STARKBIERZEIT 2018click image for gallery


In German, Stark means strong. We know what Bier means, and Zeit means time … it is now time for strong Bier in Bavaria – and, so it is here in Hayes Valley. In February and March we take time to appreciate the Stronger Biers. ‘Strong’ however, does not refer to the higher alcohol content these Biers contain, but to the “original wort” used in their brewing – indicating the amount of solids the Bier contains. Which for most Doppelbocks amount to roughly a third of a loaf of bread. This is why, even to this day, Biers are often referred to as ‘liquid bread’ (Flüssiges Brot) – originally brewed by Italian monks, who crossed the alps and settled in Munich, to sustain their body and mind during periods of prolonged fasting. Early records show monks in Munich were brewing giant cellars full of Bier by 1328 at the latest. So important was the brewing of Bier to the trade, life, culture and prosperity of Munich, it is no wonder that the word in Bavarian (München) means monk. First the Royals (who funded the monks brewing enterprise), and eventually everyone got a chance to enjoy the delicious, dark and complex strong lager. The first one named ‘Salvator’ (Latin for Saviour) is still brewed by the Paulaner Brewery using the same basic recipe. Today there are at least forty varieties brewed in Bavaria alone, most of which bear the “-ator” suffix in deference to the ur-lager. The Strong Bier Time is celebrated every year around St. Joseph’s Day with Starkbier festivals all over Bavaria, one for almost every brewery. In Munich the Starkbierfest (1751) even predates Oktoberfest (1810).

The histories of Munich’s most beloved brewery (Augustiner) and the first Wheat-Doppelbock (Aventinus) both have something special in common, not just the Reinheitsgebot and numerous awards for three of the world’s greatest strong biers. At very important times both breweries were run by industrious and intelligent women. All played a key role in not only the development of their own respective breweries, but the evolution of the Doppelbock style and Bavarian Bier Culture in general. Terese Wagner took over the running of the Augustiner brewery in 1845 introducing steam power. In 1996 Edith Haberland Wagner, the last direct family member and controlling owner of the Augustiner brewery, passed away, willing her ownership to a foundation she created with a focus on cultural heritage and environmental protection. Today Augustiner is still considered the official Bier of Munich, it’s said their light lager makes up 60% of the total Bier sales in the city. However, the biggest female character in the story of strong Biers is the young widow of George Schneider the third, Mathilda. She broke with Bavarian Doppelbock naming tradition (eschewing the “-ator” suffix) to create the first ever Doppelbock Weisse (strong wheat beer): “Aventinus” – after Aventinustrasse in Munich, the original brewery’s address. It is generally considered the “most intense and complex wheat beer in the world.” Aventinus also has an even more intense little sister – created by accident when transporting the Bier in winter without temperature control. During the long rail journey, the Bier would freeze, and when the ice that formed was removed, what was left was a concentrated stronger ale: “Aventinus Eisbock.” We are extremely grateful for the contributions of these strong women to strong Bier. Prost !!

More malt, more flavor, more fun, double the ‘bock’. It is very easy to discover the attraction of the original Bavarian strong Biers. The Doppelbocks tend toward dark red-brown, almost black, with an off-white to latte-colored thick, creamy head – rich and very malty on the nose. From the first sip look for notes of caramel, toasted bread, brown sugar, roasted nuts, dried figs, licorice, ripe plums, molasses and cocoa powder, hints of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. In the best examples of the style the higher alcohol is very well hidden in the overall drinkable balance of roasted malt, earthy hops and the sweet ripe stone fruit flavors that make Doppelbock the perfect match for the season’s heartier fare. Perfect with aged cheeses, cured sausages, roasted meats, desserts and brunch dishes – or as the monks drink it – in large quantity, without bread, for weeks at a time.



For this year’s holiday consideration:

Suppenküche will be closed for service on Christmas Day. Otherwise open 7 days a week 5-10pm, Brunch every Sunday 10am-2:30pm.

… and, Biergarten will be closed Christmas Day through January 5th 2018, reopening on Saturday January 6th for regular Biergartening, Monday – Saturday 3-9pm, Sunday 1-7pm.

The Suppenküche & Biergarten Art and Timekeeping Department



Oktoberfest 2017click image for gallery


– Saturday the 16th of September –

The world famous two-week party named after the month that follows it, is faithfully recognized by your crazy Bavarian friends in Hayes Valley. That’s us! Get ready for the best of Southern Germany’s party Biers! In solidarity with our brothers and sisters at “the real thing” on the Theresienwiese in Munich, we are taking over the PROXY walk-in-theater on the corner of Hayes and Octavia (next door to the Biergarten) for a high-noon Bier tapping kick off. There will be special surprises, fresh pretzels, pickles, limited edition Suppenküche Art Department 2017 Bier-fest-gear and more! Traditional costumes and gemütlichkeit most welcome.

This is our kick-off celebration schedule:

12:00 (Noon):
Tapping (& drinking) of the first keg(s) at PROXY’s Walk-In-Theater.

Biergarten opens with a full menu, music and more Oktoberfest Bier.

Suppenküche opens for even more deep Bavarian festival flavor and plenty of Oktoberfest dishes to compliment the delicious liters of German gold.

Special thanks to all our awesome and tolerent partners and friends: Ape Do Good, the PROXY walk-in-theater, the HVNA, Andechs Kloster Brewery, the SFPD Northern Station and the SFABC. The Hayes and Octavia site will be controlled by our friends at Shaw Security, no outsied alcohol, all ages welcome, must be 21+ with current ID to consume Oktoberfest beers. Thanks!

BROTZEITGEIST! Brotzeit Bier (wild sourdough ale) from Schneider.


In Germany a name is given to the special time between breakfast and lunch, and lunch and dinner – when folks run out of steam and need a little pick me up. “Brotzeit” or “bread-time” is the name (traditionally just a simple slice of whole grain bread slathered in butter and topped with radishes, cucumbers, cheeses or cured meats). Now, the creative and inspired brewers at Schneider have created a wild sourdough ale that cleverly captures the spirit of these beloved snack mo- ments. It is time …

Schneider’s Brotzeit Bier
wild sourdough ale

Part of head brewer Hans Peter Drexler’s ongoing wild yeast project, it is for now, only available in limited release. However, Brotzeit Bier is not a true “wheat” beer, as are the core of the Schneider beers, containing 50% Rye malt, 33% Barley malt and 20% Vienna malt. Schneider has brought to all of us a very drinkable, slightly sour, pleasingly bready, golden, complex and cloudy ALL-DAY breakfast beer for the people!

ALOHA. Our 24th Year Anniversary Party. May 18th, 2017.


– Official Invitation –
– Thursday, May 18th 2017 –
– 5pm –

Somewhere in the middle of international waters, on the open ocean of imagination, there is an island where fantasy and reality boogie down. We welcome you: pleasure cruisers, fantasy seekers, tourists, merfolk, pirates, gods, demigods, seamen, sea-women, unicorns, castaways, stowaways, friends and neighbors. The planets have aligned for the 24th year anniversary party fun-time of the Suppenküche! Every earth year we indulge in a music fueled DIY costume party / Bavarian beer tasting ho-down – and you are invited! This year’s masquerade ball:

“Fantasy Island”

Bier specials, music, costumes, a photo-booth and more … Including: limited edition Tshirts (this time, printed on shirts made here in San Francisco by the pros at Ape Do Good). Aloha.

RAPHA RIDES SAN FRANCISCOclick image for gallery


June 9-11, 2017 welcomes Rapha Rides San Francisco!

Rapha is touring the globe, sharing their love for cycling by holding events in 20 cities. Our fair city of San Francisco is the second stop on their journey. We welcome you to join us on our regularly scheduled #STAMMTISCHRIDE on Thursday, June 8 and to the events Rapha has planned for the weekend. You can sign-up for their 3-day event here:

The closing party on Sunday will commence after the two-day (150 mile) Transfer Ride
at the Rapha Clubhouse– with local food and drinks by Biergarten from 5-8pm.

Suppenküche and Biergarten support cyclists and their pit teams everywhere. Have a look at this article via featuring Chris Cosentino and Biergarten’s Aaron Hulme where culinary appreciation meets cycling sport.

Sunday Brunchclick image for gallery


The mighty return of a Brunchtime classic: ‘Weisswurst’ — handcrafted by our Hayes Valley neighbors Fatted Calf, floating in bone broth and topped with a fresh Firebrand pretzel.

Brunch at Suppenküche is every Sunday,
10am – 2:30pm

SUMMER HOURS at BIERGARTENclick image for gallery


Another moment in “time” has arrived. We now agree to obey the seasonal temporal adjustment to our daylight savings time control program concept. Fiddle with your clocks and finer timepieces, let your connected machines access the “cloud” as the Biergarten returns to this reality now. Join us beginning March 12, 2017 …

3pm – 9pm Monday-Saturday
Sunday, 1pm – 7pm (no change)

BLADE RUNNERclick image for gallery


Saturday, February 18th

5:00 PM
Pre-screening happy hour with:
Biergarten and Fort Point Beer Company
7:00 PM
Movie begins:
Directed by Ridley Scott, 1982 [R]

Join Fort Point Beer CompanyBiergarten and Proxy for a special SF Beer Week 2017 presentation of Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” based on Philip K. Dick’s groundbreaking novel, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” — When the world’s social order is threatened by escaped bioengineered beings (Replicants) on a search for their maker, ex-detective Richard Deckard (Harrison Ford) is tasked with a special mission: find and retire (terminate) the rogue androids before the threat is discovered. Set in a dystopian 2020 Los Angeles, “Blade Runner” beautifully explores cinematic themes of technology, humanity, consciousness and the environment.

Fort Point Beer Company will be on hand serving the 2017 San Francisco Brewers Guild Collaboration Beer, New Frontier, in honor of this futuristic evening. Additional Fort Point beers will also be available for purchase.

 for enjoying movies outside at PROXY Walk-In Theater, corner of Hayes and Octavia, Hayes Valley.

Happy Holidays Thanks To You, from Suppenküche & Biergarten.


We wish you all a wet and wonderful Holiday Season filled with Peace, Love, Thanks and Bavarian beer. Plus, enjoy the best Glühwein in Hayes Valley at both Suppenküche and Biergarten. – The chef also has Goose for the holidays. Come join us and celebrate the dark season in the land of the Gnomes.

Christmas Eve Dec. 24th:
Suppenküche OPEN (kitchen closes 9pm) / Biergarten CLOSED
Christmas Day Dec. 25th:
Suppenküche CLOSED / Biergarten CLOSED
New Years Eve Dec. 31st:
Suppenküche OPEN (kitchen closes 9pm) / Biergarten OPEN
New Years Day Jan. 1st:
Suppenküche OPEN / Biergarten CLOSED