“what are your favorite SF beer spots?” a tough question to answer. however, a week or two ago, I flew up to SF for business. although the days were all work, the nights were a chance to stop by some of my favorite brew sources in the city. given a limited time (3 nights) and a central location (the embarcadero), these were the places that made the cut.
- night 1: giordano bros., la trappe, and rogue. going to giordano bros. for a coppa with egg with AF and CB was a no-brainer, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that they now have beer on draft (I grabbed a pour of mangolia’s kalifornia kolsch).
- afterwards, it was a straight shot to la trappe, where a bottle of drie fonteinen’s oude geuze was popped between AF, CB, and JC. although la trappe has fallen slightly out of favor with me these days due to their high prices, cramped atmosphere, and spotty beer availability, you would be hard pressed to find many of their offerings elsewhere in the city.
- we left la trappe for an outside table at rogue, where a pour of lagunitas little sumpin’ wild ended the night perfectly. although I honestly can’t remember the last time I ordered a rogue beer there…
- night 2: memphis minnie’s, toronado. as mentioned before, memphis minnie’s is my go-to spot now before toronado. a pitcher of anchor steam complemented the ‘pulled’ chicken and greens nicely before heading over to toronado.
- after experiencing the worst bar service I have ever known (even for toronado), I grabbed a cornucopia of brews, from moonlight’s homegrown to some russian river favorites.
- night 3: healthy spirits and some CB homebrew. with checked bags being included on southwest, I knew I had to take some rarities home with me, so off to I went with CB to see dave over at healthy spirits. after a half hour of pacing the store, I grabbed some goodies from hanssens, lagunitas, russian river, and drie fonteinen.
- I then rolled over to CB’s, where we sampled over half a dozen of his homebrews, including a funked saison that was definitely top notch. we spent a few hours pulling samples from carboys with thick pellicles and finished the night with a 750 of cascade’s the vine, which is a beer that was truly fantastic. I left satisfied and inspired to be more adventurous with my own brewing . thanks again CB!