Fermentation Lab

Mid-Market Just Gave You a Lot More Beer and Brisket Burgers

With Fermentation Lab, Your New Happy Hour Safe Space

By Joe Starkey ·
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Hello and welcome to another exciting edition of Fun With Words.

When we say “Fermentation Lab,” you say:


Damn, you didn’t say “beer.” You were supposed to say “beer.”

As in the kind that’s in ample supply at Fermentation Lab, a new happy-hour-friendly place that, yes, has plenty of beer, but also specializes in “the oldest form of cooking” otherwise known as fermentation. It’s now open (but sadly closed on Mondays) and we have the slideshow to prove it.

This Mid-Market beer haven was started by a guy they call the Beer Chef. It’s on his birth certificate and everything. It’s not, but isn’t pretending fun? We should move on.

As you and some friends enter after work, note those jars of pickled things on the shelves. You’ll be having some of those later. For now, grab a spot at the steel-backed bar, or in the lounge area, or at a high-top table in the recessed area opposite the bar. Point is: options.

You’ll obviously want to sample some of their 24 beers, all from California breweries like Bear Republic and Fieldwork. The very things that pickles and duck confit sliders and brisket burgers were born to be served alongside.

They live a simple life.
Joe Starkey

Joe Starkey is the tallest person in the room 90% of the time. He enjoys liquors that aren’t smoky, dive bars that are, and has a vague dread that someone, somewhere might be having more fun than him.


Fermentation Lab
1230 Market St
(near 8th)
San Francisco, CA, 94102


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