From the HBD Archive
From: homebrew@tso.uc.EDU (Ed Westemeier)
Subject: SF Brewpubs & Maltmill
Date: 1992-07-10 23:43:46 GMT

Thanks to Nick Cuccia's terrific list of beer establishments in the SF
Bay area, I had a terrific visit there last week.

Got to Pacific Coast Brewing Co. in Oakland (marvelous atmosphere,
good food, only average house beers but a fabulous selection on tap);
Buffalo Bill's in Hayward (what can I say -- a classic and good, well-
balanced beers with character); Gordon Biersch in Palo Alto (nice
place, a bit pricey, and good average beers); Twenty Tank Brewery in
San Francisco (a real dive, but again good food and pretty good beer.
Also a very friendly and informative assistant brewmaster on hand).
Tried the Marin Brewing Co. in Larkspur, but got there while they were
closed for the holiday. Looked like a fern bar from the window, but I
hear their beer is good. What a trip!

It got me thinking about how far we've come in just the last five
years. With this kind of variety (and even the beers I rated as
average were "head" and shoulders above their big commercial cousins)
our standards are getting higher, too. Maybe we'll get to be a real
beer country yet. Does anyone know where the big three candidates
stand on microbreweries and brewpubs?

Also, I would guess that I might have been that 100th buyer of the
maltmill who gave Jack the idea for the lottery. I have to admit I was
skeptical, but after seeing one at the AHA conference last month and
rereading George Fix's favorable review, I took the plunge. After one
trial, I'm glad I did -- got an almost perfect crush and improved my
extraction rate. Usual disclaimers, but thought in fairness I should
let people have another unbiased opinion.

- --Ed
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