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Yelp.com List of Favorites

By William Brand
Saturday, April 21st, 2007 at 7:46 pm in Uncategorized.

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This list comes from Yelp.com. They asked viewers to choose their favorite breweries and beers in the San Francisco Bay Area. The results are heavily San Francisco-centric, of course. Down the list, Lucky 13, also has a location in Alameda. Highly recommended by me. You can find more on each of these places at Anchor Steam label Yelp.

TOP RATED LOCAL BREWERIES:
· Anchor Steam Brewing (5 stars, based on 65 reviews)
o “Anchor Steam is in my great neighborhood, but if that’s not enough, their tours are extraordinary with, as everyone said, free beer.” – L.B.
o “If you’re not a fan of Anchor Steam, go on the tour and you will be. First off, the tour starts with free beer. Yeah that’s right, drink up and no worries mate, you can take it with you on the tour.” Jeremy S. (CEO of Yelp)
· Trumer Pils (5 stars, based on 9 reviews)
o “The staff, facility and beer are top notch. One of the best Pilsners around and clearly rivals the Czech masters.” – Phil M.
· Speakeasy (4.5 stars, based on 23 reviews)
o “As much as I love the current lineup of bottled beers: Big Daddy IPA, Prohibition Ale, Double Daddy Imperial IPA and the Untouchable Pale Ale (and the elusive Godfather Barleywine), it’s the keg-only and the dearly departed brews that made this brewery tops in my book.” – Avery G.
· Triple Rock Brewery – Berkeley (4 stars, based on 75 reviews)Triple Rocking Brewery
o “In case you didn’t know, Triple Rock Brewery has the BEST HOMEMADE BEER in the Bay Area. It makes Pyramid as dumb as a wet rock. “ – Abendigo R.

GREAT PLACES TO GET A BEER:
San Francisco
· City Beer Store (4.5 stars, based on 49 reviews):
o “They have hundreds of beers from all over the world, some in the fridge ready to drink, some on the shelves, but all are about corner store prices.” – Chad N.
· Alembic (4 stars, based on 126 reviews):
o “…The beer selection was unmatched. I highly recommend the Drunk Monk Ale.” – Leslie F.
· Toronado (4 stars, based on 237 reviews):
o “Oh my god, talk about a beer selection. Whether I’m looking for something from the North Coast Brewery or prefer to explore non-local beers, Toronado is the place to be for beer-drinkers.” – Abendigo R.
· Lucky 13 (4 stars, based on 181 reviews):
o “This place could be my Mecca. Where a year is a week, and I make the pilgrimage every week. Especially when import draught beer is $2.50 a pint during Happy Hour.” – Rommy G.
·MAGNOLIA Brewing and Restaurant Magnolia’s (3.5 stars, based on 179 reviews):
o “I’ve visted all of the breweries in SF except for Anchor, and I think Magnolia may even give Speakeasy a run for my top spot, beer-wise. The variety definitely gives it a boost.“ – Jeff Troy McClure S. F.
· Gestalt Haus (4 stars, based on 91 reviews):
o High reviews are mostly based on Gestalt Haus’ offering of liter mugs
o “You know when folks joke and say they only workout when they do curls with 12ounce beers? Well… I found the place where you can actually walkout looking like Popeye on spinach. Talk about lots of beer… a liter!” – AKA G.

East Bay
· The Albatross (4.5 stars, based on 129 reviews):
o “It’s a good place to gather a large group, with plenty of seating and multiple rooms, and the selection of beers on tap is great, but the catalog of bottles is impressive.” – Matthew S.

Peninsula
· The Oasis Beer Garden – Menlo Park (4 stars, based on 55 reviews):
o “My favorite burger and beer joint on the Peninsula.” – Dennis M.

· The Dutch Goose – Menlo Park (4 stars, based on 46 reviews):
o “A great place for a couple of beers with a group of friends on a summer day.” – Katharine A.
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