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.
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.
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.
I’ve never been able to quite figure this place. They’re 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. It’s not bad, but if you’re expecting bellota or other high quality Spanish fare, this isn’t your place. There’s certainly worse places in the City, but there’s also much better.
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.
Nice brewpub in south beach pretty close to BART. The inside is pretty large with a big bar, lots of seating and a loft where there’s even more room. I was impressed with the place considering I’ve been unimpressed with most of their beers. The bartender was really cool and gave me samples of everything. I didn’t have the food. I recall getting a nice view of the brewing equipment from the bar, which I really like. It’s unfortunate that most of their beers are subpar because this is a really nice place.