547 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
First off, Happy Thanksgiving to all the American readers on Foodosophy. In honor of US Thanksgiving, I’ve imbibed a tremendous amount of beer. Making this post, well, a lot less verbose than my usual posts.
In honor of the beer I’ve imbibed, I would like to introduce you to Toronado – quite possibly the best pub in North America. I say quite possibly because I haven’t been to every pub in North America. But I have a hard time imagining a better pub from a beer standpoint.
Toronado is not about the decor, or the atmosphere, unless you like quirky, unkempt beer snobs in irreverent t-shirts boasting loudly after one too many, while the strong smell of stale beer wafts over each slightly sticky table. While this doesn’t make up all their patrons – it is a bit of hyperbole, certainly, and there really are a diverse number of people who love the Toronado – it certainly makes up a good percentage that will give you the evil eye when you need to slide by them and actually try and get a beer from the bar.
What Toronado is about is amazing beer – both in selection, and in the quality of the beers. This is a beer drinkers pub. Over 40 beers on tap – all microbrews and craft beer. Including my favorite IPA, Pliny the Elder from the Russian River Brewing Company. They even have hand pumped casks! Their selection of bottles is even larger.
Not much else I can add – it’s a must visit for anyone who is interested in the brewing arts. Just take a cab if you plan on indulging. As good as the beer is, it’s not worth throwing your life, or someone else’s away for your moment of indulgence.