Pull up your anchor. Discovering new craft beer gems in San Francisco
Itís easy to fall into a San Francisco beer rut. Itís the city that launched Anchor Steam, itís the site of the first Mikkeller Bar in America and it has been the home of influential craft breweries like Speakeasy. My recent trips to The City have rarely extended beyond the SoMa two-step of City Beer Store and Cellarmaker.

Anchor is owned by Japanese brewer Sapporo, Mikkeller runs production breweries on both coasts and Speakeasy went bankrupt in early 2017 before finding new life later that year. City Beer Store is closed while it moves to a new location two blocks away. (At least Cellarmaker is still pouring masterpieces from its cramped SoMa taproom.)

Fortunately, a new batch of boundary-pushing craft brewers has re-energized the San Francisco beer scene. And since many of those breweries are distributing their beers in Sacramento, itís worth trying some new offerings from The City as the beer scene continues to evolve.

Our trip to The City started with a familiar brewery, albeit one that with a somewhat new presence. The 8-year-old, sour-centric Almanac Beer Company opened the Almanac Taproom on the eastern edge of the Mission District in December 2016. While the combined restaurant, taproom and beer garden seems out of step with the surrounding neighborhood, it manages to feel upscale without sacrificing a relaxed vibe.

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