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Beer Available At Monks Kettle (arranged by most recent)
New Belgium Love - Peach Whiskey Barrel 99, The Rare Barrel Egregious 97, The Rare Barrel Shadows of Their Eyes 99, Russian River Sanctification 99, Firestone Walker Sucaba 100, Cellarmaker Batch 1 Porter 86, Cellarmaker / Thiriez Saison des Flandres 80, Cellarmaker Admiration 93, Cellarmaker Questionable Origins #5 , Tahoe Mountain Mars Hotel 96, HenHouse Honest Dayís Pay , Cellarmaker First Directions
pennywhistle (12) California | March 5, 2010
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
A little too tiny, but so so good. I love their selection, and the food is amazing. I wish they had pairing suggestions. Came here to celebrate the end of recent unemployment and found some delicious beers to try!
JoeMcPhee (529) Toronto, ON, Ontario | February 4, 2010
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
This place was only a few blocks from my friendís place and the first place in the city I stopped at. Quite an elegant looking spot with their glassware prominently displayed when you approach it from the side. I stuck to draught, so I didnít find the prices as oppressive as others here have mentioned. The food looked really good too, although I didnít partake. Seemed like a fairly upscale gastropub with a lot of top quality selection.
italarican (93) Winston-Salem, North Carolina | January 1, 2010
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
The quality and variety of craft beer is very impressive, with several top-notch beers from an expansive set of styles. The beer list changes daily, so itís hard to get bored. The prices are excessive, though. Most of the lambics were in the $40-$60 range on my last visit. There is very little bar room to speak of: about 8 barstools near a barshelf shoved in the corner next to the bathroom. If I had all the money in the world, it would be a great regular visit on an afternoon.
dukefan (65) Dallas, Texas | December 13, 2009
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
Great beer selection, Great service, solid food. Indeed the beer in the bottle price could be very high - BUT they had many rare, pricey selections that many places wouldnít bother to carry. Had a Weizenbock from Idaho after several free tastes to see what I would prefer. Has to be among the top places in San Fran.
nickd717 (86) San Francisco, California | December 11, 2009| Updated July 24, 2010
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 1/10 OVERALL 9/20
Let me start by saying that if money is no object, this is an excellent place. The beer selection is great and the food is amazing. You can find great limited beers like The Bruery Papier and Russian River Supplication way after theyíre gone from all local stores.
Unfortunately for most of us who arenít Bill Gates, the Google founders, a big-time professional athlete, or an evil, greedy investment banking executive, money is a thing. Well, that is, until we go to Monkís Kettle. After that, the thing in our wallets that was originally a bunch of money will have completely disappeared.
This place is really, really, ridiculously expensive and marks up beer like most nice restaurants do with wine. I just think that 2.5x or higher wine mark-ups are insane and people are crazy to pay them, and I enjoy the fact that great beer can still be had with a great meal for a reasonable price. Not at Monkís Kettle. Youíre going to be paying (and I read directly from their beer list) $35 for an AleSmith Speedway Stout (usually $12), $11.25 for a Duvel (usually $3.50), and $28 for a Lost Abbey Judgment Day (usually $10).
However, if you can take the wallet hit and want to impress someone with great food paired with world class beer, this is the place. I had some really excellent food there. There simply arenít many things better than great beer and great food. Last time I went, I had a charcuterie plate, a creamy bowl of tomato soup, and a pulled pork sandwich, along with a La Trappe IsidíOr, a Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, and an í05 North Coast Old Stock Ale (reasonably priced surprisingly!). All were incredible. Monkís Kettle can really wow you, but youíre going to have to hand over the majority of your paycheck for the pleasure. Oh yeah, and it gets crowded and they donít typically take reservations. Go before 6:30 for a weekend dinner unless you want to wait hours for a table.
Now if youíll excuse me, Iím heading to Monkís Kettle to shell out $85 for a beer dinner. Díoh!
*Final note: I should also add Jermaine Dupri and Jay-Z to the list of people who donít think money is a thing, since they had a song specifically called, "Money Ainít a Thing."
excalibur (8) Louisville, Kentucky | October 25, 2009
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Came here for a late lunch and a quality ale and were delighted with both. It was not crowded then so the staff were able and very willing to advise us on choices. Great beer selection of 20+ taps and many bottles. Cozy interior with old country charm. The lunch was very nice with great Belgium Fries. We would be delighted to return but it wasnít very convenient for us and I thought the area seemed a little rough to this sheltered Kentuckian.
branspra (17) Arlington, Virginia | July 10, 2009
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
Fantastic place that completely exceeded my expectations! Beer selection was strong although I would have preferred more IPAís; however, it was well-balanced and priced very reasonable considering San Francisco and the beers being poured. Food was also good so I highly recommend making a night of it. My only complaint is that the place is very small, but that actually adds to the ambiance and makes it feel like a really nice local establishment. Must visit this place if you are in the area!
SrSilliGose (252) pouring bus, New Brunswick | March 31, 2009
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome place. very knowledgeable staff. They just ran out of THE ABYSS when I got there. but this place is legit
alagnak (78) Littleton, Colorado | March 28, 2009
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 2/10 OVERALL 14/20
Good selection, a lot on offer for the connosieur. Knowledgable staff, proper glassware, good energy.
Small, crowded space, so even though I didnít eat here I got a good look at my neighborís plates and the food looked great. A nice, solid Gastropub in the Mission.
Prices are crazy, even for San Francisco, e.g. $13 for a 33cl Saison Dupont...thank god for expense accounts and non-itemized receipts.
HopheadHans (17) Bay Area, California | March 4, 2009
58 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 9/20
Well this place is hit or miss. Some of the staff has a rather snooty attitude, like you should be grateful that they even serve you. Food in general is very good, tap list is excellent as well. However the bottles are horribly overprice. I think they are still riding high because it is always crowded but these guys need a reality check in this economy.
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