America's Best Beer Gardens in San Francisco
By: Dan Rosenbaum
Photo via Biergarten
San Francisco has the best of everything. We have bridges that people come from miles to see. Our celebrations are legendary (Pride, Bay to Breakers and Fleet Week just to name a few). The food is top-notch and the cocktails will knock your socks off. Now you'll have to add two of America's best beer gardens to the ever-running list.
Recently Food & Wine named Zeitgeist and Biergarten as two of the best beer gardens in America. Be prepared to throw your traditional view of a beer garden out the window. These places have a San Francisco twist. Here's where you need to get your cheers on...
Address: 199 Valencia Street
With a punk rock jukebox and an official cycling team, Zeitgeist does not lack for Mission character, but its large outdoor space has the comfortable feel of a traditional beer garden. Sixty-four taps pour a wide variety of mostly American craft beers, including many from California and the Pacific Northwest.
Neighborhood: Hayes Valley
Address: 424 Octavia Street
This asphalt garden from the owners of the German restaurant Suppenkuche has a minimalist focus on quality, serving just a handful of excellent pilsners, wheat beers and schwarzbiers in huge one-liter steins. Snacks include flavorful bratwurst and fluffy pretzels.
This weekend looks like it will warm up again, a perfect excuse to have a mid-afternoon beer at any of these places.
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