The Beer Hall Opens...Quietly
San Francisco's newest tap room hasn't fully opened, but that's not stopping The Beer Hall's (1 Polk Street, at Market) neighbors from bellying up to the bar. Co-owner Jennifer Hall explains that they're currently in the midst of a soft opening, which is going great. “Our goal is to become a go-to destination for our neighborhood and community, so it's awesome to see residents, local tech workers, and government officials already coming by to enjoy a few brews.”
After much geographic deliberation, Jennifer and her home-brewer husband, Andrew, decided to open this snug and modern tap room and bottle shop in the Argenta Building at Polk and Market streets. The location also is close to the new NEMA luxury apartments, which are scheduled to open this fall. That means hundreds of new residents have a neighborhood craft beer bar waiting for them when they unpack their boxes.
Their space has room for about 40 people to sit at either banquettes, a L-shaped bar or high-topped tables. There are 20 beers on draft, all Californians, and most are from the Bay Area. Although many of the breweries represented are familiar to local beer fans, some of the rotating stock will be limited edition, seasonal, or specialty brews (see the list below). Andrew also plans to have at least one house beer on tap, having already partnered with newcomer Armstrong Brewing Company in South San Francisco for an ESB, and with MateVeza Brewing Company for a coffee stout. In addition to the drafts, The Beer Hall has a selection of over 200 bottled beers which can either be consumed on site, without a corkage fee, or as take-out. For the more vinous among us, there also currently four wines on tap.
Although they don’t have their own food yet, Jen noted, “We partnered with Little Red Riding Truck last Thursday and paired their stellar German food with some tasty beers. We liked the idea of testing out some food trucks and it turned out to be a big hit with our customers.”
Given techy corporate neighbors such as Twitter, the Halls also plan on offering on-site, curated happy hours, online beer ordering, and beer delivery.
Here’s what was on the board last Saturday night:
21st Amendment - Bitter American
Almanac - Dog Patch Sour
Almanac - Honey Saison
Anchor Steam - Zymaster Fort Ross
Armstrong - Mo’s Goze
Bear Republic - Café Racer
Coronado - Orange Avenue
Devil - Canyon Full Boar
Drake - Aroma Coma
Firestone Walker - Sucaba
North Coast - Old Rasputin
Ommegang - Fleur de Houblon
Pine Street - Atom Splitter
SF Brew Co - Alcatraz Amber
Sierra Nevada - Beer Camp #94
Speakeasy - Accomplice
Stone Brewing - Cali-Belgique
The Beer Hall - ESB
Two Rivers’ - Huckleberry Cider
Bieler Pere et Fils - Rose
Paul Dolan - Chardonnay
Paul Dolan - Pinot Noir
The Girls in the Vineyard - Cabernet Sauvignon
For the next week or two during the soft opening, Beer Hall's hours will be Mon-Sat, 6 – 10 pm. Regular hours will be Mon-Sat 3-10pm and closed on Sunday.