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Brew Pub Details

Production: 1,000 bbl/year
Brewmaster: Allan Paul
Tours: By Appointment
Restaurant: Yes
No Smoking
Games: Not Sure

San Francisco Brewing Company

155 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, California  94133
(415) 434-3344
brewmaster@sfbrewing.com

Reviewed by: Blask
Thursday, September 6th, 2001

The Arrival

This was an impromptu visit, and I feel the need to point out that this is my first review. I feel more comfortable with the Site Administration and leaving the reviews to our Content Manager Dan Funk. But as they say, "I was in the neighborhood."

The Beer

Normally we all compare each beer, but as I said this was an impromptu visit, so we each sampled only one of their brews.

Gripman's Porter - The selection for myself. First off, if you are like me and not very familiar with San Francisco, you are probably wondering who Gripman is. Well, after tasting his Porter I was mightily pleased with the fellow, whoever he was. This was one of the more mild Porters I have tasted. It was an excellent full bodied barley with a hint of chocolate that didn't overwhelm the drinker There was just enough hop to remind that you were drinking a Porter, which quickly faded it to a slight alcohol warmth th
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Albatross Lager - Sampled by my good friend and San Francisco resident Roger (also named Roger). Brewed in the Czech Pilsner style, Roger noted a bit of bite and a stronger hops aroma that he wouldn't normally expect from a Lager. Not the usual mass quantity drinking appeal you look for in a Lager but still a good beer to enjoy.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Andromeda Wheat - Kelly's Selection. It should first be noted that her preferred beer of choice is Bud Light. But since she is my wife I'll cut her a little slack on that point. So with this stated as a preference, our bartender Carolyn suggested she try the Andromeda Wheat. Kelly found the mild grain taste quite refreshing noting that it was very light in flavor, along the lines of Hefe-weizen. She also detected just a hint of banana in the hops, which points to it being brewed in a Bavarian Weizen style.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Discussion with Allan Paul

I didn't speak to Allan Paul but if you check their website, he is very accessible to answering brewing and homebrewing questions.

The Atmosphere

The San Francisco Brewing Company had a townie off-the-beaten-trail feel with Carolyn and the other staff being very accessible and easy to talk to. The pub has kept its early 1900's look, including vertical circulating paddle fans that our turned by a belt drive and dim lighting. But the Electronica music playing in the background brought you into a modern experience. Carolyn mentioned that they are usually very busy during Happy Hour, but on this day they were relatively empty. The restaurant was separated by a doorway, which I should note that I am not the most observant person in the world, had escaped my view until leaving. There are a few small tables crammed outside by the door on the sidewalk if you prefer some open air and don't mind the close traffic of cars and people.

Afterthoughts

I really wish I would have had time to sample all of their beers. While I can't make a valid recommendation based on all of their selections, I would suggest trying their Gripman's Porter and Andromeda Wheat. Both were smoother and milder than what one would expect from a Porter and a Wheat, and their Andromeda Wheat is only occasionally on tap.

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