If you know your way around craft beer, you probably owe it to Dave McLean. A craft-beer pioneer, he’s been practicing the art of the brew at Magnolia on Haight Street for 15 years. A haven of house-made brews (created in the basement), the pub's lovingly written taste profiles educate and make you thirsty for more. But devout connoisseurs should also make a pilgrimage to the new Abbot's Cellar, a 3,000-square-foot dining room in the Mission. Equipped with a two-story, stone-encased beer cellar, delicacies like bone marrow, rabbit, and quail, three-course and five-course tasting menus, and a rotating list of 120-curated brews, this is an adventure for foodies and beer lovers, alike.
Magnolia,1398 Haight Street (between between Haight Street and Central Avenue; 415-864-7468
The Abbot’s Cellar, 742 Valencia Street (between Lapaige and Valencia streets); 415-626-8700
Photos: Magnolia, Courtesy of Jennifer Yin; Abbot’s Cellar, Courtesy of Abbot’s Cellar