San Francisco Brewing Company
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Reviews by Floydster:
2.75/5 rDev -24.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2 | $$
I literally stumbled across this place on my long walk back from Rogue to the BART station, had no intentions of going here in my short alloted time but excited to see it could happent hat easily, walked in and immediately sat at the bar, had a few beers including their Christmas Cheer, Shangai IPA, and Anniversary Ale, none of which I was impressed with, place was old fashioned inside and reminded me of an old Downtown LA restaurant, this place has been around since the early 1900s, so there is definitely some history here, the two bartneders were nice girls and made sure I was doing okay on several occasions, they even saved me from walking into the women's restroom on accident, did not have many taps and all of them were designated for their house brews, did not eat because I was still full from earlier, glad I saw this place but would not go back here after being to all the other great places this city has to offer, probably worth checking out once
02-07-2009 17:53:01 | More by Floydster
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4.13/5 rDev +13.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I weep for what has sprung up in my absence. I simply cannot believe the wealth of places in my favorite North American city! Located right at the foot of Columbus, this is Ground Zero for Bohemian Weirdness. If you groove on Hippie Weirdness, head out to the Haight. This is well-read, literate, alluding, music playing, poetry-spouting weirdness. It was a small place on the corner of Columbus, Kearny, and Pacific. Man, I totally dig the vibe. Formerly the Albatross Bar, it is now a fantastic hangout. The ancient inverted "J"-shaped bar and the Greco-classic back bar, on the right side, as well as the mirror image of the back with a cigarette-tar stained working (!) clock, all gave a feel of O-L-D. An original (tempting) trough ran underfoot. Add to that the (insert wind-driven mobiles here) pipeline of spinning, belt-driven fans plus Victorian-era lighting fixtures and you got yourself a spot, man! I'd do a east to west remake of Easy Rider out here. Wow, I have devolved. Where next? Just gazing around, looking out the window, I was exported back to my youth. I loved it here then, I loved it here in the Now. I'd do it all over in a heartbeat.
Beers: Andromeda Wheat (reminding me of Tattoo Tommy Orr's old Old Lady, Andra); SFPA; Shanghai PA; Gripman's Porter; Christmas Cheer; Albatross Lager; Emperor Norton Lager; St. Stephen's Bock.
11-27-2009 13:45:59 | More by woodychandler
4.08/5 rDev +12.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
I simply love old pubs. They combine my two passions in life; drinking beer and history. This place fits the bill perfectly. It is from 1907 and is just beautiful inside. I would have given bit higher "atmosphere" grade if it wasn't so empty.
The beer was really good. I had a couple of pints of their IPA, which I thoroughly enjoyed. My wife tried their wheat beer and she liked it as well.
We were there for happy hour and it was a good one. Their beers were very inexpensive. I think a pint was under two dollars.
This place would have been perfect if it was a little bit more lively.
11-02-2009 16:49:13 | More by californiakulak
3.4/5 rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
We had lunch and took the 5 cent tour of the place. Nice atmosphere very olde style pub look with the brewery in the next room. Upstairs they the the Dempsey room named after Jack Dempsey who use to work in the building before he was world champ. Large copper fermentors in the next room with dark wood walls and cool old photos. The bar was all wood and very beautiful. We tried 3 different beers and all were very solid. Very good lunch with typical pub foods and very good beer. Cool place in the heart of San Francisco.
02-17-2009 23:20:25 | More by soupermirl
3.9/5 rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Built in 1907, this rustic saloon is the last remnant of San Francisco's Barbary Coast. And it surely is part of the atmosphere. History happened here - or at least plenty of drinking, fighting, carousing and whoring. If this is not enough history: heavyweight champ Jack Dempsey was once a bouncer here.
History and Dempsy aside, I just stopped by for a few pints. San Francisco Brewing now sits in the heart of the vibrant North Beach neighborhood and attracts many locals in need of beer, of which there were nine available during my visit. I had the Shangai IPA and the Gripman Porter; these were not overwhelming, but they were fresh. With a 9-Barrel capcity, SFBC is indeed a small brewpub.
The service was efficient and very amiable. All part of a very homey hangout that this tavern seems to evoke.
Although I only stopped once - after having some delectable Honey Chili Chicken at Chef Jia's, which is next door, there is no reason for me to return on my next visit.
The beautiful mahogany bar with beveled mirrors is worth the trip alone. Oh .. the restrooms are down the stairway to the right of the entryway.
UPDATE November 2009: I understand that this place has closed.
12-04-2008 02:52:50 | More by jjboesen
3.83/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $
Strong dive bar feel, but once your acclimatised its actually got a great atmosphere and a sense of history that a lot of north american bars lack. Its pretty dark in there, with a lot of old wood about, including a very nicely carved old-school bar.
The food is passable and inexpensive, with the big plus of getting me really full.
They had eight beers on tap at time of visit. We did them all, and got varying levels of enjoyment out of them. The lagers were a bit bland for me, as was the porter, but the IPA and winter seasonals were pretty darn good. Everything seemed to be very fresh too, as it should be in a brewpub. Service was friendly and attentive.
01-16-2008 18:16:11 | More by bobsy
3.48/5 rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Went on a hike around sf, hit up Thirsty Bear, SF Brewing, and ended up at Godon Biersch before hitting up McDonalds and getting back on the train. Hole in the wall is a good way to describe this place. The fact that it was a brewery was obvious by the malt smells coming up the stair case into the dining room. The place was kinda small and cozy, cute waitress.
We tried the sampler of the beers, found one or two that I liked, nothing spectacular but nothing bad either. I thought it was interesting that you could pay them $1000 or something and they would make you a batch of beer to your specifications.
We didn't eat much, just an appetizer to tide us over till we could hike to a fast food joint. The little we did eat was pretty good and I think after 3 samplers and an appetizer + tip we paid right around $20 or so, not bad. Since I'll be in that area again soon I might go back there.
11-17-2007 01:04:19 | More by t0rin0
3.86/5 rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $
of the 4 brewpubs i visited in san francisco, i'd have to say sf brewing company was my least favorite. the building is pretty cool and it's in a really nice neighborhood. the beers were all decent. i wasn't in love with any of the beers especially but they were voted best brewpub in San Francisco by SF Weekly. the only 'complaint' i have is similar to the guy before me and it's that the restroom is downstairs and it's kind of gross. i didn't order any food but i saw the prices and they seemed very reasonable. you can't beat the 1.50 beers for happy hour 4-6pm and 12-1am. good little place but not my personal favorite.
11-13-2007 04:34:34 | More by DaveDLD
3.15/5 rDev -13.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Little hole-in-the-wall brewpub. There is a huge brewery smell in the restaurant, which I thought pleasant but my wife didn't really like at all, so that's not for everyone.
The food was average pub food as far as selection/variety, but the sandwiches were big and just a bit tastier than your average pub food.
They only had about 5 beers available. I tried them all (sipping the two my wife got and getting pints of whatever she didn't order) and they were all very good, if average with the exception of the stout. It was certainly on of the better brew-pub stouts I've ever tried.
There are a few flaws here, though. The bathrooms are tiny and all the way on the bottom floor beside the brewing operations. There was only one person working upstairs and he did his best, but they could definitely use more staffing.
11-04-2007 20:06:16 | More by bboven
2/5 rDev -44.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 2 | $$
The beer was mediocre and warm. The glasses were warm. The waitress was rude. The food took forever. There was only one waitress and one cook for the whole place during prime happy hour/dinner hours. The food is overpriced for what it is and entirely forgettable.
I've had very similar experiences twice before, choking down a warm porter (and let me clarify, this was not "cask ale" warm, this was just bad beer served lazily). Three strikes and SF Brewing Company is out. I definitely won't go back there any time soon.
07-03-2007 17:16:31 | More by Jaylee52
San Francisco Brewing Company in San Francisco, CA
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