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The season is changing (slowly in Chicago), and so is the header for Good Beer Hunting. Goodbye to the winter hunt. Hello outdoor seating and heady blondes.

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It’s too late now, but February was Strong Beer Month at historic Magnolia’s Pub and Brewery in the Haight-Asbury district of San Francisco. And brewers Dave McLean and Ben SpencerĀ  didn’t take that name” lightly.”

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Magnolia’s is known for their unique cask ales, hand pulled from an impressive set of taps, up from the chilled basement. I imbibed in the Weekapaug Gruit, a Scottish-style ale likely named after the Phish song “Weekapaug Groove” (Magnolia’s has a decidedly Hippie past) and “The Other One,” a dark brew made with Blue Bottle coffee.

Recent visitors to Magnolia’s will hardly recognize the place. The trippy murals have been replaced with a shimmering gold paint and a more modern aesthetic overall. Better? I dunno. But the beer is just as adventurous, and the food still impressive.

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