Slideshow: First Look: Southern Pacific Brewing, San Francisco

On Tap
On Tap
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
The Brewing System
Southern Pacific is a fifteen-barrel brewhouse. They plan to produce 2,000 barrels a year.
Fermenting Tanks
Fermenting Tanks
Southern Pacific's fermenting tanks.
Barrel Aging
Barrel Aging
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.
Serving Tanks
Serving Tanks
Southern Pacific's beers, waiting patiently in the serving tanks to be pumped into your glass.
From Porter
From Porter
A glass of Southern Pacific's house porter. It offers the big chocolate and coffee flavors you'd expect.
Guest Beers
Guest Beers
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
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.
Biergarten!
Biergarten!
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.