Been coming here whenever in SF to check out the new beers. Its on the way back to Caltrain and its close to the ball park.
Beers are sometimes hits but mostly too sweet. I do appreciate their experimentation and the fact that they do hops well. My major complaint is that everything is really expensive. At least they offer samples now but still, expect to pay $20 to get a pintís worth of tasters.
The food is pretty good and the people are friendly. So its not a bad place to have dinner. Also Strong Beer Month (February) and the BRU/SFO project (NOV) are fun.
Just a short walk from the ballpark, so itís a pretty popular destination during Giants home games. The beers have been very hit or miss. Usually good hoppy beers and everything else is try at your own risk. Kind of expensive for the house beers, both on full pours and samplers. Food is generally pretty good and decently priced for the city. I donít think Iíve ever had to wait for a spot at the bar, and the service is usually quite good.
Picked a bad time and it was just way too busy but managed to wrangle my way to the bar for a swift one. Nice interior, open, airy space on a hot sunny day. Smaller than I expected the venue to be. Made a dash out quickly though, I think it was game day, so folk were steady pre-match booziní.
Stopped in for dinner after hitting up Toronado and City beer. Busy place on a Thursday night, with a 20 minute wait for a table. Looks like a pretty fun place, with an upstairs bar, restaurant and full menu. Staff was helpful, food was good. They were running seven taps when I was there including a guest tap from Drakes, plus a half dozen or so cans for sale. Nice place, would have like to see something more unusual on the tap list - no sours, wilds, or BA stuff.
April 2008 - Visited with our friends Chris and Meredith from thebeergeek.com who highly recommend it. We had good beers, good food and good service, which I guess is whatís all about. But after a long week that included some outstanding beer spots, this place just seemed good, not great. Iíd go again, and Iíd put this on a SF itinerary. (Brewery #463, 4/11/2008)
Oakes (816) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 29, 2006
2 taps??? Thatís it? Goddamn thatís weak. What kind of brewpub only has two of their own beers on? No excuses for that. Food was good enough but Iím going insane as every brewpub has the same damn menu. Ok, bright and woody place. The restaurant area looks like a feedlot but the bar area is pretty relaxed. Service was good. I would have liked it if they actually had some of their own beer on.
We went there on a Thursday night and it was almost empty, so the atmosphere was not at its best. Otherwise, I think the atmosphere could become interesting with more people in. Still, I was quite let down as I considered this place a must in SF and on a California scope, what I drank there was well under average. 75 IBU IPA was completely straightforward, had little aroma and little bitterness. The prices were also more expensive than most and I have little to say about the service since we had to go at the bar and no talk was involved.
Decent across-the-ballpark brewpub. A touristy bar, most seats are in the restaurant. Very busy at lunchtime. Outside of the IPA, I found their beers to be just OK. If you are in this area, City Beer Store is the go-to place. More or less an verage brewpub for America.