But even with all of its extraordinary qualities, it’s not perfect.
For example, it’s not caffeinated.
Oh, what’s that you say? It is caffeinated. Correct. You are correct.
Say hello to Cervecería de MateVeza, a dime-sized, Argentine-inspired brewpub crafting caffeinated yerba mate beers and pouring other local favorites, opening Saturday on the corner of 18th and Church.
Essentially, this park-proximate, estancia-style microbrewery will be like that massive cooler you’ve always dreamed about having on sunny days at Dolores Park. Because whether you dip into their fridge for a MateVeza growler or Belgian ale or you pull up to the bar for one of seven beers on tap like Mill Valley Beerworks’ kölsch, you’ll be rewarded with something cold and refreshing (you know, beer).
Since you’ve probably already tried MateVeza before, you’ll know that it tastes very beer-like, with a yerba mate earthiness. And while you won’t be hobnobbing with gauchos drinking from gourds (there’s glassware), you can order El Porteño empanadas and be on your way.
And, for the first time, you’ll be able to sample MateVeza’s beer sommelier’s rotating experimental specials, like dulce de leche beer.
There are much worse things than being a lab rat here.