A couple of years ago, we ran a post about three self-identified “beer geeks” who were opening a bar in Bernal, called OLD DEVIL MOON. And whaddya know, tonight is opening night! The project is now a quintet of folks, and three are certified cicerones—Chris Cohen (founder of the San Francisco Homebrewers Guild), Andrew Kelley, and Ericka Schell—plus Will Marshall and Carson Beker are also involved.
They have quite the wall of taps, with 20 tap handles made from different types of wood and a beautiful custom tile backsplash. The 19 Perlick flow-control faucets are drilled through the wall of the walk-in cooler (take a peek here) for the perfect temperature control, plus there’s a cask ale tap. Look for a range of craft beers, highlighting direct-from-brewery selections, both local and international, with many beers that are rarely found in San Francisco.
Their opening tap list includes beers from Almanac Beer, Alpine Beer, Barebottle Brew, Boulevard Brewing, Bruery Terreux, Craftsman Brewing, Eagle Rock Brewery, Ferment Drink Repeat, Fieldwork Brewing, Firestone Walker Brewing, Freewheel Brewing, Het Anker, HenHouse Brewing, Ol’ Republic Brewery, Sante Adairius Rustic Ales, Schloss Eggenberg, Rodenbach, Stone Brewing, and Tag + Jug Cider. Expect plenty of meet-the-brewer and other beer events.
There are also bottled beers, and there’s a full bar for craft cocktails. They’re doing some fun stuff, like infusing a barrel of Balcones Distillery whiskey with housemade Louisiana-style hot sauce (you’ll note a Southern accent with a lot of things they’re doing here). They have three liquors on draft: Fernet Francisco, Sutton Cellars vermouth, and Old Grand-Dad bonded rye whiskey, along with two premixed cocktails (a mint julep and an El Presidente). Take a look at the cocktail menu here. Oh, and if you’re a little sleepy, they have Stumptown Coffee nitro on draft. Whoosh.
There is some food available too (menu here), and they brought on chef Charlie Kleinman to consult (previously Wexler’s). There are some fantastic-sounding po’boys, including a fried oyster Rockefeller po’boy, a Gulf oyster and shrimp combo (via Jimmy at Gulfish, who sources such fresh seafood from individual fishing boats), plus a housemade bologna and mustard slaw po’boy. And it’s a neighborhood affair: the po’boys feature bread made by Pinkie’s Bakery on Cortland, with Avedano’s Butcher Shop making the tasso, and Paulie’s Pickling making special pickles for them. As a bar snack, they’re featuring some chicharrones from a nearby Mexican grocer, and you can get hush puppies too. And warm griddled bread pudding.
Fun design touches include murals with a ouija board, plenty of candles and occult imagery, and of course there’s a devil in the mix too. Pssst: even the tap board has a trick to it (you’ll have to come by to figure it out). Just wait for their Halloween party. Oh yeah, and there’s a sunny patio!
Doors open tonight at 5pm. Hours are Sun-Thu 5pm-12pm and Fri-Sat 5pm-2am. The kitchen is open from 6pm-10pm on weeknights and 6pm-12am on weekends (yay). 3472 Mission St. at Cortland.