01.11.2008. I had to walk from the Wharf to get to the pub and it was worth it. I think the selection is very good at this pub. They have a great variety and the staff was helpfull when I had questions.
My wife and I stumbled upon this place in North Beach, August 2008. It was early to mid afternoon, fairly empty with what seemed like regulars lining the bar, most drinking the IIPA on draught. Baseball commentary coming out of the tv, lots of Califronia fuss over the then recent Ramirez trade to LA. Besides the Imperial Stout, Shakespeare and IIPA, there was not a lot to be excited about considering itís a short bus ride to Toronado. Draught and bottle list dominated (not surprising) by every Rogue beer you can imagine. Glad to have stopped in.
This place is growing on me. It has a great atmosphere, beery and a little rough around the edges (in a good way), lots of brick and wood in an old building. Rogueís everyday line-up is a little uninspiring to me, but their strong beers are all pretty good, and they have a well-chosen selection of guest taps. Bartenders are all knowledgable, and free with the samples. The food is unimpressive the Kobe beef tastes like any other ground beef to me. But as a place to pass some time at the bar and have some tasty taps, itís great.
Hank1980 (42) Athens, Georgia | July 6, 2008| Updated May 15, 2009
Walked in while on our way to dinner. Big selection of Rogue beers. Service was fair considering we were two of only 6 at the bar. Ambiance was nice. I didnít try the food. A nice place for a drink or two, but I canít imagine spending much more time there.
I had great service... I was the only person in the bar for my visit at 2:30 on a tuesday afternoon. Decent although certainly not stellar fish tacos, apparently the kobe beef burgers are decent. A great showcase for rogue and rogue-owned brews, a must for those visiting from other coasts.
The location and place is nice and they have a good selection of beers. I know Iím repeating whats been said but mostly Rogue and California brews. The service sucked for us too. The bartender had to handle the full bar as well as the tables. He was nice and friendly and provided great service when he actually could break free and help us, he was just overwelmed. The busser was helping the best he could but management needs to shell out a few bucks and get some more help.
Stopped in here for a drink. The atmosphere and location were great. The beers were decent. The service absolutely sucked. one girl working the whole place. I wanted to order food but she never came back. I am glad I stopped in, but wont be back.
Huge beer lineup, with a purported 43 on tap at the time of our visit, most of which are Rogue brews, but also around a dozen mainly local California brews (some of which seemed obscure, but I donít live there). The friendly waitress recommended the kobe beef burger, which was fantastic. There are two rooms, but unfortunately the one with more character had pretty loud music, so we sat on our lonesome in a sparsely decorated spot next door.
Itís a long hike from the Montgomery BART, but the SF Brewing Company is about halfway there (take a map - you could miss Rogue while walking up Columbus unless you look over your left shoulder when you reach the park). Itís smaller than the Eugene and Issaquah houses, and doesnít seem to have the bottle selection either. A lot of the bottles were alternates, so you need your ratebeer list which tells you what Yellow Snow really is. They had two Eugenes and a couple of Issaquahs (including Menage a Frog) in bottles. The ales were decent as ever, and the cheese bread and black bean dip were delicious (after a long walk in light and medium drizzle). If you make it to the SF Brewing venue, itís worth the extra hike to get here. Staff was attentive.