Best Breweries in San Francisco | Second Edition

Posted on October 12, 2018 |

5 of the best breweries in San Francisco to wet your whistle and explore a city full of great craft beer.

There’s been a growing a craft beer scene all across America over the past decade. Fewer cities have noticed as big of a boom in microbreweries than San Francisco. Hence, the rise of people wanting to craft beer tour San Francisco these days. 

That’s why we’re dedicating the Second Edition of our Best Breweries in San Francisco series to some of the most beloved craft beer makers in the city.

Get ready to go on your own San Francisco beer tour around the city with this guide and find the best brewery in San Francisco on your own terms!

And be sure to check out the First Edition of the Best Breweries in SF, where we spotlight some of the biggest names in the San Francisco beer scene.

Note: If you’re looking for a good San Francisco breweries map, you can find it here


Local Brewing Co

Local Brewing Co | San Francisco Brewery Tour

Exploring Local Brewing Co. on Dylan’s San Francisco Brewery Tour by E-tuk!

Established: 2010

Neighborhood: SOMA, near AT&T Park

As a 100% local tour company, we can get behind a tagline like, “if you’re here, you’re local”! We have a lot of love for Local Brewing Company.

In fact, it makes frequent appearances on San Francisco’s only Brewery Tour led on an electric tuk tuk (seriously, if you want to experience one of the most unique Bay Area brewery tours, this is it).

Even SF locals might be surprised to learn that Local Brewing Co is one of a handful of breweries in the Bay Area founded by women.

After spending a decade perfecting the brews before finding a brick-and-mortar location, they want to be known for their beer — not their gender. And they’d probably want you to know about their super cool Beer Curator that helps you discover the best beer matches at Local Breweing Co. in San Francisco  😉

What could possibly be more San Francisco than craft beer and tech? This SOMA brewery is a must-stop on any San Francisco brewery tour!


Black Hammer Brewing

Established: 2012

Neighborhood: SOMA

Black Hammer Brewing made big news in San Francisco back in 2017 when they debuted the first ever CBD infused beer. And then made even bigger news when the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau ordered them to stop.

Not because of the weed though. At least not in the way you’re thinking. Because Black Hammer forgot to get approval for using a “non-standard” beer ingredient.

Yes, we’re serious, we couldn’t make this up if we wanted to!

Black Hammer is a must for anyone wanting to get a taste of the San Francisco craft beer scene. Which is why you’ll see this San Francisco brewery pop up on our Brewery Tours in San Francisco on the city’s only e-tuks!


Standard Deviant Brewing

Established: 2016

Neighborhood: Mission District

A microbrewery with pinball — welcome to San Francisco!

We wrote about Magnolia Bar & Brewery in the First Edition of our Best Breweries in San Francisco. One of their former brewers later teamed up with a couple of buddies to transform an old autoshop into this massive space for beer lovers in the Mission District.

In what can almost be read as a fairytale, in a time when the Mission is quickly being picked apart by techies and developers, the trio behind Standard Deviant got this location despite techie developers with deep pockets. Simply because their landlord wanted to give a chance to some good ol fashioned SF locals!

If there’s one thing this city loves, it’s an underdog.

Be sure to stop by this newer San Francisco craft brewery to enjoy some good brews, a little pinball and food truck styled grub. This is another one of our favorites to visit on a San Francisco microbrewery tour!


Harmonic Brewing

Established: 2015

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

If you’re not from San Francisco, you’ve likely never heard of the Dogpatch Neighborhood. Until recently, most locals hadn’t even heard of this neighborhood!

Luckily, three SF natives knew this hidden gem of a neighborhood was quickly being rediscovered by other San Francisco craft beer makers and opened up shop a few years ago.

If you didn’t know already, the Dogpatch is the place to go if you’re wanting to brewery tour San Francisco – there are a ton of options here. 

Ed Gobbo, one of the founders, while speaking with beergraphs.com,sums up why Harmonic Brewing is so special, “[W]e 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”.


Almanac Beer

Established: 2010

Neighborhood: 24th & Mission

You’ve probably heard of farm-to-table restaurants. Now imagine that, but with a brewery and you’ll get one of the best Bay Area breweries – Almanac. 

Almanac Beer is made with fruits, herbs and grains all sourced from local family farms, and their known for having some of the best sour beer in San Francisco.

Even though Almanac isn’t technically a San Francisco beer maker (they’re brewed over on Alameda Island), their Taproom & Beer Garden is in the heart of 24th and Mission District!

Enjoy special barrel aged beer exclusively for the taproom and taste test your way through some of the best beer in San Francisco. Pair your beers with an ever changing seasonal menu that’s designed to compliment the constantly changing line up of beers at the taproom.


There’s no need to make one of your friends be the designated driver when you can create a custom San Francisco beer tour with 100% local beer drinkers (sorry, we mean tour guides) on a private San Francisco tour on the only electric tuk tuks in town!

If you’re not beer’d out yet and you happen to be in the city in April – don’t forget to stop by the SF Beer Fest – San Francisco’s oldest and best international beer festival. You can find more info about it and buy tickets here

There are so many Northern California breweries to visit, we hope this two-part guide about San Francisco breweries helped break down the best ones to go to for your next trip to the city.

And if you’re interested in learning more about San Francisco breweries & beer, check out our related articles below:

Best Breweries in San Francisco | First Edition

A Guide to Beer Tasting San Francisco – 30 San Francisco Breweries & Beer Halls You Have to Visit

What are your favorite San Francisco brew pubs and breweries in the city?

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