Monk’s Kettle is a weird place. Some people think it’s a bar that serves absurdly nice food. Some people think it’s a small, crowded restaurant with a massive beer list. In any case, almost everybody agrees: The prices are high, the beer selection massive, the beers well cared for, and the food damn tasty.

Many a beer snob has been impressed by the selection. The place has a hundred bottles, and 24 beers on draft. There’s Arrogant Bastard. There’s black currant cider. There’s St. Bernardus Abt 12 on tap, which is already reason enough to go, says boozemonkey.

And the food is good. Some people think the prices are ludicrous ($10 for a burger?). But others think it’s worth it. Bruschetta—a La Brea baguette slice with white bean and cheddar purée and wild mushrooms—is wonderful. And the giant pretzel—folks love the giant pretzel. It’s warm, yeasty, and chewy, says Absonot. And it comes with great cheddar ale sauce. “I had no idea that a giant pretzel could be so good,” says Lori SF.

It’s not the be-all, end-all for beers. It isn’t, say some beer-hounds, nearly the beer nerd paradise that Toronado is. And it doesn’t have the Belgian devotion of, say, the Trappist. But Monk’s Kettle does have great beer, and great food.

Monk’s Kettle [Mission District]
3141 16th Street, San Francisco

Toronado [Haight]
547 Haight Street, San Francisco

The Trappist [East Bay]
460 Eighth Street, Oakland

Board Links: Monk’s Kettle
SF (16th/Mission)–100 bottles of beer on the wall, 24 draughts, house-ground Niman Ranch burgers w/Quetzel tomatoes

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