San Francisco treats

Got home from San Francisco in the wee hours, so I'm not quite focused enough to do a thorough summary and analysis, but here are the quick highlights:

  • Met with the 2 guys who are running Almanac Brewing Company - a great business model based on using local resources and produce to brew their beer. Definitely something that Louisiana breweries like Bayou Teche, NOLA Brewing, and Abita do already.
  • Got to see Magnolia Brewpub's new facility in Dogpatch and had a great conversation with owner and head brewer Dave McLean both at the site and in his car when he drove us in post-ball game/rush hour traffic to our next appointment at the Thirsty Bear. 
  • I had my only beer cocktail of the trip at the Thirsty Bear, along with some very nice Spanish tapas
  • Twenty-First Amendment is a solid brewpub with some really excellent beers. Very nice staff as well.

Loved Bitter American, didn't try the Watermelon. But love the graphics on both!
The Toronado, my old friend
Beautiful selection of glasses and draft beer

Beer at Mikkeller SF
  • Lagunitas has some amazing beer at their brewpub.Their gueuze, session ale, and the rye barrel-aged cappuccino stout were all amazing. Lagunitas is well known for their hop bombs, which are excellent, but it was awesome to see some other strengths in their arsenal.
  • Russian River is busy all the time, it seems! It was packed at 2pm on a Monday. I had some really great beer there, of course. I also met some cool folks too, including the co-founder of Newburyport Brewing in Massachusetts.
Belgian sampler
All in all, an excellent, excellent trip with great beer and great beer people. More detail to come.