United States > California > San Francisco
Beer Available At Thirsty Bear (arranged by most recent)
Thirsty Bear Rye Brasseur , Thirsty Bear Meyer ESB 48, Thirsty Bear Grizzly Bear Red Ale , Thirsty Bear Valencia Wheat 36, Thirsty Bear Polar Bear 42, Thirsty Bear Stave Series #13: Oro En Paz Sour , Thirsty Bear Bitter Kiwi Double IPA , Thirsty Bear Kozlov Stout 86, Thirsty Bear Oktobearfest , Thirsty Bear Howard Street IPA 86, Thirsty Bear Golden Vanilla 33, Thirsty Bear Stock Ale
t0rin0 (1330) Do Not Resuscitate, California | March 20, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
Visited half a dozen times since 2006.
I dont mind the ambiance, Iím not sure where the complaints stem from. My only problem is when the place is packed. Otherwise itís clean, friendly, and has a nice decor. The service is decently knowledgeable and can at least describe the beers and tell you a little bit of relevant info (style, when it was brewed, etc) but arent necessarily beer nerds, not that I ask them a lot of questions.
They always have at least 7 or 8 house beers on of which a couple rotate. I dont think they make amazing beers but I guess I havent really had a terrible beer from them either. This is not a place I go all that often but every once in a while (once a year) Iíll stop in on my way to/from 21st Amendent.
Beer prices are a bit high and the food is definitely expensive (but not bad either) so for me itís just a pint of the newest beer usually.
brokensail (825) Orange County, California | October 15, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty nice brewpub, actually. Large seating area downstairs with a long bar, plenty more room upstairs. Some pool tables and a bit more of a lounge setup up there. Service was quick, the food looked okay, but the beers were average at best. Too bad their beers arenít good because itís a cool place to hangout.
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | July 1, 2009
54 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 12/20
This is pretty much the kind of bar I dislike. A rather snobbish Yuppie hangout, long, darkish, modern. The service was correct, not particularly caring, but showing up when we wanted. As far as the beers are concerned, there were quite a few of them, but the 2 we tried were considerably under average, I wish Iíd feel upon some of the higher rated stuff, but it was simply not the case. I ad eaten already, but tried a dessert and this was rather average as well for the 7 bucks it costed. The beer was also fairly expensive. Like most other SF brewpubs, this did not quite meet my expectations.
Oakes (649) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 29, 2006
62 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Not much of a shock here - touristy downtown brewpub with a wide range of so-so beers. Every beer had something that held it back but some were tasty nonetheless. Didnít eat...regretted having lunch at 21st A because Thirsty Bear does paella which is way cooler than anything on any other brewpub menu Iíve seen on this trip. Service was good. On the whole, worth a stop if you have time or really want to hit a lot of brewpubs in SF.
nate2g (606) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | October 19, 2013
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Again I picked a bad time to grab a beer and ran straight into the after work crowd. Extremely busy with waiters racing between tables with orders and loud, jovial drinkers. Tap selection are the house brews and a seasonal or two in the mix.
JoeMcPhee (508) Toronto, ON, Ontario | February 7, 2010
58 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 11/20
Large beautiful pub. Lots of great wall hangings and a nice clean interior. Bright and polished and fairly upscale. It feels a little sterile but the beer is pretty well made. The IPA and the pilsner are the best of the lot. I wouldnít really seek it out, but itís worth popping into if youíre passing by.
bhensonb (474) Woodland, California | August 4, 2007
58 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Service was great. Food was "modern", but tasty. Beers are decent. Seems a bit uncozy - mostly modern decor. Best to use the public trans and walk.
gnoff (427) MŲlndal, Sweden | April 27, 2011
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
Place looked small at first, since it was packed almost to the doors and I was asked to find a place among the standing tables close to the doors. Noticed it was a lot bigger when using the restroom though. Tried 9 draught beers on a sampling plate, then had a rerun of one of thos beers together with a plate of fries. Not the cheap place, beers were OK to more than OK. It got very loud, perhaps due to the brick walls and the large amount of visitors. Not a must go Iíd say, but since it was the only brewpub I had time to visit in San Francisco I canít compare it to the other ones.
BMan1113VR (379) Los Angeles, California | August 9, 2010
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Nice enough place. Big space, with nice staff. Did not try the food. Beers tasted good at first, but nearly all of them had a slightly acidic finish and several had noticable amounts of diacetyl. I am wondering if they have line cleaning issues. Most were still drinkable, just a nagging aftertaste that I doubt should be there. Sampler of 9 beers is $10, much better that the $22 for 7 beers at 21st Amendment.
Ungstrup (352) Citizen of the universe, Denmark | November 26, 2010
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
A huge place with red brick wall and a long bar in light brown wood and high tables also in light brown wood. 9 own beers on draft when I visited, from experimental that I didnít fancy to nice ones.
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