Magnolia Brewing Co.
1398 Haight St.
Founded in 1997 at Haight and Masonic, Magnolia is a bastion of the San Francisco craft beer scene. The extensive menu still includes their very first beer, the Blue Bell Bitter. Inspired by British gastropubs, the original location puts a distinctively San Francisco spin on the traditional pub experience. The 7 Muni bus is convenient for getting to Haight Street.
New Belgium Brewing Taproom
1000A Third St.
Just on the other side of McCovey Cove, the sight of many a Giants' Splash Hit, sits the New Belgium Brewing Taproom. With a deep menu of awesome shared plates and beers that are big on flavor as well as their ABV, New Belgium Taproom is a great place to treat yourself. The taproom is dog-friendly and has quirky merch for sale, too. Take the T Muni light rail to get there.
100 Great Highway
Located quite literally at the edge of the world, Park Chalet has unparalleled views of both Golden Gate Park and the Pacific Ocean. The place is famous for its weekend brunch and Taco Tuesdays, but it also pours its own brewed ales. They run the gamut from a classic IPA to caramel-flavored black lager. You can take the 5R Muni bus all the way to the end of the line to get to Park Chalet, but in the interest of maximizing your time, you may want to opt for a ride-share.
Seven Stills Brewery & Distillery
100 Hooper St. and 3645 Lawton St.
Featuring both whiskey and beer created on-site, Seven Stills' Hooper Street location in San Francisco's design district offers tours and tastings. Seven Stills also rotates "guest beers" from other brewers onto their menu. For a more laid-back, open-air, and dog-friendly experience, visit their taproom on Lawton Street in the Outer Sunset. The Hooper Street location is best reached on 19 or 22 Muni buses, and the Lawton Street spot can be reached on the N Muni light rail.
Southern Pacific Brewing
620 Treat Ave.
Tucked away off of Folsom Street in the Mission, Southern Pacific is a sprawling brewpub in a converted warehouse that looks like it could have housed some of the locomotives that chugged along the famous railroad of the same name. Their taps change daily, but our favorites are their California Blonde and traditional Hefeweizen. Taking the 14 or 49 Muni bus lines to Mission and 20th streets is your best bet for public transit.
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
1195 Evans Ave.
Recently remodeled, this prohibition-themed joint is hidden away in Hunters Point. Try their famous Big Daddy IPA or, if you're feeling bold, the Double Daddy Imperial IPA. Speakeasy is a bit of a trek from most public transit options, but it's worth a visit. Taking a ride service such as Lyft is your best bet.
Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company
1735 Noriega St.
If you find yourself in the Outer Sunset for a day at Golden Gate Park, the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens, or Ocean Beach, do yourself a favor and stop by Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company. Grab a Foggy Lager, a nod to classic San Francisco weather, and kick back with a plate of Blistered Shishito Peppers or other pub fares in this cozy brewery. You can take the Muni light rail N line to 25th Avenue to get there.
3801 18th Street
Located at the northwest corner of Dolores Park, one of San Francisco's most popular green spaces, Woods Cerverceria is styled after a rustic Argentinian estancia. Beyond their eye-catching labels and delicious beers, Woods also creates several co-ferments: beer spontaneously fermented with grapes by native wine yeast. Try one of these unique creations on your next visit. You can get to Woods Cerverceria on the 33 Muni bus or the J Muni light rail.