If you seek a bit of community to go with your small-batch craft brew, head to Laughing Monk Brewing's new Bayview tasting room, ask for Andrew Casteel, and get to know the guy over a pint of his Cal-Belgian beer.
If you happen to arrive by mistake at the dead end of Shafter Avenue in Bayview, consider parking. Here you'll find the little-known warehouse headquarters of San Francisco Mead Company, where a husband-wife duo is brewing one of the world's oldest libations by the thousands of gallons-full.
In case you hadn't heard, there's a lot going on in the Bayview neighborhood lately. The Bold Italic just ran a nice roundup of what to do out there, and their guide comes just in time for next week's 3rd on Third art and music celebration. What started as a plan to toast the murals along the Third Street Corridor soon turned into a full-blown block party when the Stern Grove Festival joined the SF Arts and Public Utilities Commissions to launch "Grove on the Road."
Last year, the retro rockabilly mecca, Bettie Page clothing, opened shop in the Haight. A little bird told me the girls there have some serious vintage swagger, so I thought I'd head over and check it out. I found (left to right) Jessica Goss, Liz Ireland, Mindy Gaines, and Hayley Griffin, done up in pin-up. These ladies are lucky enough to call their dress code a job perk.