MateVeza to Open Restaurant & Small Brewery in San Francisco’s Mission District

Cervecería de MateVeza Will Feature Argentinian Cuisine and a Collection of Craft Beer

SAN FRANCISCO, November 29 - MateVeza is pleased to announce its intention to open “Cervecería de MateVeza,” a restaurant and small brewery dedicated to providing locally-sourced, Argentinian-style cuisine paired with creative artisanal beers. Cervecería de MateVeza will be located at 3801 18th Street on the northwest corner of Dolores Park in the Mission District of San Francisco.

MateVeza, an independent, San Francisco-based company that markets and sells a line of organic craft beers brewed with yerba mate, will use Cervecería de MateVeza as a creative test kitchen to develop and refine recipes that further enhance the culinary experience of pairing craft beer with fine food. MateVeza founder and San Francisco native Jim Woods will be returning to his homebrewing roots, brewing at the restaurant on a small 20-gallon copper system.

“We are thrilled to be joining San Francisco’s rich culinary culture with our new restaurant and small brewery,” said MateVeza founder Jim Woods. “We look forward to welcoming the local community to Cervecería de MateVeza and supporting other small businesses such as San Francisco’s El Porteño, known for their locally sourced and produced empanadas.”

The highlight of Cervecería de MateVeza’s Argentinian cuisine will be El Porteño empanadas made in San Francisco with ingredients such as Prather Ranch organic, dry-aged, grass-fed beef, Fulton Valley all natural chicken, and organic cheese, herbs, and vegetables. El Porteño’s founder Joseph Ahearne learned the recipe for his buttery, flaky empanadas with premium ingredients from his Argentinian mother.

Woods will also be joined by prolific San Francisco beer-tender Matt Coelho. A Certified Cicerone™ like Woods, Coelho has honed his craft at such venerated San Francisco beer haunts as City Beer, Church Key, and the Black Horse. Woods and Coelho will serve a variety of MateVeza and guest beer selections on tap and in bottles. Growlers and select bottles of guest beer will also be available for purchase to go.

Pending approvals from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control and San Francisco Planning Department, Cervecería de MateVeza hopes to open its doors in the spring of 2012.

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About MateVeza:
MateVeza (Mate + Cerveza) markets and sells organic ales brewed with yerba mate, the South American herbal tea. MateVeza was founded in 2006 by homebrewer Jim Woods after he fortuitously followed a sip of freshly brewed yerba mate with a hoppy pale ale in his San Francisco apartment. MateVeza’s award-winning beers, including Yerba Mate IPA, Black Lager, and new Morpho Herbal Ale are brewed and bottled in Ukiah, California by Mendocino Brewing Company. MateVeza is USDA certified organic by CCOF. More information about MateVeza is available at


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  1. Evelyn Smolenski
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    With such well qualified owners as Woods and Coelho – Cervecería de MateVeza will do VERY well…the Argentinian Cuisine along with your collection of Craft Beer makes a great combination… congratulations and good luck – Hope the opening goes well!!

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