A guide to beer tasting San Francisco – 30 San Francisco Breweries & Beer Halls You Have to Visit

Posted on November 6, 2018 |

Drink your way through the best San Francisco breweries and Bay Area beer halls with these locals favorites.

San Francisco has been on the international beer scene ever since Anchor Steam first started rooftop brewing shortly after the Gold Rush.

While Anchor Steam stands the test of time as one of the most easily recognized San Francisco breweries — there are dozens more since the craft beer boom of the late 90s.

As 100% locals, we have spent years “researching” the best San Francisco breweries and the top San Francisco beer halls. So, we’d like to help travelers discover where to go for a beer tasting, San Francisco style.

Keep reading to discover places where you can try beer – from the most beloved Oakland breweries to our favorite San Francisco breweries!


The 20 Best San Francisco Breweries


ANCHOR STEAM

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Established: 1896

Neighborhood: SOMA

Rooftop open air fermentation by this early San Francisco brewery looked an awful lot like  steam rising from a train. Inspired by this spectacle, the brewery named themselves Anchor Steam.

Anchor Steam has had numerous locations over the past 120 years, but now resides with good company in the SOMA brewery scene.

Seriously, you could do a San Francisco beer tour and never leave the SOMA neighborhood. In fact, if you didn’t know already, Dylan’s Tours offers a customized private San Francisco beer tour on our electric tuk tuks!

Anchor Steam might not be the most innovative of all Northern California breweries, but they make for a quintessential stop if you really want to experience beer tasting San Francisco style.

Oh, and be sure to try the beloved Anchor Steam Christmas Ale if you’re around for the holidays!


BEACH CHALET BREWERY + PARK CHALET COASTAL BEER GARDEN

Beach Chalet is in the middle of making a very special brew! Smokey the Beer is the name and we're having a Glassware Giveaway in celebration of this awesome brew! Join us on June 16th to buy a glass of Smokey the Beer and take home the glass it comes in. (While supplies last of course.) These are always fun to do and we can't wait to share this brew with you!Reservations >>> www.beachchalet.com

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Established: 1996

Neighborhood: Richmond District

A northern California brewery that’s on the farthest edge of San Francisco, Beach Chalet Brewery is located where Golden Gate Park ends and the Pacific Ocean begins.

You won’t find a San Francisco beer tour here, but there should be!

Originally, this Bay Area brewery was a city owned building for beach goers to change into swimwear.

The city of San Francisco commissioned the same man behind the architectural gems of the Panama Pacific International Exposition of 1915, William Polk, to design this Spanish revival gem back in 1925.

In the lobby, you’ll find murals painted in the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration, a short lived government branch for advancing the arts. The murals are still well preserved and open for public viewing.

During renovations in the 90s, a microbrewery and beer garden were added, giving the Beach Chalet and Park Chalet a unique triple threat standing in San Francisco: A San Francisco restaurant, San Francisco brewery, and a San Francisco beer garden.

Beer names at this Bay Area brewery are inspired from local San Francisco history.

For instance, the beer VFW is named after the Veterans of Foreign Wars HQ that once occupied the top floor of the building where the restaurant sits today.

Beer tasting San Francisco style is always more fun with a little history lesson!


THIRSTYBEAR ORGANIC BREWERY

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Established: 1996

Neighborhood: Moscone Center in SOMA,

ThirstyBear has a reputation among Northern California breweries as the first San Francisco brewery to make FDA certified organic organic beer in 2007.

Being walking distance to Moscone Center makes ThirstyBear the best of the Bay Area breweries for anyone in San Francisco for a conference.

Nothing beats beer tasting San Francisco when the brewery is within stumbling distance from your hotel!

ThirstyBear might not be the most iconic of San Francisco brew pubs. But you can expect to taste a lot of popular IPAs, stouts, pilsners, session beers and Belgian-inspired ales brewed in a distinct West Coast style with German influences.

Perfect for a makeshift San Francisco beer tour!


MAGNOLIA BREWING

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Established: 1997

Neighborhood: Dogpatch & Haight-Ashbury

If there’s one thing San Francisco loves, it’s an underdog. Our sports teams are a perfect example of how rooting for the underdog can pay off.

In many ways, Magnolia Brewery is one of the best representations of San Francisco.

What started off 20 years ago as a cramped microbrewery in the basement of a restaurant has blossomed into two locations.

Magnolia’s Haight-Ashbury location is one of the best San Francisco brew pubs with sidewalk seating. Magnolia’s new location in Dogpatch is now home to one of our most beloved northern California breweries and restaurants, Magnolia Smokestack.

Both of Magnolia’s locations make for perfect locations for beer tasting San Francisco style.  But we’re partial to their original Haight Street location because it’s packed with so much local San Francisco history that helps tell their story.

Magnolia’s name was inspired by a previous tenant of the Haight-Ashbury location. A beloved local burlesque performer named Magnolia (please excuse our French) Thunderpussy.

The original Magnolia offered a midnight munchie delivery service. Kind of like UberEats, but with scantily clad gay men.

Because, why not?

Even before Magnolia was running her midnight munchie delivery service, this location was well known during the Summer of Love.

During the summer of 1967 this location was known as The Drogstore.

Yes, with an “O”, so you wouldn’t confuse it with a pharmacy drugstore.

Before the federal prohibition on marijuana, LSD and psychedelic mushrooms, you could have walked into The Drogstore and placed a legal order of narcotics!

From Drogstore, to midnight munchie deliveries, and now an iconic Bay Area brewery. Magnolia Brewery is a must-see stop on a San Francisco beer tour.


SPEAKEASY ALES & LAGERS

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Established: 1997

Neighborhood: Bayview-Hunter’s Point

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers was founded by a scientist who would tinker with a beer recipe during his off hours. His tinkering resulted in the perfection of a beer called Prohibition Ale.

Speakeasy Prohibition Ale is still available today, but it’s not nearly as popular as their Big Daddy IPA which accounts for 40% of their sales. Both are good choices for beer tasting San Francisco style at this Bay Area brewery.

Speakeasy’s popularity is in part because of their session beers, which are a great addition to a San Francisco beer tour because they’re only about 5% ABV.

If you don’t recognize Speakeasy by name, you’ll know them for their bold iconic imagery inspired by the 1920s American Prohibition on alcohol.

Over the past 20+ years Speakeasy has grown to become one of the most internationally recognized Northern California breweries, available in dozens of countries worldwide.


21ST AMENDMENT

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Established: 2000

Neighborhood: SOMA

Beer tasting in San Francisco changed dramatically when 21st Amendment opened in 2000. This now iconic brewery remained the “newest” brewery with a tap room in SF for a decade.

Without any real competition from newer Bay Area breweries,  21st Amendment emerged as a destination for beer lovers.

21st Amendment is a great addition to anyone trying to do a beer tasting Bay Area style. Even our  San Francisco beer tour will make stops here on occasion!

And in case you’re heading to a SF Giants game, fans going to a ballgame at AT&T Park will be within stumbling distance to 21st Amendment Brewery.

Even if you’re not able to get tickets to the actual game, this Bay Area brewery is a great spot to watch the game!


ALMANAC BEER

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Established: 2010

Neighborhood: Mission District & Alameda Island

East Bay breweries are often overshadowed by the ever-growing number of San Francisco breweries, but that doesn’t mean Oakland breweries don’t deserve a short BART ride for a beer tasting!

Almanac Beer is an East Bay brewery that occupies space in the old Navy Base on Alameda Island. Fun fact: the old Navy Base on Alameda Island is where famed TV show Myth Busters was filmed!

This Navy base turned brewery practices something called farm-to-bottle. Almanac sources grains, herbs and fruits from local farms to brew their beer.

Almanac incorporates the same farm-to-table ethics of a restaurant — but with beer!

If you don’t want to trek across the East Bay to try beer from one of the more innovative Northern California breweries — you’re not alone. Most San Francisco locals (even though it’s only about 10 miles/16 kilometers away) make a day trip of going to the East Bay.

Good news is that Almanac has a stunning taproom in SF!

In the heart of the Mission District, you can sample their beers at the Almanac Taproom & Beer Garden. Almanac brews and menu change seasonally, making this a stand out amongst San Francisco brew pubs.


LOCAL BREWING COMPANY

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Established: 2010

Neighborhood: SOMA, near AT&T Park

Ever go into a new brewery unsure of what beer to order?

Well, there’s an app for that. At least, with Local Brewing Company there is!

That’s right, this is one of the only San Francisco breweries with a Beer Curator that helps you discover the best beer matches at Local Brewing Co. in San Francisco.

That’s San Francisco for ya, at the intersection of tech and craft beer!

In addition to the brewery’s tech savviness, it’s one of the only Bay Area breweries that was founded by women.

Even though Local Brewing Co. is one of a handful of woman-owned San Francisco breweries, you won’t find that in any of the advertising material, because they want to be known for their beer and not their gender.

The atmosphere at this Bay Area brewery makes for a perfect stop on a San Francisco beer tour because Local Brewing Co. believes, “if you’re here, you’re local!”

What better way to feel like a local than with a local flight for beer tasting San Francisco style?


SF BREWING COMPANY

Try a drink at the only brewery in Ghirardelli Square

Dylan’s San Francisco Brewery Tour begins with a drink at SF Brewing Co.

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Established: 2012

Neighborhood: Ghirardelli Square

If you think Fisherman’s Wharf is a tourist trap, then you need to head straight to Ghirardelli Square. Like, right now.

We’re not kidding.

Head to the upper level courtyard (near the main Ghirardelli Chocolate entrance) and you’ll discover San Francisco Brewing Company’s 12,000 square foot/1,100 square meter microbrewery.

The seating is built right into the side of the brewery, so it feels like you are genuinely dining inside the brewery when you’re dining at this San Francisco gastropub.

SF Brewing Co.’s patio beer garden also boasts outdoor fire pits, ping pong and foosball.

How many Northern California breweries can say they are within smelling distance of free chocolate samples at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Store? 

San Francisco Brewing Co. brought on the same designers who oversaw the stunning renovations at the Ferry Building Marketplace, BCV Architecture.

There aren’t many Bay Area breweries that allow you to pour your own beer sample at their customized self-serve beer wall which is piped into their custom built brewing system – but SF Brewing Co. does.  

This means you can self-pour beer directly from the same temperature-controlled tanks the brew is finished in.

This San Francisco brew pub also has the perk of being the only brewery within walking distance of where one of the most popular San Francisco bus tours ends!

In fact, some of the best San Francisco tours begin or end near Ghirardelli Square and Fisherman’s Wharf, including our very own San Francisco beer tour in our electric tuk tuks!

Our San Francisco brewery tour stops for a beer at four of the best breweries in San Francisco (and even includes a brew along the way). It’s perfect for those who want to do a beer tasting tour in San Francisco, but are short on time.


SOUTHERN PACIFIC BREWING

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Established: 2012

Neighborhood: Mission District

Sitting in the heart of the Mission District is an absolutely stunning two story 15 barrel San Francisco brewery with an expansive back patio. In a city known for small spaces and a housing crisis, Southern Pacific Brewing has earned itself a reputation.

Of all the Bay Area breweries, Southern Pacific is the #1 Uber destination in San Francisco.

Beloved for their approachable West Coast style brews that run right down the middle, not too sweet, but not too dry. Making Southern Pacific a perfect stop on a DIY San Francisco beer tour.  


Black Hammer Brewing

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Established: 2012

Neighborhood: SOMA

Black Hammer Brewing is one of those Northern California breweries that made headlines in 2017 when they debuted the first ever CBD infused beer.

For those who aren’t familiar with the term CBD, or Cannabidiol, it’s the non-psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. Essentially, it’s a form of weed that does not get you high.

This Bay Area brewery made even bigger news when the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau halted production of the new CBD beer.

Not because of the weed though, at least not in the way you’re thinking.

CBD is considered a “non-stand” ingredient for beer. Which requires extra permitting that Black Hammer hadn’t obtained.

Don’t worry though, all permitting has been sorted out. Beer tasting with Black Hammer’s CBD infused beer is back on track!


WOODS BEER CO.

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Established: 2012

Neighborhood: Mission-Dolores, Sunset District, Tenderknob, Treasure Island & Oakland

Things you only hear — er, drink? —  in San Francisco, “yerba mate infused beer”.

Don’t believe us? Just head over to Woods Beer Company for their MateVeza, the world’s first mate-infused beer.

Woods Beer Co. helps put Bay Area breweries on the map with their unique approach to beer. If you’re looking for experimental beers, Woods Beer offers a truly unique beer tasting experience in San Francisco.

Head to their original location, a tiny cafe, on the corner 16th & Mission. Afterwards, pop over the top of the hill in Dolores Park for some of the very best views of the San Francisco skyline.


BARREL HEAD BREWHOUSE

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Established: 2013

Neighborhood: Western Addition/NOPA

Barrel Head Brewhouse recently made headlines when their head brewer, Kirk Hillyard, took home the 2018 World Beer Cup for American-Belgian Style Ales.

After trying one of the best American-Belgian brews in SF, you should grab a North Beach Italian dinner at Tony’s Pizza. Then you’ll have had food from a World Pizza Cup Winner and a brew from a World Beer Cup winner!

Barrel Head Brewhouse offers 30 draft beers, 5 of which are always made in-house in their expansive 3,800 two story location.

Barrel Head is also conveniently one of the only San Francisco brew pubs close to Golden Gate Park, making this the perfect addition to a DIY San Francisco beer tour.

Barrel Head offers a consistent San Francisco happy hour discount every day of the week – “Hoppy Hour” is from 4pm-6pm on weekdays and “Happy Endings” every night from 10:30pm until the last call where you’ll enjoy $2 off their brews and well drinks!


CELLARMAKER BREWING COMPANY

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Established: 2013

Neighborhood: SOMA

A lot of Northern California breweries have flagship beers that “you have to try”.

The oldest San Francisco brewery, Anchor Steam Brewery, has their seasonal Anchor Steam Christmas Ale. One of the most iconic Bay Area breweries, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, has the Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA.

But Cellarmaker Brewing Company does not follow in that trend.

In an interview with The Brew Enthusiast, founder and owner, Casey Connor  boasts, “we’re not building the brewery on a flagship, but rather the reputation of the brewery itself. It’s a different approach in the beer world, but we’re gonna roll with it.”  


FORT POINT BEER COMPANY

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Fort Point Beer Co. in a few short years has become one of the most beloved San Francisco breweries.

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Established: 2014

Neighborhood: The Presidio of San Francisco, Ferry Building Tap Room SF

Golden Gate Bridge is perched on the edge of a 1,500 acre/600 hectare national park, the Presidio of San Francisco. At the base of the Golden Gate Bridge is an impressive three story open air fortress that dates back to before the Civil War — Fort Point.

Both our most popular San Francisco bike tours and San Francisco bus tours  spend time exploring the Presidio at Fort Point because it’s simply one of the best places for photos of the bridge.

Just around the corner from Fort Point, in an old converted Army building, you’ll find Fort Point Beer Company.

One of the best Northern California breweries sits in the middle of a National Park in San Francisco.

Fort Point Beer Co in one of the best San Francisco breweries

Fort Point Beer Co. is the only brewery located inside a National Park!

A lot of San Francisco locals, including our founder Dylan, consider Fort Point beer their go-to from a local Bay Area brewery.

And Fort Point Beer Co. keeps good company in the Presidio of San Francisco.

LucasFilms operates out on the site of the old Letterman Hospital. One of the airplane hangers on Crissy Field was even converted into a trampoline park called the House of Air. The Walt Disney Family Museum calls the Presidio home as well!


SUNSET RESERVOIR

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Established: 2014

Neighborhood: Sunset District

One of the newer Northern California breweries is tucked into a quiet residential neighborhood considered the “Suburbs of San Francisco”.

Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company is helping bring a sleepy residential area to life with their massive two story location near the Pacific Ocean.

Out of all the Bay Area breweries, Sunset Reservoir Brewing Co. likes to thank fresh San Francisco water as a part of its claim to fame.

San Francisco’s tap water comes all the way from the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park. Sunset Reservoir Brewing charcoal filters that water with brewing salts, creating a water chemistry that you won’t find at any other San Francisco brewery.

The unique flavor pallet of the beers at this San Francisco brew pub come from a combination of six hops in their blends.

Enjoy ”five distinct beers: a sourdough starter wheat beer, a pilsner blonde ale, a rye amber ale, a double IPA, and an Irish stout.”


BARTLETT HALL BREWING

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Established: 2014

Neighborhood: Union Square

Even locals might be surprised that Bartlett Hall Brewing offers beer tasting in the heart of Union Square. Of all the SF breweries, you’ll only find one tucked away in the middle of downtown San Francisco!

San Francisco brew pubs can be found in just about every neighborhood in the city, but Bartlett Hall Brewing is the only restaurant in Union Square slinging house-brewed beers and barrel-aged cocktails.

If you’re staying in a Union Square hotel you won’t ever need to leave the neighborhood to taste beers from one of the more hidden Bay Area breweries.

Bonus points to Bartlett Hall for being within walking distance to the Powell-Hyde Cable Car that goes to The Crooked Street! Such a convenient location means Bartlett Hall Brewing makes for a great addition to a DIY San Francisco beer tour.


Harmonic Brewing

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Established: 2015

Neighborhood: Dogpatch, near the soon-to-open Warriors arena and & AT&T Park

It might be a bit controversial to say this, but we’re excited for the new Warriors arena at Chase Center to open in Fall of 2019!

Not only do we love the Warriors, but we already know which local San Francisco brewery we’ll be going to after games – Harmonic Brewing.

Harmonic Brewing has already made a name for itself with locals by expressing that they aren’t trying to be another one of those internationally distributed Northern California breweries.

Harmonic Brewing is focusing on being 100% local.

Ed Gobbo, one of the founders of Harmonic Brewing, while speaking with beergraphs.com, sums up why Harmonic Brewing is so special: “we don’t have a big growth model. We’re going to be the local place. Breweries should be like bakeries, places where you go to get the freshest stuff to eat and drink”.


BAREBOTTLE BREWING CO.

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Established: 2016

Neighborhood: Bernal Heights

Anyone who has attempted home brewing will know how valuable it is to have an unmarked bare bottle to pour your brews into. That’s why this California brewery labels all their bottles with peel-off labels, to reveal a bare bottle that can be reused for home brewing.

This “reduce, reuse, recycle” home brew mentality is where the name for Barebottle Brewing Company comes from.

Barebottle really does offer a unique San Francisco beer tasting experience, because this brewery was founded with the intention of producing innovative beers you’d normally only see at a beer competition.

This Bay Area brewery serves up 10-20 draft beers at any given time. Make a stop here for your DIY San Francisco beer tour for beers categorized by: “Competition Winners, Current Competitions, and Experiments”.


Standard Deviant Brewing

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Established: 2016

Neighborhood: Mission District

In the same way Magnolia Brewing is a profile in the underdog spirit of San Francisco, so is Standard Deviant Brewing. In fact, one of founders of Standard Deviant was a former brewer at Magnolia.

It’s no secret that San Francisco is in the throws of a housing crisis. This is particularly difficult for would-be San Francisco breweries since big spaces are hard to come by and costly to boot.

This is especially the case in the Mission District, a neighborhood that many consider the poster child for gentrification.

So, it was surprising when word spread that Bay Area breweries would soon have an addition in the heart of the Mission.

Despite condo developers and techies with deep pockets that could easily out bid a ragtag team of San Francisco natives, Standard Deviant came to fruition because of a landlord taking a chance on a couple of underdogs who grew up in the city.

Enjoy food truck inspired grub with your local beer and play pinball at one of the most fun San Francisco brew pubs.


The 10 Best San Francisco Beer Halls


TORONADO

Established: 1987

Neighborhood: Lower Haight

The oldest beer hall in our guide to beer tasting San Francisco is one of the most beloved San Francisco dive bars.

Doors to the Toronado bar first opened in 1987 with only two beers on tap. Over 30 years later, Toronado has an impressive 50 tap collection of beers.

This San Francisco beer hall is considered the dive bar with the most beers on tap in San Francisco. They offer an expansive selection of hard-to-find brews and favorites beers from popular Bay Area breweries and Northern California breweries.

Toronado has the well-earned reputation of being“the best dive bar for beer snobs”.


CITY BEER STORE

Established: 2006

Neighborhood: SOMA

City Beer Store might not be the oldest San Francisco beer hall, but it was one of the first to help usher in the craft beer trend in San Francisco back in 2006!

The idea for City Beer Store sprung from a frustration of not being able to mix and match six packs of beer.

With 15 rotating beers on tap and over 500 beers from America and Europe, you’ll find everything here, whether that’s local fan favorite beers from Oakland breweries or the highly sought after Pliny-the-Elder.

This San Francisco beer hall is easily a one-stop-shop for a San Francisco beer tour!


THE TRAPPIST

Established: 2006

Neighborhood: Oakland

Oakland breweries tend to go under the radar on Bay Area brewery tours because of the booming beer scene in San Francisco.

But, for the most complete Bay Area beer tasting, East Bay can’t be overlooked, especially the tasty Oakland beer halls.

The Trappist, one such Bay Area beer hall, was voted Best Beer Bar in the East Bay in 2018. It was their third time winning since 2014!

Discover over 100 different beers at this Belgian style beer hall. You’ll find beers from the best Bay Area breweries, Northern California breweries, and breweries from across Europe.


MONK’S KETTLE

Established: 2007

Neighborhood: Mission District

One of the first upscale beer halls to usher in the craft beer scene in San Francisco was Monk’s Kettle in the Mission District.

One of the co-owners, Nat, got his beer start at City Beer Store before partnering with his friend Christian to open this now iconic San Francisco beer hall.

A short walk from 16th & Mission BART, you’ll find nearly 30 beers on tap and 150 bottled choices. At Monk’s Kettle you can try the best Northern California beers and more!


BEER REVOLUTION

Established: 2010

Neighborhood: Oakland

Head across the Bay Bridge to Beer Revolution for one of the most impressive selections of any Oakland beer hall.

Three years after opening, Beer Revolution acquired the location next door. Soon after, they opened a vegan sausage spot and bar.

With 50 beers on tap and over a hundred different bottle selections, this is easily one of the best places for beer tasting Oakland style!


BIERGARTEN

Established: 2011

Neighborhood: Hayes Valley

Hayes Valley for decades had a loud noisy elevated freeway running through it. San Francisco locals used the damage to the Bay Bridge during the Loma Prieta Earthquake of 1989 as an excuse to tear down this freeway.

Once the freeway was demolished, sunshine flooded into this once forgotten neighborhood.

A lot of changes have happened to this neighborhood in the past twenty years.

Victorian homes have been renovated, the old onramp for the freeway was turned into a park called Patricia’s Green, and is surrounded by a unique event space where businesses sit inside converted shipping containers.

One of these businesses running out of a shipping container includes one of the most beloved outdoor beer gardens in San Francisco, Biergarten.

This Bavarian beer garden in San Francisco is known for their brews and bratwurst. You’ll find pints by the half liter and full liter featuring German and Austrian-style beers.

And you can enjoy a full menu selection at their restaurant, Suppenkuche, just a few doors up the street.

San Francisco locals should keep an eye out for their soon-to-open Bavarian beer hall at Fort Mason!


THE BEER HALL

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Established: 2013

Neighborhood: Financial District/Mid-Market Area

Think intimate wine bar, but with beer.

We really do mean intimate. There’s more beer options at The Beer Hall than there are seats!

The husband and wife duo running this San Francisco beer hall might only have 40 seats, but they offer 20 rotating beers on tap and over 200 bottles available at the bar and to take home.


MIKKELER BAR

Established: 2013

Neighborhood: Tenderloin

One of the most recommended San Francisco beer halls is hidden in the neighborhood most tourists are told to avoid — the Tenderloin District.

In one of the first handful of buildings to open after the Great Earthquake & Fires of 1906 you’ll find Danish beer hall, Mikkeler Bar.

Angelinos might recognize the Mikkeler name from their Los Angeles beer hall with the same name.

Mikkeler Bar boasts 42 beers on tap. Beloved dive bar (Toronado still has them beat with more beers on tap)!

But, Mikkeler has something unique behind their San Francisco beer hall. It’s one of only 5 establishments to use a Flux Capacitor, which allows beers to be controlled with customizable levels of nitrogen and carbon dioxide.

Also, it looks like something straight out of Back to the Future.


ORSON’S BELLY

Established: 2016

Neighborhood: Richmond District

Orson’s Belly is a truly unique San Francisco establishment hidden in the fogbanks of the Richmond District.

Relatively unknown to most San Francisco locals until Maggie Hoffman at the SF Chronicle featured Orson’s Belly with an in-depth review.

Part cinematheque, there’s always classic films screening on their back wall and the interior is decorated with vintage movie posters.

Part Turkish-inspired cafe, during the mornings and afternoons it’s easy to mistake Orson’s Belly with a trendy work-share space.

Part aperitif bar with their massive vermouth selection.

But, most importantly, part San Francisco beer hall.

Not even the owners, husband and wife duo Cem and Cigdem, are sure how to describe Orson’s Belly (whatever you do, just don’t call them a coffee shop)!

The food menu is simple, always fresh and features seasonal specials designed to pair with their impressive beer selection.

Choose from 5 beers on tap and over 20 bottled selections that feature brews not easily found in local markets and have high rankings on beer review sites.

You’ll almost never see the same beer twice in this constantly rotating line up, with the exception of San Diego brewery Modern Times Beer Dank IPA.


CRAFTY FOX ALE HOUSE

Established: 2015

Neighborhood: Mission District

Crafty Fox Ale House might be the newest San Francisco beer hall on our list. But they have quickly become a favorite amongst locals.

Just two years after opening, Crafty Fox was voted Best Beer Bar in California by the readers of CraftBeer.

Discover mostly Northern California breweries on their 36 taps.

Beers are rotated on a regularly basis, which makes Craft Fox Ale House an amazing place for beer tasting San Francisco.


Still not sure where to start? Reserve a seat on our San Francisco beer tour for our 100% local guides to take you to some of our favorite breweries and tap rooms in SF.

Thirsty for more beer knowledge? Check out the First Edition of our series on the Best Breweries in San Francisco  and the Best Breweries in San Francisco Second Edition.

 

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