Cervecería de MateVeza: Looking for something different? This tiny bar/cafe in the Castro serves its own MateVeza Yerba Mate IPA and Morpho Herbal Ale, which is something you won't find on most beer lists. If that's not your pint of beer, they have tens upon tens of bottles. Plus, empanadas!3801 18th St., S.F., (415) 273-9295, www.cerveceriasf.com. Photo: Brian Stechschulte
SAN DIEGO, CA HAMILTON'S TAVERN has had a beer and wine license for more than 75 years, the atmosphere remains welcoming/divey -- pool tables, shuffleboard, a stellar jukebox, tap handles hung from the ceiling. what sets Hamilton’s apart is its 25+ West Coast-obsessed taps that pour regional pride, and the seemingly endless bottle list that makes sure rarities and beloved beers from the rest of the world have a place at the bar, too.