Entered to the wrap around bar first with eight or so house brews on tap and big crisp looking flat panel display with prime sport viewing. Two level seating beyond the bar with lots of wood booths, wood seats and wood bar. There is exposed concrete, steel beams and really high ceilings. Its rather industrial looking. They serve tasters, half pints and pints. The half pints were a great way to rate their beer in my opinion. It was less than a fifteen minute walk from the Montgomery BART station.
Visited here on a Friday afternoon around 5 and holy shit was it packed. When you first walk in, there is a bar immediately. Tables are located behind this and kitchens, bathrooms, and the brewery are located behind the tables. Up the stairs, there is a tiny bar and seating that holds about 40 people. Relatively spacious place with some soul. The menu was pretty typical, but there were a few things that were interesting. I had their BBQ Chicken Cibatta with onion rings. Huge portion and I was very filled. The onion rings were especially tasty. They had 6 of their own beers on with a cider from Two Rivers. The service was slow, but the bartender was all lone waiting on 40 people upstairs. She was running out of glasses, and I felt quite bad for her. She was good, nonetheless. The bathrooms were pretty clean and they did not have any of their beers in cans there, either. My biggest problem was that the upstairs seating areas stunk bad. It actually smelled like feces. It was an occasional aroma and I think it was due to the fact that the upstairs is directly over the shitters.
Hoser (178) Cowtown, Alberta | July 16, 2007| Updated August 12, 2007
A little trendy but the jerk chicken I ordered was pretty fine ,beers seemed just a little over average and not a whole lot of atmosphere here.
We walked here on a Thursday night after a Giants game (which they won in the bottom of the ninth, which probably made the crowd more likely to go out and celebrate). Located only a few blocks from AT&T Park, the place was pretty crowded. It looked like a college bar, with the lower section with open seating and a loft which I didnít venture to, but looked like where to go and eat. We got there around 10:30 PM, so if they were serving food, I didnít see it. They also didnít have any host or hostess or waitstaff working, or at least none that I saw, so we just sat ourselves and ordered from the crowded bar. The beer selection was limited, as they didnít have their IPA, and a few of there other beers were erased from their chalkboard. It seemed like they were surprised by the crowd and were caught off-guard. It took a few minutes to get the bartenderís attention, and I got a Watermelon Wheat for my wife and a Pale Ale for me, which cost $9 before tip. I wasnít interested in the other beers that remainded on tap (the bock and the blonde were the ones left that I considered). I think this would be a really cool place to visit after a day game, but at night (or at least this night), it was just a so-so experience.
I stopped here on my first visit to San Francisco. There was a Giants game that night so the place was packed. I liked the atmosphere. The beer was above average and the food was quite respectable. I got a cup of chili which was divine and a sausage pizza. Both were very very good. Sampled all their beers and most of them were above average to me. I didnt care for the watermelon beer although EVERYONE was ordering it. I agree with the rater below. This place sits in a VERY boring part of town. Nothing more to do except a ball game...I am glad I stopped in though! Service was efficient and knowledgable.
This place has fallen a bit in my estimation from a few years ago. They stock more guest beers and seem to be devoting their attention to the canning operation. Still a must visit, but the selection has certainly decreased.
A ho-hum trendy joint in a dull part of town (financial district). Boring beers that lack imagination. Feels like a big chain (Rock Bottom -ish). Upstairs seating is directly above kitchen and REEKS of smoke, cooking oil, etc. Been here twice over the past couple of years, never have liked it. Several beers on but virtually all boring cookie-cutter stuff.
I really liked the building. Itís got a revived industrial vibe with lots of glass and light. The beer, food and service were all pretty good, but not notably great. I liked it enough to go twice in a week, but I had the same complaint as with far too many brewpubs: not enough creativity and chances taken with the beers. Why must EVERYONE brew a golden/blonde, pale ale, amber, IPA, stout/porter and a "seasonal." i guess Iím spoiled by Willimantic who has two new IPAs on tap every time Iím there, but I feel like with a brewpub you have the freedom to really try something different, yet everyone just brews the same handful of beers month to month. Someone, please challenge and excite me. OK, not that Iím off my soapbox, this is a pretty good place.