2018 SF Beer Week Collaborations

When it comes to collaborations, what a celebration of riches we have for 2018!

During SF Beer Week alone, 32 collaboration beers are being released — all in addition to dozens and dozens of rare and special releases. You can get a head start knocking some of these off your hit list by attending the SF Beer Week Opening Gala on Friday, Feb. 9. See that killer beer list HERE (and get tickets here). But for now, shall we take stock of these collections of collaborations?

Let’s start with the 10 official SF Beer Week releases.

…or jump to see the other collabs begin rolled out for SF Beer Week — that we know about!

To celebrate the 10th SF Beer Week, the SF Brewers Guild invited independent breweries across the greater Bay Area to create SF Beer Week collaborations. Five of these collaborations, representing the association’s future as a regional guild, spotlight each corner of the region, showcasing their individual personalities SF, East Bay, North Bay, South Bay and Monterey Bay — Bayview, Dogpatch, Haight, Mission and SoMa.

Five more are a nod to San Francisco neighborhoods, recalling the SF Brewers Guild’s roots as a city-based association.

Not to be overlooked are the great ingredients being used for these brews, including locally produced craft malt from Admiral Maltings in Alameda, plus hops and yeast from Brewers Supply Group and White Labs.

Look for these Official SF Beer Week Collaboration Beers on tap at the SF Beer Week Opening Gala — one of the very few places where you can try them all — and at events throughout SF Beer Week.


The Bay Area Collabs – The Future Is Here

These beers showcase flavors and approaches that express the identities and creative impulses of these individual brewing communities.

San Francisco – #10 Foggy IPA
Hazy IPA

6.5% ABV, 63 IBU
Brewed at Speakeasy Ales and Lagers (SF)
Bursting with pine, floral and citrus aromas, with local craft malt lending honey and fresh baked bread notes, and wheat, oats, rye and rice flakes for added depth and a juicy mouthfeel, this SF fog is one you’ll love tripping through. Available in cans as well as draft.  Grain: Admiral pilsner, Wheat, Oats, Rye, Flaked Rice; Hops: Columbus, Cascade, Centennial, Chinook.



North Bay – Instant Classic IPA
West Coast IPA
Brewed at Henhouse Brewing Co. (Santa Rosa)
Brimming with Cascade and using local craft malt, this beer is a homegrown West Coast IPA at its most classic — a fitting homage to an area known for reintroducing the IPA to the world, American style. Grain: Admiral 2-Row, White Wheat, Light crystal malt, Admiral Red Seven; Hops: Cascade, Chinook, Centennial and Simcoe.



Monterey Bay – A Bay of Our Own
Salted Caramel Stout
7% ABV, 33 IBU
Brewed at Discretion Brewing Co. (Soquel)
Brewed with Monterey Bay sea salt. CA-grown craft malt and rich, dark caramel enhance this stout, brewed with local sustainable ingredients and the efforts, ideas and camaraderie of Monterey Bay breweries. Available in cans as well as draft. Grain: Admiral ‘Maiden Voyage’ Malt, Caramel Malt, Carafa, Roasted Barley; Hops: Golding; Other: Caramel made by Uncommon Brewers, Monterey sea salt.



South Bay – Locally Grown
India Pale Lager with Citrus
Brewed at Hermitage Brewing Co. (San Jose)
Loaded with crowd-sourced fruit, and hops that heighten those natural aromas, this crushable India Pale Lager showcases the local citrus that abounds in South Bay. Malt: Admiral base & specialty malts; Hops: Mandarina, Citra, Mosaic and El Dorado; Other: Local oranges, tangerines and grapefruits.

Where to get it:  Hermitage’s taproom, Cider Junction, The Halford, Bibo’s Pizzeria , Sammy G’s, Nom Burger, Pour Taproom , Crepe Place, Malones Grill, Refuge (San Carlos), Refuge (Menlo)



East Bay – Smoke & Coffee Break
Coffee Smoked Porter
8.4% ABV
Brewed at Shadow Puppet Brewing Co. (Livermore)
Some of the malt was carefully hand-smoked using whiskey barrel chips. Select local cold-brewed coffee put an indisputable East Bay stamp on this smokey, robust, chocolate-tinged coffee porter. Malt: Rahr 2-Row, German Smoked Malt; Hand-smoked Pilsner Malt, Munich Malt, English Chocolate Malt, Crystal 40 & 120 Malts; Hops: Bravo; Other: Cold-brewed coffee.

Where to get it: Shadow Puppet’s taproom, Imperiale Beer Cafe, Tap 25, Cravings Stone Fired Pizza and Pasta, Sand Creek Pub, Telegraph Beer Garden, McKay’s Beer Garden, Pacific Standard, Beer Revolution, Bottle Taps, Cork N Bottle Liquors, 3B’s Chalk It Up, The Bistro, Taplands, Pairings Cellars, Aisle 5, Spice Monkey and The Halford.


Five SF Neighborhood Collaboration Beers

A nod to the origins of the San Francisco Brewers Guild, these five neighborhood collaborations draw from the Guild’s roots as a city-based association and SF’s culturally rich neighborhoods that are not only part of our collective history but the world’s.


Bayview Haze – Hazy IPA with Pomegranate
N.E. style IPA, 6.7% ABV
By Barebottle Brewing Co. plus Ferment.Drink.Repeat, HolyCraft Brewery, Laughing Monk Brewing Co., San Francisco Brewing Co. Seven Stills Brewery & Distillery
Each Bayview breweries did its own interpretation of the same beer – a hazy IPA with pomegranates. Barebottle used hops exclusively from New Zealand and Australia: Pacific Jade, Green Bullet, Galaxy and added pomegranates to provide an earthy tartness to the juicy citrus and passionfruit.
Where to get it:  This release is only available in the Barebottle taproom (with the other interpretations in their respective taprooms), except its pouring at the SF Beer Week Opening Gala.

Dogpatch Terpenes – Beer made with terpenes [disclaimer: not psychoactive]
Three strikingly different versions with differing base styles brewed individually at Harmonic Brewing,  Magnolia Brewing Co. (Smokestack), and Triple Voodoo Brewery respectively, also using Admiral Malts. Harmonic’s Dogpatch Saison will represent at the Opening Gala.
Where to get it:  You can also try the Harmonic installment at these venues around town: Kaya (formerly Alta CA), Ocean Ale House, The Rake at Admiral Maltings and Dark Horse Inn.

Mission Clarion Lager – Vienna Lager
By Fort Point Beer Co. Plus Almanac Beer Co., Old Bus Tavern, Southpaw, Standard Deviant Brewing Co., Southern Pacific Brewing Co., Woods Beer Co.

Haight Pink Fog – Hazy Pink IPA
By Sunset Reservoir Brewing Co. plus Barrel Head Brewhouse,
Beach Chalet Restaurant & Brewery, Black Sands Brewery, Magnolia Brewpub, Social Kitchen & Brewery

SoMa Sparkler – “SoMa Stylish” (experimental Sacc. Trois beer)
By Local Brewing Co. plus 21st Amendment Brewery, Bartlett Hall, Black Hammer Brewing, Cellarmaker Brewing Co., Pine Street Brewery, ThirstyBear Organic Brewery

Even more collaborations for this extra-special beer week…