As the weather gets warmer in San Francisco the drinks are getting colder, especially with the recent demand for specialty beers. From gastropubs to breweries, businesses are getting with the trend, offering up a wide selection of haute venues to enjoy the hop-heavy libations—with many of the most popular suds conveniently brewed in the Bay Area. In honor of today (April 7) being National Beer Day, here are the top five hautest places to sip everything from ambers to home-brewed IPA’s while taking advantage of spring in the city.
1 The Beer Hall
This haute Civic Center taproom in a true San Francisco gem, featuring all Californian brews, most of which are made right here in the Bay Area. Customers looking for a little more variety can take their pick from over 200 bottled beers which can be enjoyed onsite or purchased on-the-go. In true SF tech fashion, these delicious suds can even be ordered online for your convenience.Photos courtesy of Patricia Chang
1 Polk St
2 City Beer Store
This SF brewery is an adult candy store with one of the most extensive beer collections in the city (over 600 bottles to be more specific.) City Beer offers a hearty supply of craft beers, not to mention a wide collection of specialties hidden in a "vintage" fridge behind the bar. Anything found in this beer mecca can even be sipped onsite. If you're looking for something beyond what is on the rotating tap, City Beer regularly features new craft brews, so check out the website to stay in the loop for what's coming to the shop! Photo courtesy of City Beer
1168 Folsom St. Suite 101
3 Southern Pacific Brewing Company
Situated in the heart of the Mission District, Southern Pacific Brewing Company boasts an out-door patio where you can sip chilled mugs of draught beer while basking in the SF sun. The brewery offers 21 tap beers and a wide range of styles, such as porters, IPAs, Belgians, ambers and lagers. If Karl the fog starts to roll in, cozy up in their industrial, warehouse-style interior and enjoy such comfort foods as mac-n-cheese and their famous Southern Pacific burger. Photo by Mike Chino
620 Treat Ave.
4 Monk's Kettle
This homey, wood-paneled gastropub houses an extensive menu fit for any beer aficionado, list-ing roughly 200 rotating beers. With over 20 draft, 180 bottled and 15 vintage pours housed in the cellar, including a large selection of local brews, beer snobs will feel at home with some brews costing as much as $79 for a bottle. The intimate location fills up quickly, so we recommend get-ting there early to beat the thirsty crowd. Photo courtesy of Monk's Kettle
3141 16th Street
5 Cellarmaker Brewing Company
Mere steps away from City Beer, Cellarmaker uses an extensive supply of experimental hops to brew their own delicious pale ales and IPAs, available only on tap. The cozy tasting room has twelve taps serving Cellarmaker's own libations, not to mention the establishment regularly has rotating food-trucks outside for your dining pleasure. The Cellarmaker team is always concocting new blends, so every visit you can expect to enjoy a different cold one! Photo courtesy of Cellarmaker Brewing Company
1150 Howard Street