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SF: Wonder Brewery - sweet potato fries and wunder-ful draft pumpkin beer

rworange | Oct 29, 200710:56 AM     1

The beer is everything that is promised in the name and I've never found until now. It is like boozy pumpkin pie in a glass - lovely spicy pumpkin bouquet, pretty pumpkin color and nice pumpkin and spice taste.

It was great with the massive serving of sweet potato fries with lots of salt and chopped parsely ($4 during happy hour)

I've tried to get enthusiastic about beer in the past but nothing has stood out before. At Wunder Brewery it is like I tasted beer ... real beer ... for the first time. It was full of flavor and complexity.

I ordered the beer sampler ($9) which let me try all seven beers on the menu that night. The glasses were the size of glasses often used for small orange juice and filled to the rim. Let's say by the end of this session I was more smashed than a pumpkin after midnight on Halloween.

They have a very nice house-made root beer as well, but my opinion on that may be unreliable as I was nursing that while trying to sober up and staring vacantly at the Sharks game on tv.

Here's what I had in order of preference (excluding pumpkin which is seasonal)

Porter - a deep coke color it had strong molasses/burnt caramel taste ... in a very good way ... with a bit of background smoke

Stout - Black, agreeably bitter, almost chewy with the slightest hint of molasses

Chile - NOT a gimick. A light beer with a fresh habenero flavor and tingle. This would be great with any Mexican dishes and Tuesday's taco night

IPA - The one beer I've been getting to know is IPA's. This is very nice with complementary bitterness and a beautiful honey-amber color

Wheat - the color of orange blossom honey with a delicious citrus flavor. A great summer beer.

Barley wine - This is the only one I wouldn't order again. I've never had barley wine before so don't know if this is a good example or not. However, it didn't have the character of the other beers and seemed weak by comparison despite having the highest alcohol (8.75% ABV).

Happy Hour is from 2-6:30. Most appetizers are $4 and can easily feed 2-3. Appetizers in addition to the sweet potato fries were pretzels, onion rings, artichoke hearts, regular fries, cheese soup, and sauteed green beens. Irish natchos were $6.

Wunder-ful place ... well, someone had to say that, eh?

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