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TASTE News Service, June 1, 2015 – There’s a vibrant craft beer scene south of San Francisco.AB Logo Picmonkey

Two new brewpubs are due to open this summer in South San Francisco. South City, as it’s known to locals, is actually located in San Mateo County, just south of its bigger and better known namesake. For years the municipality has carried the identity, “The Industrial City,” and it seems appropriate that a place that has reveled in being home to hard work should welcome the brewing industry.

Armstrong Brewing began brewing in another location three years ago and is awaiting the date they can open the doors in their new and bigger digs at 415 Grand Ave. By this July they’ll be serving from a menu that includes a sour dubbed South City Brown, a Belgian styled 415 Fog and an infrequently-seen German style (Moe’s Gose).

Also opening soon in South San Francisco is 47 Hills Brewing Company. Founder John Tucci studied brewing in Germany, where he worked for Paulaner. More recently, he managed 5 separate Gordon Biersch breweries. When 47 Hills opens at 137 South Linden Ave, John’s brews will complemented by a selection of locally-sourced sausages.

Seven miles south is Steelhead Brewing Company, which has been in business since 1991. It’s location at 333 California Drive in Burlingame is a 5 minute ride from San Francisco’s Airport (SFO)

Freewheel Taps PicmonkeyCask-conditioned pour at Freewheel A bit further south—but over on the coast—are two attractive options. Half Moon Bay Brewing at 390 Capistrano Rd. is actually located a few miles north of the town of Half Moon Bay and is closer to El Granada on the maps. They feature a substantial menu of pub grub and are frequently home to live music. Patio seating for those mild days, too. Just across Highway 1 (also known as Cabrillo Hwy) at 30 Avenida Portola in the town of El Granada is Hop Dogma’s tasting room. Owners Dan Littlefield and Ethan Martini have made beers in a wide variety of styles, but say that they’re narrowing the focus now to concentrate on hoppy American styles, Belgians and darks.

Further south, but  but over the hill and on the bay side of the county, is Freewheel Brewery and Pub, located at 3736 Florence St. in Redwood City. Taking a different direction than the many California IPA producers, Freewheel has chosen to specialize in lower-hopped beers in the British tradition. They’re even making them in cask-conditioned style (their brews are naturally carbonated and are poured using no added carbon dioxide).

Editor’s note: Links to the websites of many brewpubs and craft beer purveyors can be found in the Beer section of Taste California Travel’s Resource Directory. Also in that directory are links to Lodging and Dining options, as well as Wineries, and they’re all sorted in easy-to-use geographic zones.