San Francisco's Five Best Restaurants for Beer Geeks

Categories: Beer, Top Five

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​SFoodie hates the term "gastropub." Hates it. But this city has more and more restaurants that technically qualify. Some are brewpubs where you can eat something more substantial than potato skins and greasy burgers. Some talk up their "beer program" (SFoodie sees that phrase and looks around for our assigned seats and the popcorn stand) and employ a cicerone, also known as a beer sommelier. Whatever you want to call these beer-focused destinations, here are our five favorites:

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5. ThirstyBear Brewing Company

Microbrews and Spanish tapas don't seem like the most intuitive pairing, conceptually, but ThirstyBear's owner, Ron Silberstein, has made them work for more than a decade. It helps that Silberstein's wide range of beers are well made, from the lightest of the wheats to the darkest of stouts, and certified organic to boot. The tapas aren't uniformly oustanding, but the tortilla would satisfy a Castilian grandmother, the patatas bravas are always a hit, and the kitchen has a knack for seafood.


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Starbelly

3583 16th St., San Francisco, CA

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Jonny Doe
Jonny Doe

Thirsty bear should not be on this list.  21st amendment clearly dominates.  However I would like to throw Bistro Gambrinus into the ring.  Some friends and I came across this place the other night and their beer selection is strong.

Jen L Houghton
Jen L Houghton

Agreed, how did Thirsty Bear get on this short list?What about Gestalt, Monks Kettle's neighbor. Maybe it's not a full on restaurant but they Fo serve food. You can even get a free beer with one of their sandwiches.

Pipeline Surfer
Pipeline Surfer

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Mark Robert Ayoub
Mark Robert Ayoub

and la trappe too. this stuff is way too subjective for a top five list.....

Go
Go

What about Bar Crudo? They have a well crafted beer program that would be a shame to over look.

Ben Walsh
Ben Walsh

Not only do you list Thirsty Bear, you say its "wide range of beers are well made", telling us that you either know nothing about beer or you hate it. Thirsty Bear's beer is uniformly ghastly, syrupy, and hangover-inducing and the only reason this place stays in business is because of its Moscone-adjacent location.

Jeff preston
Jeff preston

you must not be a hophead, because their ipa is excellent!  saying someone knows nothing about something so subjective is shaky ground.

Ben Walsh
Ben Walsh

No, their IPA is not excellent. It tastes like all their beers; cloying and syrupy with residual sugars, way out of balance, and manky with pediococcus contamination. There is room for subjectivity and opinion, of course, but Thirsty Bear's beers are just flawed. In San Francisco you can enjoy so many West Coast IPAs which truly *are* excellent, like Anchor Humming, Sierra Celebration, Racer 5, Lagunitas, Bombay By Boat, Pliny the Elder, and Blind Pig. Thirsty Bear is not even close to being involved in that conversation. Their beer is simply bad.

Go
Go

I agree. The addition of Thirsty Bear is questionable...

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