SF 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, at first it might have felt like everyone was drinking more than ever, but unfortunately, small craft breweries suffered a dramatic drop in business, and tap rooms in the city still have tighter restrictions than restaurants, in terms of how they’re allowed to serve. So for beer lovers, it’s more important than ever to support their 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.Read More
19 Hopped Up Breweries in San Francisco
Where to drink craft beer straight from the source
1. 21st Amendment Brewery & Restaurant
Best known for its widely distributed cans of seasonal beers like watermelon wheat, 21st Amendment, which 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.
2. Black Hammer Brewing
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 open at a German-inspired beer garden called Wilkommen at Market and Sanchez in the Castro.
3. Local Brewing Co.
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.
4. Barrel Head Brewhouse
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, Kölsch, and sour.
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5. New Belgium Brewing Taproom & Restaurant
New Belgium Brewing, the Colorado brewery best known for Fat Tire amber ale, has opened 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 made 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.
6. Park Chalet Coastal Beer Garden
A historic landmark between Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach, Park Chalet may not 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.
7. The Seven Stills Brewery & Distillery
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 a sense of the ways this spot breaks the typical brewery mold. The brewery and distillery paused production during the pandemic, but they’ve still got good beer, whiskey, and pub eats, at the massive new Mission Bay location, as well as an outpost in the Outer Sunset.
8. Standard Deviant Brewing
Standard Deviant prides itself on pouring “the coldest tasting beer” in the city. 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.
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9. Anchor Public Taps
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 their 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.
10. 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 of theirs 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.
11. Lupulandia Brewing
San Francisco, CA 94110
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.
12. Fort Point Valencia
Fort Point’s flagship location on Valencia Street was a buzzy opening from the largest independent brewery in San Francisco. Mission drinkers loved the consistent beer, “hand salad,” bright primary colors, and even the enchanting voice of Sir David Attenborough piping fun wildlife facts through the bathroom speakers. This location is temporarily closed, but the beer is still available for delivery.
13. Magnolia Brewing Company
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 popular English-style IPAs. Both the original location on Haight and the big industrial location in the Dogpatch are now open.
14. Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company
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, and they have been known to partner with Devil’s Teeth on the weekends for epic breakfast sandwiches.
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15. Harmonic Brewing
This Dogpatch taproom and brewery is in a large warehouse space next to a metal shop. While it’s missing the usual kids and dogs, the small batch beer is available, in a wide range of brew styles, from Kolsches and sours to several different IPAs.
16. Cellarmaker House of Pizza
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 brewery in SoMa is only doing occasional beer pickups, but Cellarmaker House of Pizza in Bernal is pouring beer and shaping Detroit-inspired square pizza.
17. Barebottle Brewing Company
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 by enterprising home brewers. And the patio is open, and food trucks are back on the calendar.
18. Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
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.
19. Laughing Monk Brewing
Departing slightly from the hop-heavy ways of local craft breweries, Laughing Monk offers a California-Belgian crossover style. It’s still pickup and delivery only, but order online for everything from Holy Ghost pilsner to a Brother Harvey Milk-Shake IPA.