San Francisco Bay Area is Beer Country

BEER Country


To most of the world San Francisco Bay Area is synonymous with great food and as a convenient starting point for forays into Wine Country. But, the Bay Area is also home to great craft beer.

Since so many people use San Francisco as a hopping off point for vineyard tours, it makes sense to visit its breweries while you are there. The Bay Area has numerous top notch brewpubs and breweries, at least a couple of which should be on your trip itinerary.

In fact, San Francisco is recognized as a birthplace of the contemporary American craft beer industry. See the craft beer History page for more information. The city celebrates its craft beer traditions each February during San Francisco Beer Week.

Click below to learn more about these awesome San Francisco Bay Area and Marin County breweries. Bold type denotes a featured brewery.

Anchor Brewing Company in San Francisco

21st Amendment Brewery in SOMA

Thirsty Bear Brewing Company in SOMA

Moylan’s Brewery & Restaurant in Novato

Marin Brewing Company in Larkspur

Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax

Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery in San Francisco

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers in Bayview District, SF

Triple Rock Brewery in Oakland

Trumer Pils Brewery in Berkeley

Moylan’s Brewery and Restaurant is located up in the North Bay suburbs of Marin County. Right off Hwy. 101, it’s a convenient stop on your way north to Sonoma and Napa counties. Definitely worth a stop.


21st Amendment is a great place to take a break from a heavy day of San Francisco tourism. Its location is just a few blocks from the Giants baseball park.

Curvaceous Lombard Street in the summer is a great place to walk off some of the calories consumed during a day of beer, wine and food tastings.

Asian influences abound as in this scene from the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park.

The Golden Gate Bridge from Marin County. Heading north up Highway 101 to Marin County will reveal additional brewing gems in the suburbs.

Ron Silberstein’s Thirsty Bear Brewery and Restaurant is a leader in both organic beer and organic cuisine. It’s a stellar combination.

These two San Francisco beer celebrities,
Sean Z. Paxton (left) and Shaun O’Sullivan, are leaders in bringing new tastes to the public. Look for beer chef Paxton’s beer-food pairing dinners. Look for O’Sullivan’s craft brews at his 21st Amendment brewpub downtown.