Barebottle Brewing Company, Bernal Heights

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SAN FRANCISCO | Barebottle Brewing Company in Bernal Heights is a brewery that, like many, has its roots in homebrewing. Unlike many breweries however, Barebottle still features a strong homebrewing element to its operations. Two of the brewery’s founders, Michael Seitz and Lester Koga were homebrewers who both won a few homebrewing competitions, and judged homebrewing competitions. While doing this they noticed that many of the beers that were winning these competitions were better than a lot of beers that were commercially available. They teamed up with fellow Cornell business school classmate Ben Sterling, and together started Barebottle Brewing Company.

Head brewer Cortlandt Toczylowski is in charge of brewing not just Barebottle’s own creations, but also the themed beer of the month. What happens is that each month, Barebottle comes up with a theme for a beer and invites homebrewers to submit their take on the theme – think a sourdough wheat beer or a Yerba Buena mint-infused English pale ale. The winning beers is brewed by Barebottle and the winner gets to drink at the brewery for free.

The brewery itself is a large warehouse that hosts not just the taproom and brewing equipment, but also homebrewing classes and other beer education classes. It’s a fun, casual space with large communal tables as well as smaller tables and some stools looking over the brewing equipment. Beer wise there’s a lot to like here, and the taps rotate regularly so there’s always something new to to try. We recommend checking out the Unicorn Dust, a 6.5% ABV New England IPA brewed with rainbow Mosaic hops giving notes of peach, blueberry, tangerine, and papaya. The Guava Tart Monster, a 6.5% ABV Sour Saison brewed with fresh guava is also delicious. Your best bet is to grab a tasting paddle so you can try a few things. In fact the first time we visited, we enjoyed the first tasting paddle so much that we got a second so that we could try more beers.

There’s no kitchen on site, but a rotating selection of food trucks means that there’s always something good to eat. You’re also allowed to bring in outside food if you want, and order food in. Barebottle is also dog friendly – just make sure that pup is on a leash.

Barebottle Brewing Company

1525 Cortland Avenue
San Francisco
California 94110
United States

Telephone: 415 926 8617
E-mail: n/a
Website

Open
Mon – Thu: 3:00pm to 10:00pm
Fri: 12:00pm to 11:00pm
Sat: 11:00am to 11:00pm
Sun: 11:00am to 9:00pm

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