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Best Brew Pubs/Local Brews in San Francisco

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Suppenküche

Should you be in the mood for hearty, meaty German food in substantial portions, stop by Suppenküche. This trendy, casual restaurant serves brunch and dinner. Reservations can be made for parties of six or more. Big, wooden beer hall-style tables and traditional, seasonal decorations will have you thinking you've been transported to a family-run inn somewhere in the Bavarian countryside. Grab a stein of lager (or maybe even a boot!), pull up a chair and revel in the vibe. Dozens of German and Belgian beers are available on draft and in the bottle. The kitchen serves up old favorites like Kartoffelsuppe and Wiener Schnitzel. The wait staff is quick and friendly. See the website for the menu, beer list and complete glossary of beer terminology.

San Francisco, CA, United States
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Toronado

This is the most unassuming of the Lower Haight dives, with lightning-fast bartenders and more microbrews than are usual at at bar. In fact, Toronado has over 50 beers on tap from such reputable breweries as Russian River and Anchor. The vibe is always good, the graffiti on the bathroom walls is legendary, and the company could not be better. When hunger strikes, you're free to bring in a sausage or three from Rosamunde right next door.

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Monk's Kettle

This small gastro-pub offers upscale pub fare along with an excellent wine list, and as for beer, there's something for everyone: 29 drafts and about 150 bottles, plus ciders and even gluten-free beer. If you're not sure about what to order, the menu offers helpful beer pairing suggestions with each food item. To start, try the oyster fritters or the Monk’s Poutine with fries, seasoned ricotta, whey braised pork shoulder, gravy and scallions. There's a good selection of sandwiches and burgers, plus entrees like the pan seared whole Rainbow Trout. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available. If you are wondering about where to spend the evening, head to Monk's Kettle for a great time.

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Mikkeller Bar

Mikkeller Bar in Union Square is a youthful and vibrant bar housing some of the best craft beers which are served at specific temperatures. They also have a secret bar in the basement which is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. They serve a collection of selected wine and have a delicious food and snacks menu to complement the crafts. Mikkeller Bar is an interesting place to spend the evening!

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Bar Crudo

So your loved one is always complaining that you never go to fancy places anymore? Cruise over to this plush restaurant and bar for scrumptious food, great ambiance and fine wine. The soft hues, marine-themed artwork and aromatic candles at Bar Crudo will help rekindle your love life! Fresh seafood delights await your palate; try the seafood chowder, the chilled oysters, or the little neck clams. Pick your poison from the colossal drinks menu as you enjoy the soothing indie music. And if the bar setting is too chirpy to handle, just head to the dining room upstairs, which has a far more intimate atmosphere with just ten tables.

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Southern Pacific Brewing

Most of the Mission's bars are small and cozy; it was only a matter of time until a mega-pub opened up, and Southern Pacific Brewing fills that gap nicely. The huge, 8500-square-foot space manages to be open and bright but not cavernous, featuring firwood communal tables, full-sized indoor trees and a charmingly rustic bar. There are six to eight house brews on rotation at any given time. SPB also has a menu replete with pub-style food which, in true SF style, uses mostly local and organic ingredients.

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ThirstyBear Brewing Company

Ron Silberstein shed his legal skin to turn his home-brewing passion into a successful business. The ThirstyBear is the only brewery of its kind in the city and prides itself on an array of organic ales, artisan beers, creative cocktails and the Spanish classic, sangria. Silberstein's Spanish influence extends onto the evolving menu of traditional paella and contemporary tapas renditions like grilled house-made butifarra sausage, oven-roasted stuffed peppers, gambas al ajillo, and herb-lamb skewers, made from ingredients sourced from local Californian producers. From the outside, this brew-pub has the look and size of a warehouse. The interior, replicates that vibe with exposed beams and tasteful art that form a intriguing backdrop to lively conversation.

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Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery

It's Haight-Ashbury, so what better music to be wafting in the air as you sip the house-made brews than the Grateful Dead in a place that was known back in the '60s as the Drug Store? Remodeling has made the setting less psychedelic, though there is an ebullient mural on the wall, but Jerry and the guys are always on the sound system taking you back to the Summer of Love. That sets a mellow mood for the huge sandwiches, plates of sausages, bowls of hearty soup, and tempting finger foods such as french fries and onion rings. The service from the hip and hippie wait staff is friendly and the atmosphere is always 1967. Do not miss their special brunch every Saturday and Sunday, 10a to 3p.

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Social Kitchen & Brewery

A significant addition to the thriving beer scene of the Bay Area, Social Kitchen and Brewery opened its doors in 2010, and since then has been educating and delighting beer lovers. Home to a variety of craft style ales and bitters, they have incorporated a food menu that pairs perfectly with the beers and includes classic favorites like burgers, fries, hot wings, salads and steaks. The spacious and urban interiors of the dining room exude a casual ambiance, perfect for enjoying food and drinks.

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Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers is a brewery that welcomes one and all. At Speakeasy you can simply relax and enjoy different varieties of ales and lagers. Here, you can chill out with your friends indoors or simply head to the patio and indulge in people watching. This brewery is a far cry from the stereotypical breweries that take you through boring tours; it hosts variety of interesting events on a regular basis like live music concerts, free tours, new beer releases, beer sampling and much more. And, given the food trucks that open up here, guests have a wide choice as far as food is concerned. Good food, great entertainment and endless rounds of chilled beer is what Speakeasy Ales & Lagers is all about.

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