March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, a four-alarm fire engulfed an entire block of San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood (650 block of Union Street). That included Rogue Ales and Spirits San Francisco Public House at 673 Union Street. No injuries were reported. The fire has displaced as many as 10 businesses and eight tenants. According to the video below, eight million gallons of water were used to put the fire out, and according to Rogue Ales and Spirits President Brett Joyce, the brewpub is in “standby” mode as the fire department investigates the cause and assesses the damage on the building itself.
In the video below, Joyce takes time to thank the San Francisco Fire Department, Public House Manager Peter Finch and everyone else who helped, including business neighbors that alerted Rogue employees that the roof was on fire. Joyce was also quick to note that its 12 employees at its San Fran outpost will remain on payroll and be fully compensated — a classy move. We are enormous Rogue fans, and we hope they can rebuild soon.