This year's SF Beer Week saw 2600 people and almost 70 locally crafted beer companies pack SoMa's Concourse Exhibition Center. New beer gardens are popping up from Hayes Valley (Biergarten) to the Mission (Southern Pacific Brewing Company), and there are fancy beer restaurants like Monk's Kettle spinoff Abbot's Cellar en route. Artisan beer is the new cupcake. But it's worth noting a handful of San Francisco restaurants have been giving beer its due dilligence for quite some time. While places like Suppenkuche, Thirsty Bear and Magnolia Brewery have always had a reputation for great beer, there are notable restaurant beer programs out there that have largely flown under the radar. Keep this list in your arsenal for moments when you want to go beyond the omnipresent Corona and Miller Lite without arm-wrestling your way through a crowd of trend watchers.
1) Bar Crudo (655 Divisadero St.): Most people are drawn to this Nopa neighborhood charmer for chef-owner Mike Selvera's amazing seafood chowder and inspired takes on raw fish. But his twin brother, co-owner Tim Selvera has curated a serious beer list that draws aficionados on the DL. Selvera changes the list often to reflect the seasons and his latest obsessions, dividing up some sixty options into helpful categories like "floral, fruity, spice" or "rich, malt, dark."