After a long day of exploring San Francisco’s neighborhoods on foot, my wife (#102) and I (#13) found ourselves in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood on the western side of the city. Famous as the center of the “Summer of Love,” Haight-Ashbury is both bohemian and highly commercialized (perhaps exemplified most perfectly by the Ben & Jerry’s on the corner at the famous intersection that gives the area its name). Having worked up a thirst, we ducked into the Magnolia Pub and Brewery for a couple pints.
The pub is located right on a corner on Haight Street with a charming exterior. The interior is actually pretty small, but we had no problem finding a spot at the bar right as the dinner hour was starting.
The draft list is extensive, including several cask selections and a guest tap. There was also a nice selection of low-alcohol offerings, so we could have a few and not have to leave in a wheelbarrow.
The delicious Kalifornia Kolsch is available in a modest 9 ounce shooter, perfect for getting just a taste. All the beers we had were solid. We also tried the In With the New IPA, the Dark Star Mild, the Half Step Hefe, and the Big Cypress Brown on cask.
The guest tap was a pomegranate cider from Two Rivers Cider Company, so of course we had to try it. It was very refreshing and perfect after walking at least 10 miles up and down the hills of San Francisco that day. Also, tap water is served in old wine bottles.
We didn’t eat anything, but the food looked very good. Magnolia is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.
-John (#13) and Erin (#102)