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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Drink a Toast to American Genius with These Killer Local Brewskis

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2009 at 4:06 PM

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Beer goes with the Fourth of July like hot buttered rum at Christmas or a sazerac on Bourbon Street. All those thick burgers, molten enchiladas, smoky platters of barbecue, and big slabs of pepperoni pizza cry out for a tall, cool beaker of suds in all its thirst-quenching glory.

The Bay Area is packed with brewpubs where you can toast Dr. Seuss, Jackson Pollock, Miles Davis, César Chavez, Jonas Salk, Ava Gardner, and other all-American worthies with a stein of beer and a bowl of gumbo as the shortstop turns the double play on the plasma widescreen. The Marin Brewing Co., Dempsey's of Petaluma, and ThirstyBear and the Beach Chalet here in S.F. are among our favorites.

Or if you want to fire up the grill in the comfort of your own backyard, Presley and Puente at the ready, be sure to stock the cooler with a potent array of local brews: Anderson Valley's downright nourishing Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout, for instance, or the Humboldt Brewing Company's creamy, spicy Red Nectar Ale, or Anchor's crisp, refreshing seasonal wheat beer, the perfect potable on a warm summer's day. And don't forget the blackberry pie.

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