Public House, best known as the home of SF's most impressive collection of flat screen TVs (27 in total) and craft beer, hosts Cask Ale Nights every Thursday. All cask ales are $3 for the night.
Be sure to try the Billy Sunday Bitter cask ale, which is brewed by Magnolia Brewery exclusively for Public House. It's a pale copper-colored, English-style bitter built around the heirloom malt variety, Maris Otter. It's moderately hopped (24 "bitterness units"), with two English-originated varieties: Goldings and Challenger.
Public House has a meticulously maintained cask program.
Cask ales require more exacting storage and serving because fresh beer goes straight into a cask - no treatment, filtering or flash-pasteurizing. Billy Sunday's is a classic English bitter; whether it's the cask or low carbonation, the ale is dominated by the aroma of apple blossoms, with a soft cider taste. It's as proper a foil for Public House's crispy cauliflower with pine nuts, capers and peppers as it is for the chorizo and jalapeno fritters. "It's unique to us and presumably most U.S. breweries, because it's the one beer we make that's only available cask-conditioned," McClean says.