what puts the brewery on this list are its house brews, which change seasonally, but always include an IPA, a Kolsch, and a sour.

1785 Fulton St
San Francisco, CA 94117

6. New Belgium Brewing Taproom & Restaurant

1000a 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94158
Dishes and beers from New Belgium Brewery Patricia Chang

New Belgium Brewing, the Colorado brewery best known for Fat Tire amber ale, has a massive new brewery in Mission Bay, just a peanut’s throw away from Oracle Park. Of course, they’re pouring their bestselling Belgian-style brews, but they also hired local brewer Ramon Tamayo (Russian River Brewing Company) to craft a few fresh beers on site. And star chefs Laura and Sayat Ozyilmaz (Noosh) stepped in to develop the food menu, which includes a stuffed wagyu burger and bacon-wrapped hot dog.

1000a 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94158

7. Fort Point Lower Haight

701 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Hot dogs from Fort Point Fort Point Valencia

The largest independent brewery in San Francisco remains half open: Fort Point’s flagship location on Valencia Street is still dark, as is the Rockridge location in the East Bay. But the Haight Street and Ferry Building locations have both reopened, serving that magical new hazy IPA and a menu of hot dogs, if only for outdoor dining and takeout.

701 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117

8. Park Chalet Coastal Beer Garden

1000 Great Hwy, San Francisco, CA 94121
Beer flight at Park Chalet Park Chalet

A historic landmark between Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach, Park Chalet may be better known for its views than its food, but the beer and garden are just fine, and you can’t go wrong chasing flights of wild West Coast brews with sweet oysters on the lawn. In fact, the beers are all brewed on site, and there’s a fun seasonal rotation every month.

1000 Great Hwy
San Francisco, CA 94121

9. The Seven Stills Brewery & Distillery

100 Hooper St Ste. 4, San Francisco, CA 94107
Beer from the tap Torin Nielsen

Seven Stills makes beer, distills whiskey, and even distills beer (their own and beer from other breweries) into whiskey, which is wild and might give you a sense of the ways this spot breaks the typical brewery mold. The brewery and distillery finally fired back up production after a long pause during the pandemic, but they’ve always got good list of beer, whiskey, and pub eats at the massive new Mission Bay location, as well as a taproom outpost in the Outer Sunset.

100 Hooper St Ste. 4
San Francisco, CA 94107

10. Standard Deviant Brewing

280 14th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Standard Deviant prides itself on pouring “the coldest tasting beer” in the city so stop by the unassuming former garage in the Mission. The brews are more standard than totally deviant: solid IPAs and saisons reign, though you’ll also find more adventurous options like barley wine and smoked Kolsch.

280 14th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

11. Anchor Public Taps

495 De Haro St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Beer from Anchor Brewing Anchor Brewing

San Francisco's oldest brewery is no longer independently owned after it was purchased by Sapporo, but it's still a crown jewel of local brewing with a long, unique history. You might not be able to take a brewery tour to gaze at the beautiful copper mash tuns, but at least you can still drink the goods — in addition to classics like their steam beers and porters, there are seasonal releases to try. At the time of publication, it’s open for outdoor seating only.

495 De Haro St
San Francisco, CA 94107

12. Woods Cerveceria

3801 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Special Stash from Woods Woods Cerveceria

This tiny taproom was the start of Jim Woods empire, which now includes taprooms locations in Russian Hill, the Outer Sunset, Oakland, and Treasure Island. One popular IPA is brewed with yerba maté, and during Girl Scout cookie season, don’t miss Woods’ cookie flavored beers, based on favorites like Thin Mints and Samoas. Currently open for outdoor dining and takeout only.

3801 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94114

13. Lupulandia Brewing

2243 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Churros and fried chicken at Lupulandia Lupulandia

This Mission newcomer features an exciting double whammy: creative Tijuana-style food and a small but interesting selection of house-brewed beers on tap. Head here for brew styles you’re unlikely to find elsewhere in the Bay Area — a brown lager that’s equivalent to a more flavorful, “craft” version of a Negra Modelo; an India pale lager; and a sour blonde that’s especially good in cocktails and micheladas.

2243 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

14. Magnolia Brewing Company

665 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Groundbreaking SF brewer Magnolia was founded by Dave McLean in the Upper Haight in 1997, later expanding to include this massive Dogpatch brewing facility and restaurant. Since then, quite a bit has changed: Colorado’s New Belgium took over after Magnolia declared bankruptcy a few years back, and now, after being acquired by a subsidiary of Japanese beer giant Kirin, the brewery has lost its craft status. But fans still drink up Magnolia’s IPAs and menu of elevated pub fare. Both the original location on Haight and the big industrial location in the Dogpatch are now open.

665 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94107

15. Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company

1735 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122
Beer flight at Sunset Reservoir Michael David Rose Photography

This Outer Sunset brewery quickly became a neighborhood favorite thanks to its six rotating house beers ranging from a sour wheat to a dry Irish stout, as well as fried chicken sandwiches/ Plus, they have been known to partner with Devil’s Teeth on the weekends for epic breakfast sandwiches.

1735 Noriega St
San Francisco, CA 94122

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16. Harmonic Brewing

1050 26th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Harmonic brews small batch beer in a wide range of brew styles, from Kolsches and sours to several different IPAs. The original location in the Dogpatch, a taproom and brewery in a large warehouse space next to a metal shop, welcomes a crowd of kids and dogs. And a big new second location opened in Thrive City, the area immediately outside of Chase Center, with the added perks of bay views and pizza.

1050 26th St
San Francisco, CA 94107

17. Cellarmaker House of Pizza

3193 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Beer at Cellarmaker Brewing Co. Cellarmaker Brewing Co.

Cellarmaker has become one of San Francisco’s most respected brewers thanks to consistent quality across all sorts of experimental and classic beer styles. Its pale ales are pillowy and soft, and its dark beers like the “Coffee & Cigarettes,” a smoked porter, are hefty and satisfying. The original brewery in SoMa serves straight beer, and Cellarmaker House of Pizza in Bernal also adds on excellent Detroit-inspired square pizza.

3193 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

18. Barebottle Brewing Company

1525 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA
Beer from Barebottle Brewing Company Barebottle Brewing Company

This large, state-of-the-art brewery in Bernal Heights turns out juicy and hazy IPAs, tea-infused saisons, and competition-winning beers crafted from recipes written by enterprising home brewers. And there’s a rotating calendar of food trucks parked in front, should all those suds leave you hungry.

1525 Cortland Ave
San Francisco, CA

19. Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

1195 Evans Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124
Speakeasy

Established in 1997, this San Francisco distribution staple opened its taproom in 2011, featuring rotating taps in flights, pints, bottles, cans, and growlers. Its signature mobster-themed beer, "Big Daddy IPA," is always on hand, but so are more interesting beers you won't find in your corner store.

1195 Evans Ave
San Francisco, CA 94124

20. Laughing Monk Brewing

1439 Egbert Ave Unit A, San Francisco, CA 94124
Cans from Laughing Monk Laughing Monk Brewing

Departing slightly from the hop-heavy ways of local craft breweries, Laughing Monk offers a California-Belgian crossover style, for everything from Holy Ghost pilsner to a Brother Harvey Milk-Shake IPA. And after a long year of pickup and delivery, the brewery has reopened for on-site drinking.

1439 Egbert Ave Unit A
San Francisco, CA 94124

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