Fulton Street Brewpub may not end up on Fulton Street, and may actually be called Shipwreck Brewery, or something else, as SFoodie reports. Proprietor Ivan Hopkinson has had his eye on the large space at 1785 Fulton Street (at Masonic), as we heard in September, however he’s now contemplating some incentives from the City to open the business on Mid-Market, in which case the name would have to change. Hopkinson, formerly of Beach Chalet Brewing, plans to serve a range of beers “[from] accessible to extremes… upscale but without the hype,” including four flagship ales (Revolution Kölsch, Hopkinson’s IPA, Lost Cat Porter, and The Catch Ale, an Altbier), some seasonal brews, and barrel-aged beers. The food menu, from Le Méridien sous chef Andrew Vennari, will be sustainable pub fare like burgers, sausages, and wings.
And as we heard over the summer, Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery is in expansion mode, with a new, larger brewpub called Magnolia Brewery slated to open next year in Dogpatch at 22nd and 3rd. Owner Dave McLean talks to 7x7 about the project, and says that the place will have its own personality, and its own menu, separate from the Haight Street flagship. He says, “As a brewer, I’m painfully aware of how much can go wrong when beer leaves a brewery. It’s a lot more delicate than people realize. There’s still nothing like drinking fresh beer at its source.” And the new brewery will offer that experience, along with wine on tap, sustainably sourced food, and a bigger production facility for Magnolia’s beers.