Toronado SF question

Discussion in 'US - West' started by Johnnyramirez, Mar 21, 2013.

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  1. Johnnyramirez

    Johnnyramirez Nov 17, 2012 California

    Would it be possible to go and pick up a cable car still? Any tips if it is indeed possible? Anything else awesome they carry that I wouldn't be able to pick up at a really good bottle shop?
  2. stupac2

    stupac2 Feb 22, 2011 California

    To go? No. Their bottle list is completely unpredictable, sometimes there are some good things on there, all but CC usually available to go.
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  3. Johnnyramirez

    Johnnyramirez Nov 17, 2012 California

    Thanks. That's what I figured. But I heard it was available sometimes, wasnt sure if it to go or for on site consumption.
  4. drgarage

    drgarage Aug 19, 2008 California

    It's supposed to be available on-premise almost all the time, but it's very hit and miss. Just ask for the current bottle list when you arrive. If Cable Car isn't on it, you're probably not getting it.

    They will sometimes have other rarities on there, but it's usually only fairly normal stuff to-go. Though they have a lot of Abyss.
  5. Cedromar

    Cedromar May 9, 2007 Massachusetts

    Rather than make a whole new thread for my own question, does anyone know if Toronado SD has the 25th anniversary on their bottle list at all? I'll be there in a few weeks and figured I'd check in to see if I should bother getting my hopes up.
  6. Johnnyramirez

    Johnnyramirez Nov 17, 2012 California

    Sweet. Thanks for the advice. Love Abyss anytime
  7. MykelJH

    MykelJH Aug 3, 2011 California

    yep i have been able to score abyss 07 for $25 and 08 for $20 which is awesome in my book
  8. rmdownward

    rmdownward Feb 10, 2007 California

    And always keep in mind it's cash only.
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  9. Alpar

    Alpar Apr 13, 2009 Wisconsin

    Hey resurrecting an old thread with almost the same question. Is Cable Car continuously replenished or is there just one massive allotment? I'm going to be in San Francisco in June and wondering what my chance of trying CC is. Been on my list fo a long time and really hoping to scratch it off!
  10. drgarage

    drgarage Aug 19, 2008 California

    The allotment isn't massive. But there is only one, which they periodically pull out of the cellar at various times. It's never certain, but Toronado is worth going to anyway. Sit at the bar, bring cash, know what you want before your order (or ask for a recommendation between two choices), and ask to see the bottle list after two or three rounds. If Cable Car is on the list, order it. If not, ask if they have it available at the moment.
  11. Alpar

    Alpar Apr 13, 2009 Wisconsin

    Solid advice. Thank you!
  12. FunkyMacGroovin

    FunkyMacGroovin Sep 22, 2009 California

    The last few times I've asked, there's been no Cable Car. When the next case will get pulled out of the basement, who can say?
  13. henryspam

    henryspam Jan 14, 2009 California

    This is exactly what I did in the past few times. CC was never on the bottle list... I need more beer karma and luck.

    I think we need to send a fellow BA in to infiltrate the system (aka start working there) so he can hook us brothas up.
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  14. stupac2

    stupac2 Feb 22, 2011 California

    Yeah I hear people who work in the industry love having beer nerds constantly asking them for rare beers.
  15. bayareahustla

    bayareahustla Jul 13, 2012 California

    was there two nights ago, no cable car, and not really a great taplist going on.
  16. FunkyMacGroovin

    FunkyMacGroovin Sep 22, 2009 California

    Short of becoming friends with Steve, no one is going to be able to hook you up.
  17. Ynot2

    Ynot2 Jul 24, 2009 California

    Was there a couple of weeks ago, picked up a CC to go. Just have to be there at the right time and have the right person.
  18. Alpar

    Alpar Apr 13, 2009 Wisconsin

    How far will a bottle bribe get me :slight_smile: say I bring a bottle of darkness or some other Surly to gift the bartender(s).
  19. bugdoc

    bugdoc Apr 4, 2011 California

    Probably depends largely on who you happen to draw as your bartender. If you get Paulie, for instance, he'll probably berate you for bringing in your own bottle, confiscate it, and you still won't have any Cable Car. :stuck_out_tongue:
  20. Alpar

    Alpar Apr 13, 2009 Wisconsin

    Haha,I thought about that possibility. I'm sure I'll still enjoy San Fran even if I don't get to try CC.
  21. afrokaze

    afrokaze Jun 12, 2009 Oregon

    You already forgot rule #1 for visiting San Francisco.
  22. Vanlingleipa

    Vanlingleipa May 19, 2011 California

    Don't worry AP, I've found 'Frisco residents to be very tolerant towards non-natives these days. Amazing how winning a couple of World Series will loosen the collective sphincter.
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  23. afrokaze

    afrokaze Jun 12, 2009 Oregon

    Frisco is a place in Texas!
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  24. FunkyMacGroovin

    FunkyMacGroovin Sep 22, 2009 California

    As a Bay Area native who has lived in SF for going on 2 years, I am regularly chastised at my neighborhood bar for not growing up in the specific neighborhood where I now live.
  25. besaunders

    besaunders Nov 8, 2007 California

    Frisco or Cisco?

  26. westcoastbeerlvr

    westcoastbeerlvr Oct 19, 2010 California
    Society Trader

    Most of the bartenders aren't beer nerds/traders and don't really care how rare or out-of-state a beer is. If they happen to really like it, then great, but they'll probably just say, "that's pretty good." You might have better luck bribing them with home-grown weed...
  27. Miruguy

    Miruguy Nov 22, 2010 California

    I was flying back from central america this past weekend and was reading the inflight magazine (Taca Airlines). They had an article on things to do and see in San Francisco and one of the suggestions was to "grab a beer at the Toronado on the Haight" - I couldn't help but laugh trying to picture a central american tourist wandering in there and ordering "something light"
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  28. DovaliHops

    DovaliHops Nov 16, 2009 California

    Look like you're not from SF (no hipster clothing, facial hair, or metal shirts). Ask to see the bottle list right when you walk in. Get the bartender's attention, and then be very undecided. They love that stuff. Even if you were to spend a million dollars in their establishment that night, they don't care. They're too cool to care. They have an image to uphold. Oh, and make sure you use the lovely lavatory while there.
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  29. danscott

    danscott Jul 15, 2006 California

  30. baycat

    baycat Apr 30, 2008 California

    It is a bar, that serves beer. Get over your sensitives and go find some cheer at Applebee's where they wear flair.

    I probably could have Haiku'ed that.
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  31. grilledsquid

    grilledsquid Jul 10, 2009 California

    Out of touch much?
  32. MssrTussaud

    MssrTussaud Apr 17, 2013 California

    Do people really think DovaliHops is being literal? I guess this explains why you see people with brand-new, still-creased Metallica shirts at the Toronado every so often.

    Bonus: Load era.
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  33. penniwisdom

    penniwisdom Sep 10, 2010 California

    This is pretty spot on regarding the greenery and bartenders not caring about beers from out of state. They're extremely content to pretty much just drink Blind Pig all day ever day. A few years ago when we brought in a Melange 3, a Brute, and some really old KBS to share Stu and Tad were super appreciative and enjoyed all of them.
  34. stupac2

    stupac2 Feb 22, 2011 California

    To be fair, doing that you're drinking better than like 99.99% of people on this site.
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  35. Vanlingleipa

    Vanlingleipa May 19, 2011 California

  36. Sam_Frank

    Sam_Frank Nov 29, 2012 California

    i wouldn't mind drinking Blind Pig every day, to be honest
  37. JulianB

    JulianB Feb 1, 2012 South Carolina

    I was there last night, and not a single negative thing I've heard about the place materialized.

    -Both bartenders I dealt with were very friendly and polite. I tipped well, didn't hesitate on my orders, and was courteous. Honestly some of the best service I've encountered.

    -When I asked for the bottle list it was given to me politely without any of the attitude many claim to have received.

    -Cable Car Kriek was on the bottle list, I asked about it, and it was offered to me for sale with no hesitation. I was given the option to keep the bottle or the cork, took the bottle. FYI, on the bottle list it says it's a 375ml but it's actually a 750.

    -The bar itself was clean, not crowded, and had a good atmosphere. The bouncers were great with regards to us going in and out for food. Music was loud but not overly so, where we were sitting we could talk without shouting.

    -Row 2, Hill 56 was on draft.

    All in all I was really happy with the trip and would do it again next chance I get.
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  38. stupac2

    stupac2 Feb 22, 2011 California

    Wow, CCK was on the list? You got super lucky.
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  39. MssrTussaud

    MssrTussaud Apr 17, 2013 California

    Are you sure you're talking about the Toronado?

    Toronado on Haight Street in San Francisco?

    In California?
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  40. bugdoc

    bugdoc Apr 4, 2011 California

    Seen at Toronado last night:
    I hope you're happy, Julian.
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