Planet of Doom

Walk Hard – Part 2

Posted on February 19, 2011

We took the BART into the city and immediately sprung towards Magnolia Pub and Brewery.

Magnolia offers a ton of great beers, hitting every style flawlessly. They have been doing their annual Strong Beer month collaboration with 21st Amendment for a several years now. They give you a punch card with 10 beers listed, your job is to try all 10 and you then receive a commemorative glass. Unfortunately, they ran out of some of their offerings on the list. But thats OK, 10 beers is asking a lot.

Next stop, the infamous Toronado Beer Bar. The Toronado has remained open for over 20 years and sticks true to its reputation. This was probably the most crowded place we came across this weekend. But the beer was pouring and the crowd was very friendly.

Christian holding down the jocky box station.

About a mile later, we made it to Monk's Kettle. The sophisticates beer bar. The bar tenders don't just ask you what you want, they help guide you along. And if you say "I don't know what I want.", they assure you that you do know.

This is Sayre Piotrkowski. He's a cicerones that works at the Monk's kettle and has created a following after putting a video together about something he calls "The Swagger Stagger" check it out HERE. This walk across San Francisco hitting a handful of the local breweries/beer bars helped me put my own walk together tonight. So many thanks Sayre.

After enjoying the short time I had here. We then took off to 21st Amendment. Another one of many local brewery favorites. I always look forward to traveling to the bay area for this brewery. Making a lot of really odd and unique beers such as Watermelon Wheat (with real watermelon juice), these people are far from traditional. Tonight though, my eyes were set on Monk's Blood as it was released the night before and becomes unavailable very quickly.

2 pints of Monk's Blood.

And again, another night seeing Justin Crossley from The Brewing Network and other people I don't know.

Last call came and we were kicked out. I'm not sure if we realized it at first, but we were stuck in San Francisco since the BART had stopped running an hour prior. Luckily, Yazmin came to the rescue and offered us a place to stay for the night.

Before we passed out, we snuck up and hung out on a roof like the hipsters we are. I felt like I was in a shoe commercial or some indie music video. Sucks. But anytime spent with friends is well worth the embarrassment.