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.