Brewery Day Commute: A lager-centric jaunt at the Peninsula

I’ve hop scotched — beer scotched? — across the Bay House testing breweries from Gilroy to Brentwood. This time I ventured to the higher Peninsula to take a look at beer havens in South San Francisco and Pacifica. Right here’s what I discovered.

47 Hills Brewing

South San Francisco’s Armstrong Brewing used to be a casualty of the pandemic’s first yr, however the excellent news is that 47 Hills Brewing continues to be thriving. Proprietor and brewer John Tucci is a veteran of the Bay House beer scene, getting his get started as a house brewer within the Eighties prior to transferring toGermany to be told extra and intern at Munich’s Paulaner brewery.

The cozy taproom at South San Francisco’s 47 Hills Brewing gives quite a few seating, in addition to arcade video games. (Courtesy Jay R. Brooks) 

Again in California in 1998, he started brewing at Palo Alto’s Gordon Biersch and by means of 2001, he used to be head brewer for the corporate in San Francisco. Tucci opened 47 Hills in South San Francisco in 2017, the identify a nod to an previous quote that holds that San Francisco has 47 hills. (Relying at the supply, the real rely can range from seven to 74.)

Tucci has a present for lagers, however his IPA may be relatively tasty, and his best-seller is Yelling at Vehicles, a tart, refreshing pilsner. Purple Boots, named for the Purple Boots Society, a company that helps feminine brewers, is a detailed 2d. It’s unfiltered, however no longer a hazy — the most productive of each worlds. He additionally makes Farmhouse Ale, a Belgian-style beer brewed with Kveik, a Norwegian yeast.

The group is commercial, however the brewery is one thing of an oasis with a big beer lawn outside and comfy seating inside of, with lengthy community-style bench seating and a protracted bar. An arcade gives a dozen pinball machines and old-school video video games, and the kitchen serves up Wagyu burgers, sizzling fried hen sandwiches and flatbread pizza.

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Main points: The brewery opens at 7 a.m. — with a breakfast menu and occasional — Tuesday-Friday and midday on weekends at 137 S. Linden St. in South San Francisco; 47hillsbrewingcompany.com.

Pedro Level Brewing

Pedro Point Brewing was started by Aaron Bonner and Roberta Gamble, pictured, and Jason Bentley in Pacifica in 2015. (Courtesy of Pedro Point Brewing)
Pedro Level Brewing used to be began by means of Aaron Bonner and Roberta Gamble, pictured, and Jason Bentley in Pacifica in 2015. (Courtesy of Pedro Level Brewing) 

Head quarter-hour down Freeway 1, and also you’ll in finding Pacifica’s first brewery, Pedro Level Brewing, opened by means of Jason Bentley, Aaron Bonner and Roberta Gamble in 2015. This present day, Matt Miller handles the brewing. Positioned in a small strip mall inside of sight of the sea, the taproom is heat and comfy, with nooks and crannies for seating, native artwork at the partitions and board video games to play when you’re there. Out of doors meals is welcome. And the brewery is canine pleasant.

They preserve 15 or so beers at the menu, which is split into lighter beers — a hefeweizen and a blonde — in addition to light ales and IPAs, malty and darker, and sours, plus a few exhausting seltzers. The IPAs come with two West Coast variations and two hazies, however in addition they make a particular Milkshake IPA with coconut and pineapple. Believe it a Pina Colada Hopsicle. The Say Dunkel used to be a standout for me, a Munich-style darkish lager with nice malt personality and a marginally of espresso goodness.

Main points: Pedro Level Brewing opens at 3 p.m. on weekdays and 1 p.m. on weekends at 55A Invoice Drake Means in Pacifica; pedropointbrewing.com.

Pacifica Brewery

Only a few extra mins down Freeway 1, you’ll uncover Pacifica Brewery, which I discussed final yr in a column about nice new breweries. It’s smartly price a forestall. Brewer Kim Sturdavantmakes a variety of terrific beers and the menu by means of French chef Sylvain Montassier isseveral ranges above usual brewpub fare.

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Main points: Pacifica Brewery opens at 4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. Sundays at 4627 Freeway 1 in Pacifica; www.pacificabrewery.beer.

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