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Friday, March 7, 2014

S.F.'s Beer Scene Continues to Grow

Posted By on Fri, Mar 7, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Portland may still be leading the world in number of breweries per capita -- there are 53 and counting within the city limits -- but S.F.'s recently been doing some catching up. In young 2014 alone we've seen a number of breweries and beer bars open, and it seems like there's a new one announced every day. Last month Almanac co-owner Jesse Friedman wrote a great essay for SFoodie calling out S.F.'s beer scene for resting on its past and reputation. We definitely have a ways to go before it reaches the heights of Portland's or San Diego's, but at least we're slowly making progress.

See also: Beer Week Shows S.F.'s Fantastic Potential as a Beer Town

Just in the past few months we've seen Woods Polk Station from the Cerveceria de MateVeza guys, Fort Point Beer Company in the Presidio, and Triple Voodoo Brewing open in the Dogpatch. Magnolia's second location is coming this year, as is Black Sands Brewing Company in the Lower Haight and Sunset Reservoir Brewing, a new venture from Devil's Teeth Baking Company.

There are new places to drink beer, too: 30-tap Hopwater Distribution opened in Nob Hill earlier this year, while Eater reports that Liquid Gold is soon coming to the same neighborhood.

And that's not to mention all the great stuff that opened last year, including Mikkeller Bar, Rare Barrel in Berkeley, Sierra Nevada's new taproom the Torpedo Room, Cellarmaker Brewing Company in SOMA, and more.

A few breweries have also made inroads into integrating beer with food. Almanac brewed a beer specifically for the new Ichi Sushi, Mikkeller teamed up with Mission Chinese to create a food-friendly brew (it was available at City Beer Store yesterday), and Bar Tartine has been partnering with Linden Street for a few years.

We'll drink to that.

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Anna Roth

Anna Roth

Anna Roth is SF Weekly's former Food & Drink Editor and author of West Coast Road Eats: The Best Road Food From San Diego to the Canadian Border.


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