Thirsty Bear Brewing Company

Thirsty Bear Brewing CompanyThirsty Bear Brewing Company
BA SCORE
38.3%
Liked Their Beers
3.63 w/ 337 ratings
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:
26
Reviews:
124
Ratings:
337
Liked:
129
Average:
3.63/5
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
63.2%
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
106
Liked:
67
Avg:
3.76/5
pDev:
14.1%
 
 
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Ratings: 106 |  Reviews: 61
Reviews by searsclone:
Photo of searsclone
4.58/5  rDev +21.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We stopped here on our last day in SF so that we could check out at least one brewery. We tried to go to Magnolia, but it was unsuccessful. We got there right as they opened on a Monday morning, so it was very low key and we got great attention. Our bartender impressed us with his knowledge of the beers and his knowledge of the the local beer scene. We had the flight of 9 beers, and all were very good. We had a small appetizer that was also very good. We didn't spend much time here, but if I ever find myself back in the area, I will definitely try to go back. Overall it was a very good experience.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SweetReverend
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of Antc2382
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of MonkeyPilates
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Photo of Pacioli1445
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of flagmantho
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
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 -16.8%
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 +12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of tjcamm
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 5

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Daniellobo
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Cmazzatta
4/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of spointon
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of AgentMunky
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of Snatchariah_Jackson
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of gspeer711
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Geoffq
4.21/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of bschinelli
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.75 | food: 4

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.25/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of italianstallion
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of twb0392
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

paella is really good.

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Photo of bobbyhands
2.24/5  rDev -40.4%

Photo of MadHopster
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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Thirsty Bear Brewing Company in San Francisco, CA
Brewery rating: 38.3% out of 100 with 337 ratings
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