Magnolia Pub and Brewery

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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
3fourths  (1528) Boulder, Colorado | August 16, 2004| Updated January 22, 2013
12 beers on tap! Small place, small bar and very busy. Beer quality is above average, prices are fair and waitstaff was helpful. Met the brewer sitting at the bar chatting up the drinkers - always a good sign.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
t0rin0  (1516) Do Not Resuscitate, California | December 23, 2012
Visited maybe 12 times over the past 6 years. I usually stop in once on every trip to northern CA as they always have some new beers on tap

These guys make mostly English style beers with the majority being bitters, milds, and pale ales with an occasional porter or stout mixed in. If thatís not your thing then you can get bored with the beer Iím sure. The upside is that they also participate in the Strong Ale Month with 21st Amendment where every February each brewery makes 6 strong ales through out the month and more recetly the BRU/SFO project in November which are all Belgian style beers (they both start off with 4 on tap and then relase another during the 3rd and 4th week of the month. You can get a punch card and if you get them all stamped at each brewery you get a free glass, but to do it just for the glass isnt worth it since youíll probably pay around $100 total).

The food is good and itís a friendly atmosphere but it can get pretty full at night. The bar is pretty small and doesnt seat a whole lot of people. Often times itíll be standing room only. Servicve is pretty good as well, even if it does get busy.

Prices are high but not ridiculous compared to any other place in SF.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
brokensail  (1295) Dublin, California | August 15, 2012
Cool little brewpub in the Haight. Usually pretty crowded, but Iíve never had much of a problem finding a space at the bar. The food is supposed to be great but Iíve never eaten here. The beers are generally mediocre, but they have some pretty cheap samplers, which is nice. The service is good/attentive, and thatís always appreciated.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
nate2g  (1083) Boomtown!, Australia | October 19, 2013
Bustliní brewpub along the busy stretch of Haight. You canít pick a better spot for people watching but I instead opted for a seat at the bar. The beers feature British inspired ales, but other styles available as well. A couple of guest taps. Good service.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
WingmanWillis  (1037) , England | November 12, 2015
Visited on a Tuesday afternoon in November 2015. Iíve been here several times over the years but first visit post Rb. Itís a corner pub, plenty of tables. Had no trouble getting sat downin the nice old pub surroundings. Service was good. Sampler flight available so tried the 4 special Belgium beers and two off the standard range. Beer is Ok, nothing to shout about but do have cask beer which is well looked after. Ambiance marked down as insisted on pegging door open despite it being cold. Iíd go back as I like the Haight St vibe but itís not the best venue in the city.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
Braudog  (825) Yorktown, Virginia | April 13, 2008
April 2008 - Smack dab in the middle of the best people watching territory in the country, Magnolia holds a formidable corner in Haight-Ashbury area. With a sunny, open-air feel, the pub is cozy and welcoming. We visited with our friends from thebeergeek.com as well as some beer-novice friends and everyone was happy. The menu is good, if a bit in the to-be-expected hippie vein. We all cleaned our plates and emptied our glasses, doing some damage to their great 6-beer cask lineup. Definitely a great start to our day in SF. (Brewery #461, 4/11/2008)
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 10/20
Oakes  (800) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 29, 2006
None of their really cool beers were on. The Haight areaís hippie shtick is so thick it descends into self-parody and Magnolia drips with it. Small space. Beers not really good. Casks were in poor to mediocre shape - flat and lifeless. Didnít eat. Service a touch slow but not too horrible overall. Still, felt more like a brunch spot than a brewpub and the beers didnít dissuade me from that feeling.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis  (754) Sunnyvale, California | September 25, 2014
Lunchtime crowd was pretty sparse on a thursday. Space is pretty nice with a long bar area and tables. They were running about 12 taps when I was there, plus some cask pours. Fairly spartan menu, but what is there seems decent; I enjoyed my burger. You can pick any six of their beers for a flight of 4-5 oz pours, which is nice. Beer ranges from Meh to pretty solid, and staff is warm and friendly.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
mcberko  (735) Vancouver, British Columbia | December 24, 2013
Everything about this place was great, except the beer quality. Iím just not a fan of their taken on traditional English ales. However, service was attentive, the ambience was comforting and prices were reasonable. Worth a stop if you like English ales, but if not, you can give this one a miss.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 4/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 4/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 11/20
Rastacouere  (664) Montreal, Quebec | July 1, 2009
This Hippie district, very popular restaurant distinguishes itself by its cask offerings. With 4 casks including very hoppy beers, they stand apart from every other brewpub in the city. It weas hard for us to get a table on a tuesday (1hr waiting list), so we had to come back on Thursday when we had a bit more luck earlier. The beers I tried were solid, satisfying ales and I remember liking their Saison at GABF. It is also very close to Toronado which pretty much makes it a must-hit, especially with the spectacular architecture in between the two pubs. On the other hand, the service was quite disappointing, taking forever to bring the beers and never really just fainting a smile. The same goes for the food, the menu seemed promising, but the food was simply quite plain, lacking seasoning as much as creativity and ingredients, especially that itís not on the cheap side.

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