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  • Anchor Brewing Co.
    The Three Faces of Anchor Brewing Company San Francisco Legacy Since 1896 Since the brewery poured its first pint back in 1896, the business has changed hands, shut down, reopened, relocated, and retooled countless times. The first brewers, Ernst F. Baruth and his son-in-law Otto Schinkel, Jr., ran the original location for about a decade. Then it all fell apart—Baruth died unexpectedly, a fire destroyed the brewery, and Schinkel was killed by a streetcar. The bad luck didn’t stop there; the next generation had to weather Prohibition, effectively ending Anchor's operations for 13 years. The brewery then operated from 1933 until 1959, when it shut down yet again due to the rising popularity of mass-produced national beers, which were systematically pushing out local brewers. The lean times and sudden upheavals finally began to level out in 1965, when Stanford graduate and Anchor aficionado Fritz Maytag rescued the operation from the clutches of bankruptcy. From then until his retirement in 2010, Maytag carried the business onward and upward, expanding its selection, hiring a larger staff, and even opening an in-house distillery. Today, Anchor operates out of same Mariposa Street location it opened in 1979. Refined Brewing Methods Anchor's iconic copper brewhouse hybridizes hundreds of years of traditions and wisdom. The machinery itself is handmade and decades old, but the quality-control systems are anything but dated. Brewers use state-of-the-art methods, including open fermentation, to ensure the beers are as pure and fresh as possible. Still, they manage to marry both the antique and the modern by using an ancient process called dry hopping. A process akin to steeping tea, dry hopping is the art of adding bagged hops to maturing ales—a practice that’s existed for centuries but has just recently come back into vogue. Pioneering Beers In 1973, when Anchor only brewed one type of beer, visionary owner Fritz Maytag was seeing the future. Mark Carpenter, Anchor's brewmaster for more than 40 years, recited Maytag's prophetic vision to SF Station: "Down the road there are going to be hundreds of little beers around the country and I don’t just want to be known for Anchor Steam—I want to be known for Anchor Steam, and porter and ale [and so on]." And indeed, since then they've led the microbrewery revolution. "So many of our beers that were the first of their varieties in the U.S. have gone on to be huge,” continues Carpenter, “Liberty Ale is probably the most copied beer in the world—cascade hops are used everywhere now, and we were the first. Old Foghorn barley wine was the first barley wine in the U.S., and we created the first wheat beer."
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    1705 Mariposa St
    San Francisco, CA US
  • ThirstyBear Brewing Co.
    ThirstyBear Brewing Co.: A User’s Guide Organic Craft Beers | Seasonal Spanish Tapas | Local and Sustainable Ingredients | Live Flamenco Dancing Sample Menu Paella: valenciana with saffron, tomato sofrito, chicken, chorizo, clams, mussels, and rockfish—Michael Bauer of the San Francisco Chronicle said, “[It] is the best I've had.” Tapas: steelhead tartare with Loch Etive steelhead, shallot, and housemade rosemary crackers Tapas: empanadas with adobo chicken, spinach, lime crème fraîche What’s on Tap Grizzly Bear Red Ale, with hops from Hops-Meister Farms Kozlov Stout, a deep black ale that smacks of espresso coffee and bittersweet chocolate Panda Bear Ale, a light drinker dry hopped with whole vanilla beans and TCHO cocoa nibs Ingredient Origins: Meats and produce hail from farms and producers around California, unless imported from Spain. Expect produce from Knoll Organic Farms and seafood from CleanFish. What’s Behind the Name: Owner Ron Silberstein found an article in the Chronicle titled “Thirsty Bear Bites Man for Cold Beer.” It was the story about an escaped circus bear who wandered into a bar, bit Victor Kozlov’s hand to get his beer, and then fell asleep in a park outside the bar, probably with a fake mustache drawn on by his friends. Where to Sit: Grab a brushed-steel chair near a red-felt pool table in one of the industrial-style rooms surrounding the brewery’s glass-encased tanks. When to Go: Sunday—if you like flamenco. Local artists such as Roberto Zamora and Clara Rodriguez give lively performances each week. While You’re in the Neighborhood Before: Pick up a book on David Lynch or Henri Matisse at 871 Fine Arts (20 Hawthorne Street) After: See a postmodern performance at the absolute cutting edge of theatre at Yerba Buena Center For the Arts (700 Howard Street).
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    661 Howard St
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Social Kitchen and Brewery
    Social Kitchen and Brewery: A User’s Guide Housemade Microbrews | Beer as Seasoning | Southern Meets Asian | Cocktails and Beertails Sample Menu To share: brussels-sprout chips Small plate: mac & cheese with truffle oil Entree: Social burger with blue cheese, applewood-smoked bacon, and a side of tempura-battered sweet-potato fries To drink: Rapscallion golden belgian beer When to Go Happy hour (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays) means discounted craft beers, well drinks, and bar bites. Nurse a hangover with weekend brunch, during which you can savor pork-belly fried rice or brioche french toast. Just bring some aspirin—the live music tends to get a little loud. Vocab Lesson Belgian red ale: Different from an irish red ale, the belgian version has a distinctly sour taste produced by fermentation with lactobacilli and long aging periods in oak barrels, which also give it a wine-like character. Sisig: Filipino for “sour snack,” the most common form of this dish consists of pork marinated in vinegar or citrus, and then flavored with savory seasonings. While You’re in the Neighborhood Before: Marvel at the thousands of novelty pins in every imaginable shape and slogan at Oriental Art Gallery (1340 9th Avenue). After: Head to Urban Bazaar (1371 9th Avenue) for an evening class in crafts such as crochet and printmaking, or bring a growler to the monthly Stitch ‘n’ Bitch gathering. If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Longtime Social chef Christopher Wong created the menu at Blueprint Tap Room (680 8th Street)—the concept’s similar, although the beers aren’t made in-house.
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    1326 9th Ave
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Speakeasy Ales and Lagers
    Speakeasy Ales & Lagers: A User’s Guide Small-Batch Microbrewery | Subterranean Taproom | 12 Rotating Draft Beers | BYO Food Sample Beers Baby Daddy Session IPA, a citrusy brew with a hoppy punch Syndicate No. 02, a Scarface Imperial Stout blended with five ales and aged in a bourbon barrel Harvey Milk Stout, a dark brew dedicated to the gay rights trailblazer The Vibe: This space designed by Kelly Malone mixes reclaimed and recycled wood with exposed ductwork and hidden hideaways to create a functioning nod to the speakeasies of old. The Food: There’s no kitchen at the taproom, but food trucks frequent the nearby streets. Guests can also bring their own eats from home or steal a picnic basket on the way over. Where to Sit: After entering through the peephole-equipped door, belly up to the solid-wood bar to watch the bartenders pull from 12 taps. Guests can also sneak away to one of the many nooks and crannies, including a lounge-style area with pallet windows and plush banquettes. While You’re Waiting Grab a growler to go. Press the “In case of raid” button and see what happens. Accept the fact that you can never win a staring contest against the microbrewery’s shifty-eyed logo.
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    1195 Evans Ave
    San Francisco, CA US
  • 21st Amendment Brewery Cafe
    Order all of your favorite pub classics and munch away at 21st Amendment Brewery Cafe in South Beach. Skip the salad and grab some greasy goodness at 21st Amendment Brewery Cafe where they have their priorities straight: taste trumps everything. Create your own food and beverage pairing at 21st Amendment Brewery Cafe, a local bar and restaurant. Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, 21st Amendment Brewery Cafe can seat both large and small groups. Weekends can get packed, so take advantage of the bar's reservations. No need to put on airs for a trip to 21st Amendment Brewery Cafe — the dress code and ambience at this bar are totally laid-back. Or, take your grub to go. Catering services are also available. Street parking is readily available near 21st Amendment Brewery Cafe's 2nd Street location. For those who prefer to travel by bike, 21st Amendment Brewery Cafe is a great option due to its generous bike parking options. Treating yourself doesn't mean breaking the bank, come taste the great dishes 21st Amendment Brewery Cafe has to offer. Morning, noon, or night, you can head on over to 21st Amendment Brewery Cafe since they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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    563 2nd Street
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Elizabeth Street Brewery
    Four Things to Know About Elizabeth Street Brewery In 2010, SF Weekly declared Elizabeth Street Brewery the city’s best microbrewery. Here are some reasons ESB earns such buzz: The owners originally opened the pub in their house. With nothing more than a 5-gallon pot on their kitchen stove, Alyson and Richard Brewer-Hay crafted pours for friends and family starting in 2001. These days, however, they have a new space. They now operate out of a renovated storage space equipped for 10-gallon batches, doling out free samples to visitors. Many of the beers are named for family and friends. Current pours include a porter and an Irish red ale named for Alyson and Richard’s daughters. One beer even took home the gold at the 2010 World Beer Cup. That’d be ESB’s imperial stout.
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    798 Elizabeth Street
    San Francisco, CA US

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