Restaurants & Bars San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Beer

Local beer for a wedding?

Bjartmarr | | Jan 27, 2009 05:52 PM

I thought I posted this a couple days ago, but it doesn't seem to have shown up. Here's take 2; apologies if it's a dup.

My brother is getting married in SF in July, and he has asked me to help him select the beer for the reception. But my tastes tend to run to high-alcohol Belgians, which are probably not the kind of thing he wants to serve at a wedding half-full of macrobrew-drinkers. Furthermore, I'm in Los Angeles, so I don't really know of any good Bay-Area microbreweries. So I'm turning to my fellow hounds for help.

Can anybody recommend a local beer and/or brewery? I'd like to find two to three beers that are interesting and tasty, but won't totally put off drinkers who are accustomed to Corona and Heineken. Preferably something that's not marketed nationally. Maybe one beer that's light and summery, and two more with a bit more body. Also, if you recommend something hard to find, I'd appreciate the name of a bar in SF or Berkeley where he can taste the beers prior to making a decision.

Bonus points if the brewery is organic, or has made at least some effort towards sustainability. Thanks!

edit: Okay, I suppose *one* of the selections could be something that's totally inappropriate for macrobrew-drinkers. I mean, if you know of a fantastic locally-made trippel, I certainly don't want to discourage you from telling me about it.

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