Bare Bottle Brew Company brings beer to Bernal Heights! Housed in an old marble and stone factory on Cortland Avenue, just up the hill from Bayshore, the space is light industrial all the way with corrugated metal exterior, high ceilings, sky lights and cement floors. The owners have done a great job of building out the space complete with a bar to the left as you walk in and featuring four of their delicious home brews (more will be added over time). You can get a 5oz taste for $2 or a pint for $6 and they also offer growlers to go. We went on their official opening day right as they opened at 3pm, and we went straight to the bar where I ordered a “Scurvy Fighter”, their American Pale Ale. They were also offering a Super Session IPA called”Boaty McBoatface #1″, a Honey Brown Ale called “C’s Bees”, and the “California Cologne” which was their Kolsch-Style Ale offering (and my second pint).
My son found a side room that had comfortable chairs, a couch, and some tables as well as a table full of board games, one of which he brought out the iron-based, wood-topped table in the main room, with a view of the bar and the shiny new beer tanks. On this day they were offering some complimentary salty snacks and I am not sure if these will always be offered. For the kids (and many Bernal families showed up with children of all ages), they have bottled water and Pellegrino and so my son was lamenting they didn’t offer an artisinal root beer on tap, which I agree would be a brilliant idea from which they would make a lot of happy kid customers (and extra money to boot). A food truck eventually pulled into the driveway in front offering some over-priced sliders, bowls and fries. Its too bad that San Francisco food trucks have become as expensive as sit-down restaurants. Frankly, I think it would be ideal if one of the amazing taco trucks from the nearby neighborhoods planted itself in the driveway just as I have seen at a few bars in the East Bay (including the just-opened Temescal Brewing Company). I think I would be compelled to drink one or two more beers for the money I saved from buying a cheap and plentiful taco instead of a $14 salmon and basmati rice bowl, but that’s just this writer’s opinion.
The bottom line is if you are looking for a new fun neighborhood spot that makes good beers (and soon will be offering home brew classes), is in a cool location, is full of friendly Bernal folk and owned and operated by good people who clearly take pride in what they do, then come on by (except for Monday and Tuesday when they are closed), grab a beer or two to drink there and grab a growler or two to take home!