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San Francisco's Top Craft Beer Destinations

San Francisco has attracted a diversity of brewers since 1847—two years before the gold rush—when its first commercial brewery opened. The “steam beer” style long associated with San Francisco became popular during this time, and was produced by numerous local breweries. In the 1960s, Anchor Steam Brewing Company reinvented the steam beer style (also known as the California Common), sparking the country’s modern craft beer movement.

Today, the city is home to an ever-growing number of craft breweries, bottle shops and beer halls, offering just about any style of beer you can think of, and many you’ve likely never heard of before. The San Francisco Brewers Guild, which was formed in 2004, represents 32 local breweries today, and organizes a series of annual events, including Meet the Brewers, Brews on the Bay and SF Beer Week, which features an expanding lineup of more than 100 Northern California breweries each year. 

Anchor Brewing Company

With roots dating back to the California gold rush, this brewery takes pride in its tradition of handmade operation from its copper brewhouse. Take a walking tour of the brewery which includes a brief history of the signature beer and the brewing process. A tasting session is, of course, part of the program.

ThirstyBear Brewing Co.

The oldest brewery-restaurant in the city (and the only organic brewery) serves house-made ales that complement Spanish-inspired cuisine, with dishes served in tapas-sized portions. There’s also a full bar upstairs.

Barrel Head Brewhouse

The first thing you'll notice when you walk into this modern brewpub is a giant torpedo behind the bar, which serves as the base of the bar tap. A must-visit for any beer aficionado, Barrel Head offers 30 rotating micro-beers on tap, along with cocktails and a full menu of high-end pub fare.

21st Amendment Brewery

Within walking distance of AT&T ballpark, this brewpub is a fun place to visit before or after a Giants game. The airy, multi-level SoMa space delivers reasonably priced, home-brewed beer in unique flavors alongside dependable standards like cheeseburgers and house-made chili.

Beach Chalet Brewery

Visit this two-story beerhouse/brasserie located directly on Ocean Beach after a long day exploring in Golden Gate Park. Grab a pitcher of your favorite homemade brew and catch live jazz music every Saturday afternoon.

Black Sands Brewery

Opened summer 2015 in Lower Haight, this brewery has a neighborhood feel to it. Plants dot the sleek white bar top, where customers come to learn more about the brewing process. The brewers focus on beer education, giving out house beer recipes and selling home-brew equipment and supplies from a space next door.

Monk's Kettle

This gastropub specializes in craft beer, serving 28 drafts and over 150 bottles. The kitchen serves upscale pub food. Be prepared to wait—they do not take reservations.


This is San Francisco's first arcade and beer bar. Re-live those afternoons playing Pac-Man and Street Fighter battles after school, only this time, there’s a selection of 25 craft beers to help celebrate the victory (or ease the loss). The 2,000 square-foot industrial space features more than 24 vintage arcade games.

Cellarmaker Brewing Co.

This local brewery is known for producing small batches of experimental beers, including Coffee and Cigarettes, an American porter style beer brewed with two pounds of Sightglass coffee per barrel.