San Francisco's Five Best Restaurants for Beer Geeks

Categories: Beer, Top Five

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2. Suppenküche

Yes, you can order beer by the boot at Suppenküche, but it's a destination for German beer lovers as well as guzzlers. There are more than a dozen on tap, an ever-changing rotation -- from basic pilsners to bocks and rare hefeweizens, not to mention SFoodie favorite Köstritzer Schwarzbier -- and the Octoberfest selection of seasonal beers brings in geeks from all over the Bay Area. Suppenküche has always been as much about the food as the beer, though, with light, clean fare that shows its Californian influences. And no one looks askance at you if you accompany your Saturday-morning Nürnberger bratwurst with a half-liter of beer. Except your partner, of course.


Location Info

Starbelly

3583 16th St., San Francisco, CA

Category: Restaurant

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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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