SAN FRANCISCO | Pacific Brewing Laboratory was founded in 2010 when owners Bryan Hermannsson and Patrick Horn decided to experiment with new beer flavors, styles, and brewing techniques. Horn later left the business, and in 2015 Hermannsson teamed up with Jim Furman and Kevin Jackey from Black Hammer Brewing to open a joint brewery/brewpub in the heart of San Francisco.
The space ticks all the boxes that one expects from a modern inner city craft brewery – an former industrial space that’s kept the bones of the venue intact and visible, bike racks, and upcycled furniture arranged in a variety of ways for flexible seating.
At the brewpub, visitors have an opportunity to try beers from both breweries. Beers are brewed in 10 gallon batches at a time, which allows for a lot of experimentation. Beers that Pacific Brewing Labs have made include a Hibiscus Saison, Squid Ink Black IPA, Chamomile Ale, Lemongrass IPA, and Szechuan Peppercorn Red Ale. Black Hammer, meanwhile, focus on equally innovative, interesting beers like the Chasing Totality Porter, smoked with Chinook and Simcoe hops, and the Pineapple Excess NEIPA laced with Pineapple Express cannabis essence and 5 mg CBD per 10 oz. serving.
The brewery has twelve small fermented and several Kentucky bourbon barrels and as a result the beers on draft change daily. Stop in for few beers and you won’t be disappointed. Beers are available as pitchers, pints, or half-pints, and you can make a flight out of any four half-pints.
While you’re there make sure to say hi to the brewery dog, Growler.
Pacific Brewing Laboratory / Black Hammer Brewing
544 Bryant Street
Mon – Thu: 11:30am to 11:00pm
Fri: 11:30am to 12:00am
Sat: 12:00pm to 12:00am
Sun: 12:00pm to 11:00pm