Public House Opens in Three Weeks. Will It Become a Craft Brew Destination?

If you want a lesson in how the city's drinking and dining rules have changed, talk to John Epperheimer, director of operations for Public House, Traci Des Jardins' emerging sports bar at AT&T Park. (Along with companion spot Mijita, Public House is expected to open within three weeks, in time for the first exhibition game of the Giants 2010 season on April 1.) Epperheimer was manager of Acme Chophouse, Public's predecessor. While Acme kept 300 bottles on its wine list, Public, says Epperheimer, will have 40 or 50, and most of those available by the glass.

In its place will be beer. Lots and lots of beer. “There' been such an explosion of good beer,” Epperheimer says, “especially in this area. A lot of people are so passionate, we would love to tap into that passion.” SFoodie beer contributor Brian Yaeger tipped us off that certified cicerone Eric Cripe ― beer manager at The Jug Shop ― acted as consultant for Public House (Des Jardins liked the menu Cripe put together for Anchor & Hope).

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