Woods is now available in cans!

Thats right! MateVeza IPA, Local Honey, Morpho, Retro Pilsner and Freeze Pop are now available to pick up at all five of our locations.

Grab a four pack, mix and match, or a single can to go.

Look out for more beers offered by the can, as well as special projects and limited releases.

James Woods
Announcing a new partnership with The Star and Little Star Pizza

Just in time for summer, Woods will start serving pizza from The Star, the latest slicery from the folks behind Little Star in San Francisco’s Mission District. The deep-dish, cornmeal-crusted options will include a meat and a veggie pie, and will be served by the slice for $7 at all five Woods locations, starting June 4.

The Classic Old School includes pepperoni, black olives, mushrooms, onions, bell peppers and garlic. The NorCal is a vegetarian slice featuring mushrooms, spinach, goat cheese, red onion and garlic. Baked on-site at all Woods locations, and served with compostable plates and cutlery, they’re perfect for grab-n-go picnics or pizza parties at the bar.

Plus, to wash it all down, Woods is brewing a special, limited-edition beer to be released on the same day as the pizza’s debut. Cornmeal Cream Ale combines The Star's signature cornmeal crunch with Woods's house favorite Maris Otter malt for a light, creamy beer with a zesty kick, perfect for pizza.

And never fear, gauchos: the empanadas you know and love aren't going anywhere. Woods will continue serving delicious Argentine snacks from El Porteño, their loyal partner for over six years.  Summer's favorite beers like MateVeza IPA, Morpho, and Retro Pils will all be available, as well as new experiments like Islay IPA and Woods's unique wine-barrel-aged Divine Origins series. So stop by all season long to toast the warmer days with old friends, new favorites, and great beer and food.

James Woods
Cookie Beer Returns Saturday, March 31st!

Cookie Beers are back! Our annual toast to those delicious seasonal treats we love to eat, but can’t legally name — scout’s honor! — returns Friday, March 31.

As always, we’ve turned the classic cookies into five delicious beers: Chocolate Peanut Butter StoutCoconut Caramel DubbelShortbread Golden AlePeanut Butter Cream Ale, and Chocolate Peppermint Porter.

We’ll have cookie pairings, tasting flights, and Crowlers available.

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James Woods
SF Beer Week 2018: February 9-18

It’s Beer Week! We’re celebrating our favorite time of year with a packed calendar of special releases, parties, and events at all five Woods bars — plus, Beerunch, our famous foodie finale to the festivities, held every year at Public House.

Download the WOODS BEER GUIDE TO SF BEER WEEK 2018 as a PDF 


Beerunch! 

Sunday Feb 11

Public House @ 24 Willie Mays Plaza, SF: 11:30am–2:30pm

Start your day right with beer-and-food pairings of Beer in the morning? We’ll make you a believer with brunch munchies and morning-friendly beers -: mimosa-like Morpho, buzzing coffee stouts, and more. "Beer in the morning!" you say, "Blasphemy!" Well, you too will believe, as our, divine pairings that defy convention and show that the beverage of the masses is truly a beverage without boundaries and prove our favorite drink is as versatile as it is delicious.

Featured Menu:

Woods Sour Morpho + Oysters w Morpho Mignonette
Woods Divine Origins Merlot + Hash Brown Croquette with Tomatillo Barbecue Sauce
Woods Freeze Pop Pale + Breakfast Taco with Chicken Chorizo Scrambled Eggs and Jalapeño Salsa
Woods Nico Weizenbock + Banana French Toast with Coconut Caramel Sauce
Woods DivineOrigins Fiano + Fried Artichoke Frito Mixto with Shaved Fennel
Moonlight Toast + Crispy Pork Rillette with Gribiche
Cellarmaker Bourbon Barrel-Aged Vastness of Space: Vanilla Latte + Bacon Macaron


Tickets $59 / beerunch.com


Friday Feb 9

Swans Oyster Depot Collaboration

Woods Cervecería: 5pm–11:00pm
Woods Polk Station: 5pm–11:00pm
Woods Bar & Brewery: 5pm–11:00pm

Woods Outbound: 5pm–11:00pm

As if the mighty mollusk couldn’t be made more delicious, we’ve turned spent shells from our neighbors at Swan’s into a bonafide bivalve brewed oyster stout


Saturday Feb 10

Smoothie Brews & Fruity Sours: Tropical Tap Takeover

Woods Cervecería: Noon–11:00pm
Woods Polk Station: Noon–11:00pm
Woods Bar & Brewery: Noon–11:00pm
Woods Island Club: Noon
—5:00pm
Woods Outbound: Noon–11:00pm

A tart, tingly taste of the tropics: three different house-made, barrel-aged sours, each one its own fruit basket of flavor. Try them all and earn a special island-hopper badge of honor!


Sunday Feb 11

Shaman Series: Elemental Magic

Woods Cervecería: Noon–10:00pm
Woods Bar & Brewery: Noon—10:00pm
Woods Outbound: Noon—10:00pm

The shaman returns! For the fourth year in a row, our resident apothecaries brew a series of medicinal, healing beers, using locally foraged herbs and ancient, sacred recipes.


Monday Feb 12

Medieval Beverages: Meads & Gruits

Woods Cervecería: 5:00–10:00pm

Tap the murky well of history, taste the mystic honey wines and herbal beers of our ancient ancestors.

Homebrewer Appreciation Day

Woods Bar & Brewery: 4:00–11:00pm

Calling all homebrewers! Take our beer and make it yours. Buy a Woods house brew and we’ll fill your carboy with wort to take home, twist, tweak, and remix to your own brewery’s unique style. We’ll start filling at 6:00pm—first come, first served! 

IPA Tap Takeover

Woods Polk Station: 5:00—10:00pm

Holy hops, lupulin lovers — raise a resinous glass and toast the noble cone with a tap list packed full of the brashest and bitterest IPAs we could find.


Tuesday Feb 13

Bi-Rite Creamery Salted Caramel Ale Release

Woods Cervecería: 4:00–10:00pm

Have your dessert — and drink it too! Try a glass of our delicious tribute to Bi-Rite's fan-favorite Salted Caramel ice cream, and concoct your own brew floats with other yummy flavors of ice cream and beer!

Cafe Van Kleef Greyhound Beer Release

Woods Bar & Brewery: 4:00–11:00pm

We brewed a sudsy spin on the infamous greyhound cocktail served at our neighboring watering hole Cafe Van Kleef. Try them both and earn a limited-edition badge of honor!

Sour Morpho Debut

Woods Polk Station: 4:00–11:00pm

The big blue butterfly you know and love gets a special sour spin each year, with a dash of
wild yeast. Try our Sour Morpho side by side with the original, and pick your preferred pink poison!


Wednesday Feb 14

Double the Funk: Wild Beers vs. Wild Wines

Woods Cervecería: 5:00–10:00pm
Woods Polk Station: 
5:00–10:00pm
Woods Bar & Brewery: 5
:00–10:00pm
Woods Outbound: 5:00–10:00pm

Brettanomyces! That funky, fruity, wild yeast embraced by renegade brewers, feared by the straight-laced wine world. ...Until now! Come taste our mixed fermentation beers paired with the latest cutting-edge crop of wild-fermented wines — a funked-up world of flavor!


Thursday Feb 15

Islay IPA Release

Woods Cervecería: 5:00–10:00pm
Woods Polk Station: 
5:00–10:00pm
Woods Bar & Brewery: 5
:00–10:00pm
Woods Outbound: 5:00–10:00pm

What’s better than a fresh-brewed, sticky strong, citrus-and-pine-packed double IPA? A fresh-brewed, sticky strong, citrus-and-pine-packed double IPA — infused with peat from Laphroaig barrel aging


Friday Feb 16

Swensen’s Ice Cream Beer Floats

Woods Polk Station: 3:00–11:00pm

Try your favorite Woods beers in float form with delicious scoops of ice cream from our friendly neighbors at Swensen’s.

Trouble Coffee Collaboration Release

Woods Outbound: 5:00–10:00pm

Beer and coffee go together like coconuts and toast. We honor our fellow fog-bound friends at Trouble with a java-infused stout and refreshing coconut pale.


Saturday Feb 17

Divine Origins Release

Woods Cervecería: Noon–11:00pm
Woods Polk Station: Noon–11:00pm
Woods Bar & Brewery: Noon–11:00pm
Woods Island Club: Noon
—5:00pm
Woods Outbound: Noon–11:00pm

Divine Origins is our genre-bending odyssey into the unexplored worlds of natural wine, spontaneous fermentation, and barrel aging. After long collaborative work with local vintners and months hidden away in our Treasure Island barrel room, these special wine-beer hybrids blink into the daylight.


Sunday Feb 18

Kombucha Detox & Yoga

Woods Island Club: 11:30–12:30pm

Need even more of a refresh after a busy, beery week? Squeeze out those toxins in an all-levels yoga class with Atma Yoga, then rehydrate with a fizzy, friendly glass of chakra-aligning kombucha.

Kombucha Detox

Woods Cervecería: Noon–10:00pm
Woods Polk Station: Noon–10:00pm
Woods Bar & Brewery: Noon–10:00pm

Woods Outbound: Noon–10:00pm

Repent, indulgent imbibers! Exorcise your Beer Week demons with a day of purifying probiotics and our house made kombucha.

Bob’s Donuts And Beer

Woods Polk Station: Noon–5:00pm

Donuts and beer? Nope—donuts *in* beer. That’s right: we’ve brewed another batch of our epic Belgian Quad, flavored to pair with Bob’s infamous apple fritters.

Wine Night Wind-Down

Woods Outbound: 4:00–10:00pm

At Beer Week’s boozy finish, we might be slightly sick of foamy pints — trade those hops and malt for a palate-refreshing glass (or full flight!) of our favorite wines from near and far.

James Woods
Cookie Beer Returns Friday 3/10

Cookie Beers are back! Our annual toast to those delicious seasonal treats we love to eat, but can’t legally name — scout’s honor! — returns Friday, March 10.

As always, we’ve turned the classic cookies into five delicious beers: Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout, Coconut Caramel Dubbel, Shortbread Golden Ale, Peanut Butter Cream Ale, and Chocolate Peppermint Porter.

We’ll have cookie pairings, tasting flights, and Crowlers available — make sure to reserve yours online.

Come thirsty, try all five, and take home your own limited-edition embroidered Merit Badge as proud proof of your deliciously devoted service.

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Stay tuned to our Instagram account and follow the hashtag #cookiebeer for sneak peeks.

James Woods
SF Beer Week: February 10-19

It's Beer Week! We're celebrating our favorite time of year with a packed calendar of special releases, parties, and events at all five (yes, five!) Woods bars — plus, Beerunch, our famous foodie finale to the festivities, held every year at Public House.

Download the WOODS BEER GUIDE TO SF BEER WEEK 2017 as a PDF 

And be sure to check out our newest outpost, Woods Outbound at 4045 Judah, at the edge of the earth. 


Beerunch! 

Sunday Feb 19

Public House @ 24 Willie Mays Plaza, SF: 11:30am–2:30pm

Start your day right with beer-and-food pairings of Beer in the morning? We’ll make you a believer with brunch munchies and morning-friendly beers -: mimosa-like Morpho, buzzing coffee stouts, and more. "Beer in the morning!" you say, "Blasphemy!" Well, you too will believe, as our, divine pairings that defy convention and show that the beverage of the masses is truly a beverage without boundaries and prove our favorite drink is as versatile as it is delicious.

Featured Menu:

  • Woods Soft Machine Tripel + Quinoa Pistachio Frisée Salad with Apricot Vinaigrette
  • Woods Freeze Pop Pale Ale + Pig -in -a -Biscuit with Habanero Peach Jam
  • Moonlight Brewing Toast (Slightly Burnt) + Raclette Grilled Cheese with Bacon Jam
  • Woods Loch Party Scotch Ale + Orange French Toast with Maple Syrup &and Candied Walnuts
  • Woods Cabernet -Aged Morpho Herbal Ale + Crab Cake with Preserved Lemon Aioli
  • Woods Bunny Suit + Al Pastor Taco with Pineapple Salsa
  • Woods & Bi-Rite Creamery Salted -Caramel Quad + Bacon Macaroon with Coconut Caramel Sauce

Tickets $59 / beerunch.com


Friday Feb 10

Brew Day! 7-Day Brew

Woods Cervecería: 4:00—10:00pm
Woods Bar & Brewery: 4:00—10:00pm

Calling all brewers! Help us brew a special Beer Week ale. Taste and choose ingredients, lend a hand on one of our trusty brew systems, and send our collaboration off and fermenting with our favorite fast-acting house yeasts. Both Woods breweries will be joining the fun. Come back Saturday, Feb. 18 to taste your creation!

Swan's Oyster Depot Collaboration

Woods Polk Station: 5:00—12:00am

As if the mighty mollusk couldn't be made more delicious, we've turned spent shells from our neighbors at Swan's into a bonafide bivalve brewed oyster stout. We'll tap the beer Friday if you'd like to check it out early!


Saturday Feb 11

Divine Origins Bottle Release

Woods Island Club: Noon—5:00pm

Wine and beer; grapes and grain: incongruous partners aswirl with the spirit of wild yeast. Taste the first releases of our newest series, born of naturally fermenting fruit, aged in oak, made with magic.

Smoothie Brews & Fruity Sours: Tropical Tap Takeover

Woods Cervecería: Noon–11:00pm
Woods Polk Station: Noon–11:00pm
Woods Bar & Brewery: 
Noon–11:00pm
Woods Outbound: Noon–11:00pm

A tart, tingly taste of the tropics: three different house-made, barrel-aged sours, each one its own fruit basket of flavor. Try them all and earn a special island-hopper badge of honor!


Sunday Feb 12

Shaman Series: Elemental Magic

Woods Cervecería: Noon–10:00pm
Woods Bar & Brewery: Noon—10:00pm
Woods Outbound: Noon—10:00pm

The shaman returns! Our resident apothecaries brew a series of medicinal, healing beers, using locally foraged herbs and ancient, sacred recipes, channeling the spirit, soothing the soul.

Après-Ski Beers

Woods Polk Station: 5:00–11:00pm

Frighten away the frigid Frisco winter at our cozy, mountain-top ski lodge, Polk Station. Sport your chic-est ski wear, sip warming winter brews—Soft Machine, Loch Party, O Tannenbier— and send retro ski-resort cards to pals down below.


Monday Feb 13

Medieval Beverages: Meads & Gruits

Woods Cervecería: 5:00–10:00pm

Tap the murky well of history, taste the mystic honey wines and herbal beers of our ancient ancestors. Taste extra special meads from SF Mead Co. and Heidrun Meadery, paired with our very own gruits. 

Homebrewer Appreciation Day

Woods Bar & Brewery: 4:00–11:00pm

Calling all homebrewers! Take our beer and make it yours. Buy a Woods house brew and we’ll fill your carboy with wort to take home, twist, tweak, and remix to your own brewery’s unique style. We'll start filling at 6:00pm—first come, first served! 


Tuesday Feb 14

Bi-Rite Creamery Salted Caramel Ale Release

Woods Cervecería: Noon–10:00pm

Have your dessert — and drink it too! Try a glass of our delicious tribute to Bi-Rite's fan-favorite Salted Caramel ice cream, and concoct your own brew floats with other yummy flavors of ice cream and beer!

Trouble Coffee Collaboration Release

Woods Outbound: 5:00–10:00pm

Beer and coffee go together like coconuts and toast. We honor our fellow fog-bound friends at Trouble with a java-infused stout and refreshing coconut pale.

Cafe Van Kleef Greyhound Beer Release

Woods Bar & Brewery: 4:00–11:00pm

We brewed a sudsy spin on the infamous greyhound cocktail served at our neighboring watering hole Cafe Van Kleef. Try them both and earn a limited-edition badge of honor!


Wednesday Feb 15

Islay IPA Release

Woods Cervecería: 5:00–10:00pm
Woods Polk Station: 
5:00–10:00pm
Woods Bar & Brewery: 5
:00–10:00pm
Woods Outbound: 5:00–10:00pm

What's better than a fresh-brewed, sticky strong, citrus-and-pine-packed double IPA? A fresh-brewed, sticky strong, citrus-and-pine-packed double IPA — infused with peat from Laphroaig barrels! Beer hounds and whisky snobs, unite!


Thursday Feb 16

Donnie Darko Screening & Barrel Aged Sparkle Motion Release

Woods Cervecería: 5:00–11:00pm
Woods Polk Station: 5:00–11:00pm
Woods Outbound: 5:00–11:00pm

A storm is coming! Toast the end of the world with a bitchin' barrel-aged Belgian beer and special screening of everyone's favorite weirdo and his foreboding furry friend.

Double the Funk: Wild Beers vs. Wild Wines

Woods Bar & Brewery: 4:00–11:00pm

Brettanomyces! That funky, fruity, wild yeast embraced by renegade brewers, feared by the straight-laced wine world. . . . Until now! Join our resident wine expert and taste some funky house-brewed beers paired with the latest cutting-edge crop of wild-fermented wines.


Friday Feb 17

Holy Mountain Collaboration

Woods Cervecería: 6:00–12:00am

We team up with the dynamic talents behind Holy Mountain bar to bring you this mind-expanding journey through wild yeasts, exotic Italian citrus, potent herbs, to the very pulsing floral heart —nay, the essence — of beer.

Swensen’s Ice Cream Beer Floats

Woods Polk Station: 3:00–11:00pm

Try your favorite Woods beers in float form with delicious scoops of ice cream from our friendly neighbors at Swensen’s.

Agua Fresca Beers

Woods Outbound: 5:00–6:00pm

Summer's back! A refreshing reminder of warmer days ahead, our Agua Fresca beers light up the week with Latin vibes and tropical flavors.

Woods Beer Talent Show

Woods Bar & Brewery: 8:00–11:30pm

Our talent is on tap; yours takes the stage. Jokes, jams, juggling — strut your stuff, whatever it is, for praise, pints, and prizes.


Saturday Feb 18

7-Day Brew Debut

Woods Cervecería: Noon—5:00pm
Woods Bar & Brewery: Noon—11:30pm

Come enjoy our special Beer Week ale! Every year, we kick off beer week by gathering fans, brewers, and drinkers to collaborate on a special fast-fermenting brew—made at the start of the week and tapped just seven days later. You’ll never taste beer as fresh as this! 

Barrel Fermented Tap Takeover

Woods Island Club: Noon–5:00pm

A rare foray into the dim-lit mysteries of our cellar! Taste eight special wild-fermented beers from our Treasure Island barrel room.

Morpho Festival

Woods Polk Station: Noon—1:00am

Our fan-favorite herbal brew deserves a night all its own. Celebrate the power, the glory, and the pinkness that is Morpho! We’ll feature Dry-Hopped Morpho, Cabernet Morpho, and Morpho Noir.

Woods Beer Bus Tour

Woods Cervecería: Noon—6:00pm

Passports ready? Get yours stamped at all five Woods locations as we ferry you beer-ward on a Bay-wide walkabout to Woods Cervecería, Woods Polk Station, Woods Bar & Brewery, Woods Island Club and Woods Outbound, .


Sunday Feb 19

Beerunch!

Public House @ 24 Willie Mays Plaza, SF: 11:30am–2:30pm

Start your day right with beer-and-food pairings of Beer in the morning? We’ll make you a believer with brunch munchies and morning-friendly beers -: mimosa-like Morpho, buzzing coffee stouts, and more. "Beer in the morning!" you say, "Blasphemy!" Well, you too will believe, as our, divine pairings that defy convention and show that the beverage of the masses is truly a beverage without boundaries and prove our favorite drink is as versatile as it is delicious.

Featured Menu:

  • Woods Soft Machine Tripel + Quinoa Pistachio Frisée Salad with Apricot Vinaigrette
  • Woods Freeze Pop Pale Ale + Pig -in -a -Biscuit with Habanero Peach Jam
  • Moonlight Brewing Toast (Slightly Burnt) + Raclette Grilled Cheese with Bacon Jam
  • Woods Loch Party Scotch Ale + Orange French Toast with Maple Syrup &and Candied Walnuts
  • Woods Cabernet -Aged Morpho Herbal Ale + Crab Cake with Preserved Lemon Aioli
  • Woods Bunny Suit + Al Pastor Taco with Pineapple Salsa
  • Woods & Bi-Rite Creamery Salted -Caramel Quad + Bacon Macaroon with Coconut Caramel Sauce

Tickets $59 / beerunch.com

 

Bob’s Donuts And Beer

Woods Polk Station: Noon–5:00pm

Donuts and beer? Nope—donuts *in* beer. That’s right: we’ve brewed another batch of our epic Belgian Quad, flavored to pair with Bob’s infamous apple fritters.

James Woods
SF Chronicle: Woods Island Club brings beer to Treasure Island

By Esther MobleyOctober 18, 2016 Updated: October 20, 2016 8:20am. View original article.

  Photo: John Storey, Special To The Chronicle   Beer on the beach at Woods Island Club on Treasure Island.

Photo: John Storey, Special To The Chronicle

Beer on the beach at Woods Island Club on Treasure Island.

For a microbrewery producing just 1,000 barrels of beer every year, Woods Beer sure does have a lot of taprooms.

OK, “a lot of taprooms” is relative — this is no Gordon Biersch — but to have four bars in San Francisco and Oakland, with a fifth coming very soon, seems like a lot of overhead and market saturation for a beer company that only opened its first brick-and-mortar storefront in 2012.

The latest to open, the Woods Island Club, is especially curious.

Billed as a “beer beach,” it’s essentially an airplane hangar turned warehouse, sparsely filled with eight taps, stacks of barrels and a lot of beach chairs folded against a wall. Outside is a rectangle of sand — a kind of oversize sandbox — carved into the middle of a parking lot.

Did I mention it’s on Treasure Island?

In many ways, the Woods Island Club is the quintessential Woods Beer outpost, a perfect expression of its beer style and even its business model: idiosyncratic, compulsively fun and marooned on an island.

The genesis of Woods Beer goes back to owner Jim Woods’ high school days, when he began home brewing “because it was the easiest way to get beer.” He kept up the hobby through college and later as a real estate acquisitions analyst for Deutsche Bank; eventually, still holding that day job, he was selling his beers (contract-brewed at the time) in as many as five states.

But this model started to look unsustainable. Woods had a whim to open Cervecería next to Dolores Park in 2012, and immediately felt that the taproom had done more for the brand than he’d accomplished in his previous five years of peddling to local markets and haggling with distributors. Self-distributing was inefficient, he felt; traditional distribution meant losing control of quality and brand representation. Taproom business, meanwhile, was booming.

  Photo: John Storey, Special To The Chronicle   Woods pours beer at his microbrewery, an airplane hangar turned warehouse with eight taps.

Photo: John Storey, Special To The Chronicle

Woods pours beer at his microbrewery, an airplane hangar turned warehouse with eight taps.

“Why am I pounding my head against a wall trying to figure out this distribution thing?” Woods asked himself. “Why don’t I take a different path to market, and continue to open my own establishments?”

Cervecería, an interpretation of an Argentine estancia (ranch), was followed by Woods Bar & Brewery, a beer garden in downtown Oakland; and Woods Polk Station, a “mountain lodge” in Russian Hill. Each is different: Cervecería bumps at 5 p.m. on a Saturday, when Dolores Park begins to chill; the Bar & Brewery gets busy after shows let out at the Fox Theater. A spot at 46th Avenue and Judah in the Outer Sunset is forthcoming.

The space for Woods Island Club was initially secured to provide cold storage and space for barrel fermentations. Treasure Island appealed because of its location, smack-dab in the middle of the Woods Beer nexus, and also because of dirt-cheap rents — a dollar per square foot, Woods claims.

In characteristic fashion, Woods couldn’t resist making his new storage facility into a bar.

“The beach was a no-brainer,” says Woods, though he had to bring in 50 tons of sand to create it. He also got a 35-foot palm tree — a free sidewalk giveaway from elsewhere on the island.

Something about the Woods Island Club feels makeshift, unformed. The sign is hard to spot. The warehouse feels pretty empty. Aside from the aforementioned sand and palm tree, there’s not much in the way of vegetation or other decor to achieve a full beachy effect. You’re acutely aware that you’re kind of sitting in a parking lot. As far as we could tell, there was just one employee working, and he was profoundly good-natured, exuding that combination of geekiness and snarkiness that seems particular to craft brewery employees.

For example, we asked him why they opened a brewery on Treasure Island. His response: “Because we’re pirates.”

Jim Woods’ first great beer, which remains the company’s flagship, is the MateVeza IPA ($6/16 ounces), brewed with yerba mate. A longtime drinker of the bitter, herbal South American tea, Woods had a revelation during college that the bitterness of mate could supplement hops bitterness in a beer.

“In beer, you need to balance the sweetness of the malt, but hops bitterness can be a little bit angular,” Woods says. “So in the IPA we reduce the amount of bittering hops, and the mate is doing some of the lifting, in a softer way.”

Joining the mate chorus now is the Morpho Herbal Ale ($7), which is brewed with mate, bay leaf and hibiscus and includes virtually no hops. So high is its mate content, Woods claims, that it packs as much caffeine as a 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola or half a cup of coffee. Dark fuchsia in color, it’s weird and delicious, with a Framboise-like quality, lightly sour and sweet with floral berry flavors.

That’s a Woods Beer signature, in fact: embracing funky, offbeat ingredients like these without producing an excessively offbeat-tasting beer.

Its seasonally released Girl Scout Cookie beers are a great example of this. Or take the Golden Spyglass ($8), fermented with the brettanomyces yeast — yet hardly tasting of the typical barnyard but rather of vanilla cream and pungent mint.

Or the Local Honey Pale Ale ($7), inspired by honey produced specifically by the bees on one Woods brewer’s Mission District roof. Those bees pollinated eucalyptus, lavender and yarrow, which now serve as infusions in the ale. (Since honey ferments, it couldn’t have been the flavor additive itself.) Intensely aromatic, the beer wafts a floral perfume, its bitterness manifesting as fennel flavor.

The Island Club has encouraging precedents: A number of wineries already operate successful tasting rooms on Treasure Island. One even has a bocce court, adjacent to Woods’ lot. “We’re all hoping people start to see Treasure Island as more of a destination,” he says.

It doesn’t even have to be a destination. Many San Franciscans may not realize quite how easy it is to get to Treasure Island. There’s plenty of parking. The 25 bus runs every 20 minutes from Transbay Terminal. The city promises that the bike path on the Oakland-Treasure Island portion of the Bay Bridge will be open by the end of the month. I recently took a Lyft there from the Mission and it was just $21, during a 50 percent surge.

  Photo: John Storey, Special To The Chronicle   Woods Island Club on Treasure Island.

Photo: John Storey, Special To The Chronicle

Woods Island Club on Treasure Island.

Speaking of that Lyft, I filled it with three friends. It would be hard to overstate how much fun we had at Woods Island Club.

The beach-going crowd seemed primarily people in their 30s. We may have been the only group that did not bring either toddlers or dogs, though we certainly enjoyed our proximity to both. We’d brought sandwiches and hummus; surveying our neighbors, we spotted bags from Gott’s Roadside and pizza boxes from Tony’s Slice House. Still, we ended up trying a few of the $5 empanadas at the bar (from El Porteño, which also supplies them to Woods’ sister bars).

I’d managed to convince my most beer-averse friend to come along, luring her to the island with promises of sand and sunshine. It was the first time in years I’ve seen her drink beer, and the first time ever I’ve seen her finish one. (Actually, three.) Balanced but not boring, fun but not funky, they went down easy as we dug our feet into the sand, gazing toward the eastern portion of the Bay Bridge. The water sparkled.

Esther Mobley is The San Francisco Chronicle’s wine, beer and spirits writer. Email:emobley@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @Esther_mobley Instagram: @esthermob

What: MateVeza IPA ($6), Morpho Herbal Ale ($7), Local Honey Pale Ale ($7)

Where: Woods Island Club, 422 Clipper Cove Way, San Francisco (Treasure Island).www.woodsbeer.com/islandclub

When: Noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; open selected Thursdays for special events and pop-ups. See website for most up-to-date schedule.

James Woods