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Beer at a coffee shop

By Joe Ruvel · July 25th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Sometimes, things that don’t at first seem to fit together, work really well. Some people don’t see any reason why one would want to drink beer at a coffee shop. There should be coffee and maybe some sandwiches, but beer - go to a bar or brewpub for that . Well – I don’t agree at all. I love having a beer or two at a good cafe. Maybe you have something to work on and want a quiet environment to plug away on your laptop and yet also want a few beers. 

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Now good beer at a coffee shop  – that is a bit tougher. I remember when I lived in New York, I was part of a great writing group that met at a few different places in the East Village including a pseudo coffee shop called Drink Me (no idea if it is still there). I don’t remember about the beer selection but then it didn’t really matter. We could drink for cheap – have a good place to meet – and of course even write a little bit. Luckily in the Bay Area, most places have at least a few good beers on tap or in the cooler, and my favorite coffee shop with beer (CSWB for those playing at home) does an admirable job.

901 Columbus has everthing going for them. Nice space with lots of light. Free wifi. Good food. And the owners are friends with those great people at Firestone Walker Brewing Company (which of course is the most important thing going for them). They get a few special kegs made just for them. Nothing too challenging to the drinker but overall some great beer to drink while relaxing on their couches. Last time we were there they had: DBA, Broadway Blonde, and Olam’s Screamin’ Demon Pale Ale. That last one not only has an awesome name, it was a good beer. A fine pale ale with a healty shot of hops. Oh and it doesn’t hurt that the happy hour, which I think was from like 5-9 every day, made these beers cost $2 a pint. Sweet!

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So go to your local coffee shop and have a beer. And if they don’t have any, tell them you won’t come back till they do.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Luke E. // Jul 27, 2009 at 11:00 am

    I’d like to put my vote in for the Bean Bag Cafe on Divisadero at Hayes. They have a great menu full of breakfast foods, sandwiches, smoothies and salads. And of course, the coffee is good too.

    Best part is that a pint is only $1.75 any time after 3pm. That’s right, happy hour goes until they close at 9 or 10pm. And this ain’t no I’m-drinking-my-tall-boy-of-PBR-hipster crap. This is some quality microbrew (21st Amendment for sure, and a few other good ones as well). Gets a little crowded on some evenings, but it’s always a fun, chill group. Since they close at 9 or 10pm, things never get too rowdy.

  • 2 RobKohr // Jul 27, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    I met at Drink Me for a film makers group. Really nice place. It was still in existence about 4 years ago.

    I wish more coffee houses sold beer. I like the cafe atmosphere better than a bar, but would prefer a beer to coffee. Trying to open up a laptop and get work done at a bar seems like a strange idea. Maybe this is different in europe.