I dont mind the ambiance, Iím not sure where the complaints stem from. My only problem is when the place is packed. Otherwise itís 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) Iíll 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 itís just a pint of the newest beer usually.
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)
I like the space quite a bit. Tons of room, big windows in the front, brick and wood, open kitchen. Pool and darts separated upstairs. Food was good if a little overpriced. Beer was about as expected. No standouts but noting hateful either. Service pretty much sucked. Slow unattentive waiter and a hostess who could not have cared less if she was trying.
For the size of the place it has a nice open feel with a good amount of wood and exposed brick, felt spacious and yet still intimate. Couple of TVs located in the corners making it easy enough to watch sports or ignore them if that was more your speed. Very friendly server, seemed well versed in their beers and philosophy, pointing out early that they were all organic and everything was done in house, and unfiltered and unpasteurized. Brewhouse all located behind the bar within visible sight. Sampler flight seemed like a decent value at $15 for all of the beers, which numbered 9 when I was there counting the seasonals (2 year old barleywine and a new gruit). None of the beers were something I would go out of my way to find, but they were all good and didnít have any flaws. Clean, well made.
Could be worth a stop, but Iíd only go if youíre in the area, not likely a destination location.
Visited the 20th November 2015 with friends - Good place on the downtown of San Francisco. Really standard place with good beer selection. Good service and good ambiance. Nothing very special except the beers...
Visited on a Wednesday evening in November 2015. Large brewpub venue thatís been around for several years. Itís 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 itís set. Can also buy samplers of individual beers for $2.
Itís a decent place and not too far off the beaten track.
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.