Judging by the crowds, most of you are well aware of Bodega's awesomely beer-centric happy hour.

Judging by the crowds, most of you are well aware of Bodega's awesomely beer-centric happy hour.

The simple but modern decor, rockin' jukebox and 50 taps all but two are crafts cater to the tastes of the neighborhood's hip denizens.

So if the atmosphere draws them in, what entices these visitors to return regularly? Some new summer drinks, a variety of tasty dishes and a great people-watching patio.

The booze:

Those 50 taps of fabulous beers - which are half-price during happy hour are constantly rotated, and there are new, lighter selections for the summer season.

The beer that immediately caught my eye was Lagunitas' Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale, because I was familiar with the California brewery's Little Sumpin' Sumpin', a great beer with an even better name.

The best Lagunitas beers have a heavy hops finish, and the Undercover, an American double IPA, doesn't disappoint. But the Undercover isn't the best choice for summer. The dark amber, high-alcohol brew should probably only be ordered by hardcore hopheads during hot times.

One of Bodega's knowledgeable and friendly bartenders was happy to give a few recommendations - Victory Sunrise Weissbier and Whirlwind Witbier. Both tasted crisp, with some citrus backing, and I thought I had found the winners.

But then I tried North Peak Diabolical IPA. Oh, Diabolical IPA, how do I love thee? Let me count the pints.

The Diabolical also may not be a perfect summer selection the company's lighter Vicious American Wheat IPA is more appropriate but damn, is it good.

For those who aren't beer drinkers, Bodega offers red and white sangria, and the bar recently added a summer cocktail menu. Worthy options include the excellent and strong Black Cherry Rye, Oyo Honey Bear (vodka, mint, honey, ginger ale) and the hibiscus-infused Gran Centenario tequila and pear nectar.

The food:

Besides the ample drink selection, patrons flock to Bodega for its simple dishes done right. The ever-popular grilled cheese is always a great option, but if you're looking for a little sumpin' more, try the B.B.L.T. ($7), loaded with crispy bacon and topped with a wonderfully spicy sriracha mayo.

If you're in the mood for just a snack, I recommend the doughy Big Pretzel with Maker's Mark dipping sauce ($5). If you like soft pretzels, you'll be hooked.