8/14/2012 03:00:00 PM

Just Brew It: 6 Beer-Centric Restaurants in San Francisco

The many taps of Abbot's Cellar
Move over wine bars. Beer is having its close-up moment. From this past weekend’s Beer Lands tent at Outside Lands and the ever-popular annual Beer Week to a slew of new brewpubs (and more on the way), the city is has been bitten by the beer bug. We’re not talking ironic Miller High Life tallboys, either. These days, no self-respecting restaurateur would consider opening a place without offering a high-quality brew list - check out six beer-centric San Francisco restaurants below.

Abbot’s Cellar: The Monk’s Kettle crew takes beer and food pairing to the next level at this new suds-centric fine-dining spot in the Mission, where the midpriced, sophisticated New American menu is designed to complement the 120-plus food-friendly beer list (including 20 on tap) that’s served at optimal temperature in proper glassware. Bonus points for its beer-bottle-shaped sink by the bathrooms (415-626-8700).

The Monk’s Kettle: This Mission gastropub was ahead of the curve when it opened up in 2007, and it remains a go-to spot for hopsheads who want to geek out on the latest quirky suds paired with Adam Duyle’s late-night Californian bar bites menu - that is, if you can narrow down your selection from its slate of 200 rotating beers, including 24 on draft and 180 bottles, with an emphasis on Belgian and regional brews (415-865-9523).

Magnolia Gastropub and BreweryNo one has done more for the local bar scene than Dave McLean, proprietor of this Haight-Ashbury brewpub featuring locally sourced American fare; he's done everything from orchestrating the annual Beer Week to hosting beer dinners and brewing his own cult beers. The excitement is already building for his forthcoming Dogpatch spin-off that will feature a BBQ menu crafted by Namu Gaji’s Dennis Lee (415-684-7468).

St. Vincent: Sure, this Mission newcomer bills itself as a wine-centric New American tavern, but certified cicerone Sayre Piotrkowski (formerly of Monk’s Kettle) has put together a hyper-local beer-on-draft program that’s worth lingering over (415-285-1200).

Delarosa: The artisanal beer list (15 on tap, 17 in bottles) is twice as long as the wine list at this casual Marina hot spot serving Roman-style pizza, pasta and small plates, run by the Starbelly and Beretta gang (415-673-7100).

Starbelly: This Castro hot spot is to beer what specialty cocktails are to Beretta - the backbone of the operation. Yes, folks love the meat-centric Californian cafe fare, but its crackerjack selection of craft brews and beer-based cocktails (shandy, anyone?) proves that you don’t need a liquor license to have a good time (415-252-7500).


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