Bikes and Brews

by Katie Cook

Grab your fixie, beater, or custom bike and ride on over to some of San Francisco’s best breweries.

We’ll start our tour at 21st Amendment. Grab a seat at the bar or grab a table to fuel up with some beer and bites.

Get on your bike and head to Triple Voodoo Brewery in the Dogpatch. Triple Voodoo opened in February 2014 and was the first brewery to kick-off the craft beer boom in the Dogpatch. Can’t decide on a single beer? Triple Voodoo offers tasters and if you’re searching for the perfect combination of beers the bartenders are happy to offer suggestions. The only downside is that Triple Voodoo has yet to install bike racks outside of the tasting room. Be sure to bring a chain or cable lock to lock your bike to one of the trees.

You might be tempted to cheat and stop in for a beer at Magnolia/Smokestack, but restrain yourself and take the short ride over to Speakeasy Brewery. The majority of your ride to Speakeasy will be car-free thanks to the wide bike path separate from the main road. If you have time for a detour Herons Head Park offers great bird watching and stellar views.

Hands-down Speakeasy has the coolest tap room of all the breweries on this tour, and if you plan in advance you get a behind the scenes look at the brewing operation. Speakeasy also offers 2-ounce tasters of all their beers. This is another brewery that is missing bike racks, but the staff is more than happy to let you lock your bike to the railing outside of the bar.

Feeling tipsy yet? Get back on your bike and safely ride back to the Dogpatch and check-out the long-awaited Magnolia Brewery and Smokestack. Smokestack is a bigger, badder version of the original Magnolia on Haight Street. This gastropub serves food as tasty as the beer so load up on carbs to help carry you through the rest of the day, and if you’re doing this tour in February beware of the strong beer. It will get you every time!

Don’t have a bike? Don’t worry! The Bike Hut offers day-long rentals and is a short 2-blocks from 21st Amendment.

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