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Thirsty Bear Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
3.64/5
Thirsty Bear Brewing CompanyThirsty Bear Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

661 Howard Street
San Francisco, California, 94105
United States

(415) 974-0905 | map
thirstybear.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
21
Reviews:
124
Ratings:
335
PLACE STATS
Score:
86
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
104
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
9.76%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews by PhiloPsych:
Photo of PhiloPsych
4/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I went to the Thirsty Bear restaurant with a group of 8 friends. This is a great place to go with a large group. We ordered three paellas and several tapas. All the food was good, but I was mostly interested in the beer. Apparently they keep seven "regular" beers on tap (though these apparently rotate from time to time, too) in addition to a couple seasonal offerings. Though I wasn't there on a Tuesday, I understand that every Tuesday night they have a beer on cask.

I tried all the beers. All the regular beers were good. They had a vanilla beer that was unique, interesting, and good. Their website advertised an amber ale on nitro; they didn't have it, but they did have an ESB on nitro and it was very nice. I hadn't ever heard of anything but a stout being nitrogenated, so I was very interested and definitely pleased. The IPA and the stout really stood out though. Both were excellent. I had a 20 oz glass of the stout. One friend (a homebrewer) had two rounds of the IPA and was very impressed. Another friend had the ESB and also really loved it.

If you are ever in the Union Square area and looking for a place to get good beer, I heartily recommend Thirsty Bear.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MonkeyPilates
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Photo of Pacioli1445
3.79/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of flagmantho
3.79/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

I visited Thirsty Bear last night for some beers and dinner. Frankly, I was more impressed with the latter -- the food alone is reason to go there. They have 3 kinds of paella! 3!

The beer was mostly OK, with 9 taps and 2 additional rotating cask offerings. They are focused on organic beers, which isn't especially important to me but could be important to some. Service was OK while I was sitting at the bar. If I ever return, though, it will be for the food, and not the beer.

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Photo of QuakeAttack
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Live in the SF Bay Area and have wanted to visit for a couple of years. They have two of my favorite things: beer and Spanish food. On a rainy weekend, my wife and I went with another couple for a late afternoon of beer tasting and dinner. Unfortunately, we were disappointed...to the point that after appetizers, we went somewhere else for dinner.

It's a nice spacious place which was kind of slow at first, but picked up at the end of a SF game. We tried a flight of seven beers. While there were a couple of good beers (cask and nitro porter), most of the beers were average. Food was disappointing. Calamari breading didn't stay, empenadas got cold fast, and the potatoes weren't crispy.

Service was friendly, but nothing special. In looking a previous reviews, I think that one of them got it exactly right. This is an old micro brewery from the 90s which survives based upon location. Otherwise, there is really nothing to recommend to come back.

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Photo of tbeaton
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of tjcamm
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 5

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

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3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Cmazzatta
4/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of spointon
3.98/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of AgentMunky
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of Snatchariah_Jackson
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of gspeer711
3.79/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Geoffq
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of bschinelli
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.75 | food: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of twb0392
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

paella is really good.

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2.24/5  rDev -40.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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4.32/5  rDev +14%

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Thirsty Bear Brewing Company in San Francisco, CA
3.64 out of 5 based on 335 ratings.
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