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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Steep Brew: A Whole Foods Beer Bar

Posted By on Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 1:45 PM

click to enlarge JASON HENRY
  • Jason Henry
When asked, "what would improve your grocery shopping experience?", we typically reply, "16 taps of fresh craft beer with a local focus." Evidently, Whole Foods Potrero was listening.

Friday brings the opening of Steep Brew, a destination beer bar tucked beneath the grocery store at 17th St. and Rhode Island. 

This is a soft opening, but expect the space to be fully operational. All of the rotating 16 taps can be sampled in flights (four 4oz. pours for $7, three 8oz. pours for $14). Opening tap highlights include Ballast Point Victory at Sea coffee vanilla imperial porter, Almanac Winter Wit, and the inaugural brew from Anchor's new 'Zymaster' series.

In addition to draft options, the bottle list showcases a couple dozen domestic and imported beers, including three gluten-free options. Shoppers can purchase any bottle from the grocery store above and have it opened downstairs in the bar for a nominal corkage fee, which makes for a handy "try before you buy (more)" situation. Unfortunately, licensing forbids shoppers from taking their pints into the store itself. It's probably for the best; we don't want anybody blowing their culinary pleasure fuse.


click to enlarge JASON HENRY
  • Jason Henry
The bar area will also feature flat screen TVs for watching the game, discounted pints and flights from 5-6pm Monday through Friday, and a full food menu. Expect charcuterie flights, Anchor beer battered artichoke hearts, burgers and the like. Lest we forget we're still in Whole Foods, diners can also enjoy healthier options such as a Kale Waldorf salad.

Steep Brew will be open from 11am to 10pm. Keep an eye out for themed events such as a Magnolia tap takeover on March 23rd and a Lagunitas event on 4/20. Don't worry about getting the munchies at the 4/20 event. There's all manner of chips right upstairs.

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