5 of the best breweries in San Francisco | First Edition

Posted on August 31, 2018 |

Discover 5 of the best breweries in San Francisco that you need to visit the next time you are in the Bay Area.

By Leila N’Amara

San Francisco is a global player in the beer scene. Thrillist ranks San Francisco amongst the top ten beer cities in America. Even Forbes has documented successful SF brewery, Cellarmaker in their Top 15 Craft Breweries. But in a city with dozens of San Francisco breweries and San Francisco beer tours, it can be difficult to choose which place to grab a pint of craft beer. 

To help locals and tourist we have put together a San Francisco breweries map of the best breweries in San Francisco. These locations are great to visit on your own San Francisco brewery tour, or you can hop on our private electric tuk-tuk tours for your own personalized guided San Francisco brewery tour.


Established: 1896

Neighborhood: SOMA

Anchor Steam Brewing was one of the first of the Bay Area breweries and has been around since the Gold Rush Era. Anchor Steam in San Francisco creates their beer with an unique process of open-air fermentation.

You can experience your own Anchor Steam Brewery tour by ordering a flight of beers giving you a taste their beer and a little bit of San Francisco history. If you are looking for more information about the brewery and how they make their beer, you might what to go on an Anchor Steam beer tour

If you are looking to explore more than one San Francisco craft beer breweries, skip the Anchor Steam tours and book our private San Francisco brewery tours and experience Anchor Steam along with others.


Established: 1997

Neighborhood: Haight-Ashbury and Dogpatch

Magnolia Brewing Company started as an underdog but is now one of the best breweries in San Francisco. Long before the craft beer scene hit San Francisco, Magnolia founder, David McLean, was brewing beer in a tiny basement in Haight-Ashbury. Twenty-one years later and Magnolia’s humble gastropub has grown to two locations and has a proper brewery in the Dogpatch neighborhood. 

Their gastropub and original location is one of the best San Francisco brew pubs and is located in the hippie neighborhood, Haight-Ashbury.  Magnolia’s is the perfect place for anyone visiting this iconic neighborhood to grab a San Francisco craft beer and a burger. On a warm sunny day, sipping their Kalifornia Kolsch on the patio is perfect for any DIY San Francisco beer tour.


Established: 2000

Neighborhood: South Park, near AT&T Park

Another popular location that is on many brewery tours in San Franciso is 21st Amendment. 21st Amendment has become a beloved local brewery with many fans of their craft beer.

Fans going to ballgames at AT&T Park will be within stumbling distance of 21st Amendment Brewery. If you’re doing a DIY San Francisco beer tour, the location alone is worth visiting this San Francisco brewery. The Embarcadero neighborhood has amazing views of the often overlooked Bay Bridge.


Established: 2013

Neighborhood: SOMA

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Cellarmaker isn’t one of these breweries that have a specific beer that “you have to try.” 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.” Considering Dylan’s Tours is also a company that likes to “roll with it,” which is why this brewery makes frequent appearances on our private San Francisco brew tour led on electric tuk-tuks and is one that we will recommend to all looking for a cold pint of San Francisco craft beer.


Established: 2014

Neighborhood: The Presidio of San Francisco

Fort Point Beer Company is one of the newer breweries on our list, but it’s also one of the most beloved by our founder, Dylan. Their KSA is a favorite for many in the San Francisco craft beer scene and often makes appearances on our electric tuk-tuk San Francisco brew tour.

Nothing quite like cheersing with a cold beer from Fort Point Brewing Company as we make our way to take photos at the actual Fort Point which is underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. 

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We hope that you get to experience our list of best breweries in San Francisco. For more information on what to do in San Francisco check out these other blogs.

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