Jill and I are headed back to our cross San Francisco tour to gather more information for SF Tourism Tips.
We decided to walk down the Embarcadero and then up Market Street until we arrived at Barlett Hall. This is a relatively new establishment, just over one year old, and they have done a beautiful renovation on the location.
It is all mahogany and dark wood inside the restaurant and brewery, and the there is a very long bar with TVs hanging above it to watch news and sports if you so choose. There are also a lot of tables and booths if you want to enjoy your beer in a more quiet setting.
We showed up for happy hour and were glad we did.
They choose one of their beers to sell for 5 bucks at happy hour and also a bunch of delicious appetizers for the same price.
Sadly, since SF Beer Week is in just a few weeks, they had to save their own beer as they are very small and are afraid they will run out!
So, we had a different beer, which was just fine but a bit disappointing as we really want to taste all of the locally made beers and compare them for a page Jill is writing on her site so people can do a full SF locally made brew pub tour very soon.
Did you know that there are already 17 different locally sourced brew pubs in SF? And that SF is adding another 10 more this year? It is true. Also, a little known fact that SF has finally gotten back to the amount of brew pubs in SF that it had before prohibition happened in the USA. It took almost 90 years to get back to where we were. History repeats.
After talking to the two bartenders, drinking our beers, and eating our appetizers, we headed out to Cellar Maker.
We walked down to it, about 20 minutes away, and loved this tiny, hole in the joint, brew pub.
Actually, it is more like a bar than a brewpub since they don’t serve food and don’t allow anyone under 21 years of age there at this time.
It probably only holds about 40 or 50 people and the beertenders were very friendly while also moving around like lightening to serve everyone.
They had about 12 beers on tap and we tried all but two of them because of time constraints.
We really enjoyed all of them and were pleasantly surprised that they have a “5 oz” tasting option that allowed Jill and me to share a beer (about $2.50 per 5 oz) and therefore try them all and not get drunk. We also were taking a bus so we didn’t have to worry about drinking and driving. Just another benefit of going car-less as we travel this world!
We called my dear friend Sonia, who showed up, and we caught up with her after not seeing her for almost 2 years at this point. Sonia is one of my dearest friends and we met salsa dancing about 10 years ago. It seems like we’ve known each other for ever and we almost have. She’s quite a bit younger than me and I sort of think of her as my younger sister in a way. She’s incredibly sweet, talented as a producer and sound engineer, and an amazing salsa dancer.
We hung out for an hour or so, talked about what changes have happened in our lives, and she was able to meet Jill and Jill was able to meet her. Sonia sort of “knew” Jill because of my blogs and Jill sort of knew Sonia from my pictures of us dancing and my stories of her but this was a first meeting and it was fun to see how quickly they got along and that they both enjoyed each other so much.
After we finished our beers, we headed off to the bus and back to Petaluma. It was a nice, quiet, and easy ride home.
Good times, good fun, good food, good beer, and good friends.
A perfect day in San Francisco.