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Magnolia Pub & Brewery

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Based on:
53 Beers
709 Hads
Place Score: 91
Reviews: 131
Visits: 191
Avg: 4.05
pDev: n/a
Taps: 10
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1398 Haight Street
San Francisco, California, 94117
United States
phone: (415) 864-PINT

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Reviews: 131 | Visits: 191
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4.13/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Showed up medium to well done on the heels of ‘let’s go fuck with Brian Strumke at the City Beer event’, and then revisited today. Just as well, as there was too much going on last night to scribble scrabble; We arrived for dinner too late, the place was too packed, I was too hungry to deal, and too little time had passed since that ‘plint’ at that sportslike bar next to my ‘otel (A ‘plint’ is a ‘pint of Pliny’. I made that word up, and you may only use it about town if you properly footnote me). Okay, 45 minutes for a table, and then while waiting to get a beer at the bar, our table came in so we sat and ordered from there. And then today, while Ben worked, Bethy & I laughingly (Ha Ha!) took the mulligan and returned to drink beer...

What scenes Haight & Masonic have seen, I can only imagine. Large windows with smaller horizontal windows tracing them atop over both streets and sprawling awnings on outdoor seating wrapping around the sides with drop mounted lighting. Entranceway in the corner between, with a stained glass address piece sitting above the door. Used to be a pharmacy, they say, and now it’s a brewpub; all Grateful Deaded down from its former show. Well worn, and kind of tired with its stained ceilings cracked and faded yellow wall uppers two sides around, but has its charm just the same.

To the rear of the room, a wide wood straight bar with a slat wood base and piping foot rail, seating 8 on stools. It would reasonably seat more, but the bar is broken up by a center pillar along the way. 15 taps on a blackboard panel on the barback wall, with nondescript handles and chalk drawings above. Four shelves of glassware next to the panels over mirrored backing and subway tilings below a kitchen peekaboo on the end. More barback unit space to the side (barside?), with a center mirror and shelved books, old apothecary bottles, and a growler. A mounted ‘Festival of firkins’ board above describes the goings on, which may explain the 5 handpumps on the bar and 2 more on the end. Great Caesar’s ghost!

Slight bar counter for 4 sits adjacent to the bar, we were fortunate enough to take over. A single long table along the side street windows, with seating for a dozen on raised stools, alongside a center divider with 2 black leather booths on each side. A horizontal board listing tap selections (draught & cask), and strong beer month entries sits above in between pillars, and slides down for easy updating access. A dozen+ square and round 2 seat tables run up front along the windows and around the bend along the far wall on boothed backings below splotched glass panels with corner lamp lighting in a wood unit piece matching the bar. Bathroom tile floorings, filament bulbs along the perimeter over the windows, and drop spinning top glass lamps in 2 rows from above.

Okay, so 15 taps, currently occupied by 12 beers, a root beer, a wine (Sutton Cellars), and a hard cider (Two Rivers Pomegranate). The beer breakdown was 4 house regulars that we sampled (Kalifornia Kolsch, 4.7%, a lovey, lovely Kolsch; Big Cypress Brown, 3.7%, an English style Brown, it was, um, adequate; Dark Star Mild, 3.6%, beautiful, dark, grainy malt goodness; Proving ground IPA, 7%, very nicely balanced, wonderful), another 2 that we didn’t (Oysterhead Stout, Prescription Pale Ale), 5 house Strong Beer Month entries (Pride of Branthill, Tweezer Trippel, Oakstack Lightning Imperial Stout, Promised Land Imperial IPA, Old Thunderpussy Barleywine) ranging from 8.5% to 10.25%, and the San Francisco Brewer’s Guild collaboration Strong Ale (which I had at Thirsty Bear earlier). Plus 2 house firkins (Billy Sunday’s Best Bitter, 5%, which was Thursday’s bust butter; and Gold Top, 4.8%, a Belgian Golden, excellent), and 5 guest firkins for the event (Birrificio Le Baladin Al-Iksir, Birra Del Borgo Re Ale, RCH Brewery Old Slug Porter, Harviestoun Schiehallion and Bitter & Twisted). The Kalifornia Kolsch, Dark Star Mild, Proving ground IPA, and the cask Gold Top were the best of ‘em.

The food menu is paper pasted on backings displaying old set list. Hey! I was at this show (Giant Stadium 6/17/91), and this one, too (Richfield Coliseum 9/4/91). I started with 2 meats (Salametto Piccante & Soppressata) and then the Magnolia pub burger (dry aged organic beef, cheddar, and thick slab mapley bacon). I had help with the fries. They split the beet salad (phenom!), and then Ben had the Louisiana Andouille with cheese grits, and Bethy, the pork chop with duck fat, cannellini beans, caramelized onions, and kale. Food was of the awesome variety.

Pleasant servers, comfortable house, some very nice beerings, and excellent food. Good tunes; lots of Dead (surprise, surprise), Led Zeppelin, Talking Heads, Petty. Not to talk potty but they do have a cool basin sink back there for the washing of one’s mitts. And dig on that great wafting wort steam from the basement brewery below.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Located on Haight Street, this is in it. Really cool look to the place. So much history. Neat in the winter when the windows fog up inside. Beer is solid, they've been doing this awhile and are reliable.

Service is good too, never come across that uppity SF waitstaff so I'm entitled thing here. They work for their money. Selection doesn't yield too much weird stuff, an occasional gruit or gem from the cellar, but other than that, usual styles for the most part. Good food.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.01/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Very cool English style brewery and BBQ place. Beers are only good-to-average, but the place is pretty cool. BBQ is excellent, but you pay $$$$ for it. Beer is more fairly priced.

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Photo of metter98
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of mothman
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Lots of English style ales. Lots of hand pumps. $4 imperial pints since it was Tuesday. Pretty chill place with and English theme. If you like bitters and Esb, this is worth checking out.

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Photo of spointon
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of k3ve
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of AgentMunky
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of KStark
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Vinithing
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of SpongeKA
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Dowlers
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Great location right in the middle of Haight area. Busy pub with dark wood cosy vibe. Beers selection is heavy on the English side and doesn't suffer for it. Had 5 casks on when I was there and about 15 others on draft. Staff friendly and food great, especially the cheeses.

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Photo of MichaelLamb
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of bobbyhands
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.89/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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1/5  rDev -75.3%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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Magnolia Pub & Brewery in San Francisco, CA
91 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.