SF SWIG: Monthly happenings in local beer, wine and spirits


Local Brewing Company
Canning Beers on The Spot Located on a non-descript stretch of Bluxome St, a stones throw from AT&T Park, Local Brewing Co is making some impressive strides following their 1-year Anniversary. For starters, Brewmaster Regan Long & Local are fresh canning any of their draft beers right on the spot. Cause let’s face it, sometimes growlers are a pain in the ass. Who wants to put one of those big ass things in your backpack and hop on a bike? For $4, you can get a pint of beer in a can and mix and match 4-packs, etc…The Inner Sunset Saison should be on your radar as arguably the best locally made saison (watch out HenHouse!) and Local is successfully experimenting with new styles like the Salty Dog Gose and the Let’s Get Tropical Pale on Nitro. Hit ‘em up after work, before a ball game, or kick it on the weekends and take some cans to go.
69 Bluxome St, SOMA

Anchor Brewing is Now Open For Happy Hour Tours and Also Releasing a Barrel Aged Stout
The once-elusive Anchor Brewery Tour has just gotten a little easier to get into. Starting at 4:30pm from Fri-Sun, you can book spots for the engaging tour for $25. Best part of the tour? It always ends at the Anchor tap room. Now you can even take 64 oz growlers home from said Happy Hour at the Brewery or even at The Yard at AT&T Park ($10 refills on most beers!)
Anchor will also be releasing a limited Brandy-Aged Barrel Flying Cloud Stout with a kick-off event set for July 17th. Get this: The Stout is aged in Anchor Old Potrero Rye Whiskey barrels that then held Apple Brandy for several years. Fuck and yes. Get tickets to the event at https://brandybarrelstout.eventbrite.com/ and look out for magnums of this nectar. 1705 Mariposa St, Potrero Hill and 100 Terry A Francois Blvd in AT&T Park Lot A You Need To Be Drinking Brasserie Saint James’s 1904 Brasserie Saint James Took Over the old Abbott’s Cellar location on Valencia between 18th and 19th and their GABF award winning beer is kick-ass stuff. I personally can’t put down their 1904, a 100% Brett fermented Golden Ale with just the right amount of tartness. Pair it with one of their fine Belgian style mussels and fries preparations. Sure.
742 Valencia St. Mission

St. George Spirits Releases Bruto Americano
The finest spirits-maker in the world is in a massive hangar in Alameda. St. George Soirits, who constantly crushes it with stand-outs like their Terroir Gin, Green Chile Vodka, Pear Brandy and more.. just released an aperitivo called Bruto Americano ($30), that just begs to be mixed in a Negroni. It has strong herbal tones, heavy on woodsy flavors in the front and finishes citrusy and bitter. You could easily start or end your dinner with this stuff and even mix it with Soda. On the label, St. George has printed the following maxim: “We pledge to craft quintessential spirits to delight hedonists and genius bartenders alike.” I my friends, am a fucking hedonist, and will be drinking this versatile Bruto in a multitude of ways. Join the party.
Order online or get it at 2601 Monarch St in Alameda

Cellarmaker Is Bottling Double Dobis IPA
The best little brewery in the Bay, Cellarmaker, is releasing their very special Double Dobis Double IPA in bottles on Tuesday June, 28th. If you’ve never had a chance to try the Dub Dobis, it’s one of the most pleasantly fruity big-hopped ales you’ll ever drink. Made with 100% Citra hops, it shows the character of melon, pineapple an even lychee. Bottles are $10 a pop and there’s a limit of 6.
If I was a betting man, I’d say that these are probably gonna sell out quick, so even if you pop in to their Howard St taproom and they’re all out, there’ll be plenty of other gems to enjoy while you’re there. Cheers!
1150 Howard St. SOMA

Wine Down SF is a Breath of Fresh Air in SOMA
A sweet little wine and beer bar opened up right off the Folsom and 3rd St corner called Wine Down SF and it’s the time of welcoming spot I’ve looked for in that area, instead of the hustle and bustle of hotel bars and velvet ropes that surround it. Wine Down features all California draft wines, from spots like Harrington in the Dogpatch and Lusu in Berkeley. Pleasantly enough, the beers are all from the Bay (Altamont, Fieldwork, Almanac, etc.)
There’s snacks galore and happy hour will get you drink specials and $5 off of pitchers and carafes. I can get behind that. They open at 4pm Mon-Sat and their gold bathroom will surely grace my pipe-dream listical of Best Bathrooms in the Bay someday. Holler.
685 Folsom St, SOMA


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