A few months ago a new brewpub came to town. Social Kitchen Brewery is located in the Inner Sunset district of San Francisco and it is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. I finally made it here this past Tuesday night for the start of their Köln Night. From their website:
“Throughout the evening, servers circulate through the dining room with trays of freshly-poured beers, depositing a full, cold glass each time a patron’s glass is nearly empty. Guests enjoy the conviviality of good company and good beer, with nary an empty glass, and no need to flag down a server to order another. They enjoy the continual hospitality of cold, fresh beer. The stanges are a moderate 250 ml (8 oz.), and the beer is less than 5% ABV, so the glasses don’t linger, and the sessionable beer stays refreshing, cold, and lively.”
As the first person to arrive, I made my way upstairs to their mezzanine, grabbed a table for Andrei, Gene and I and waited. Being their first time doing this, I think the waitresses were a bit confused but they figured out a system (marking your coaster to know how many beers you’ve had). The Kölsch they tapped was very refreshing as a Kölsch should be. The flavor was good and light enough to enjoy several glasses of it. They passed out pretzels and some of their IPA mustard to each table which went really well with the beer. There were also sausages, sauerkraut and other German noshes for people to share, although you had to be on top of your game if you wanted to grab something before it disappeared. We stayed up in that area for a while but meandered downstairs so we could try the other beer. They’ve got about 5 brews on tap and all were very tasty. My particular favorite was their L’Enfant Terrible belgian style dark ale. It sounds like they’ve tweaked the recipes a bit because both Andrei and Gene had gone there when it first opened and they thought the beer tasted better this time around. We also shared some spicy hot wings and chili fries which were both good.
I’ll definitely head back here whether it be for one of their German drinking nights or to drink good beer and have great food.
More pics below.