Brews on the Bay: San Francisco Beer Festival on a Liberty Ship

Every year at Pier 45, off the north end of Taylor Street in North Beach, the SF Brewers Guild puts on a beer festival to support the work of the guild, and the preservation of a historic World War Two era ship, the SS Jeremiah O’Brian. This year the popular festival sold out in advance.

The Jeremiah O’Brien is one of the last remaining World War II Liberty Ships, now docked at Pier 45 near Fisherman’s Wharf. You can get there from BART Embarcadero Station by taking the historic F street car (get it in from of the Ferry Building Tower).

Brews on the Bay provides a great chance to explore the old ship and taste fresh beers from all 8 of San Francisco’s craft breweries: 21st Amendment Brewery, Anchor Brewing, Beach Chalet, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery, Social Kitchen & Brewery, Speakeasy Ales and Lagers and Thirsty Bear Brewing Company, all of whom brew beer within the city limits.

This event is likely to sell out in advance next year, too. The best way to keep apprised in time is to get on the mailing lists of our local SF breweries.

P.S. — East Bay beer news: Keep your eyes peeled for a Pink Boots Society charity beer brewed last week at Drake’s to raise scholarship money for women who want professional brewers training. Here’s a little video about the project.



Explore Beer By BART; use our list of some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s best beer places with detailed transit info, so you can get out there to enjoy without driving.

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