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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: 61 | Ratings: 104
Reviews by willjschmidt:
Photo of willjschmidt
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Brewpub located in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco. Slightly upscale decor. They have about 8 of their beers on tap. Mostly basic brewpub styles. I sampled the IPA and it was pretty good. The food is Spanish with a trend towards tapas. The food is decent and a bit pricey. A bit of a step-up from the standard brewpub food. None of the beers are what you would call outstanding but they are all decent. This is one of the better brewpubs in San Francisco. It's near downtown and Union Square, thus easily accessible for tourists.

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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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