thirsty bear

mash tun and fermentation tank at thirsty bear

yesterday I rolled by thirsty bear in SOMA to catch a couple beers for VG’s birthday.

  • I had gone here about a year ago and wasn’t too impressed with their beer sampler, so I was interested to see if their product had improved.
  • the layout of this place is definitely impressive, with conditioning tanks lining the back of the bar and a couple of mash tuns holding court only a few feet from where we were sitting.
  • their howard street IPA gave me some hope for the night.  it had a solid hop aroma and plenty of lingering bitterness.
  • however, when I ordered their seasonal beer, which was classified as a scotch ale/smoked porter hybrid, I was more than a little disappointed.  the beer was thin and excessive smoked malt overwhelmed any other malt presence that might have been there.  it was definitely reminiscent of my previous visit.
  • also, I was a little bummed out to find a firkin of dry-hopped stout on my way out that the bartender had forgotten to mention.  what’s up with that? (in their defense, it seems like they crack a firkin open tuesdays at 5:30, so the shell could have just been there for show).
  • overall, thirsty bear is a chill, comfortable place to meet up with a group, but I wouldn’t make a pilgrimage over there for the beers.  even though they have a sick brewing setup, it seems like the beers are an afterthought here.

the crowd at thirsty bear

howard st IPA

AH, another IPA fan

the unbalanced seasonal

the lineup at the table

the firkin on the way out

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