From the original opened all the way back in 1896 to the newest small-batch breweries and even the homebrewers, San Francisco has been a craft beer city for decades. Our makers and entrepreneurs have created some of the world’s best beer and some of the city’s best hangouts. In this guide, you’ll find all of that and more.
We rounded up all 28 craft breweries in the city so you can visit every taproom and sample every beer. Along the way, you’ll be tasting work from both the city’s OG brewers and our newest innovators. Enjoy!
SOMA and San Leandro | Facebook
Founders Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan met while they were both pursuing their beer dreams right here in the Bay Area. Inspired by local, pre-Prohibition Era breweries, Nico and Shaun wanted to build a brewpub that was the neighborhood gathering place. Today, with a brewery in San Leandro and a brewpub in SOMA, 21st Amendment beers define the flavor of the entire Bay Area. In fact, their summer brew Hell or High Watermelon Wheat has become a seasonal favorite all over the country!
Potrero Hill | Facebook
A San Francisco tradition since 1896, Anchor Brewing is America’s first craft brewery and traces its roots all the way back to the California Gold Rush. Today, they craft beers by hand using an all-malt mash inside their traditional copper brewhouse. You can schedule tours of that brewhouse in Potrero Hill, or swing by Public Taps, their pilot brewery and bar located right across the street.
Bernal Heights | Facebook
This San Francisco brewery was born after the brewers and owners discovered a secret in the craft beer community: the most impressive and innovative brews in the country were being created by homebrewers. Using this as their driving force, they created Barebottle, a venture they call a crowd-inspired craft brewery. Today, they’re producing some of the best beers in the city and winning awards all over the country.
NoPa | Facebook
This modern, late-night brewpub offers more than 40 beers on tap, cocktails and American fare in an industrial-chic space. Whether you’re on the hunt for craft cocktails, craft beer, craft food or craft brunch (including bottomless mimosas!), there’s something for you at Barrel Head.
Union Station | Facebook
Photo courtesy of Bartlett Hall
Striving to represent all the best things about San Francisco, Bartlett Hall fuses the city’s historic elements with its present-day personality through quality, comfort and craft. So, when you stop by, you’ll find a strong Francisco character and an atmosphere complete with award-winning house-brewed beer, regional favorites, artisan cocktails, California wines and a menu of upscale bar food.
Golden Gate Park | Facebook
Located inside the grounds of Golden Gate Park and overlooking Ocean Beach, Beach Chalet is a favorite brewery and restaurant experience in the city for both locals and tourists. In addition to Prime Rib Mondays, Taco Tuesdays and a delectable menu of gourmet comfort food, the team serves their own craft beers, including a new seasonal beer every month.
SOMA | Facebook
Black Hammer is a modern, artisan brewery crafting fresh, small-batch beers in 12 small fermenters. This allows their team to rotate taps daily and constantly experiment with new flavors, techniques and styles. Come by and taste these crazy good beers for yourself, and don’t forget this brewery is dog-friendly, kid-friendly and work-friendly with free WiFi and outlets near every seat!
Lower Haight | Facebook
Black Sands was designed to bring the experience of homebrewing to the beer-loving public. Their bright, modern brewpub is wide open so you can watch your meal being made in the open kitchen, watch the team make beer in the open brewery, taste the brew fresh from the fermenters, see the recipe, and even leave with everything you need to make it at home.
SOMA | Facebook
Photo courtesy of Cellarmaker Brewing Co.
One of the most highly recommended in the city, Cellarmaker is also one of the Bay Area’s most innovative breweries. Dedicated to producing small batches of experimental beers, their team doesn’t follow a set production schedule or produce flagship beers, so you’ll always find something new and delicious in the taproom—whether you’re on the hunt for something hoppy and approachable or something bright and effervescent. You can also visit Cellarmaker House of Pizza in Bernal Heights for handcrafted pies and more beer!
Portola | Facebook
At FDR, the team cares as much about their taphouse atmosphere and their community as they do about the quality of their beer. In their opinion, the best beer in the world is the one you’re currently drinking in good company. So, in addition to brewing a wide range of interesting styles on their seven-barrel system, they’ve also created an atmosphere where newbies and homebrewers and old pros can all have fun together.
Embarcadero | Facebook
Located in San Francisco’s iconic Ferry Building, Fort Point Beer Company approaches every beer with the belief that the simple things in life can be a whole lot better. So, rather than trying to recreate any particular style of beer, they focus on improving what makes those styles enjoyable in the first place. Independent, influenced by tradition, and allergic to dogma, this team is brewing some of the best beers in the city.
Dogpatch | Facebook
Photo courtesy of Harmonic Brewing
Harmonic is a small-batch brewery crafting balanced ales for enjoyment in the taproom and in fresh cans to go. Their stylish, industrial digs in Dogpatch provide an open, bright, welcoming environment to enjoy these brews with the brewhouse working in the same space. They’re open seven days a week with pop-up food vendors nearly every day!
Chinatown | Facebook
HolyCraft describes themselves as a start-up brewery seeking to redefine how beer should be brewed. Started by four friends who wanted to create an experience for beer connoisseurs and non-beer drinkers alike, this team brings unique recipes and utilizes the freshest ingredients to craft flavorful beers not experienced on this planet.
Mission District | Facebook
Named after the Oast Houses which are predominantly found in the East Kent hop-growing region of England, Owner Aron Deorsey brews fresh beer in-house on a small, three-barrel system. Steeped in tradition, you’ll find familiar styles and unique twists every time you visit the Mission District taproom.
Bayview | Facebook
Laughing Monk opened in the Bayview in 2016 offering an innovative take on Belgian and California beer styles alongside a unique passion for their home ‘hood. Much more than just a craft brewery, their taproom is a community gathering place and a hub for entertainment and local events. Of course, the excellent, crafted beers make it an even better place to hang out in the city!
Mission Bay | Facebook
Built on the hop-driven Pale Ale, Little Creatures began in former crocodile farm on the water’s edge in Australia. Using the best hops they can find from both Australia and the United States, their growing team believes in community and true craft; that’s why they’ve made their United States home in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood! In addition to serving great beer and great food, they also brew local beers exclusive to the Mission Bay site.
SOMA | Facebook
Co-founder, Brewmaster and Head Brewer Regan Long focuses as much on Local’s handcrafted beers as she does on the atmosphere and the brewery experience. As a result, she, Sarah Fenson and their team have created a unique SOMA space, a destination brewery that offers small-batch beer alongside a food menu of snacks, sandwiches and sausages.
Haight-Ashbury and Dogpatch | Facebook
The story of this neighborhood brewery begins back in the late ‘80s when Founder and Brewmaster Dave McLean embarked on an obsessive homebrewing hobby. Through the years, Magnolia has become a beloved part of the craft beer scene in the city, continued after ownership evolved to include a new partnership team of New Belgium Brewing and former Elysian Brewing Head Brewer and Co-founder Dick Cantwell. Today, the team operates their original Haight-Ashbury brewery and a new brewery, full-service restaurant and beer garden in Dogpatch.
Fisherman’s Wharf | Facebook
Totally embracing San Francisco’s innovative culture, this brewery is dedicated to creating delicious, easy-to-drink beer that fosters community, celebration and local artistry. And that mission and craft brewing tradition began all the way back in 1923 with Owner Josh Leavy’s grandfather who formed the first industrial brewery–Mexicali Brewery–in Baja, California. Josh founded his brewery in 2012 and the team has now created one of our favorite places to hang out in Ghirardelli Square. Stop by the restaurant, brewery and outdoor beer garden to see what we’re talking about!
4 locations | Facebook
Photo courtesy of Seven Stills
At Seven Stills, the team brews and serves crisp, clean, made-for-drinking craft beer, but they also use that beer to make their very own whiskey, too! And the results are distinct whiskeys which all take on the essence of the parent beer. Because of their process, they can release several expressions a year, and they release a new beer every Wednesday! To see what’s on tap now at each location, click here.
Inner Sunset | Facebook
As one of the city’s best brewpubs and home of award-winning Brewmaster Kim Sturdavant, Social offers contemporary comfort food, inventive cocktails and a wide variety of craft beers—all inside a spacious and intimate setting in the Inner Sunset. So, next time you want to pair some of the city’s best food with some of the country’s best beer, grab a seat at Social.
Southern Pacific pays homage to its neighborhood and hometown roots through its name, its warehouse space, its handcrafted food and its true-to-style beers. With both an upper mezzanine and an outdoor patio, the brewery itself is as welcoming as the food and drink. So grab a seat inside or out, order up your Brass Hat Burger with a craft beer, and get ready to settle into your new favorite San Francisco brewpub.
Bayview | Facebook
This San Francisco original started in 1997 with one beer—Prohibition Ale—inspired by the bootleggers and gangsters who persevered when America’s taps ran dry. Through the years, their bold, complex beers and striking 1920s imagery have earned them a loyal following in the city and tons of growth. In 2017, Speakeasy was acquired by Hunters Point Brewery which promises even more growth while maintaining the Speakeasy character we love.
Mission District | Facebook
Photo courtesy of Standard Deviant Brewing
Headed by Master Brewer Paul Duatschek and industry professionals Mark DeVito and Dave Azzam, Standard Deviant takes traditional recipes and brews them with subtle twists. Whether year-round or seasonal, each beer stands out as an exciting addition to San Francisco’s craft beer scene and even landed them multiple medals at beer festivals around the country.
Outer Sunset | Facebook
The team behind this brewery and kitchen believes in their neighborhood and believes the Sunset deserves the best. So when you visit, you’re promised classic, in-house brewed beers, innovative craft cocktails and a California comfort food menu that features food created from scratch using local, seasonal ingredients. From the brioche buns to the ice cream to the craft beer, everything is made fresh daily!
SOMA | Facebook
ThirstyBear is San Francisco’s first and only certified organic craft brewery. Offering an impressive lineup of sustainable pilsners, IPAs, stouts, Belgian-inspired ales, cask-conditioned ales, session beers and barrel-aged brews, they pair hand-crafted beer with critically acclaimed Spanish tapas. So, next time you want your craft beer served with authentic Spanish flair and an environmentally-friendly promise, pull up a chair at ThirstyBear.
To learn the laugh out loud story behind the name ThirstyBear, check out our blog post How These Bay Area Breweries Got Their Names.
Dogpatch | Facebook
Brewed locally in Dogpatch, the beers at Triple Voodoo combine the best qualities of Belgian and West Coast styles to create unique and interesting beverages. Open seven days a week, their dog-friendly and 21+ taproom offers 16 rotating taps for pints, taster flights and growler fills. These include new releases, signature IPAs and flagships like the Inception Belgian Tripel.
5 locations | Facebook
Woods Beer Co. is now a famous Bay Area brewery with four locations in the city and one in Oakland, but their story started right in the Mission District at Woods Cervecería. In their small Mission District brewery—styled after a rustic, Argentine estancia—you can get empanadas alongside some of the team’s most innovative brews. Their long list of locations also includes Woods Polk Station in Russian Hill, Woods Outbound in Outer Sunset, Woods Island Club on Treasure Island, and Woods Bar & Brewery in Uptown Oakland. To see all location details, click here.
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