The Bayview has long been a center of infrastructure and production that powers the rest of the city. At the turn of the century it was known as “Butchertown” for its plethora of slaughterhouses, which naturally led to the construction of tanneries, wool processing factories, and warehouses filled with fertilizer nearby.
Only a couple butchers are left in the neighborhood today — like halal shop Saba Live Poultry — but the spirit of manufacturing still runs deep. Here are just a few of the items still produced today in the Bayview:
Evergood Fine Foods releases a juicy meat smell across several blocks of the Bayview neighborhood. At first glance, it might bring up visions of a freshly opened pack of hotdogs, but the company produces meat of a higher caliber. Pineapple sausage, Louisiana hot links, and garlic sausage emerge from the warehouse at 1389 Underwood Ave., where Evergood has been processing their product for more than 50 years.
You might not recognize the name P.G. Molinari and Sons, but you’d almost certainly recognize the packaging. The white-dusted salamis have been made in San Francisco since 1986, after Molinari turned his attention from shopkeeping to production. At this 1401 Yosemite Ave. factory, workers blend the meat with a special blend of spices before stuffing them into casings and curing the salami for four weeks, at which point they’re shipped to supermarkets all over San Francisco and Northern California.
A vast amount of San Francisco’s beer production happens in the Bayview. Laughing Monk and Seven Stills (1439 Egbert Ave.) and Speakeasy (1195 Evans Ave.) make their beers in the neighborhood, sending that telltale yeasty, bready scent on the breeze. All three have tasting rooms adjacent to their fermenters, a great selection of board games, and ample bike parking.
This alcoholic beverage is commonly associated with medieval times — but unlike what were surely weak and bitter beers from that era, this is worth sampling, we promise. The Meadery at 1180 Shafter Ave. buys local honey from reputable beekeepers, and produces an array of products aged in wooden barrels, flavored with orange blossoms and apples, that range from dry to sweet. Tastings and tours are by appointment only.
The above all have websites and easy-to-research histories, but it should be noted that they’re not the only food and drink manufacturers in the Bayview. No less than three noodle companies and two tofu companies call the neighborhood home, making and distributing fresh products to the local Chinese markets in the Sunset, Richmond, and Chinatown.