It seems like every week has a brew-themed holiday. We’re definitely not complaining or anything, but when one hits the calendar that literally encompasses the rest of the world, well, we take notice.
It’s International Beer Day (not that we really needed another reason to grab a beer after work), so we rounded up some of the best beer houses from the biergartens to the brasseries and beyond. Whether you prefer a Belgian tripel, an Irish stout, or a good Mexican lager, we’ve got the the destinations for you to check out.
If you haven’t yet experienced the swanky, clean-looking tap room that is the American arm of the Danish brewery Mikkeller, go. Go now. The menu is not huge, but the excellent food has a personality that makes up for that. In addition, they boast an epic sour beer collection in their cellar.
Kennedy’s is something of a contradiction. The Irish beer house (which sells much more than Irish beers) is known for their excellent, super cheap curry dishes.
Pretty much any of these Irish Bars
All over San Francisco
Wow, we’ve got a lot of Irish bars here, none of which specialize in Irish beer. Just remember, if you want to keep it as authentic as possible, grab an Irish ale like Kilkenny or a classic stout like Murphy’s or of course, Guinness.
Cervecería de MateVeza
Cervecería serves their own beer crafted with traditional Mate tea. Do you really need another reason to check it out?
Though it’s a bit under the radar, nestled in the odd space between the heart of North Beach and Fisherman’s Wharf, their beer list would easily take you years to get through. Their frites sure aren’t bad either!
Frjtz is known for their epic fries, mussels, and crepes, but they have a lovely selection of Belgian brews on tap and in the bottle.
Nihon Whiskey Lounge
It’s pretty easy to find Sapporo around San Francisco, but Nihon imports a few rare Japanese brews in addition to their immense Japanese whiskey list.
When the weather is nice, Biergarten is the place to be. The serve traditional German bier from Deutschland along with German pretzel, sausages and other snacks in sunny Hayes Valley.
This place has some real German food (just ask the German Ille S. in their Yelp comments, who is actually from Germany), and carries a great selection of authentic beers.
Golden Gate Tap Room
Here in America, we like our beer with a side of games. This place not only brags 100 different kinds of beers, they’re also HUGE, with pool tables, darts, and a whole host of games and TVs—if there’s a game on, you’re for sure not missing it.
There’s no reason to mess with a classic. Toronado has been around for as long as some can remember, and with good reason—they’re about the beer first, and that’s good enough for us.
Zeitgeist seems very no-nonsense, but actually, their bartenders are very accommodating and knowledgeable. Plus they’ve got a wicked patio outside.
Can’t decide? Go with the International:
Monk’s Kettle boasts a hefty beer list spanning much of Europe and beyond, (but their tripels are quite extraordinary).