I was up in the Bay Area on Monday and was able to squeeze onto a tour at the last minute. Andrew, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and gracious, and the rest of the staff seemed very accomodating, Great selection of their beers to taste. Truly a San Francisco treat! It is a must see if you are from out of town. The tour covers the process, and the tasting is not rushed at all.
Finally made it here. My first stop to the iconic brewery was made for the release of their brandy barrel aged Flying Clouds stout, so perhaps a special experience, though I did not do a tour (wasn’t available).
From the outside, this place certainly doesn’t look like much, kind of a non-descript rundown industrial building. Inside, however, it’s incredibly well maintained and the space sort of exudes history.
The service from the bartenders and retail store staff was excellent and they were very friendly. Of course, the beers are good though perhaps not entirely exciting for many people these days. Had the obligatory pour of Anchor Steam which was great, as usual, and really highlights how crappy most of the beers that try to copy it are.
Definitely recommend coming here if you can. I will certainly be trying to make a return for a tour.
A great brewery tour (I got an insiders’ tour that included their amazing roof and a tasting through their liquor importer line up - Asian whiskey!!!).
Very knowledgeable tour guides and staff. Great fun all around.