Thirsty Bear Brewing Company

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:
27
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: 61 | Ratings: 104
Reviews by ccrida:
Photo of ccrida
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

Big open space, modern loft style, exposed brick, modern art (right next to the MOMA in fact), lots of light. Really not the vibe I like in a brew pub, looks more like an upscale lounge.

Friendly, cute waitresses knew the ABV of the seasonal, even though it's not listed on menu. Very knowledgeable on the food menu, all the Spanish pronunciations, but I was a little disappointed to see it as all tapas, paella and flat bread being the only other items of substance. I got an order of flat bread for $10, it was fine, but I'd need like 5 more to make a meal of it, and wasn't try to spending $100 at a brew pub, so I decided to go somewhere else for dinner. I had 2 of their beers, both seasonals. The trippel wasn't that great, the bourbon barrel stout was better. r They had 7 regular taps as well. I talked to a local at 21st Amendment (where I later walked to for a real meal) and he didn't speak to highly of their house beers. Too foo-foo for me overall, mostly suits and pointy loafer crowd. At least they were playing classic rock, I think it was Santana (which would make sense with their Spanish theme). The sliders, also $10, were ridiculous, you got 4, the patty couldn't have been bigger then a quarter, maybe a poker chip, but probably not even that. Brewpub food for bulimics.

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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

Photo of Daniellobo
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

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of italianstallion
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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Photo of bobbyhands
2.24/5  rDev -40.9%

Photo of MadHopster
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Russkiy
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Niedzws
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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