We went to San Francisco to sample beer at three breweries: Thirsty Bear, Rogue, and 21st Amendment. Of the three, I thought Thirsty Bear was the best. We went on a Monday at lunchtime and the restaurant was uncrowded, so we got great service. Our server, Betsy, was in training (so she had another waitress shadowing her to observe and help), but she seemed very competent, and what she didn't know, she was quick to find out. We had a sampler of all the beers, a small plate of Spanish cheese that came with a beer taster, two small plates (the Patatas and a the pollo al ajillo dish), and finally we split a smoked turkey sandwich (to soak up all the beer). The food was very good and so was the beer!
My favorite was the Panda Bear Ale, which is described as "A unique ale, lightly hopped and easy drinking, but “dry-hopped” with pounds of whole vanilla beans and now TCHO cocoa nibs to infuse the beer with flavor and provide an incredibly aromatic sensation." This beer was DIVINE, although not having been to the other breweries, I didn't have much to compare it too. After we went to the other breweries, we decided we wished we had time to go back to Thirsty Bear. If you are in the area, I definitely recommend this place.
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August 22, 2013
Thanks for stopping by! Great to hear you enjoyed our food and beer! The Panda Bear is indeed a unique beer! Thanks for your kind words and great review, we look forward to your next visit1
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