This site is a labor of love (of good beer) by two long-time San Francisco residents, Gail Ann Williams and Steve Shapiro. We went live with the site in March, 2007, after extensive field research. The Beer By BART destination list is not a bar guide and it’s not a rating site. There are many other sites that do that well. The Beer By BART is aimed at getting appreciators of good beer to explore venues in the San Francisco Bay Area that feature great beer, safely. Period.
The premise: A list of good beer venues grouped by the nearest Bay Area Rapid Transit station forms the home page. An alphabetical list of venues down the right column of all pages gives an alternate way to find transit info to a specific destination. We make a page for each venue that includes tested walking directions along with a map and details about the destination.
We started with a list of local pubs that brew their own beer. We added a select assortment of bars and restaurants that do not brew, but feature a reasonable number of top local and regional craft beers, and in a few cases, unique imported beers.
Furthermore, we care whether the serving staff knows about the beer they pour and are willing to talk to patrons about them. We particularly like the pubs who will pour you a taste of beers you’re not familiar with so you can learn about new beers or encourage a companion to expand her or his beer drinking universe. Finally we appreciate pubs who will pour smaller than a pint glasses for a nearly-proportional fraction of the price of a pint. Not all of these listed venues do all or most of the above, but we hope they all will eventually.
Of course, we encourage travel by public transportation. Why not let train operators be your designated drivers, since they’re going your way anyhow? The pubs featured on our site are usually within about a one mile walk – “four shoes” – from some major form of transit. (Yes, that’s “about” a mile — we had to add in a couple of five-shoe walks we just couldn’t stand to leave off.) Most of them are quite a bit closer than a mile from a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station. We also suggest some that are easily reachable by connecting from BART to local bus systems, regional commute train or ferry. The ferry rides in particular can make for a wonderful afternoon of beer exploration.
Because we like to travel beyond the BART footprint, we also include beer travel posts and articles now and then in the blog section. You’ll also see a few announcements of beer events and some special projects.
So explore, enjoy and please keep in touch. You can reach us by posting a comment on the site, or by email at: beerbybart – at – yahoo – dot – com (We trust that you will format that as a normal email address and we hope that automated spammers with their bots won’t).
Gail and Steve
P.S. We also write for the Celebrator Beer News. Find our articles at Celebrator.com and you ay be able to view them directly from the print shop’s magazine-viewing software at www.celebrator.com/issues