Probably the best brewpub in San Francisco. Its definitely lacking bar space, so its more of a dinner spot. The beers are good, food is good. Just wish it had a bigger bar. I have heard they recently went under a renovation, and I havent seen it since so maybe they redid the layout.
Overall a very pleasant experience. Gourmet cheese plate was reasonable. Gastro pub fare was a bit pricy but not bad. In house brews were excellent, fresh and reasonably priced. I came back a second time here, intentionally even though I was on the road. Prescription Pale Ale was pleasant even for a friend that drinks mainstream beer. Blue Bell Bitter was a great beer. I would visit here again if I were back in the neighborhood.
I went there to grab a bite to eat before i hit Toronado. Variety of beers where up to standards, and can definetly be enjoyed with any meal on the menu.
I would make it a must to grab a bite to eat here 1st or last.
I love this place. Their beers are very malty, and are modeled on English ale styles (mild, bitter, brown ale). Very little hops to be found. The beers are almost all between 3.6% and 4.9% alcohol. The beers smell fantastic - candyish, sweet and malty. Their Kalifornia Kolsch is truly wonderful. 13 beers on tap. Tried 12 of them for $24. That’s a bargain. Super friendly bartenders - both of them. Charming decor. Didn’t try the food. If you like malty English beers without a lot of hops, this is your place!
This lively brewpub in the Haight is a great place for quality food and unique brews. I went here on a Saturday afternoon for lunch and the place was packed although we didn’t have to wait long at all for a table. The waitstaff is very friendly and knowledgeable on all things beer. I went with the Proving Ground IPA Draught and it was deliciously hopped and bitter. My friend went with the casked PG IPA and it had a different flavor and was room-temperature and not as carbonated. I think I’ll stick with the Draught. For lunch, I ordered the House-Made Sausage Sandwich and it was quite good. I’d like to make it back here on a Friday or Saturday night and just focus on sampling their brews.
For a fairly traditional brewbup, I am not sure there is one done better in the whole country. I stopped in for a late lunch. They had a good dozen or so taps of their own beer, almost half of them w/ a cask as an option. I was pleased to see many lower ABV beers on the cask too. (Cask IIPA is great but I believe this serving method to be best for session ales.) The food was standard gasto-pub type fare. I got a short rib sandwich and it is easily the best sandwich, burger, wrap or similar I’ve ever had a brewpub. The fries were above average too. The atmosphere in the early afternoon was fairly low key and I really loved the old bar look of the place. The servers were quite friendly and helpful and in general I really enjoyed stopping in for a few pints and a meal here. My only complaint from a beer perspective is maybe they could have done a few more guest drafts or perhaps had a guest on cask. Still, my primary reason to go to brewpubs is to drink the beer they brew there so that is only a small complaint.
Visited 4th Feb 2012. Arrived for brunch around 11am, and got there just before a mad rush of patrons arriving 30 minutes later. Got seated straight away and ordered a pint of the Dark Star Mild (Cask). Cask was a little old, probably on it’s last day of being served. Nice to have a proper 20oz pint glass too. Had the sublime Crab Cake Benedict for brunch and followed up with a half of the Proving Ground IPA (Cask). This one was definitely old and was not very pleasant. So, away from the casks it was. Ordered the great value sample tray and was tempted to have the Strong Beer Month tray for an extra $1.00, but was far too early to be having 11%+ beers ;-)
The place got crazy busy around 12.30 and people were lining up to get in. Great cafe/bar feeling place. Friendly staff and good beers. A definite place to visit when in San Fran...and it’s in the marvellous Haight-Ashbury area!
Very nice local beer pub. Atmosphere is great, service is fast and knowledgeable. Great selection of beers, personal favorite was the Stout of Circumstance, a must try if coming here for the first time. Also a few good bitters and IPA’s for the hops lovers. Food was good, pretty standard brew pub food. Overall a nice find in a busy part of The City.
Right in Lower Haight, so has a different bar feel from minute one. Decor is perfectly run-down. The dingy walls and smoked mirrors make it look like it could actually be haunted. Waitstaff are as efficient and cool as Hamilton’s. Not too many beers on tap, but the ones they pick are really unique. Seems to have goos foot traffic but I bet it gets slammed on weekends.