Bottoms Up! Best Breweries in San Francisco

We all know why California became the land of wines. Like the idyllic vineyards of France, Italy and other coastal regions, Napa and Sonoma counties are in the "Goldilocks" zone: not too hot, not too cold, just the right kind of consistently moderate temperatures to allow a wide variety of grapes to ripen to their maximum potential.

Over the past decade or so, local breweries have been making their mark, too. Riding the coattails of the "maker" movement, breweries have been popping up all over San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, each one trying to outdo the other. From well-established breweries like Anchor Steam and Lagunitas to the newcomers to the party like San Francisco Brewing Co., the San Francisco brewery scene is as bubbly and lively as any city in the country. 

Think not? Just one more reason to put these top San Francisco breweries to your own personal taste test.



Housed in what was once a stable, Jupiter has taken full advantage of its unusual location by creating a unique modern day Gothic ambience. Pews and Gothic-style chandeliers were scavenged from an old church, bronze-colored pressed tin panels...  Read More



The Beach Chalet sits right on Ocean Beach, so it's a great spot to watch the sun set. Quality comfort food with a California twist, inventive but not too radical, definitely offers something for everyone. Start off with the crispy calamari,...  Read More



Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is always "hopping." People come from miles around not just for their excellent brews, but for their fantastic meals, as well. If you're looking for an excuse to get out of San Francisco -and want to avoid the...  Read More



What do you do with a 10,000 foot warehouse that used to be a neighborhood's center for industry? Build a brewery, of course! Proprietor and San Francisco native Chris Lawrence took on the massive job and delivered a spacious brewpub with a...  Read More

Social Kitchen and Brewery
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With more recognizable neighborhoods getting all the culinary attention, such as Haight-Ashbury or Mission, the foggy Sunset District is often overlooked as a residential neighborhood not worth the trip. But it's that very heart of the Sunset -...  Read More



What separates Thirsty Beer from other breweries is its intense dedication to sustainably sourced beers, making it San Francisco's first and only certified organic brewery. The whole enterprise springs from the particular background and...  Read More



Nothing quite symbolizes San Francisco as much as her famous beer, Anchor Steam. Locals always anticipate the brewery's "holiday brew," which includes secret ingredients that change every year. And both tourists and locals have made the tour of...  Read More



The reason behind the name of 21st Amendment is the reason why you need to visit this brewery. When founders Nico Freccia and Shaun O'Sullivan learned about the rich history of breweries in San Francisco at the turn of the 20th Century - and how...  Read More

Magnolia Pub & Brewery
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There's no better place for people watching in San Francisco than the Haight-Ashbury, where hippies with flowers in their hair and all kinds of eccentrics roam the fabled street. And there may not be a better place to catch the show than at a...  Read More

San Francisco Brewing Co.
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Described as both a "family affair and a labor of love," the warm and celebratory spirit of San Francisco Brewing Co. is evident as soon as you walk through the door. For tourists, it's conveniently located within the exciting confines of...  Read More


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