Dave McLean is one of the originators of the San Francisco craft beer scene. After following the Grateful Dead from Boston to the Bay Area, Dave started getting more into the craft beer scene. After drinking beers from great breweries like Anchor and Sierra Nevada, Dave got into the game himself.
Inspired by Alice Waters and the farm to table movement, Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery became one of the first brewpubs to really take food seriously.
Most recently, McLean opened Smokestack, a "San Francisco" barbecue brewpub in the Dogpatch district. And they are also just starting to can their beers.
We sampled two of their classics - the Kalifornia Kolsch and Proving Ground IPA.