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Apr 30, 2008 05:54 PM

Good local beer?

I have friends coming in from out of town and want to stock the fridge with a variety of good local brews. Any suggestions?

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  1. Well, you can't get more local than Anchor Steam.

    The folks at City Beer Store may be able to help:

    1. Local to the Bay Area or to Northern California?

      1. Speakeasy Brewery is a San Francisco brewery (Hunters Point). Even better than stocking the fridge, take them to the brewery. They are open to the public Fridays between 4 and 8pm with beer on tap and brewery tours. I don't know if they sell bottles out of the brewery, but you can find Speakeasy bottles lots of places in the Bay Area. for more info.

        1. I love to make lists while drinking a nice Russian Imperial Stout from Avery. As previously mentioned, hit up City Beer for many of these choices. Bevmo on Van Ness also has a lot of these. From the North heading South:
          Sierra Nevada (Bigfoot, Celebration, Harvest Ale)
          North Coast (Old Rasputin, Old Stock Ale, Brother Thelonius)
          Bear Republic (Racer 5, Hop Rod Rye)
          Russian River (Damnation, Salvation, Perdition, Redemption, Supplication, Beatification, Temptation)
          Lagunitas (Maximus, Old Gnarleywine, Hop Stoopid, IPA, Imperial Stout)
          Moylans (Moylander, Hopsickle, Kiltlifter, Dragoons Irish Stout)
          Marin Brewing (White Knuckle, Dipsea Barleywine, Hefe Doppelweisen)
          Anchor (Steam, Liberty, Old Foghorn)
          Speakeasy (Double Daddy)
          You should have a nice fridge between those two places. Cheers!

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          1. re: pininex

            Agree with most of the above, plus Drake's IPA and Amber.

            1. re: pininex

              That list includes most of the places I'd mention except:

              Mad River, Arcata (Steelhead IPA, not to be confused with Steelhead Brewing in Burlingame)

              Anderson Valley Brewing, Boonville (Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout)

              Sierra Nevada and to a lesser extent Anchor are relatively high production and I frequently find they haven't been stored as well as they should.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                Agree that Sierra Nevada and Anchor aren't in the same league as the others - I call them the Sam Adams of Ca. I drink them when the only other things available are Bud, Coors, and MGD, but I never order them when a menu features good microwbrew.

              2. re: pininex

                I'm not sure how far South your list goes, but I am a huge fan of Stone Brewing Co. down in SoCal. I think they're best known for their Arrogant Bastard Ale, but their IPA is probably my favorite beer.


                1. re: pininex

                  I recommend the Russian River selections, which are quite tasty and hard to find elsewhere.

                2. If you like pilsner, Trumer Pils is quite good.Very warm weather appropriate. We like most North Coast brews,Russian River, most anything you get around here beats a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.

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                  1. re: WCchopper

                    Trumer Pils is my fave. Brewed in Berkeley. Best pilsner I've had. Surprisingly simple for a NorCal brew.