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
www.thirstybear.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
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Reviews:
123
Ratings:
330
PLACE STATS
Score:
86
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
101
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
9.76%
 
 
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0
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Cask:
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Reviews by hotglassmama:
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

On vacation in San Francisco and using my phone's navigator to find a brewpub nearby, we landed at the Thirsty Bear. The first very pleasant surprise- everything they brew is organic! I was inclined to try the sampler, having never heard of their brews before. After trying the seven regular beers and a double sample of the seasonal brew, I settled on a Kozlov Stout. It was very tasty and quite nitrogenized. I was not as impressed with the Meyer E.S.B., which was good as a sample but proved too bitter for my taste after the Kozlov. Running short on time, we vowed to return the next day for dinner. On this second trip I stuck to the Kozlov, since it stood alone at the top of my list (after all, the Golden Vanilla sample just really didn't do it for me!). I ordered the house smoked baby back ribs with brown bear ale BBQ sauce and was quite pleased. They were fall off the bone tender and very tasty. The portion was just right and I felt satisfied with the value. Will I go there again next trip? Maybe, but only after I check Beer Advocate first to see what else is out there, a tactic that hadn't occured to me previously (thanks to the friends who pointed this strategy out).

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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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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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Thirsty Bear Brewing Company in San Francisco, CA
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