United States > California > San Francisco
Beer Available At Thirsty Bear (arranged by most recent)
Thirsty Bear Kozlov Stout 86, Thirsty Bear Panda Bear Ale 23, Thirsty Bear Stave Series #14: Bugs & Cherries , Thirsty Bear Roggen Bier , Thirsty Bear Grizzly Bear Red Ale , Thirsty Bear Workhorse Rye , Thirsty Bear Howard Street IPA 87, Thirsty Bear Brown Bear 45, Thirsty Bear Meyer ESB 48, Thirsty Bear Golden Vanilla 30, Thirsty Bear Valencia Wheat 36, Thirsty Bear Polar Bear 41, Thirsty Bear Cascade Stout , Thirsty Bear Cask Conditioned Ale , Thirsty Bear Rye Brasseur
Frank (60) Chicago, Illinois | March 22, 2012
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
This place is alright. I stopped by in the late afternoon before the happy hour crowd blew in and had the place practically to myself. Their taps focused on their own beers, there were about ten, which were solid but not outstanding. Being at the bar by yourself nets you pretty good service so I canít say much about that but the bartender was reasonably knowledgeable about their beers so Iíll give him credit for that. This is an easy location for most folks stopping through San Francisco for business so I recommend the stop if you can swing it for lunch or something.
Sokolov (631) Moscow, Russia | March 27, 2015
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
Quite good one. Brews are diverse & nice.
ruigo (69) , Portugal | March 23, 2015
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
A bit packed but a nice place and a long time brewpub. Just in the center of the city.
bytemesis (471) Sunnyvale, California | November 16, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Not sure why this place gets such low reviews. I visited on a Saturday afternoon, it was doing a good business but not crowded. Took a seat at the bar and ordered a sampler tray for $15. The bartender knew his beer (not only Thirsty Bear, but the whole city scene), and was happy to talk. Food was quite good and prompt. Beers ranged from pretty meh to quite good. All in all a place I would gladly return to.
Luvystypotables (60) Virginia Beach, Virginia | November 13, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Pleasant ambiance with a decent selection of beer.
nate2g (900) Boomtown!, Australia | 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.
dinkle50 (77) Chicago, Illinois | August 25, 2013
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
Popped in here on a sleepy Thursday afternoon. Beer was decent, food was ok. Service was attentive and not disruptive. Not a ton of beers to choose from, but they had enough for the group I was with.
Clembo1957 (91) Smethwick, England | April 24, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 12/20
Not much Ambience about the place as has been mentioned here. The sample tray of house beers isnít bad, food is ok
t0rin0 (1474) 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.
Schlenkerla (383) , Austria | January 13, 2013
50 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 10/20
Very average place. You do not feel that this brewery is managed by beer enthusiasts. Beers are drinkable. No need to visit this place, although very centrally located.
badlizard (141) Berkeley , California | November 24, 2012
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Iíve never been able to quite figure this place. Theyíre not after the beer snob market, but they have some interesting experimental and sometimes fantastic one offs. The food is, well, a touristy version of tapas in my opinion. Itís not bad, but if youíre expecting bellota or other high quality Spanish fare, this isnít your place. Thereís certainly worse places in the City, but thereís also much better.
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