San Francisco for a couple days

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  1. Krice99

    Krice99 Initiate (132) Nov 1, 2014 Illinois

    can anyone recommend a great craft beer pub I the downtown area by Union Square that I should check out. Also what "don't miss" beers should I seek out?
     
  2. SFWD1934

    SFWD1934 Initiate (0) Jul 9, 2014 California

    Take Uber to Cellermaker. Hit City Beer for any bottles that you may want. "Don't miss" is open to interpretation. Whatever you feel is best for your style/liking.

    Jason
     
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  3. Insert_Beer_Pun

    Insert_Beer_Pun Initiate (124) Jun 26, 2014 California
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    Agree with the above. I would say the "dont miss" from the current tap list would be: (1) Coffee & Cigarettes, (2) Dobis & (3) Otto's Jacket.

    You are also not that far from Mikkeller Bar SF (personally, I would also Uber this despite your proximity). Looks like they have Alpine Hoppy Birthday and Freewheel Wenlock Stout (Freewheel is local and does cask condition beers quite well). Not sure either are "dont miss" but certainly beers that may not make it to Illinois much, if at all. Cheers!
     
  4. rmdownward

    rmdownward Initiate (160) Feb 10, 2007 California

  5. JayORear

    JayORear Meyvn (1,194) Feb 22, 2012 New York
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    Don't be surprised if you're disappointed by Hoppy Birthday, as all kegs for distro are contract brewed by Green Flash, with mixed results.

    Otherwise, ditto on the Cellarmaker/City Beer combo. Also, no one ever mentions Press Club, which sometimes has a surprisingly good/unusual taplist.
     
  6. chcfan

    chcfan Zealot (558) Oct 29, 2008 California
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    I agree with the rec, but unless the OP is physically impaired, it's a pretty easy walk from Union Square to Cellarmaker.
     
  7. AndrewK

    AndrewK Aspirant (282) Oct 20, 2006 California

    I think an uber driver would laugh at you if you took this trip. Its literally 5 blocks.
     
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  8. Krice99

    Krice99 Initiate (132) Nov 1, 2014 Illinois

    Thank you! This is most helpful!
     
  9. iSkiCO

    iSkiCO Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2015 California

    If you use twitter, Cellarmaker and City Beer Store post their daily taps.
     
  10. drew42e

    drew42e Initiate (139) Mar 31, 2015 California

    Toronado is a great dive bar where the bartenders are surly but the beer list is excellent. Would probably need a cab/Uber from Union Sq though.
    http://www.toronado.com/map.htm#map
     
  11. rmdownward

    rmdownward Initiate (160) Feb 10, 2007 California

    Toronado is cash only
     
  12. Rzzzzz

    Rzzzzz Devotee (411) Nov 10, 2007 California

    Why not rent a car a and drive an hour north to Russian River Brewing Co. in Santa Rosa?...is what someone is bound to say any minute now. I wonder if these people post the same responses in, say, the Great Lakes forum.

    "why not book a flight to San Francisco, rent a car and drive to Russian River?"

    I bet they do.
     
  13. Rzzzzz

    Rzzzzz Devotee (411) Nov 10, 2007 California

    I suppose I could offer a helpful answer while I'm here too. City Beer and/or Public House if you want some good variety. Check Anchor & Hope if you don't want to travel that far. Wait--what am I thinking?? Mikkeller Bar, hands down closest and best.
     
  14. Ynot2

    Ynot2 Initiate (157) Jul 24, 2009 California
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    Must hits, Cellarmaker and Rare Barrel. Anything else would be a bonus.
     
  15. chcfan

    chcfan Zealot (558) Oct 29, 2008 California
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    To be fair, that is the only helpful answer to the myriad "where can I find Pliny/RR sours in NorCal" threads.
     
  16. Justin42

    Justin42 Aspirant (233) Apr 3, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Just wanted to say thanks to all for this thread; I'm flying in to SFO tomorrow night and driving to Mendocino for a wedding this weekend. Will plan to stop at Russian River either on the way there or back to SFO, and hit up Rare Barrel on Monday before flying back to Boston Tuesday afternoon. Thank you!
     
  17. Insert_Beer_Pun

    Insert_Beer_Pun Initiate (124) Jun 26, 2014 California
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    Just so you know - Rare Barrel is closed on Mondays. If there is any way to bump up the visit to Sunday, it would be well worth it.

    Cheers!
     
  18. Justin42

    Justin42 Aspirant (233) Apr 3, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Doh! I didn't realize they are only open on the weekends. Unfortunately, I have to leave SFO Saturday morning and can't get back any earlier than Monday due to family commitments. Do they sell bottles during the week?
     
  19. chcfan

    chcfan Zealot (558) Oct 29, 2008 California
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    Negative. They don't have a separate store or anything. Sorry. There are lots of cool places that are open on Monday, though. It would be a good time to hit Zeitgeist or Toronado since weekday afternoons are pretty much the only time those places are not packed.
     
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  20. Justin42

    Justin42 Aspirant (233) Apr 3, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Bummer. If anyone local is planning on stopping by this weekend and would be willing to pick up a couple bottles for me, I'd gladly bring some Trillium hops or anything else from Massachusetts distribution as a thank you (in addition to the cost of the bottles). Thank you!
     
  21. Resuin

    Resuin Meyvn (1,305) Jun 18, 2012 Massachusetts
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    Hey, does any know of any great beer spots in SF that have a kitchen that stays open late on a Thursday night? At least midnight. Thanks a lot. Also open to north/east of SF. I have a car.
     
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  22. mayorQuimby

    mayorQuimby Devotee (467) Jun 5, 2009 Tennessee
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    Monk's Kettle in the Mission is open late. Great for food and beer. They definitely serve food until midnight, not sure how late it goes though.
     
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  23. AndrewK

    AndrewK Aspirant (282) Oct 20, 2006 California

    Zeitgeist usually serves food pretty late.
     
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