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Magnolia Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

159 Ratings
Ratings: 159
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.9%
Active Beers: 52
Beer Ratings: 549
Beer Avg: 3.77
Taps: 10
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Eatery ]

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

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blgianbeer

New York

3.88/5  rDev -4%

I recently hit Magnolia after a long walk from the Pacific Ocean to the Haight-Ashbury district. Overall, the beer was mighty tasty. Very balanced and drinkable. Nice selection of hand pumped ales as well. We had an ESB and an IPA. The food was also great. We had the local artisanal cheese plate and the fried spicy calamari. No complaints there. Service was good, if not on the slow side. Seems like a really great place to hang out for an afternoon snack and knock back some brews with friends. The tables near the window are great for people watching.

08-08-2006 16:58:11 | More by blgianbeer
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flexabull

California

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

One of my favorite places to visit when I am in San Francisco. Easy to find on Haight Street.

The atmosphere has been low key when I have been there, people tend to keep to themselves, their beers, or their company. Nothing wrong with that.

The quality of beers is top notch. Especially the Proving Ground IPA, and the Cole Porter. I really don't think I have ever had a bad beer here. And they always seem to have a beer or two on cask which is great for a little change up. I also like how they serve their beers in imperial pints, so you get a little more bang for your buck.

The service is slightly above average. Nothing great, but I have never had bad service here either.

I have only really tasted a couple of food items here, and they were tasty too.

08-08-2006 06:27:47 | More by flexabull
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RedBeerchetta

Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -2.5%

This place is definitely worth checking out if you're in the neighborhood, but it's not the best brewpub in SF. The room itself is quite cool, reminiscent of an old pharmacy, and the big windows looking out onto Ashbury make for good people watching, but it's often loud and filled with tourists. This is probably a better place to spend some time when the tourists aren't around. Beer quality and selection is good, and food isn't bad. If you're stopping by alone, they have a great selection of books to read while you're enjoying the brews.

07-25-2006 01:11:46 | More by RedBeerchetta
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

I stopped here for some beers and dinner while in San Francisco on business. It's in the heart of the Haight (on Haight St, 1 block east of Ashbury) so it's got a bohemian quality which worked for me. The place is kind of small and crowded but it didn't take long to get a table.

The beer selection is all brewed on site, and most are pretty good. The crown jewel of their regular selections is the Kalifornia Kolsch but the Summit IPA seasonal (maybe a one-time project) was even better. There were 2 casks being offered and about 9-10 drafts spanning the typical range (porter, IPA, brown ale, stout, wheat, mild ale, etc).

I had a pizza with dinner, it was ok but nothing special really. The beer is why you come here. I'm glad I searched on BA before coming to town, beerfly is an essential tool for travel.

07-22-2006 17:40:49 | More by TurdFurgison
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OStrungT

California

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

This place is located on the legendary corner of Haight and Ashberry. It is small inside. There are about 15 tables, and a small bar. The walls have mural like paintings on them. It is very colorfull. I didnt see any brewing equipment, but I think it was in a basement. I saw a graiting in the floor, and I could see a room through it.

This place has slightly slow service. We waited for a little while for our waitress to come, and then she didnt come by very often. She was friendly, and slightly knowledgable on beer.

The beer selection was decent. They had about 6 beers on draft, and 2 on cask. They had the basics, an IPA, a porter, a brown, a hefe. an ESB. Every beer I tried was good though.

The food was good. They had the standard brewpub food, but they had more. I had a lamb sandwich. My wife had a great chicken pot pie. I really enjoy having different food at pubs.

This place was pridec about average for the city. It was not too expensive, but it could have been a little cheaper.

I would probably go here again, but not without stopping by the Toronado which is only about 6 blocks away.

07-10-2006 19:41:02 | More by OStrungT
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millhouse

Mississippi

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

I came to the Magnolia with two work companions that basically didn't even know what a brewpub is. That being said, they both really enjoyed our visit here because their organic hamburgers were out of this world. My chicken salad sandwich (I would've had the burger if the two associates I was with had ventured out) was OUTSTANDING. I know it's chicken salad. But, seriously. DAMN.

This place even offers homemade sodas (VERY good). They are homemade/organic to the core. This is the kind of place that I would expect to see in the Haight. Unfortunately, these places seemed somewhat few and far between. Though, my expectations may have been out of whack.

Their one beer that I had while there - their cask porter - was marvelous. It was definitely worth the unbelievable walk that I subjected myself to twice. We were on a tight schedule this day, and I regret not being able to try their other offerings.

Long story short - come for the food and come for the beer. Just make sure that you come!

06-19-2006 05:48:48 | More by millhouse
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benito

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

This is the best brewpub in San Francisco or Berkeley. Hands down.

First off, it's the Haight's only brewpub, located in a building that used to house an ice cream parlor called Magnolia Thunderpussy. The interior has a definite, though not overbearing, hippy feel to it. I visited after a long bike ride around San Francisco and after having checked out some of the city's other brewpubs (SFBC, Thirsty Bear, 21st Amendment), so Magnolia was a welcome oasis.

They had 11 beers on tap, including several that were available on cask. Ten of the eleven were British styles (their solid tripel was the exception), and eight of eleven were true session beers, weighing in at 5.0 abv or lower. Though the selection is nothing inspiring, it seems to suggest that they're working to offer comfort brews, beers that will bring people in for more than one pint and foment a conversation about community or Jerry or how the Haight ain't what it used to be. I sampled or had pints of nine out of eleven, and I highly recommend the tripel, sara's mild ale, and the proving grounds IPA.

What makes this place really worth a visit though is the food. They use mainly local, organic, and artisanal ingredients. My lamb sandwich was one of the best brewpub meals I've ever had. They're working way beyond typical pub grub here, in fact they seem to have found a way to mix traditional brewpub meals (burgers, lunch wraps and sandwiches, pizza) and Chez Panisse. Alice Waters would be proud.

Next time I'm in San Francisco, Magnolia will be the top stop on my returns list for brewpubs. Highly recommended.

06-17-2006 01:47:27 | More by benito
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

I live in Keene, NH on the OTHER coast, I've been to Magnolia on Haight st. in San Francisco twice, once in 2003 on a cross country venture with my two best friends, and once last year (2005) on a cross country trip with my wonderful girlfriend. Each time was great experience. I'm a MAJOR Dead-head as my BA name hints at. I love the theme of the place, amazing "psychedelic-ish" art work surrounds the place. BarTenders are always very nice and helpful.

The only food I ever ate there was a monster salad, that really hit the spot. The Beer selection is really good, at least 10 brews are on tap including cask conditioned ales. Don't forget to stop in and have a brew on your way to Golden Gate Park!

05-20-2006 23:53:59 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -10.1%

Great Cafe in the Haight just moments from Golden Gate Park. I stopped in for lunch and had an average burger with great fries and some wonderfully flavorful garlic mayo. Beers were all above average accept for a rather bad wheat. The oyster stout was the stand out for me with their Kolsch coming in 2nd. Selection featured just over a dozen house brews and one special English stout on cask. The waitress told me that for the month of May they would be rotating 6 different English stouts on one of their casks. Very cool! Service was friendly and knew the beer very well, much better than at most brew pubs. Atmosphere is artsy and charming. I was quite pleased with Magnolia.

05-12-2006 21:25:21 | More by DaPeculierDane
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TheLoneGunman

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +10.1%

Magnolia is a great little place in the Haight.
-Edit-I must of had a bad day or something because I have been to this place three times since my original review and the food is NOT typical pub food. It's organic and it actually rocks. -End edit-

I wasn't disappointed in any of their beers and I loved a ton of them. There was a vast array of beers available and being sort of a Deadhead, I love the theme of their names.

It's rather cozy but is often crowded due to the tourists. Service was very friendly but a little slow. A great place in the Haight and one I'd frequent if I lived in the city.

My favorites were the Prescription Pale and the Proving Ground IPA. I liked how they brewed across many styles. Always nice to have variety when doing a tasting.

05-10-2006 18:35:30 | More by TheLoneGunman
Magnolia Pub & Brewery in San Francisco, CA
90 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.