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Animal Tropical IPA from Fort Point Beer Co.

Jul 26, 2023

The brewery’s three locations offer menu items like housemade “Ruffled Chips” served with green goddess dip, a beer or vegetarian hot dog and a Dungeness crab roll on a buttery toasted bun.

Looking to fill the local craft-beer void in your fridge? No need to venture beyond San Francisco’s 49 square miles. Arguably the best known of the City’s small group of boutique brewers is Fort Point Beer Co., which opened its production facility at Crissy Field in 2013.

Manual Creative is the local firm behind the award-winning can design of Fort Point Beer Co.’s Animal IPA.

With Anchor Brewing shutting down after 127 years, Fort Point seems primed to take over the role of San Francisco’s iconic brewery because of its consistently enjoyable brews and its distinct logo designs that tie in elements of the City itself. The brewery doesn’t necessarily have a signature beer, but its Animal IPA definitely stands out as one of the greatest of the core roster.

It’s a wonderful beer that nicely balances a hoppy character with a prominent malty backbone, then finishes with tasting notes of tangy sourdough and pineapple. A Dungeness crab roll or a hot dog covered in homemade sauerkraut would be an outstanding companion for this IPA’s intense and bright flavor profiles. Fortunately, both items are on the menu at the brewery’s Ferry Building beer garden and Presidio pop-up (by Tunnel Tops), while the crab roll is also served at its Mission District beer hall.

One Ferry Building (#54)

742 Valencia Street

210 Lincoln Boulevard (Presidio)