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Top 5 San Francisco Places To Find Craft Beer For Your 4th of July Backyard BBQ

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Nothing says 4th of July like fireworks, BBQ and brew. Don't be lazy when it comes to your beer selection; not just any mix of water, barley, hops and yeast will due. San Francisco is not shy when it comes to seasonal selections of craft beer that will accent your eating alfresco experience. Here are some local favorites that will help you welcome summer.

Hell Or High Watermelon
21st Amendment Brewpub
563 Second St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 369-0900

21st Amendment seasonally carries Hell or High Watermelon, which compliments any summer BBQ. This summer pale straw wheat bear is available from April through September. It starts as an American wheat beer and fresh watermelon is used for flavor during the second fermentation, creating a hint of watermelon flavor and smell. It is available to purchase in six pack cans or on draft with a slice of fresh watermelon to accent the flavor even more. The brewpub is located in SoMa near the ballpark.

The Blind Tiger Imperial IPA
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
1195 Evans Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 642-3371

The Speakeasy Tap Room is located at the brewery and you can purchase tasting flights, growlers to go, bottles, cans and pints on draft. The Blind Tiger Imperial IPA is a hoppy beer that is bitter with hints of passionfruit, citrus peel and melon. The bold flavor pairs nicely with BBQ and picnic staples like cheddar, grilled pork chops and barbecued ribs. Blind Tiger is only available during summer from June to July.

Anchor Summer Wheat
Anchor Brewing Company
1705 Mariposa St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 863-8350

Anchor Brewing Company is located in Potrero Hill and advanced reservations are required for tours, but there is also local distribution to get your beer on the go. Released just ahead of summer from May to July is the Anchor Summer Wheat. This clean and crisp beer is a light American-style wheat beer which compliments hot weather and eating outdoors. Anchor has been brewing this seasonal beer since 1984.

Questionable Origins #3
Cellarmaker Brewing Company
1150 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 863-3940

Cellarmaker Brewing Company is located in SoMa and offers beer on tap, in bottles and growlers. Summer is all about fruit flavors complementing your beer. Questionable Origins #3 is a pale ale that has hints of guava, kiwi, passionfruit, earth and spice. There are also more hoppy beers in line for the summer season, so check the tap list regularly. It compliments BBQ and is great for people who want to enjoy something more contemporary.

Halcyon Days Saison
Harmonic Brewing
1050 26th St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 872-6817

Harmonic Brewing is a small brewery in the Dogpatch neighborhood. Seasonal beers include Halcyon Days Saison, which is farmhouse ale served with a peel of orange, and Trop the Mic IPA, which is hoppy with notes of peach and mango. These beers are for the pickier guest who has a refined palate for craft beer. The taproom is open from Wednesday through Sunday and offers at least ten beers on tap. Beer is available in pint, tester sizes and growlers to-go.

This article was written via for CBS Local Media


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