Rogue is one of the major players in the west coast microbrew revolution, and their labels are catchy symbols of rebellion. Little wonder that when they set up a pub with more than forty taps of their beer and a few from select guests, (plus two yellow-fizzy mass-produced beers which they provide but often charmingly ridicule), they also sell their iconic shirts, glassware and bottles to go. Originally brewed in Ashland, Oregon, near the Rogue River, they now have breweries in Oregon and Washington. This pub is their one act of hegemony in California. Besides beer, they have a full bar (including serving their own artisan gins and rums) plus a pub dinner menu. If you have a fleece or warm jacket, you may like to eat in their outdoor back patio.
Extras: North Beach food and sights nearby, perfect for when you crave walking and some tourist moments as part of your excursion. Rogue also does some special events: Check their calendar.
673 Union St. @ Powell, San Francisco • 415-362-7880
Exit BART through the exit labeled A1 onto the north side of Market St. Turn right out of the exit and then left on Montgomery Street. Walk about 7 blocks to the TransAmerica Pyramid building, then soft left up Columbus about 6 blocks to Union Street. Turn left one block. Rogue is on the corner of Union and Powell. (You can also walk from Embarcadero Station, or from Powell through the Stockton Street tunnel, but this Montgomery route is a little shorter. This part of town is not steep and fun to walk in.)
Official Montgomery Station and local bus info.