Thirsty Bear

661 Howard St
San Francisco, California United States 94105
brewpub (Thirsty Bear)  3.5/5.0 71 reviews
Mon - Thu: 11:30 am - 10:00 pm; Fri: 11:30 am - 11:00 pm; Sat: 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm; Sun: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Mayor: slowrunner77 (2) | Taps: 9 | Bottles: 0
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Beers At Thirsty Bear

NameABVEntered
Thirsty Bear Panda Bear Ale4.5%6/20/2017
Thirsty Bear Cable Car I.P.C.6.4%6/20/2017
Thirsty Bear The Cub Session IPA4.4%4/5/2017
Thirsty Bear Tolstoy’s Inkwell9.3%3/7/2017
Thirsty Bear Pershing’s Porter5.9%3/7/2017
Thirsty Bear Stave Series #18; Isidore’s Transfiguration 6%3/7/2017
Thirsty Bear Smokey the Mountain Bear5.2%3/7/2017
Thirsty Bear Stave Series #17: Spirit Works Stave8%3/7/2017
Thirsty Bear Howard Street IPA7%3/7/2017
Thirsty Bear Grizzly Bear Red Ale6.5%3/7/2017
Thirsty Bear Calypso Wheat5.6%3/7/2017
Thirsty Bear Stave Series #16: The Wild American6%12/7/2016
Thirsty Bear Coastal IPA7.6%12/7/2016
Thirsty Bear Wiess Wheat5.1%12/7/2016
Thirsty Bear Dunkel5.2%12/7/2016
Thirsty Bear Kolsch4.8%12/7/2016
Thirsty Bear Baltic Porter7.7%11/19/2016
Thirsty Bear The Deceiver9.7%11/19/2016
Faction The Penske File5.8%8/28/2016
Thirsty Bear Don ’Chiote6.8%8/2/2016
Thirsty Bear SFMOMA Mosaic6.5%8/2/2016
Thirsty Bear Alt5.1%8/2/2016
Thirsty Bear Weizenbock8.3%8/1/2016
Thirsty Bear Edelweiss Hefe-Weiss0%8/1/2016
Thirsty Bear Devil’s Milkshake 5.7%8/1/2016


70
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
WingmanWillis  (1548) , England | November 16, 2015
Visited on a Wednesday evening in November 2015. Large brewpub venue that’s been around for several years. It’s got a couple of levels and a huge bar area, food is tapas with a few other choices, prices are steep for the food! Beer wise, had a couple of specials plus 7 standard range. A tasting flight is available but it’s set. Can also buy samplers of individual beers for $2. It’s a decent place and not too far off the beaten track.
72
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
t0rin0  (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | March 20, 2013
Visited half a dozen times since 2006.

I dont mind the ambiance, I’m not sure where the complaints stem from. My only problem is when the place is packed. Otherwise it’s 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) I’ll 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 it’s just a pint of the newest beer usually.
70
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
brokensail  (1362) Dublin, California | October 15, 2012
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 aren’t good because it’s a cool place to hangout.
60
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
nate2g  (1285) Boomtown!, Australia | October 19, 2013
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.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis  (996) Sunnyvale, California | November 16, 2014
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.
62
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Sokolov  (881) Moscow, Russia | March 27, 2015
Quite good one. Brews are diverse & nice.
62
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
Oakes  (816) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 29, 2006
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. Didn’t eat...regretted having lunch at 21st A because Thirsty Bear does paella which is way cooler than anything on any other brewpub menu I’ve 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.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Bryne  (763) Bryne, Norway | August 9, 2016
A lively restaurant and brewpub. Hardly any tables available but lots of seating at the long bar for a lone beer drinker. Attentive and efficient service and nice mixed rock music (Dire Straits, AC/DC, Buzzcocks...) All beers available in a flight: 9 x 3oz for $15. A good deal! Informative beer menu as well. I had a nice conversation with the man next to me. He noticed that I made notes and he was an avid Untappd user. (Visited June 29th 2016)
54
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere  (702) Montreal, Quebec | July 1, 2009
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 I’d 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.
62
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
gnoff  (648) Mölndal, Sweden | April 27, 2011
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 I’d say, but since it was the only brewpub I had time to visit in San Francisco I can’t compare it to the other ones.

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