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?
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. www.goodbeer.com for more info.
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!
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.