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The 9 Best Places to Drink Beer Now

Across the Bay Area, beer is king. Here's where to drink it.

The only thing better than drinking good beer is drinking good beer outside on a sunny day from a giant half-liter mug. All this and more has been possible since the people behind Suppenküche, the beloved Hayes Valley German restaurant, opened their outdoor shrine to German bier last year. Open Wednesday through Sunday. Closed for rain.
Drink this: Hofbräu Helles ($6, 0.5 liter), a classic biergarten draft.
424 Octavia St. (near Fell St.) 415-252-9289

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
This Bayview-based brewery not only makes some of the city’s finest pale ales, but also has a huge, popular bar plus a new, intimate taproom that offers private tastings and events. Another change: Its doors are now open six days a week.
Drink this: Speakeasy Scarlett ($3, 16 ounces), a sumptuous red rye.
1195 Evans Ave. (near Keith St.) 415-642-3371

Mill Valley Beerworks
The modest Marin microbrewery, known for its tasteful and balanced (if a tad idiosyncratic) beers, recently got a makeover and reopened with top-notch food.
Drink this: Beerworks Black ($6, 0.4 liter), an incisive ale that’s sharper and lighter than its black hue would suggest.
173 Throckmorton Ave. (at Madrona St.), Mill Valley 415-888-8218

The Trappist
Drink like you're in Old Belgium without leaving Old Oakland. Funky Flemish beers taste all the finer emerging from 25 regularly changing taps (there are also over 100 bottles to choose from). Beer grub, such as sausage and sauerkraut and pastrami sandwiches, is on the menu.
Drink this: Wet Dream ($14.50, 0.5 liter), by Brooklyn’s Evil Twin, a bitter brown ale brewed with coffee that's the house beer, made specifically for the Trappist.
460 8th St. (near Broadway), Oakland 510-238-8900

Beer Revolution
The East Bay’s punky answer to the Haight’s Toronado is the top place to find and drink rare California craft beers on tap and, often, rub elbows with the brewers themselves. It also functions as a beer shop.
Drink this: Drake's Denogginizer Imperial IPA ($5, 12 ounces).
464 3rd St. (near Broadway), Oakland 510-452-2337