This is the current lineup of house-brewed beers, though the rotation will change regularly. SPB is also licensed to sell to other purveyors, and you can already find their beers at other locations around town, including Pi Bar and Zeitgeist.
The Brewing System
Southern Pacific is a fifteen-barrel brewhouse. They plan to produce 2,000 barrels a year.
Southern Pacific's fermenting tanks.
Owner Chris Lawrence climbs high on a ladder to top off the glycol tank. As he says: "Gotta keep them beers cold."
Southern Pacific counts a winery amongst its neighbors. They're repurposing the used wine barrels to age some of their beers, like this wit beer aged in a Chardonnay barrel.
Southern Pacific's beers, waiting patiently in the serving tanks to be pumped into your glass.
A glass of Southern Pacific's house porter. It offers the big chocolate and coffee flavors you'd expect.
Southern Pacific's wit beer offers the clean, refreshing taste that owner Chris Lawrence says will be the hallmark of their beer rotation. This very crisp beer with citrus flavors in the finish should work quite nicely on a sunny day.
Along with six or seven house brews, Southern Pacific will typically offer twelve "guest" beers on tap, with a focus on the local and unique. When we stopped in, this included Anchor Steam's just-released Zymaster California Lager, Drake's Hopocalypse, and Ninkasi Oatis.
Upscale Pub Food
Southern Pacific's menu features upscale pub food, with beer worked into the grub wherever possible. This banh mi was stuffed with beer-roasted pork. House-made chili ketchup and grainy mustard both include house-brewed beers in the recipe. We dug the garlicky sage fries, too, though we found the pastrami sandwich we tried a little tough to chew through.
Several picnic tables sit in front of Southern Pacific's giant front window. The Mission gets more sun than other parts of San Francisco, and this promises to be a good location for sunny day drinking.
Southern Pacific's massive warehouse space was designed by Boor Bridges Architecture. The former machine shop gets plenty of light from the front windows and the skylights in the high ceilings.