Finding good wine in a good restaurant is usually not too difficult, but it seems that less consideration is given to matching food with good beer, beyond the usual suspects. Brewpubs can sometimes be an exception, but not necessarily. I like Magnolia, but I think the menu at 21st Amendment is pretty tired. I think that with our international and sometimes spicy cuisines, beer is a much better complement than wine a lot of the time.
I'm wondering if any of you in the Bay Area diners have had the pleasure of well thought out food and beer pairings in restaurants and what your favorites are.