New pop-up taproom Dokkaebier, serving unique Korean-inspired beers and small plates, is generating some serious buzz. The pop-up is at 1735 Polk St. in Nob Hill through the end of April.
The brainchild of Youngwon Lee, Dokkaebier serves three Korean-inspired house beers: a pilsner brewed with bamboo leaves, a witbier with omija berry and a stout with cardamom and peppercorn. Other beers on tap include brews from Oskar Blues, North Coast and other craft breweries.
The food program at Dokkaebier focuses on Korean-inspired small plates crafted by Daniel Wright, former chef de cuisine at Saison, as SFGate reports. On the menu, you'll find fried rice fries with nori powder, Korean-style chicken wings, baby octopus marinated in gochujang sauce, and a "progression" of 4 Kusshi oysters, each topped with a different condiment.
After Dokkaebier's run ends next month, Lee hopes to find a permanent home for the pop-up.
With a five-star rating out of 11 reviews on Yelp so far, Dokkaebier has been warmly received by patrons.
Kouleen M., who was among the first Yelpers to review the new pop-up on March 1, wrote, "Finally have a place for some good beer AND good food! Haven't really found a place that served both at a decent price until this place opened up!"
Yelper Tony T. noted, “Great service, beers and food. Will come back!"
Intrigued? Stop in to try it for yourself. Dokkaebier is open from 4 p.m.–midnight on Wednesday-Saturday and 4–10 p.m. on Sunday. (It's closed on Monday and Tuesday.)
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