In a town rife with celebrated beer bars, including the first United States outpost of Copenhagen’s Mikkeller bar, it’s tough to narrow down the “essential” beer bar. But since 2007, Monk’s Kettle has changed the beer bar scene in S.F. It’s friendlier than the iconic Toronado and also serves quality food. Though tiny, the bar boasts a good 200 rotating beers at any given time: 28 beers on tap, one cask engine and an encyclopedic beer menu of more than 160 bottles.
THE DRINK TO DRINK: Changing gems, whether the likes of a TRVE/Prairie collaboration Flanders Red on draft or a bottle of sour De Dolle Oerbier Reserva wine-cask-aged Belgian strong dark from Belgium.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Grab a sidewalk table, order pretzel knots with cheddar fondue, and glean beer recommends from the knowledgeable staff. Note: The full bottle list is always available to-go at 25 percent off menu prices.
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