Yes, it’s October, which means Oktoberfest, which means beer. Already the longtime home to one of the city’s best known brewpubs, 21st Amendment, and one of its very best suds stores, City Beer, San Francisco’s SoMa district is coming out in hops. Lines form early every Friday evening outside Cellarmaker’s cramped space on Howard for the microbrewery’s Imperial Coffee & Cigarettes (a smoky porter), Crush Town (a “proper Pilsner”), and the yeasty Double Moonage IPA. (Eat before or after—here you’ll find only potato chips and, if you’re lucky, a food truck parked outside.)
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Another small-batch brewery—and, notably in a business that’s somewhat male-dominated, run by two women—Local Brewing Co serves its IPAs and saisons and lagers, often named for hoods around the city, in a sleek industrial space at 68 Bluxome. (A short menu of pretzels, pickles, and sandwiches is available too.) And over on Bryant, Black Hammer Brewing is turning out everything from a true English ale to a sour Berliner-Weisse to kombucha. The tasting room doesn’t have a kitchen, but you can BYOF—and there is free wifi and charging stations.
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