Magnolia Brewing Company
San Francisco, CA
Magnolia Brewing Company began in 1997 as a neighborhood brewpub in San Francisco’s fabled Haight Ashbury District on the eastern edge of Golden Gate Park. Founder/Brewmaster Dave McLean planned for the original brewpub to marry the hospitality and community of the great pubs of England with a quirky, artisan brewery shoe-horned into a tiny basement. Added to that was a love for the eccentricity, free thought, independence and creative expression birthed in the Haight decades earlier and a passion for making the food taste every bit as good as the beer. Magnolia began to outgrow its tiny brewery several years ago and the search began for a second brewing location somewhere in San Francisco. That place turned out to be the historic Dogpatch, a waterfront sliver of land once the industrial heart of San Francisco. Magnolia’s new 30-barrel brewery opened there in 2013 followed by Smokestack, its new BBQ restaurant meets beer hall meets whiskey bar in 2014. Today, both locations are key parts of the San Francisco craft beer community.