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Rogue Ales Public House

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Rogue Ales Public HouseRogue Ales Public House
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

132 Ratings
Ratings: 132
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.9%
Taps: 43
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

673 Union St
San Francisco, California, 94133-2811
United States
phone: (415) 362-7880

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @rogueales

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(Place added by: WaywardSeaman)
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Photo of woodychandler
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%

Located on the corner of Union and Powell Streets, it was not the easiest to get to, but it was damn worthwhile!

The entryway was a triangle-shaped vestibule that opened onto the distressed-copper topped bar to the immediate right. The windows along Union were lined with standard tables. A cooler of (mostly) bombers sat to the immediate left of the doorway. In the center was a slightly raised area with standard restaurant tables and chairs surrounded by a shoulder high wood barrier. Daniel (Dan) was my server and the few of us at the bar hoisted a holiday toast with Santa's Reserve!. To the extreme left was a separate party area along with the logo item shelf and all of the way aft was an outdoor biergarten. A jazz mural was painted onto the wall at the end of the bar.

Mom: Nope. Too little to distract her.

Beers: It's effin Rogue; for pity's sake! Old Crustacean Barley Wine; Dark Smoked Rye (from Issaquah); Kells Irish Lager; Mocha Porter; Hazelnut Brown; Yellow Snow Ale; American Amber; Shakespeare Stout; Dead Guy Ale; Brutel Bitter; St. Rogue Dry Hop Red; Half-E-Weizen; Chocolate Stout; 100 Meter IPA; Honey Orange Wheat; Bullfrog Ale; Menage-A-Frog Tripel; No Fault Imp. Red; Imp. Porter; Morimoto Soba; Cream Frog - and that's just draught, folks!

Plus a dozen guest drafts and unknown bottles. Ugh. I work too hard.

woodychandler, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%

La Trappe wasn't open yet and I was hungry, why don't I make the short trek to the Rogue Public House for lunch and beer?

Maybe I set my expectations too high, but the place didn't totally feel like Rogue to me. While half of the 30 taps poured Rogue beers, a few displays of bottled Rogue beers around, and a poster in the bathroom telling of the biggest "bathroom toast" ever hosted (with Yellow Snow IPA, no less), it felt more like a standard bar and restaurant. A handful of patrons at the bar during the lunch hour, and maybe a table or two occupied.

I knew this would be my best chance to try Rogue beers I couldn't easily get, so I ordered two Rogue beers with my lunch (more on lunch later). "Standards" like the Hazelnnut Brown, Chocolate Stout, and Mocha Porter were pouring, also some I2PA, Menage A Frog, Double Mocha Porter. The guest list consisted of California breweries. And why are there no prices listed next to the beers? Now I have to take guesses at what my bill's going to be. I had no problems with the condition of my beer, but I had hoped that, since this is a Rogue tap house, that glassware would be more specialized than simply slapping a Rogue name on a shaker pint. They also had a tall yet narrow hexagonal glass for the stronger offerings. My beers were $5.50 and $2, the latter being a victim of a happy hour that I didn't know existed.

I learned what a Menage A Frog was thanks to the bartender, who answered away at customer beer questions. Then came my Kobe beef hot dog with carmlized onions and blue cheese. Maybe it's my recent blue cheese kick, but that stuff totally made my meal. Having creamy house mustard also livened up my dog.

Even though I held higher expectations, I walked out a happy person. It was a beautiful warm day in San Fran and baseball season was underway. Being in the city at that time was exciting, and downing beer and a dog during that moment made an already great afternoon even better.

DoubleJ, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Came here on a Saturday afternoon and the bar was crowded but the tables were empty. Nice layout as the bar seats about 10 or so, and has roughly 30 taps lined up behind the bar. A large and easy to read chalkboard provides the latest list.

There is a large selection of Rogue beers, and a nice list of guest taps. Beers from Stone, New Belgium, and Lagunitas were most notable. The two beers I had were fresh and tasty.

Service was a bit slow since there was a decent crowd at the bar. The food was decent but not great.

This should be a must stop for anyone visiting San Francisco to enjoy some beers. There are some beers to go and swag in the back of the restaurant too.

Gavage, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

I stopped here mainly for dinner and to watch a football game on a Monday night. Located in a good area filled with good restaurants, a fun area for a visitor to San Francisco. The food is good quality but modest choices, for example there are many burgers on the menu, all of which were Kobe beef (delicious). I imagined that the beer selection would all be from Rogue, but actually there were some very good guest taps from CA breweries. I stuck with the Rogue anyway, and was able to get better prices on tap than I sometimes get in their ceramic bottles (for the imperial series beers). There were maybe 30 taps (didn't count so that's not exact), all appeared to be good selections.

The layout is roughly 2 rooms and a small "beer garden" that was closed when we were there. The front room has the bar and some tables, the second room has a massive TV and tables set up almost in theater mode, dark lighting and all.

TurdFurgison, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

Stopped in here on Sunday after the 4th as they opened at noonish. Walked in greeted immediately. Sat in front of the bar. An off work server was sitting at the bar and very friendly. He was from Washington so we talked beer alot from the area. Very friendly as was the server behind the bar. very cool, mellow atmosphere and some good beer talk with the employees. Our immediate server was sordove slow at times but very friendly and helpful. The selection was great! Some decent gues taps as well. All of the traditional Rogue stuff and much more. Food was average on taste and price. I was disappointed on pint prices though. A little pricey for house pints. Overall, great place if you're a friendly, chill place and it reminded me of Washington..just chill with bomb ass beer.

barleywinefiend, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of dirtylou
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%

visited this place around 5pm after exploring Chinatown and North Beach. churchkey was closed and la trappe wasn't open yet either, so against my will i wound up at Rogue

very similar to the Rogue alehouse i visited in Portland a few years ago from an atmosphere perspective. bartenders were kind of bland, and quite frankly, so was everything else but the beer.

tap list was detailed on a large chalkboard and was actually really impressive. There was at least 20-25 Rogue beers on tap, including just about every beer i have ever seen in a store and various others. All of the large beers were on hand.

That said, i didnt come to California to drink Oregon beer. Luckily, there was maybe 8 guest taps, including a few from Drakes and Firestone Walker. I plowed through a Drakes Denogginizer and Jolly Rodger, both of which were awesome

located in a really awesome neighborhood, my favorite in the city. Not sure Kerouac would approve of this place though...

dirtylou, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.84/5  rDev -5%

Late evening on Sunday 3rd Feb 2013: the 49ers had earlier blown the Super Bowl and this place was subdued and fairly quiet apart from one table full of collage kids who had to shout because they appeared too pissed to talk.

The joint is basic and wooden: as are the pieces of furniture. Chalk Board high up behind the bar tells you what's on: when I asked for a ZIA Fireside Chat I got blank looks, my eye sight is so bad and the writer of the chalk board so crap it had 21A (as in 21st Amendment) looking like ZIA: oh how we laughed. The staff loved me, even got some free crisps, or whatever Americans call them. Anyway my wife and I shared 6 different beers and had a very pleasant stay, chairs could have done with some cushions though.

BlackHaddock, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of francisweizen
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%

This place is pretty good as the atmosphere is very lively and the bar and wooden tables are pretty nice as well...The quality of all of the rogue beers is usually very good recently and the guest taps round out the selection to about 40 quality draughts with many rogues bombers and growlers to go as well. The food is the same as at the other Rogue outposts, meaning that it is solid if not slightly expensive and bland. Service is always pretty good, and a few of the bartenders are real gems...I like Rogue and love trying their myriad of new beers every few weeks or so, I'm also quite partial to a Kobe beef burger every now and again, and as such I always find myself here every few months. Still when I was a NB local, I found myself here much more often...

francisweizen, May 21, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%

Considering the location, and the fact that Rogue is a very large and established brewery, I like this spot a lot more than I ever thought I would. Even though there's a bit too much merch going on, the overall design of the bar (my preferred spot of choice) is nice. And the selection is heavy on Rogue, yes, but there are also a lot of other beers on tap to try - which I think is the right way to do it. Service has always been good; genuinely attentive and chill.

RblWthACoz, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

After Toronado, this is my favorite spot to drink beer in the Bay Area.

Selection: Either I was there during a good week or selection has recently improved (based on comparison to older BF reviews). I counted more than 40 taps. 25 to 30 were Rogue and 10 to 15 were guest. All of the guest taps were craft or good imports. Rogue beers included all the top ones: Shakespeare, Chocolate, IS, I2PA, and a few very rare, as in never to be bottled one-off releases including a fantastic Imp. Red made for the 100th anniversary of the great quake. Guest beers were mostly local, i.e. Anderson Valley, Speakeasy, Bison, etc… I was impressed that they offered Bison’s Chocolate Stout on tap right next to their own Chocolate stout, widely regarded as America’s best. Surprisingly in a side-by-side taste test, Bison held up almost as well as Rogue’s. Bottle selection is limited mainly to Rogue products and seems focused on retail to-go orders.

Quality: I was first at Rogue for an early lunch and a few beers right when it opened and managed to have three beers with a higher ABV then 10% before noon. Two of them are on BA’s top 100 list. To me, that speaks to the high quality of the establishment’s brews. All of the beers I tried were right on. Nothing was old, lines were clean, etc…

Service: When I was there very early in the day I received a lot of attention. It was appreciated. The bartenders knew every beer they served, offered good recommendations once they recognized what I was in to, and were plentiful with large sample glasses.

Atmosphere: Screams public house. Smallish size bar but well placed with plenty of dining space. A patio with perhaps a dozen picnic tables is out back. It seems to be a popular lunch spot for area businessmen. A well painted mural lines one wall. Nothing to write home about but decent enough.

Food: I didn’t taste enough to rate it. Kobe beef seems to be their thing. Prices on food were a touch high for what I got.

DaPeculierDane, May 30, 2006
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Rogue Ales Public House in San Francisco, CA
90 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.