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SF Beer Week Events, Gala Tickets Unveiled!

The SF Beer Week Events Schedule is open for your early planning and plotting pleasure! And tickets for the SF Beer Week Opening Gala2018’s edition of the industry’s kick-off extravaganza, are now on sale!

The Opening Gala is set for Friday, February 9, on the SF waterfront at Pier 35. Get tickets here.

The Gala is known for rare beers and unique multi-brewery collaborations as well as first tastes from brand new breweries. It’s also where SF Beer Week kicks off with the SF Bay Area’s annual toast to beer community. Once again, the beer community will convene from around the Bay region and from afar, meeting the area’s new brewers, seeing old friends and sipping never-before-tasted beers alongside old favorites. 

Are you an early bird? There’s lots of room at Pier 35, but if you are interested in special access, scope out the VIP tickets for early entry privileges, plus some collector swag. 

The launch of this year’s SF Beer Week Schedule offers the first glimpse of favorite events coming back in 2018, including some February traditions that are older than the official Beer Week itself.  It also promises another of the joys of Beer Week, with newer places putting out an invitation for the world to discover them.

As you explore the schedule, you’ll notice several of the oldest Beer Week traditions – The Bistro’s 17th Annual Double IPA Festival and the Celebrator Beer News’ 30th Anniversary Party benefit for the California Craft Brewers Association – are already on the calendar.

The venerable Sour Sunday is back at Jupiter and Triple Rock, but other days are claiming beer-style names, too, like Munich Monday at Black Hammer Brewing.

You’ll also find the reprise of more recent traditions, such as tasty food events – from Fort Point’s popular Dim Sum Beer Brunch to Tartine teacakes with barrel-aged beers at Local Brewing to Henhouse Brewing‘s annual Big Chicken brew presented with a chicken dinner at Hog’s Apothecary (link).

You’ll see that you’ve been invited to brewery anniversary parties at Triple Voodoo Brewery (link) and newcomer Blue Oak Brewing (link).

Neighborhood events are beginning to come together, too. You may notice a Valentine’s Day Beerwalk around downtown Campbell in search of five craft stouts paired with five local confections, one of the first of many Valentines and chocolate events that are sure to follow around the region. Science fans will find an evening of museum-sipping at the SF Academy of Sciences (link) and a beer Nerd Nite presentation at The Good Hop in Oakland. 

It’s already easy to discover unexpected adventure on the schedule – but there’s much more to come! 

And the SF Beer Week Schedule will continue to grow as intriguing beer-centric events populate the calendar through December and January, including the addition of craft beer events as far south as Monterey County as well as north into the Napa-Sonoma beer country.

It’s just beginning! Dig in:  The SF Beer Week Schedule  #sfbeerweek

Ready, Set, Go!

It’s that time of the year! The SF Beer Week website is now accepting event submissions.

Get events in now — and on people’s schedules early!

sfbw17_2018_dates_20170211_citybeer_SFBW_SignSF Beer Week is a cherished beer-cation and craft beer lover’s destination. Friends come into town annually, and many have to plan that trip in advance. Getting your events submitted early means getting them in front of the tens of thousands who visit the Bay Area during SF Beer Week site right when they are planning their trip — as well as enjoying maximum early impact by being part of the event schedule launch on November 30.

Ride that first heavy wave of promotion by getting your events submitted by EOD on November 28. After that, events will be published as they’re approved (with no guarantees that will be by site launch).

See the updated Event Guidelines for requirements and best practices as well as detailed information on event listing options (“unique” vs. “week-long special”). Submission rules have been updated to maintain the focus on independent craft beer, something previously promoted but now being more fully enforced. Make sure your event meets these guidelines before submitting.

Get that event up on that thing!

1) Review the 2018 Event Guidelines.

2) Log In – Click “Log In” (or go right to “Create Event”) in the top left corner, or click “Register” to create a new account. If you log in with an old account, you can access your 2017 events, edit for dates and other changes, and resubmit them for 2018. If you can’t remember your password, use the reset option.

3) Click “Create Event” – Past events are in the left panel, if applicable, and the Event Submission Form in the right. Simply fill out the form to submit a 2018 event. To resurrect and modify past submissions, click the “Renew” or “Duplicate” button beneath an event title, change details, then click “Submit” at the bottom to enter it as a new event.

4) Pay for Listing – Upon clicking “Submit,” a pop-up will request payment information. If you are signed up as an SFBW sponsor, enter your sponsor code in that field to bypass the payment step, and to set up your featured events. (Interested in sponsoring? Download the kit here.)

** NEW ** You can now save an event as Draft, and pay for your events later. Note: Events must be paid for before they can be processed for approval. 

Please allow up to five business days for your event to be reviewed and processed. We try to approve events within 24-48 hours, however, influxes of submissions and other circumstances can cause delays. Please be patient.

Once approved, and the event schedule is live (November 30), your event will appear on the SF Beer Week website. Remember, get your events in now to be on the schedule when it launches.

Important Reminders:

— Only event hosts (such as bars, cafes, taprooms, nonprofits, etc.) can submit and pay for events. Breweries and distributors cannot submit and pay for events on behalf of retail licensed accounts, in accordance with CA Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control regulations.

— Independent craft breweries and their products, or nonprofit/educational homebrewing, should be the main focus of an event. See the 2018 Event Guidelines for details

— SF Beer Week is a curated list. Events may only be edited for material changes once submitted (eg. changing a start time). Please proofread for spelling, tone, etc. carefully. To make a change, log in, edit the event, then resubmit it for update and approval.

— Planning on submitting a lot of events? Consider an SF Beer Week sponsorship. Sponsors at all levels come with generous event submission packages, Gala participation, and a wealth of perks for raising the profile of your company and events. There are a limited number of sponsorships available, and spots won’t last long. Contact us for more information. We looking forward to assisting you in spreading the word about your events.

Fans, get ready, too!

Your favorite beer bars, restaurants and breweries are putting together amazing activities for what will be the 10th annual SFBW. It’s not too late to let them know which events were memorable last year. Once event listings are posted, you can help build the amazing community around SF Beer Week in the Greater Bay Area by telling friends near and far what’s in planning so everyone can make beercation plans.

Whether it’s with a hashtag, preparing and sharing your SFBW itinerary, or over a glass of a holiday beer, help spread the word about #sfbeerweek coming up from February 9-18.

#SFBeerWeek #SFBW18 Let’s go!

 

SF Beer Week Celebrates 10 Years Feb. 9-18, 2018

For the tenth time, the Greater Bay Area and visitors from around the world will gather to celebrate all things craft beer during SF Beer Week, from Friday, February 9, through Sunday, February 18, 2018.

More so than ever before, this installment of the annual festivities shines a light on the independent spirit of the creative community of beer makers, venue hosts and ever-more attentive beer drinkers.

Organized in 2009 to celebrate America’s first craft beer drinking region, SF Beer Week was conceived to highlight local festivals and to extend beer awareness into more Bay Area restaurants, bars and bottle shops.

Craft beer is no longer an under-appreciated curiosity and, over the years, SF Beer Week has emerged as a prestigious Bay Area gathering of the region’s vibrant craft beer community. Starting with 140 events in 2009, last year’s SF Beer Week topped 900 in venues from Santa Cruz to Sonoma.

The SF Beer Week Opening Gala — featuring over 100 celebrated Northern California breweries that make the Bay Area an internationally renowned craft beer destination — is set for Friday, February 9, with subsequent Beer Week events, ranging from Santa Cruz past Santa Rosa, running through February 19.

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SF Beer Week 2017 Opening Gala. Credit: Troy Ziel

Festivities kick off with the SF Beer Week Opening Gala on Friday, February 9, 2018, featuring over 100 celebrated Northern California breweries that make the Bay Area an internationally renowned craft beer destination.

Dozens of local brewing legends – as well as the latest round of bold new talent shaking up the scene – will pour flavor-driven innovations and timeless classics at this signature festival on the SF Bay waterfront. Rare beers, unique multi-brewery collaborations and near-legendary seasonal favorites provide the primary attractions. Tickets to the SF Beer Week Opening Gala go on sale November 30.

Popular returning events during the days that follow include chefs’ beer brunches and dinners; special beer releases; beer bike tours and runs; Valentine’s Day beer and chocolate pairings; charity events; DIY homebrewing demonstrations; acclaimed local festivals and more.

Additional details about the Opening Gala and SF Beer Week event sign-up is coming soon, so please stay up to date here at sfbeerweek.org, via Twitter and Facebook, and by signing up for our mailing list below.

 

Thanks for an Amazing SF Beer Week!

Another SF Beer Week is in the books — we hope it was your best ever.

Now, we want your feedback!

Please take a few moments to take our survey and tell us how beer week went for you:
https://sfbw.typeform.com/to/XYIV83

All responses are anonymous; your privacy is safe! We greatly appreciate getting your input. This is the best way for us to keep improving SF Beer Week.

Finally a huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped make SF Beer Week 2017 such an awesome and special time!

SF Beer Week Is Here

Sumptuous world-class beers poured freely at the Opening Gala, and now you will see these beers throughout SF Beer Week at taprooms, bars, restaurants and retailers. And, boy, what a great list. Use the SF Beer Week website to see which breweries will be where and seek out these great brews.

Range around the regions or get local with your choices. You can look at everything listed by Bay Area, select options by day, or drill down by type of event using the Schedule tools.

Do NOT forget to check the Week-Long Specials. There are gems in there — special flights, beer-and-food pairings, and much more — and these are activities you can do any time of the week.

(Specials have a separate search menu, so click Week-Long Specials first, then do your search.)

Let’s cruise through some category trends that have surfaced.

We are not fashion victims but we do have style…

The first SF Beer Week offered popular destinations for fans of particular beer styles — notably IPA variants and the then-esoteric world of sour beers — but little did attendees know that was just the beginning.
Oh Hoppy Day

Want to understand how IPAs and Pale Ales are evolving?  Get in to City Beer Store’s Forest of Hoppyness to try awesome examples, talk with bartenders and savvy patrons and decide what you think of the regional components to these changes.

Want to go directly to the hazy side? Check out this evening of Hazy IPAs with friends at Beer Revolution. Line up opalescent examples from Temescal Brewing, Alvarado Street and that new award-winning break-out favorite from the Sierra foothills, Moonraker.

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IPA sampler at Triple Voodoo.

Want to double down? Nay, triple down at Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose where an epic Annual Double and Triple IPA Day is in the offing on 2/18. Pace yourself and you can savor your way to IBU enlightenment.  Remember, it’s not how bitter, it’s how delightful.

Big Chicken is not to be underestimated! Henhouse Brewing is making a statement about the importance of freshness in hoppy beers by releasing this massively flavorful IPA at their Santa Rosa taproom, and canning and kegging it to get to venues around the Bay. Check all the events by searching for “chicken” in the big list. (You just may find a few fun food events that way, too.)

Hot and Sour

Call them sour, call them wild, draw lines of distinction or don’t. But you can’t deny that a wide family of refreshing brews inspired by Belgian Lambics and Flanders Reds are bewitching adventurous drinkers these days. Search the site for words like “sour” and find over one hundred gems like these:

Today you can hit Monk’s Kettle’s  United Sours of America. Sour Saturdays and Sour Sundays with remarkable lineups on both weekends are well worth a look! This example, Sour Saturday at the Jug Shop, makes most of the bottles you sample available for purchase at the end of the session on 2/19. Unless the sour-seekers finish off the last one on the spot, which happens.

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The original Sour Sunday tomorrow at Jupiter and Triple Rock in Berkeley

Join Jeffers on Acid with visuals at Mikkeller Bar. Acidity in sour beer, that is, with the engaging and knowledgable director of Firestone Walker’s ground-breaking Barrelworks wild program.

Where to start? Look through line-ups at local sour specialists such as Almanac SF and The Rare Barrel.

Fifty Tasters Darker

Ale Arsenal in San Carlos has made an enormous and perhaps hypnotic beast out of its now fifth-annual Serpents and Stouts event. Can you charm and tame these monsters? Settle in to encounter the dark ones on 2/19.

Or visit an elite winebar with a serious beer program, The Resolute, for select  barrel-aged stouts and porters from around the state.

At the Monk’s Kettle, dark means vintage. What an astonishing library!

More Delicate Styles

Two wonderful styles from before the rise of lagers in Germany are the Kölsch and the Alt biers.  Celebrate and compare them with Magnolia in an imagined crosstown rivalry with free Chariot shuttles running to and fro between the brewpub on Haight and Smokestack in Dogpatch.

Got a craving for a proper English pint? The cask ale specialists at Freewheel invite fellow brewers to show off firkin beers on 2/14.

And look through the education category for events that do a deep dive into style, such as the popular Beer Judging 101 in Pleasanton.

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On Wednesday, the SF Brewers Guild’s monthly Drink SF Beer shuttle visits Dogpatch. Chariot shuttles will loop between breweries all night — just hop on and hop off at any stop.

Make a Difference

Maybe you feel best when you’re making change.  Easy!  For example, offer thanks to Planned Parenthood on Valentine’s Day. Support urban farms and nutrition education in West Oakland at the East Bay Brewers Festival. Use the categories to find more fundraisers.

Or keep your efforts closer to the cause of beer.  The Celebrator Beer News anniversary party not only showcases the freshest beer of Trumer, the host brewery, but presents the best of dozens of additional breweries in support of the work of the California Craft Brewers Association, fighting to ward off neo-prohibitionist regulation and to support beer quality.

All I Wanna Do Is Have Some Fun

We’ve got you covered.  One example: A live rock band pop-up party by Old Bus Tavern and Harmonic Brewing.  Because party.

A progressive tasting featuring Ferment.Drink.Repeat, food pairings, and beer cocktails, and hitting The Ave., Ocean Beach and Dark Horse Inn, with our friends at Chariot providing safe travel.

How about a beer pairing with breakfast tacos? Black Hammer Brewing‘s Cilantropalooza on the last Saturday , when they will be re-releasing the Coliandrum, a cilantro lime Wit beer and featuring authentic breakfast tacos by Early Bird Tacos from Austin. Or opt for their Sunday’s indie blues with mac n cheese.

Another very SF gathering is drinking Anchor beers and Humphry Slocombe ice creams at Benders on 2/13. And as the week comes to a close expect some simple pleasures calmly killing the kegs at venues all around the region, like Schroeders.

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Enjoy Valentine’s Day with Anchor and Humphry Slocombe’s beer-and-ice cream pairings at Benders.

Get going now with that draft itinerary so you can stay organized. (Add a few nearby alternates in case of sold out attractions.) Let SF Beer Week be your sherpa and get out there! Explore responsibly. SFBW comes but once a year, so don’t miss out on the amazing beers, people and adventures still to be had. Cheers to you.

Straight to the Heart

Here comes SF Beer Week, true as an arrow, straight into the City where you leave your heart.

San Francisco stands at the bullseye of America’s first craft-beer loving region — where Anchor Brewing Co. and that ephemeral game-changer, New Albion Brewing Co., broke all the rules and launched a beer flavor revolution sipped ’round the world. The spirit of innovation in conversation with tradition continues today — and during SF Beer Week you can literally taste the creativity.

As we swing into full count-down mode for the SF Beer Week Opening Gala on Friday, Feb. 10, jump into the full nine-day schedule to find additional events that make your own heart sing. Here are a few that caught our eyes, but you’ll want to find your own. Beer is personal!

Saturday is a great time to get away to an island. Tucked away under the eastern span of the Bay Bridge, Woods Island Club will be releasing new barrel-aged elixirs that marry wine to beer with the blessings of wild yeasts. Come for the brews, stay for the view.

On the first Sunday of SFBW, my true love said to me, “let’s brunch!” Check out this gathering of brewing friends and fans at 21st Amendment Brewing Co.’s original pub: Join us for a special a la carte brunch menu featuring delicious food and Strong Beer pairings from 21A, Three Weavers and Cleophus Quealy on 2/12.

Later you could drop in at Drink Steam at Western Editions, where you will celebrate your DIY craft talents as you operate a vintage printing press and enjoy California’s first beer style, faithfully brewed by Anchor Brewing Co. to this day. Or opt for the pleasures of woodworking while you sip Anchor and craft a custom bottle opener.

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ThirstyBear’s organic beauties looking for their Valentine’s pairings.

Creativity runs through the craft beer community from the hopfields to the brewkettle and all the way to to the table. But what about the music? At ThirstyBear Organic Brewery, Flamenco dancers have worked with the chef and brewmaster to pair songs, dances, brews and tapas. How about squid ink paella with stone crab, citrus zest and celery leaf, to the tune of Alegrias de Cadiz, with a glass of fresh dry stout and the spectacle of twirling dancers?

Celebrate local art in public spaces with Fort Point Beer Company while sipping creatively, outdoors, at one of the City’s hidden gems, a little-known Privately-Owned Public Open Space high on a building downtown on 2/16.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. will be hosting a series of events at their Torpedo Room in Berkeley. You can also enjoy rare and special Sierra beers at Zeitgeist in the City on the afternoon of 2/17, and then meet crew members in the evening.

Food and song come together on Saturday 2/18 when Laughing Monk Brewing hosts a Karaoke Luau with Huli Huli Hawaiian BBQ. Special tropical firkins and plenty of prizes are in the offing. Where did you stash that aloha shirt, anyway?

On 2/19, one of the SF Beer Week traditions returns to Public House. Beerunch, the beloved beer-and-food pairing brunch, featuring morning-friendly brews from Woods Beer, Moonlight and Fort Point, again brings thoughtful, unconventional pairings to the morning hours.

Please Beer My Valentine

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SF Beer Week has become one of February’s romantic traditions

Since when does a Tuesday night offer a cornucopia of sumptuous beer variety? This year during SF Beer Week, Tuesday becomes enchanted — or perhaps complicated — because February 14 is Valentine’s Day. Valentines beer events prove that all kinds of love — and plenty of cynicism about romance, too — are worthy of a good glass of beer.

The storied history of oyster shells in velvety black stouts inspired Magnolia Gastropub’s annual Oyster & Beer Valentine Extravaganza, an aphrodisiacal oyster fest featuring their latest Oysterhead Stout, brewed with bushels of whole Hog Island oysters in the boil. The chef gets into mood as well, presenting a variety of oysters from all over, both raw and cooked. Stop by to show your respect for the alluring bivalves or to enjoy a sumptuous date-night feast.

Prefer chocolate to seafood? Among the choco-centric events lined up for the day is a benefit at Old Devil Moon featuring eight thoughtful beer and chocolate pairings led by beer and chocolate pioneer Wicked Pete Slosberg. Skip dinner and celebrate with decadent dessert.

Meanwhile, Social Kitchen & Brewery brings out their Saison du Sauvignon and a select lineup of rare guest wine grape beers for Valentine’s Day, paired with couple-friendly snacks for sharing, if you’re in the mood. If not, share with the beer geek you’re with and talk grapes and grain with a brewer.

Almanac San Francisco offers a whole week of special and vintage beers at their new taphouse, setting aside 2/14 to feature their popular Valley of the Heart’s Delight sour, named for the classic agricultural name for the fertile valley now known as Silicon.

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Lining up samplers at Almanac SF

Or get your mind off romance and back on California beer creativity at Monk’s Kettle where Firestone Walker Brewing Co. opens the cellar to provide select verticals. Founder David Walker and barrelmeister Jeffers Richardson will drop by to talk about these rare examples of their beers.

The venerable Commonwealth Club and SFMade presents a San Francisco brewery panel including Fort Point Beer, Anchor Brewing, Magnolia Brewing, and Local Brewing. Perfect for those who like to think while they drink, this conversation about beer and brewing explores beer’s role in contemporary manufacturing in the City.

And if you would rather network around your career in beer on Valentine’s Day, enjoy a terrific beer lineup and meet up with the master, Nicole Erny, to talk Cicerone certification at Amnesia in the afternoon. (Later hang out with Nicole in the evening to talk beer, cheese and chocolate pairings and enjoy live music.) The next day, City Beer Store unties alumni bartenders, many who have gone on to put their own stamp on the craft beer scene.

A progressive tasting tour with free shuttle provides a great introduction to southside neighborhoods, highlighting newcomer Ferment.Drink.Repeat, with stops at The Ave Bar, Ocean Ale House, and The Dark Horse Inn. Just a couple of days before, The Ave Bar hosts an event showcasing new breweries that have popped up in that area: Laughing Monk, Barebottle, and Ferment.Drink.Repeat with a little Standard Deviant thrown in.

No matter which days you take to the town or what events catch your fancy, you’ll love what the region has to offer this year. As we approach SF Beer Week, the schedule is settling in. It’s not about numbers, but as we approach 800 events, the possibility that something simply perfect for you is on the list approaches a certainty. Build your own schedule for the week. Be sure to include a few backup events in case any unticketed destination you choose is more popular than expected. Get some sleep now, stay hydrated and be prepared for a week of jaw-dropping, glass-lifting, slow-sipping wonder.

East Bay In Bloom

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Breweries like Cleophus Quealy and The Rare Barrel will be showing off East Bay’s innovative side throughout SF Beer Week

Signs that SF Beer Week will arrive soon are sprouting up across the Bay, where the annual blossoming of posters and coasters proclaims our regional beer connoisseur holiday week. And while the entire SF Bay Area’s craft beer creativity is on full display during SF Beer Week, it’s been these past few years that the eastern shores have bloomed as never before.

Craft Beer, East Bay Style

east-bay-brewers-festHow best to take in the overall East Bay beer-making scene? Local breweries will no doubt be front and center at the East Bay Brewer’s Festival in Oakland, hosted at Drake’s Dealership.

Appropriately enough, this all-East Bay brewery event is in the heart of a decidedly beer-savvy neighborhood. In addition to Drake’s new outpost, nearby stops include The Good Hop & Bottle Shop, Lost & Found Beer Garden, Telegraph Beer Garden, Diving Dog Brewpub and Woods Beer Co. — each sporting amazing beer week events of their own.

To zero in on the ingénue brews of the area’s charming freshman breweries, check out Pacific Standard’s Baby Brewery Night in Berkeley, continuing a local tradition of showcasing new practitioners during Beer Week. Enjoy Livermore’s pub scene as their four nearest breweries take over the downtown for a hyper-local brewing showcase and food-drive.

Seeking out more of that down-to-earth East Bay community feel?  How about a friendly book-swap at Oakland’s new Novel Brewing Co. on 2/15, complete with an open-mic if you want to say something about the book (or beer) you recommend. (Look for Novel, Drake’s, Temescal Brewing Co. and others as part of the newly formed Oakland Ale Trail.)

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Chilling at Woods’ Bar & Brewery location in Oakland.

Or go DIY with the Woods’ homebrewer appreciation event, where you can fill a free container of unfermented wort while you sip their finished beer on 2/13. Or just soak in the spectacle when the Ale Industries production facilities are transformed into an eye-popping industrial circus space on 2/17.

A week full of creative festivities at Cleophus Quealy Beer Co., including the release of ever-popular Cherry Red, concludes with a dog-friendly chilaquiles brunch on the 19th.

Learning about the sensory side of beer? Whether you are an attentive hedonistic beginner or an expert industry pro, there is a guided tasting event for you in the East Bay. On 2/16, at Three Sheets Craft Beer Bar, in Dublin, you can explore off-flavors with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. to learn what fresh styles can and should taste like, while back Berkeley at Sierra’s Torpedo Room, a Beer Science Night awaits.

Delve into the subtle artistry of traditional styles with Sayre Piotrkowski as he explores Old Republic Brewing Co.’s classic beers at an uptown Oakland beer garden. Start your own preparation for the Cicerone tasting exam with an official course in beer defects at Drake’s Dealership.

The World Comes to Town

Lest the East Bay scene seem exclusionary, check out some of the breweries coming into the area to pour, collaborate or just send their good wishes and rare beers. In San Leandro, The Cooler hosts the Bay Area debut of Silva Brewing out of Paso Robles — alongside other impossible-to-find beers on 2/12.

goodhop The Good Hop Bar & Bottle Shop brings an enticing SoCal Sour lineup. A long-anticipated sour collaboration between Wicked Weed Brewing Co. and The Rare Barrel Beer Co. will be released in Berkeley on 2/17. And don’t forget about The Bistro’s style-defining annual Double IPA Festival in Hayward, which draws hoppy double and triple entries from around the state and the country.

In the heart of downtown Oakland, The Trappist continues to be a standard bearer for quality events. Their Japan Beer Fest is an annual highlight, and while details are forthcoming, a Mexican Craft Beer Fest on 2/18 is expected to feature over 20 beers never released in the Bay before (to be posted soon).

Hungry? Most SF Beer Week events will have food available, from popcorn to full menus. Some take it further and deeper into themed dinners and artisan pairings, such as this session featuring Fieldwork beers matched up with cheeses that were sourced by Whole Foods Market. Sate your brunch lust at Hog’s Apothecary with Belgian foods matched to the best local interpretations of Belgian-style beers. Invite somebody to share the fun as you learn to cook with beer in a class hosted by Pacific Coast Brewing Co.

Or check out this IPA evening complete with foods designed to work the bitterness at Albany Taproom’s Bitter Valentines Day, the cynics!  For a Valentine’s gustatory adventure on an entirely different trajectory, venture to Øl Cafe for a pairing flight of sweet beers, sour beers and dessert bites, looking for the perfect match.

Remember to check out the schedule often as last-minute events continue to be posted. To combat the frustrations of choice overload, why not pre-select your week’s itinerary now? When new events come in or if friends propose a different agenda, you can always shift your plans. Having a rough draft of the week early makes planning simpler as we count down to SFBW, and can even help you find nearby fall-back events if your favorites are too crowded or sold out. Get on board for the best SF Beer Week ever!

North Bay, South Bay – All Around SF Beer Week

North Bay, South Bay – All Around SF Beer Week

When San Francisco Beer Week brings all things beery and good to the broader Bay Area, why not seize a timely opportunity for a local road trip?  Let’s dig into some regional listings on the SFBW17 Schedule. Today, we look at rewarding events and destinations both south of the City and north above the Golden Gate.

The North Bay Exerts that Magnetic Pull

It’s no secret that hoards of SF Beer Week visitors flock north during their stay.  From Marin to Sonoma and beyond, beer riches await you. Each year, the release of a certain seasonal beer draws thousands of beer pilgrims to Santa Rosa, with a major economic impact on Sonoma County. Russian River Brewing Co. will be serving “Younger” in their pub to those who brave the lines.You also have a shot at trying this year’s version of the world’s original Triple IPA at multiple Beer Week events around the region. But nothing about the elusive Younger is certain, so there’s something satisfying about trekking to the source in Santa Rosa.

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One secret to enjoying the trip north is to check out some smaller, up-and-coming venues, most likely without lines around the block. In a birthday mood? Celebrate the third anniversary of Santa Rosa’s Fogbelt Brewing Co. with their special anniversary releases and BBQ on 2/11.

Nearby Henhouse Brewing Company, in its new Santa Rosa digs, has lined up a series of tempting events and special beer releases during the week.  Variations of an ultra-fresh double IPA made with differing hops, for example, will offer illuminating insights into beer basics and beer innovation during one of their taproom release evenings.

If you’ll travel from Santa Rosa towards the East Bay, head inland across bucolic county and wetland vistas through the town of American Canyon where you can drop in and have a beer with the founder of Heretic Brewing Co. on 2/13. If you line up a designated driver who likes meandering on back roads, you might even enjoy a scenic detour into the Sonoma Valley.

Drop in at a cornhole tournament where local brewers will compete at the Jaded Toad in Cotati on 2/19, serving eight local beers from the competitors’ breweries.  The small towns of the North Bay have a signature no-fuss Redwood Empire charm, so leave a little time for walking around.

Down the Peninsula for South Bay Surprises

Heading south, Armstrong Brewing provides strong incentive for a lengthy stay with their Beers, Blues & BBQ event  on 2/17, featuring mouth-watering ‘que by The Boneyard, live blues and a special beer-and-chocolate pairing.

canfestThe innovative spirit of SF Bay Area beer culture will shine at the West Coast Craft Can Invitational Fest down on the peninsula.

Hosted at Devils’ Canyon Brewery in conjunction with The Can Van, the groundbreaking mobile operation that made craft canning take off in the region, this fundraiser promises music, awards, food and the fresh tastes of the latest select canned craft brews.

In our beermiscuous modern world, beer style is a touchstone of many SFBW events. You can shift styles each night if you like.

Delve into that unexpectedly trendy sub-style, hazy IPAs, at Harry’s Hofbrau during the Hazed and Confused Blind Hazy IPA Tasting on 2/18 in Redwood City.  Ale Arsenal has lined up a series of exciting style and brewery-themed events including their Sour Sunday with Almanac Beer Co. on 2/15, where sour blending artistry will shine. Craving the dark side? Head to The Refuge in Menlo Park for a Barrel Aged Showcase. Check out the hoppy stylings of Knee Deep Brewing at Armadillo Willy’s BBQ in Los Altos on the 13th.

NBBC-Logo-White-Back_transparencyForge ahead over the forested ridge to breweries in Santa Cruz for a worthy but winding excursion. Visitors flock to check out the combination of brewing innovation and age-old beer craft expressed by Sante Adairius Rustic Ales in the farmhouse realm and New Bohemia Brewing Co. in the tradition of teutonic beers and lagers, to name just two. For those who prefer to stay on the inland side of the mountains, try the New Bohemia evening at Liquid Bread Gastropub in Campbell on 2/15. And at nearby Oak & Rye Pizza, a specially commissioned Imperial IPA from “NewBo” will be on tap all week long.

Mission Creek, the craft brewery inside Whole Foods Market in San Jose, is hosting a Carnival Night kickoff party on 2/12 with select house and guest beers. Activities slated during the week include an evening of Valentine’s Day Sweets partnered with beers or wines, to enjoy either as a cheesecake-pairing smackdown or a graceful way to include a companion who’s more about grapes than grain. On 2/14, of course.

But what about the food, you’re asking. The South Bay is lining up events like a cheese pairing adventure with beer-wine hybrids and a casual gathering with sour beers and steamed mussels. A course-by-course pairing with extra helpings of beer knowledge are on the menu at this comforting Prime Rib Dinner with Fort Point.

Seasoned SF Beer Week veterans know to check the schedule often as new events are posted, sorting and searching to discover the perfect experiences.

Whether you make early scheduling into your latest beer information obsession or hold off until the end of January before you start this selection game, take a recreational spin around the SF Beer Week site now, just to get the feel for what’s coming. So many choices, so little time. It’s only going to get better (but perhaps harder to choose) as we count down to SF Beer Week!

Your Ticket to a Rewarding SF Beer Week

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Sour Sunday is for flavor exploration in the courtyard at Jupiter, in Berkeley. Photo by Alex Lawson.

 

Unless you’re actively brewing up a special beer, planning a beer dinner or pulling together another epic event for San Francisco Beer Week 2017, there are only three things to do right now to get ready for the annual gathering of the Bay Area beer tribes.

First, get rested and ready! Second, if you will be traveling to the Bay Area, nail down those flights, trains and lodging choices now. Third, check the SFBW schedule frequently for any ticketed events that may sell out early.

That’s already starting to happen. You can still get on the waitlist for Fort Point Beer Company’s jaw-dropping guided night in the historic fort itself but, as we put this list together, their second annual Dim Sum Beer Brunch, with cross-cultural pairings such as Seafood Dumplings and Kolsch, is not yet sold out (though on the way!).

Lest we forget the main event, remember that the SF Beer Week Opening Gala is not just a kick-off to the week but a reunion for the far-flung brewing and beer-appreciator community. A noted opportunity to try the widest range of artful, aged, young, one-off and rare Northern California beers of the week, it’s also the debut event for this year’s San Francisco Brewers Guild’s 2017 collaboration beer, including intriguing ingredients from Whole Foods Markets. Past years have shown that there are not many tickets on the secondary market once the Gala sells out, so there’s no good fallback plan for this event.

After that, the grand grab bag of delectable activities opens up. Among the tickets already on sale are those for the artisan chocolate-making and beer pairing evening with TCHO Chocolates, Pete Slosberg and ThirstyBear Organic Brewery.

Midweek, the seventh annual Sau & Brau pig roast dinner party extravaganza returns to Drake’s Brewing Co. in San Leandro. Tickets have just gone on sale; get tickets here. Cheese, you ask? This ticketed cheese and beer tasting with local cheesemongers at Triple Voodoo is already listed.

Many sought-after ticketed events are annual fundraisers. For example, at Trumer Brauerei in Berkeley, the Celebrator Beer News anniversary party not only showcases the crisp beer of the host brewery, but presents 30 or more breweries in support of the work of the California Craft Brewers Association.

Almanac Beer's sweet fundraiser is a sour delight.

Almanac Beer’s sweet fundraiser is a sour delight.

Sour beer events large and small are a favorite SFBW activity. The original Sour Sunday continues and flows from Jupiter to Triple Rock’s newly enlarged digs nearby. Other intriguing interpretations include Almanac Beer Company’s Save the Whales festival at Fort Mason.

Some of the treasured events offer tickets-at-the-door. Arriving early for the Bistro’s legendary Double IPA Festival (pro-tip: it’s really a double and triple IPA fest and has been critical to the evolution of the styles) is the proven strategy to secure a ticket but, if you arrive later in the afternoon, you can expect easy entry to sample hoppy wonders as the early birds depart.

Or book a tour. SF Adventure Tours offers personalized neighborhood tours for intimate groups that include door-to-door service, behind-the-scenes brewery tours, private tastings, and more. It’s a great way to check out the SF craft beer scene with friends.

Looking for a little exercise? Tickets are on sale for the Beer Walk in Sunnyvale, while in San Jose the history tour explores the stories of beer, bars and brothels from the past and ends up where you can enjoy some local pints. Just want to exercise your supple wrists? This year, don’t miss Pinballs and Pints with craft pints and hundreds of antique pinball machines.

If you remember a favorite ticketed event from past SF Beer Weeks, there’s a chance that it’s coming back but hasn’t been announced yet. Savvy fans check the schedule often for old favorites and for new delights they could have never imagined. And don’t panic if you don’t plan ahead. There will be plenty of walk-up events, too. Stay tuned — it’s only going to get better as we count down to SFBW!

The Bistro’s Double IPA Festival predates SF Beer Week and is one of its cherished traditions. Photo by Gail Ann Williams

The Bistro’s Double IPA Festival predates SF Beer Week and is one of its cherished traditions. Photo by Gail Ann Williams

 

 

SFBW Opening Gala Tickets On Sale Now!

Tickets for the ‪SF Beer Week‬ Opening Gala are now on sale.

Coming to Pier 48 on February 10, the SF Beer Week Opening Gala will kick off SF Beer Week with the largest gathering of Northern California breweries ever, serving up a ton of amazing California-brewed beer.

One of the country’s best craft beer celebrations, over 300 of mostly new, rare and special release brews are expected to be tapped by over 120 breweries –including the San Francisco Brewers Guild’s 2017 collaboration beer, New Frontier.

This “post modern Kölsh style ale with satsumas and evergreen” features specialty ingredients donated by Whole Foods Market — Douglas fir tips from wildcrafter Juniper Ridge and satsuma Mandarins from California’s King Crown Produce — plus base ingredients donated by Brewers Supply Group (malt and hops) and yeast donated by White Labs.

Be the first to try this special brew when it’s premiered at the Feb. 10 Gala along with a perfect pairing provided by Whole Foods Market — and as long as you get your tickets before they’re gone. (Tickets will sell out!)

Visit:  https://sfbeerweek2017.eventbrite.com

Following the Gala, look for the collaboration beer on tap at select events and favorite craft beer establishments throughout SF Beer Week.

Event Schedule Now Live!

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The crew at Woods Beer are prepared for SF Beer Week. Photo by Alex Lawson.

All across the greater Bay Area, brewers and venues are hatching their plans for the ninth installment of SF Beer Week (Feb. 10-19, 2017).

The first wave of confirmed events are now LIVE, with more to come. Events are being added every day, so check often to see what’s new.

A Few Early Highlights

Here are some early teasers to whet your appetite…

SF Beer Week Opening GalaTICKETS on sale DECEMBER 14 at 10am
February 10, 6-10pm
Pier 48, SF
No SF Beer Week itinerary is complete without the official kick-off party, the SF Beer Week Opening Gala, when 120+ participating craft brewers from throughout Northern California will be tapping 300+ amazing beers.

16th Double IPA Festival
February 11, 11am – 4pm
The Bistro, Hayward
Now in its 16th year, this legendary festival returns to SF Beer Week

Pinball & Pints – 10+ Brewers, 400+ Pinball Machines
February 12, 3pm – 8pm
Pacific Pinball Museum Annex, Alameda

Nothing evokes the playfulness of the Bay Area more than the Pacific Pinball Museum Annex

Walker’s Wild Ride – Firestone Walker + Meet the Brewers
February 13, 11am – 4pm
Whole Foods Market – Steep Brew Potrero Hill, SF

Barrelworks Brewmaster Jeffers Richardson and David Walker himself from Firestone Walker will be tapping barrel-aged FW kegs, selling rare bottles to go and tapping a special wild ale.

Oyster & Beer Valentine Extravaganza
February 14, 11am – 4pm
Magnolia Gastropub, SF

Get your engine revving with Magnolia’s legendary Oysterhead Stout and special oyster-heavy menu.

Prime Rib Dinner with Fort Point Beer Company
February 15, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Armadillo Willy’s BBQ, Cupertino

Memorable prime rib dinner featuring brews from Fort Point, including Moon Phase, a bourbon barrel-aged quadrupel ale.

Evening with Allagash Brewing
Thursday, February 16, 4pm – 9pm
Pi Bar, SF

Limited and special releases from Allagash Brewery.

Live Rock Band & Old Bus Tavern Pop-up
Friday, February 17, 6pm – 1pm
Harmonic Brewing Co., SF

Rock out with a live band featuring SF brewer all-stars plus tasty grub from Old Bus Tavern

Celebrator 29th Anniversary Party
Saturday, February 18, 4pm – 8pm
Trumer Brauerei, Berkeley

Industry heavy festival benefitting the CA Craft Brewers Association.

Brew It Yourself: Beer Making at Home
Sunday, February 19, 11am – 5pm
Comrades Beer Lab, SF

Has SF Beer Week inspired you? Then sign up for this hands-on homebrew session and get brewing

Thank You Sponsors!

Without our amazing sponsors, SF Beer Week would simply not be possible. Please acknowledge their support and contributions to our craft beer community.

SF Beer Week is presented by the San Francisco Brewers Guild and Whole Foods Market along with…

Official Sponsors

21st Amendment Brewery
Almanac Beer Company
Anchor Brewing Company
Brewers Supply Group
DBI Beverage Inc.
Drake’s Brewing Company
Fort Point Beer Company
Laughing Monk Brewing Company
Magnolia Brewing Company
Matagrano Inc.
Morris Distributing
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
ThirstyBear Organic Brewery
Trumer Brauerei
Visit Oakland
Visit Santa Rosa

Industry Sponsors

4505 Meats, The Ave Bar, Burr Pilger Mayer, Country Malt Group, Eat Drink SF, The Printed Image, Public House, Regrained, and White Labs.

Supporting Sponsors
Ale Arsenal, Acme Dispensing, Armadillo Willy’s, Armstrong Brewing , Barrel Head Brewhouse, Bartlett Hall, Beach Chalet Brewery and Restaurant, Bear Republic Brewing Company, Best Label Company, Inc., The Can Van, Cicerone Certification Program, City Beer Store, Cleophus Quealy Beer Company, Diving Dog Brewhouse, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, GigaYeast, The Jug Shop, Harmonic Brewing Company, The Monk’s Kettle, Resolute SF, Rosamunde Sausage Grill, Schroeder’s Restaurant, SF Adventure Tours, Social Kitchen & Brewery, Sudwerk Brewing Company, Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company, The Sycamore, Wendel Rosen Black & Dean, The Willows and Woods Beer Company.

Media & Special Partners
California Craft Brewers Association, Capitol Corridor and Celebrator Beer News.

Submit Events For Lift Off!

The SF Beer Week website is accepting event submissions now!

Don’t wait until 2017 to post your events. Tens of thousands of people will be visiting the SF Beer Week site in December once the schedule goes live. The earlier you get your events in, the more people will see them.

The full website and schedule is slated to launch December 5. Events submitted before that date will post with the site launch. Those received after December 5 will be published as they’re approved.

Please see our Event Submission Guidelines for a complete explanation of event best practices, including updated requirements for 2017, and details about the two types of event listings (“unique” vs. “week-long special”). If your event doesn’t meet our guidelines, it won’t be approved.

Ready to Submit an Event?

1) Go to sfbeerweek.wpengine.com and log in with your existing account, or create a new one. If you log in with an old account, you can access your 2016 events, edit, and resubmit them for 2017. If you can’t remember your password, use the reset option.

2) After logging in, click on “Create Event” and you’ll see previous events in the left panel (if applicable), and the event submission form in the right panel.

3) Fill out the event form to submit a new event, or resurrect earlier events by clicking the “duplicate” button underneath past event titles. You can change the details and press the submit button at the bottom.

4) A payment window will pop up for event fees. If you are a SFBW sponsor, use your special event code to submit unlimited events and set your featured events. (Interested in sponsoring? Download the kit here.) You can bypass paying for an event by clicking the ‘X’ in the top right corner of the pop-up, however events must be paid for before they can be processed. Once submitted, you can easily call up and review your event details to ensure compliance with the event guidelines.

5) Please allow up to five business days for your event to be processed. We try to approve events within a day or two of their submission, however, influxes of events and other circumstances can cause delays. Please be patient.

6) Upon approval, your event will appear on the SF Beer Week website. Remember, get your events in now to be on the schedule when it launches on December 5.

Reminders:

– Only event hosts should submit and pay for events.

– Breweries and distributors cannot submit and pay for events on behalf of retail licensed accounts, in accordance with California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control regulations.

– Once submitted, events may be edited for material changes only (for ex. changing a start time). To do so, log into your account, make your change, and resubmit the event. Your event will go through the approval process again before posting.

Planning on submitting a lot of events? Consider becoming an SF Beer Week sponsorship. Sponsors at all levels receive unlimited event submissions. A handful of spots are still open, but these won’t last long. Contact Ron Silberstein for more information: ron AT thirstybear DOT com

We’re looking forward to seeing what you have planned and spreading the word about your event. If you have any questions or concerns about events, please contact Joanne Marino: joanne AT sfbrewersguild DOT org.

Thanks for an Amazing Week

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Whew! Another incredible ten days in the books. SF Beer Week 2016 was the biggest and best yet, thanks to an amazing community of beer lovers, breweries, bars, restaurants, stores and sponsors who participated. Your support and enthusiasm for SF Beer Week is simply astonishing. We can’t thank all of you enough. Cheers to another great week of craft beer camaraderie and beer filled memories.

This year’s schedule contained 893 listings, an 11% increase over 2015. Events took place at 288 locations all over the Bay Area, from Santa Cruz to Santa Rosa, and east over to Livermore. The Bay Area beer community is clearly thriving.

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SF Beer Week may be over, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait for more great events. Many of the participating bars, breweries, and restaurants host special tappings, beer dinners, meet the brewer nights, and other festivities all year round. Follow them on social media or visit their websites to stay in touch.

Thank You Sponsors!

Finally, as presenting sponsor and organizer, the San Francisco Brewers Guild would like to profusely thank all of this year’s generous sponsors. Without their support SF Beer Week would not be possible. Thank you!

Official Sponsors
Whole Foods Market
21st Amendment Brewery
Anchor Brewing Company
Cleophus Quealy Beer Company
DBI Beverage Inc.
DPEM Event Marketing
Drake’s Brewing Company
Magnolia Brewing Company
Matagrano Inc.
Morris Distributing
Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors Bureau
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
ThirstyBear Organic Brewery
Trumer Brauerei

Industry Sponsors
Almanac Beer Company, Bartlett Hall, Beach Chalet Brewery and Restaurant, BelgaBrewers Supply Group, Burr Pilger Mayer, Cicerone Certification Program, Country Malt Group, Eat Drink SF, Local Brewing Company, Maps and Taps, Public House, Pyramid Breweries, Rosamunde Sausage Grill, Shmaltz Brewing Company, The Ave Bar, The Can Van, The Printed Image, Union Bank and White Labs.

Supporting Sponsors
Ale Arsenal, Barrel Head Brewhouse, Bear Republic Brewing Company, Beer Revolution, BEL, Best Label Company, Inc., Black Sands Brewing Company, City Beer Store, Diving Dog Brewhouse , Fat Angel, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, GigaYeast, Half Moon Bay Brewing, Handles Gastropub, Marin Brewing Company, Pi Bar , Resolute SF, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing Company, Schroeder’s Restaurant, SF Adventure Tours, Social Kitchen & Brewery, Sudwerk Brewing Company, Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company, The Alembic, The Monk’s Kettle, The Sycamore, The Willows, Visit Tri-Valley, Wendel Rosen Black & Dean and Woods Beer Company.

Media & Special Partners
Bay Area News Group, California Craft Brewers Association, Capitol Corridor, Celebrator Beer News, Hotel ZelosSF Weekly, and Yelp!

SF Beer Week In Full Swing

And there is A LOT going on, with over 800 events across the Bay… 

If you’re looking for some inspiration, we’ve added a few Featured Lists from some luminaries in the craft beer world…

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just click on their names to see their picks for SF Beer Week:

  • Jay Brooks, co-president of the North American Guild of Beer Writers and one of the co-founders of SF Beer Week
  • Scott Mansfield, beer writer for 7×7 and an award-winning winemaker and home brewer.
  • Mike Schnebeck, head brewer at Fort Point Beer Co.
  • Pete Slosberg, entrepreneur, crafr beer consultant and founder of Pete’s Wicked Ale
  • Brian Stechschulte, public relations and media dirctor for Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
  • Beth Wathen, co-founder and co-owner of City Beer Store

You can create your own itinerary to easily determine which events to attend, when and where. Just “Register” if you don’t already have a SF Beer Week account, look for events you like, and click the “Add to Itinerary” button.

To drill down when browsing the event listings, use filters in the left column, like “Style Showcase” or “Beer Dinner”, check out the Week-Long Specials for ‘anytime’ craft beer specials and menu items (off the main Schedule page), and, along the top, select a date or use a region filter to see events restricted to the East, North and South Bay regions, and, of course, the city of San Francisco.

The Santa Rosa Visitor and Convention Bureau has highlighted a number of marquee events happening up north during SF Beer Week Visit Santa Rosa – SF Beer Week events, including the RateBeer Festival on 1/31.

Visit Tri-Valley is showcasing tap takeovers, like 1/30 Speakeasy Tap Takeover & Beer Bingo at Three Sheets Craft Beer Bar in Dublin and Whole Foods Market’s 4-Course Beer Dinner in Livermore.

Our partners at SF Restaurant Week and Yelp! provide even more options for rounding out one’s schedule during one of San Francisco’s most beer-centric, food-crazy week — possibly ever.

So get out there and enjoy!

Beer + Food = Love

Nearly 30% of the over 700 events happening during SF Beer Week are showcasing the marriage of beer and food. 

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Beer’s re-emergence as a food-friendly beverage and go-to meal companion is evidenced by the 25% jump in the number of events where food is playing a noticeable role. Chefs, cheese mongers, salumists, creators of pastries, ice creams and desserts — a rainbow of artisan food producers, really — are collaborating with craft brewers across the Bay Area to deliver delightful beer-and-food pairings.

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SF Restaurant Week, which kicks off Jan. 20, runs alongside SF Beer Week this year. Each of the following restaurants are not only hosting amazing beer-and-food events as part of SF Beer Week, but offering prix fixe menus throughout SF Restaurant Week:

Beach Chalet Restaurant & Brewery
Belga
Bon Marché Brasserie & Bar
Citizen Fox
Dirty Water
Paragon Restaurant
Red Dog
Schroeder’s Restaurant
ThirstyBear Organic Brewery

Visit SF Restaurant Week for their full list of participating restaurants.

Beer and food options throughout SF Beer Week are plentiful, fit a variety of budgets, and are testament to the near-ubiquitous role beer now plays at the dining table.

Here are just a few of the 200+ events where food is a big part of the story:

SATURDAY, Jan. 23, and SUNDAY, Jan. 24

Alaskan Seafood Dinners with Almanac
Red Dog Restaurant, SF
Unique beer dinners both Sat. and Sun. nights pair Almanac with special dishes from Chef Beau Schooler from Alaska and others.
More info on Sat. Jan. 23…

More info on Sun. Jan. 24…

SATURDAY, Jan. 23

Fort Point Dim Sum Brunch
Hong Kong Lounge, SF
Old meets new during SF Beer Week as Hong Kong Lounge hosts Fort Point Beer Company for a private dim sum beer pairing brunch.
More info…

Propolis Herbal Ales with Artisan Food Pairings
Whole Foods Market, Palo Alto
Propolis Brewing, a WA-state producer of traditional old world herbal ales, will walk you through these unique and varied ales, each paired with a selection of artisan cheese and meats.
More info…

SUNDAY, Jan. 24

Brews for Brunch: Sonoma Edition
SoMa StrEat Food Park, SF
Featuring Henhouse, 101 North, Lagunitas, Bear Republic and Sonoma Cider, and food pairings from 10 of San Francisco’s best food trucks.
More info…

SFBW Collaboration Pairings
The Alembic, SF
The SF Brewers Guild brewed not one but two SF Beer Week collaboration beers this year. We’ll have both on tap with special dishes paired with each one, plus a bonus third pairing.
More info…

MONDAY, Jan. 25

Bacon & Beer Pairing
Fogbelt Brewing Co, Santa Rosa
Eat bacon and drink beer four ways, from savory to sweet. AVAILABLE ALL WEEK.
More info…

Sierra Nevada Farm Dinner
Molina Restaurant, Mill Valley
Molina Chef Todd Shoberg is collaborating with Cheetah Tchudi, who runs the beautiful farm at Sierra Nevada Brewery, to deliver a multi-course menu highlighting organic produce from the farm.
More info…

TUESDAY, Jan. 26

Local Beer & Artisan Cheese Pairing Class
The Vine at Whole Foods Market, Livermore
Learn the art of beer and cheese pairing. More info…

4505 Smoked Heritage Hog with Anchor Brewing
4505 Burgers & BBQ, SF
Smoked heritage whole hog and whiskey barrle-aged BBQ sauce meets Anchor Brewing.
More info…

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27

Lunch Special with Drake’s, Triple Rock, Faction & Jupiter
Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse, Berkeley
Four-course lunch paired with a flight of fresh SF Beer Week exclusive Double IPAs from Triple Rock, Drake’s, Faction, and a “Hoppitizer” from Jupiter.
More info…

Devil’s Gulch Dinner with Beer Pairings
Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery, SF
Magnolia Chef Dennis Lee delivers a special beer dinner showcasing their collaborative friendship with Devil’s Gulch Ranch, who uses Magnolia’s spent grain to feed their heritage hogs.
More info…

THURSDAY, Jan. 28

4505 Meats Charcuterie & Beer Pairing
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, SF
Savor delicious beer and meat pairings all day long in the tap room. 4505 Meats selected a fine assortment of cured treats to pair with Speakeasy beer.
More info…

Evening with Affligem
BEL, SF
Meet the wonderful people from Affligem brewery and enjoy their beer with special food pairings.
More info…

Bonus: Beyond Beer Batter Class, Paired Menu
ThirstyBear Organic Brewery, SF
Chef and home brewer Rob McCarthy guides you through the art of cooking with beer’s raw ingredients for a class being held this particular evening, but there’s also a 5-course, beer paired, prix fixe menu being offer throughout SF Beer Week as part of SF Restaurant Week.
More info on the class…
More info on the all-week pairing menu…

FRIDAY, Jan. 29

Friday Morning Beer Brunch
Social Kitchen & Brewery, SF
Special breakfast offerings, brunch cocktails, and brunch appropriate beers, like Saison du Sauvignon, help ease you into the weekend.
More info…

Ice Cream Social
20Twenty Cheese Bar, San Jose
Featuring stout and porter floats, belgian floats, cider floats and more.
More info…

Sonoma Springs Brewing Tasting Menu
Handles Gastropub, Pleasanton
Tasting menu paired with the fabulous beers from Sonoma Springs Brewing.
More info…

SATURDAY, Jan. 30

Drake’s & Beachwood Beer Brunch
Drake’s Dealership, Oakland
Meet brewmasters John Gillooly of Drake’s and Julian Shrago of Beachwood Brewing over beer & brunch. More info…

Local Brewing Co. Beer Dinner
Precita Park Cafe, SF
One-night only prix fixe beer pairing features three course of your choice from Executive Chef Richie Wilim.
More info…

SUNDAY, Jan. 31

Brewers’ Sunday Tea with Fatted Calf
21st Amendment Brewery & Restaurant, SF
21st Amendment and Fatted Calf bring out delicious beer sausages made with their featured strong beer. Other strong beers from Bay Area breweries will be on hand.
More info…

Beerunch
Public House, SF
A beer-and-food pairing brunch featuring morning-friendly brews from Woods Beer, Moonlight, Fort Point, and Monkey Paw. More info…

Local Beer & Artisan Cheese Pairing Class
The Vine at Whole Foods Market
Learn the art of beer and cheese pairing. More info…

BONUS:  Bob’s Donuts & Beer
Woods Polk Station, SF
Woods Beer has brewed another batch of its epic Belgian Quad, flavored to pair with Bob’s infamous apple fritters.
More info…

Check the website for all the great beer and food events going on, including the Week-Long Specials section, where dozens and dozens of food-related, week-long specials reside.

Access the Week-Long Specials by going to Schedule and clicking on the graphic in the upper left-hand corner. (Note: these listings do not appear in the main schedule)

 

Start Planning for SF Beer Week!

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With over 350 events across the Bay Area now part of the schedule, this holiday stretch is a great time to game plan and determine how you want to tackle SF Beer Week (Jan. 22-31). Browse the events, create an account, and start building your own personal itinerary. Events are being added every day, so check often to see what’s new.

Need Some Inspiration?

Check this video out:  For the Love of SF Beer Week.

Need a Place To Stay?

For 2016, we’ve partnered with Hotel Zelos San Francisco to bring you a great craft beer experience at an unbeatable downtown location near Union Square.

This boutique urban retreat is steps from Westfield San Francisco Centre, SF MOMA and the Moscone Center, and provides easy access to dozens of craft beer venues and SF Beer Week events.

Hotel Zelos has put together a special deal for those coming into town for SF Beer Week. Starting at $179 and including a complimentary craft beer (per person), use the rate code BEER when booking your stay between January 22-31 (based on availability, taxes not included). This is an exceptional rate for SF, so click to book your room:

BOOK NOW
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Hotel Zelos is where you’ll find Dirty Habits Restaurant & Bar, home to a well-curated craft beer list, quality food offerings and an amazing outdoor patio, not to mention some SF Beer Week events of its own (tba).

A Few Event Suggestions…

Need more inspiration? Here are some teasers; one for every day of the week…

SF Beer Week Opening Gala – SOLD OUT
January 22, 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Pier 35, San Francisco
No SF Beer Week itinerary is complete without the official kick-off event, the SF Beer Week Opening Gala, when 110+ participating craft brewers from throughout Northern California will be tapping 300+ amazing beers. Get tickets now before they’re gone.

Opening Weekend Suds Safari — private tour
SF Adventure Travel, San Francisco
January 23, 11:00pm – 3:00pm

Battle of the Guilds— SF, SD and LA guilds
Sessions at the Presidio, San Francisco
January 24, 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Crack Capone’s Vault — big and boozy
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, San Francisco
January 25, 1:00pm – 10:00pm

Behind the Tanks: Tales from the Brewing World — craft beer insiders
Local Brewing Co., San Francisco
January 26, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

4505 Smoked Heritage Hog with Anchor Brewing — whole hog
4505 Burgers & BBQ, San Francisco
January 27, 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Festival of Firkins — cask craziness
Magnolia Brewpub, San Francisco
January 28, 11:00am – 7:00pm

Three Green Men Double IPA Release — collab with brewers from E.J. Phair, Black Diamond and Bartlett Hall in the house
Bartlett Hall, San Francisco
January 29, 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Battle of the Beer Bands — brewers take the stage!
Woods Beer, Oakland
January 30, 8:00pm – 11:30pm

Belgian Brunch with Cleophus Quealy — nice & easy
The Half Orange, Fruitvale
January 31, 11:00am – 3:00pm

Thank You Sponsors!

Without our amazing sponsors, SF Beer Week would simply not be possible. Please acknowledge their support and contributions to our craft beer community.

SF Beer Week is presented by the San Francisco Brewers Guild along with…

Official Sponsors
Whole Foods Market
21st Amendment Brewery
Anchor Brewing Company
Cleophus Quealy Beer Company
DBI Beverage Inc.
DPEM Event Marketing
Drake’s Brewing Company
Magnolia Brewing Company
Matagrano Inc.
Morris Distributing
Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors Bureau
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
ThirstyBear Organic Brewery
Trumer Brauerei

Industry Sponsors
Almanac Beer Company, Bartlett Hall, Beach Chalet Brewery and Restaurant, Brewers Supply Group, Burr Pilger Mayer, Cicerone Certification Program, Country Malt Group, Eat Drink SF, Local Brewing Company, Maps and Taps, Public House, Pyramid Breweries, Rosamunde Sausage Grill, Shmaltz Brewing Company, The Ave Bar, The Can Van, The Printed Image, Union Bank and White Labs.

Supporting Sponsors
Ale Arsenal, Barrel Head Brewhouse, Bear Republic Brewing Company, Beer Revolution, BEL, Best Label Company, Inc., Black Sands Brewing Company, City Beer Store, Diving Dog Brewhouse , Fat Angel, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, GigaYeast, Half Moon Bay Brewing, Handles Gastropub, Marin Brewing Company, Pi Bar , Resolute SF, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing Company, Schroeder’s Restaurant, SF Adventure Tours, Social Kitchen & Brewery, Sudwerk Brewing Company, Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company, The Alembic, The Monk’s Kettle, The Sycamore, The Willows, Visit Tri-Valley, Wendel Rosen Black & Dean and Woods Beer Company.

Media & Special Partners
Bay Area News Group, California Craft Brewers Association, Capitol Corridor, Celebrator Beer News, Hotel Zelos and SF Weekly.

Opening Gala Tix On Sale, 2 Collaboration Beers Coming

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Tickets for the ‪SF Beer Week‬ Opening Gala are now on sale – get ’em here. SOLD OUT

In addition to hosting over 100 Northern CA breweries, serving up a ton of amazing California-brewed beer, and generally throwing one of the country’s best craft beer parties, the 2016 Opening Gala will be holding a Collaboration Beer Bowl and tapping not one but TWO ‪collaborations beers from members of the San Francisco Brewers Guild.

Dividing up Guild members into two teams — Team Noma (breweries north of Market St.) and Team Soma (breweries south of Market St.) — the Guild will be turning the Gala into a battle of the brews. (See team member rosters below.)

Each team will be brewing with high-quality ‘free agent’ base ingredients: malt and hops donated by Brewers Supply Group, and specialty yeast strains donated by White Labs.

And at November’s Meet the Brewers night, hosted by Woods Beer Co., team captains Dave McLean from Magnolia Brewing Co. (Team Soma) and Mike Schnebeck from Fort Point Beer Co. (Team Noma) faced off for a ‘Draft Day’ duel, selecting specialty ingredients to brew with from an amazing assortment of local and artisan foods donated by Whole Foods Market.

See what each team took home, watch Draft Day selections here.

Chicory? Yuzu? It’s going to be some competition!

Be the first to try these special brews, and vote for your favorite, when they’re tapped at the Jan. 22 SF Beer Week Opening Gala — as long as you get your tickets before they’re gone!  (Tickets will sell out quickly!)

Visit:  https://sfbeerweekgala2016.eventbrite.com

After that, look for the collaboration beers on tap at select events throughout SF Beer Week.

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Team Noma

North of Market St.

 

Barrel Head Brewhouse

Bartlett Hall 

Beach Chalet Brewery
& Restaurant

Black Sands Brewery

Fort Point Beer Co.**

Headlands Brewing Co.

Holy Craft Brewing Co.

Pine Street Brewery

Pizza Orgasmica & Brewing Co.

San Francisco Brewing Co.

Social Kitchen & Brewery

Sunset Reservoir Brewing Co.

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Team Soma

South of Market St.

 

21st Amendment Brewery

Almanac Beer Co.

Anchor Brewing Co.
Black Hammer Brewing Co.

Cellarmaker Brewing Co.

Harmonic Brewing Co.

Local Brewing Co.

Magnolia Brewing Co.**

Old Bus Tavern

Southern Pacific Brewing Co.

Southpaw BBQ Brewing Co.

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

ThirstyBear Brewing Co.

Triple Voodoo Brewery

Woods Beer Co.

Submit Events Now

The SF Beer Week website is accepting event submissions! Don’t wait until January to post your events. Tens of thousands of people will be visiting the SF Beer Week site in December once the schedule uidoes live. The earlier you get your events in, the more people will see them.

The full website and schedule is slated to launch November 30. Events submitted before that date will be queued and roll out with the site launch. Those received after November 30 will be published as they’re approved. Please review our Event Submission Guidelines for a complete explanation of event best practices. If your event doesn’t meet our guidelines, it won’t be approved.

Unique vs Week-Long Special Events

In an effort to make our schedule more concise and in compliance with California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control regulations, events will be sorted into two different categories, “unique” or “week-long special.” These event categories will be displayed separately, and are subject to different listing fees.

If an event is recurring, intended as a “special” in the sense of offering a discount or deal, and/or an occasion where certain beer lists or beer-and-food pairings are available during all or an extended portion of SF Beer Week, it may be classified as a “week-long special.” This event type will not appear on the daily list of events, but be featured in its own selectable category on the schedule. The fee to submit a week-long special event is $50.

Events that are true events, meaning they feature a special, unique or rare selections of beer or food, special guests, one-time activities or experiences, and are generally considered special occasions will be classified as “unique” events. These events will be featured on the daily list of events. The fee to submit a unique event is $25.

Ready to Submit an Event?

1)  Go to sfbeerweek.wpengine.com and log in with your existing account, or create a new one. If you log in with an old account, you can access your 2015 events, edit, and resubmit them for 2016. If you can’t remember your password, use the reset option.

2)  After logging in, click on “Create Event” and you’ll see previous events in the left panel (if applicable), and the event submission form in the right panel.

3)  Fill out the event form to submit a new event, or resurrect earlier events by clicking the “renew” button underneath past event titles. You can change the details and press the submit button at the bottom.

4)  Follow instructions for submitting payment for event fees. If you are a sponsor of SFBW, use the special event code to submit unlimited events and tp set your featured events. (Interested in sponsoring? Download the kit here.)

5)  Once submitted, your event details will be reviewed to ensure compliance with the event guidelines. We’ll try to be quick, but sometimes the influx of events can cause delays. Please be patient.

6)  Upon approval, your event will appear on the SF Beer Week website. Remember, get your events in now to be on the schedule when it launches on November 30.

Reminders:

–  Only event hosts should submit and pay for events.

–  Breweries cannot submit and pay for events on behalf of retail licensed accounts, in accordance with California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control regulations.

–  Event details may be edited after you’ve submitted them, within reason. Just log into your account, make your changes, and resubmit the event. Your event will go through the approval process again before posting.

Plan on submitting a lot of events? Consider an SF Beer Week sponsorship. A handful of spots are open at the Industry and Supporting levels (Sorry, Official is sold out). These won’t last long. Contact Ron Silberstein for more information: ron AT thirstybear DOT com

We’re looking forward to seeing what you have planned and spreading the word about your event. If you have any questions or concerns about events, please contact Joanne Marino: joanne AT sfbrewersguild DOT org.

SF Beer Week 2016 Set for Jan. 22 – 31

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For the first time, SF Beer Week is setting the table for the Super Bowl, which is taking place in San Francisco on Feb. 7. The San Francisco Brewers Guild shares the excitement of such a spectacular moment in this City’s history, so much so we’re putting our nation’s love of football at the heart of this year’s SF Beer Week “super” theme.

The SF Beer Week Opening Gala — featuring over 20 Guild breweries and dozens of celebrated Northern California breweries that collectively make the Bay Area an internationally renowned craft beer destination — is being held at Pier 35 on Friday, January 22, with subsequent Beer Week events, ranging from Santa Cruz up to Santa Rosa, running through January 31.

Additional details about the Opening Gala and SFBW event sign-up will be announced in the coming months, so please stay up to date here at sfbeerweek.org, via Twitter and Facebook, and by signing up for our mailing list below.

For more news from the San Francisco Brewers Guild, read our announcement about new members, new leadership and upcoming ticket sales for the 12th Annual Brews on the Bay, returning to the historic S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien at Pier 45 on Oct. 24, 2015.

Finally, we invite you to join us at our monthly Meet the Brewers nights. Always open to the public, these meet-and-greets are a great opportunity to talk to us about SF Beer Week while getting to know your local brewers. Check out this month’s event happening Wednesday, July 15, at Triple Voodoo Brewery & Taproom, when we’ll be tapping of a very special Triple Voodoo cask. Get details about this brew, and check out the complete 2015 schedule, on the SFBG Events page.

Thank You for a Wonderful Week

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Whew! What an incredible ten days. SF Beer Week 2015 was the biggest and best yet, thanks to the community of beer lovers, breweries, bars, restaurants, stores and sponsors who participated. Your support and enthusiasm for SF Beer Week is simply astonishing. We can’t thank all of you enough. Cheers to another great week of beer filled memories.

This year’s schedule contained 797 events, a 23% increase over 2014. Events took place at 288 locations all over the Bay Area, from Santa Cruz to Santa Rosa, and east over to Livermore. That’s a whopping 23% increase compared to 2014. The Bay Area beer community is clearly thriving.

SF Beer Week may be over, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait for more great events. Many of the participating bars, breweries, and restaurants host beer dinners, meet the brewer nights, and other festivities all year round. Follow them on social media or visit their websites to stay in touch.

Finally, as presenting sponsor and organizer, the San Francisco Brewers Guild would like to profusely thank all of this year’s generous sponsors. Without their support SF Beer Week would not be possible. Thank you!

Photo above by Gamma Nine.

Opening Gala Highlights

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The 2015 SF Beer Week Opening Gala was a huge success! 2,500 people were in attendance, sampling over 300 beers made by 82 California breweries. We we’re also honored to have San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee in attendance. He spoke to the crowd and raised a glass to SF Beer Week during our traditional toast. Thank you Mayor!

The San Francisco Brewers Guild would also like to thank the participating breweries, their staff, the event volunteers, our sponsors, and most importantly, the beer fans, for attending. The event also wouldn’t have been possible without the logistical support of DPEM Event Marketing and the overall design by Gamut.

Below and above is just a sampling of photos taken by Gamma Nine at the event. You can see more, and maybe find yourself among the crowds, by visiting the SF Beer Week Facebook page.

Enjoy the rest of SF Beer Week!

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Get Event Tips

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Deciding what to do during SF Beer Week is no easy task. With nearly 800 events on the schedule, you’ll need to make some tough decisions. We thought you might need some help. So we enlisted a small group of SF Beer Week veterans, beer writers, and luminaries to create an itinerary and share them with you.

Just click a name and view their itinerary.

Jesse Friedman – Co-founder & Brewmaster, Almanac Beer Co.
Kelsey Williams – Marketing Director, Drake’s Brewing Company
Sarah Weiner – Director, Good Food Awards
Kim Sturdavant – Brewmaster, Social Kitchen & Brewery
Pete Slosberg – Brewing Industry Legend
Kirby Bennett – Manager, Mikkeller Bar
Allie Pape – Editor, Eater SF
Ken Weaver – Beer Writer
Shaun O’Sullivan – Co-founder & Brewmaster, 21st Amendment Brewery
Greg Kitchen – Owner, Triple Voodoo Brewery & Taproom

We hope you’re inspired by their choices and don’t forget to make your own itinerary on the SF Beer Week website. Just create an account, go to the schedule, and make some choices.

When you’re done, share it with friends on Facebook or Twitter.

 

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Beach Chalet Four-Course Food & Beer Pairing Menu
Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant, San Francisco
February 7-15
More info…

Outdoor BBQ with Lagunitas
Hops & Hominy, San Francisco
February 13, 11:00am – 6:00pm
More info…

Fort Point Beer Dinner
La Trappe Cafe, San Francisco
February 13, 5:00 – 11:00pm
More info…

Santa Clara Valley Brewing Dinner
Mission Peak Tap Alley inside Whole Foods Market, Fremont
February 8, 6:00 – 8:00pm
More info…

Ale Arsenal Sour & Wild Beer Festival
Ale Arsenal, San Carlos
February 14, 3:00 – 11:30pm
More info…

Collaboration Compilation
Public House, San Francisco
February 11, 5:00 – 10:00pm
More info…

Nuit du Quebec with Poutine!
Rosamunde Sausage, San Francisco
February 10, 6:00 – 10:00pm
More info…

Crush The Pin Fest! A Cask Beer Extravaganza
Social Kitchen & Brewery, San Francisco
February 8, 11:30am – 11:30pm
More info…

Learn About Beer

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Beer is a lifetime of learning, and tasting! SF Beer Week offers beer lovers a number of great opportunities to brush up on basic knowledge, brewing, food pairing, and more. They’re open to novices and über beer geeks.

Here are just a few of the great learning opportunities:

21st Amendment Strong Beer School with Cleophus Quealy Beer Company
21st Amendment Brewery, San Francisco
February 10, 7:00 – 9:00pm
More info…

Beer Trivia Night hosted by Anchor Judd and the Anchor Brewers
Danny Coyles, San Francisco
February 10, 7:30 – 10:00pm
More info…

Yeast Flavor Profile Demonstration Event with GigaYeast
Triple Voodoo Brewery & Taproom, San Francisco
February 10, 6:00 – 10:00pm
More info…

Beyond Beer Batter – The Art of Cooking with Beer’s Ingredients
ThirstyBear Brewing, San Francisco
February 12, 6:00 – 9:00pm
More info…

Sundays with Sierra Nevada: Nooner Launch and Pilsner Exploration
The Hog’s Apothecary, Oaklandothecar
February 8, 2:30 – 5:00pm
More info…

American Homebrewers Association Rally
Magnolia Brewing Co / Smokestack, San Francisco
February 7, 11:00am – 5:00pm
More info…

Beer & Sausage Making Demo with 4505 Meats & Speakeasy!
4505 Burgers & BBQ, San Francisco
February 10, 6:00 – 8:00pm
More info…

Beer Dinner with Half Moon Bay Brewery Led by Brewmaster James Costa
The Hall, San Francisco
February 11, 7:00 – 10:00pm
More info…

Bartender’s Breakfast: A Beer Off-Flavor Course by Master Cicerone Nicole Erny
Pyramid Alehouse, Berkeley
February 12, 9:00am – 12:00pm
More info…

Photo above by Gamma Nine.

Swept by Fire Collaboration Beer

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Members of the San Francisco Brewers Guild have united once again to create a unique beer for SF Beer Week. This year’s collaboration was made at Fort Point Beer Company, and it’s called Swept by Fire. It will debut at the SF Beer Week Opening Gala on February 6th, and then be released at select bars and restaurants throughout the Bay Area.

Swept by Fire pays tribute to San Francisco’s historic brewing industry, which was devastated on the morning of April 18, 1906. At precisely 5:12am, San Francisco was tossed into chaos. The great earthquake struck, and the ensuing fire destroyed 80% of the city. The profound loss of life and destruction, altered lives, businesses, and entire industries.

San Francisco’s brewing industry was thriving at the time. Twenty-five breweries were operating, and according to the American Brewers Review, fourteen of them were either badly damaged or destroyed. They included the Albany Brewery, Willows Brewery, Wreden Brewery, and Anchor Brewery, just to name a few.

Theodore Rueger, from Benicia Brewery, visited San Francisco shortly after the fire ended. He walked for miles among the ruins to see what happened to his colleague’s breweries. In one location he observed “a kettle standing on a hill, the only thing to indicate that the Anchor Brewery had been there.” Despite the tragedy and hardship, many of the brewers bounced back, and served thirsty San Francisco citizens as they rebuilt this great city.

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Swept by Fire honors these brewers. In simple terms, the beer is a hoppy smoked pale ale, but what it offers is quite delicate and complex. Pale and Munich are the primary base malts. Then the smoky component was added using beechwood-smoked malt from Brewers Supply Group, and charred almond wood supplied by Smokestack at Magnolia Brewery. The logs were charred at Fort Point and placed in the brew kettle during the whirlpool phase of production.

On the hoppy side of things, Mosaic, Mandarina Bavaria, Citra, Galaxy, and El Dorado hops were added during the boil phase. Then, while the beer was in a secondary fermentor, it was dry-hopped with generous amounts of Hallertau Blanc, Citra, and El Dorado. Special thanks to Cellarmaker Brewing for their Citra donation, and to our friends at Knee Deep Brewing in Auburn, CA, for offering their Galaxy hops.

The finished beer is 6.2% alcohol by volume, and contains 42 IBU’s. Fort Point brewmaster, Mike Schnebeck, described the color as “rich goldenrod, with sticky tropical and sweet citrus aromas, leading into a mellow sweet smoke flavor upfront, that flows into a soft bitterness escorted by cool fruit and pine.”

If you’re interested in serving Swept by Fire at your bar or restaurant, please contact Matt Colling: mattcolling@fortpointbeer.com.

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Drink Beer for a Cause

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Rally around a cause during SF Beer Week. It’s as easy as buying a beer or ticket to a great event. Bars, restaurants, and breweries will support a wide variety of charities and non-profits, and they need your help. You can have fun, try the latest and greatest beer, and you’ll make a difference at the same time.

Give back to the community by attending these events:

Hops For Housing – Homebrew Festival
Benefiting the SF Tenants Union
Beatbox, San Francisco
February 12, 5:30 – 9:00pm
More info…

Black & White Beer Ball
Benefiting the Ales for Autism
Friedman Events Center, Santa Rosa
February 13, 7:00 – 11:00pm
More info…

Pints for Paintings Charity BBQ
Benefiting ArtUpSF
All Good Pizza, San Francisco
February 8, 11:00am – 4:00pm
More info…

Pliny the Younger Charity Event
Benefiting La Cocina
The Monk’s Kettle, San Francisco
February 11, 11:00am – 2:00pm
More info…

Ladies Night! ’80s Dance Party
Benefiting Girls Inc.
Woods Bar & Brewery, Oakland
February 11, 5:00 – 11:30pm
More info…

Celebrator Beer News 27th Anniversary Party!
Benefitting the California Craft Brewers Association
Trumer Brauerei, Berkeleyi
February 15, 4:00 – 8:00pm
More info…

Societe Brewing Company Meet the Brewery
Benefiting Beer to the Rescue
Hog’s Apothecary, Oakland
February 7, 2:30 – 5:00pm
More info…

SF Maritime Beer Fest
Benefitting the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association
Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
February 12, 6:00 – 10:00pm
More info…

2nd Annual West Coast Craft Can Invitational
Benefitting Pink Boots Society & Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club
Devil’s Canyon Brewing, San Carlos
February 7, 2:00 – 5:00pm
More info…

Pinball and Pints
Benefitting the Pacific Pinball Museum & Rock Paper Scissors Collective
Pacific Pinball Museum, Oakland
February 8, 3:00 – 8:00pm
More info…

 

Photo above by Gamma Nine

 

Get Your Fill of Beer & Food Events

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So much to do, so little time! That’s the dilemma of SF Beer Week and we’d like to make some suggestions before the big week arrives. With over 500 events on the schedule, and more to come, tough decisions need to be made. Today we’re going to focus on beer and food festivities.

Chefs, cheese mongers, and brewers around the Bay Area are working hard on some delightful pairings. You can start your day with a beer breakfast, then move to beerunch, nibble on cheese in the afternoon, and finish with a multi-course beer dinner. There are so many options, and they fit a variety of budgets.

Here are a few suggestions:

Paella Fest
ThirstyBear Brewing Company, San Francisco
February 10th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
More info…

Brunch with the Brewers: Feat. Native Sons BBQ
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Taproom, San Francisco
February 8, 12:30 – 3:30pm
More info…

Free Beer and Cheese Pairing Class
Pyramid Alehouse, Berkeley
February 12, 7:00 – 8:00pm
More info…

Trumer StrEat Takeover
SoMa StrEat Food Park, San Francisco
February 7, 5:00 – 10:00pm
More info….

Bangers and Beer: An Ode to the Perfect Pair
Mission Creek Brewing Co., San Jose
February 8, 5:00 – 8:00pm
More info…

Beer and Breakfast w/ Pinx Catering
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Room, Berkeley
February 8, 12:00 – 5:00pm
More info…

Fort Point Beer Dinner
La Trappe Cafe, San Francisco
February 13, 5:00 – 11:00pm
More info…

Beer & Cheese Pairing
Drake’s Barrel House, San Leandro
February 14, 2:00 – 5:00pm
More info…

Strong Beer Brunch with Drake Brewing Company and Three Weavers Brewing Company
21st Amendment Brewery, San Francisco
February 8, 10:00am – 2:30pm
More info…

Almanac-Lazy Bear Beer Pairing Dinner
Lazy Bear Restaurant, San Francisco
February 10, 7:00
More info…

 

Need-a-Hotel

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The Hotel Triton, located right in the heart of San Francisco, is offering attendees a special booking code: SFBEER. “Receive some cool local beer amenities including a couple of cold craft brews, a beer snack and a signature Triton beer stein.”

Book now

 

Photo above by Gamma Nine

Schedule Now Live with 400+ Events

The SF Beer Week schedule is now live with over 400+ events. Start browsing the list and create your own itinerary. Just login or create a new account. Hundreds of events will be added between now and February, so check back from time to time to see what’s new.

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Here’s a few early highlights from our sponsors:

Beyond Beer Batter – The Art of Cooking with Beer’s Ingredients
ThirstyBear Brewing Company, San Francisco
February 12th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
More Info…

Sau & Brau 5
Drake’s Barrel House, San Leandro
February 11th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
More Info…

Dodge Balls, Drink Beers! RAD League Dodgeball Tournament
Pyramid Alehouse, Berkeley
February 7th, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
More info…

Festival of Firkins
Magnolia Pub & Brewery, San Francisco
February 12th, 11:00am – 8:00pm
More info…

Of course, don’t forget about the Opening Gala. 56% of the tickets are already gone. Don’t wait too long to secure your tickets.

You Gotta Get In Shape for SF Beer Week

Are you getting ready? Do you hear the siren song? SF Beer Week is just two months away!

On Monday, December 8th, we’ll be launching the schedule page of our website and start selling tickets to the SF Beer Week Opening Gala at 10:30am PST. Breweries, bars, and restaurants around the Bay Area are already submitting events and we’ll share the first wave of festivities. Hundreds more will be added as SF Beer Week approaches.

We hope you’re getting excited. Stay tuned for more.

 

Start Submitting Events

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The SF Beer Week website is now accepting event submissions! Don’t wait until January, or even worse, February, to post your events on our website. The earlier you submit the details, the more visitors will see your event. Last year our schedule page was visited 22,000 times between December 9, 2013, and January 13, 2014.

The full website and schedule is slated to launch on December 8th. Events submitted before that date will be held in queue, while those received afterwards will be published as they’re approved. Please review our Event Submission Guidelines for a complete explanation of event best practices. If your event doesn’t meet our guidelines, it won’t be approved.

Unique vs Week-Long Special Events

In an effort to make our schedule more concise and in compliance with California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control regulations, events will be sorted into two different categories, “unique” or “week-long special.” These event categories will be displayed separately, and are subject to different listing fees.

If your event features a special beer list or food and beer pairing, that’s available during all, or an extended portion of SF Beer Week, it will be classified as a “week-long special.” This event type will not appear on the daily list of events. Instead, a week-long special will be featured in it’s own selectable category on the schedule. The fee to submit a week-long special event is $50.

Events that feature a limited selection of beer or food, special guests, and one-time activities or experiences, will be classified as “unique” events. These events will be featured on the daily list of events. The fee to submit a unique event is $25.

Ready to Submit an Event?

1) Go to sfbeerweek.wpengine.com and login with your existing account, or create a new one. If you log in with an old account, you can access your 2014 events, edit, and resubmit them for 2015. If you can’t remember your password, use the reset option.

2) After logging in, click on “Create Event” and you’ll see your old events in the left panel (if applicable), and the event submission form in the right panel.

3) Fill out the event form to submit a new event, or resurrect old events by clicking the “renew” button underneath past event titles. You can change the details and press the submit button at the bottom.

4) Follow instructions to pay the fee.

5)Then we’ll examine your event details and make sure they meet our guidelines. We’ll try to be quick, but sometimes the influx of events can cause delays. Please be patient.

6) If approved, your event will appear on the SF Beer Week website when the schedule launches in December.

Reminders:

– Only event hosts should submit and pay for events.

– Breweries cannot submit and pay for events on behalf of retail licensed accounts, in accordance with California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control regulations.

– Your event details can be edited after you’ve submitted it to the SF Beer Week website. All you have to do is sign into your account, make the changes, and then your event will go through the approval process again.

Plan on submitting a lot of events? Consider an SF Beer Week sponsorship. A handful of spots are open at the Official,  Industry and Supporting levels. They won’t last long. Contact Ron Silberstein for more information: ron@thirstybear.com

We’re looking forward to seeing what you have planned and spreading the word about your event. If you have any questions or concerns about events, please contact Brian Stechschulte: brian@sfbrewersguild.org.

Save the Date: SF Beer Week 2015

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Every year since the San Francisco Brewers Guild launched one of the country’s first Beer Weeks (2009), the celebrated Bay Area institution has upped the ante in curating standout Northern California craft beer events featuring the 19 premier Guild breweries and additional select Northern California-based breweries. Today, SF Beer Week has evolved into a top international destination presenting some of the world’s finest beers at 600 events hosted by renowned breweries, acclaimed restaurants, bars, and retailers. SF Beer Week 2015 runs from February 6 – 15, 2015 with official events spanning the greater San Francisco Bay Area from Santa Cruz to Santa Rosa. Mark your calendars as SF Beer Week 2015 pulls out all the stops with its most ambitious roster of events to date!

SF Beer Week 2015 kicks-off the 10 days of festivities with the Opening Gala taking place at the newly renovated Fort Mason Center Herbst Pavilion, on February 6, 2015, where more than 3,000 craft beer enthusiasts will unite for the ultimate tasting celebration. 80+ Northern California breweries will be onsite at the Gala spotlighting the remarkable quality and innovative spirit flourishing in one of the foremost craft beer regions in the country. SF Beer Week’s official events will be announced in early December 2014, but beer geeks surely can start to get revved up for a slew of special beer releases, beer festivals, meet-the-brewer opportunities, beer dinners, tastings, lectures and panel discussions, homebrewing demonstrations, and educational events. Once again, the San Francisco Brewers Guild will also release its very own collaboration beer at the Gala, which will subsequently be available at tons of events throughout SF Beer Week.

Northern California is the birthplace of craft brewing. Over the years, the region’s singular entrepreneurial vision and access to bountiful local resources have instilled Northern California breweries the opportunity to set the global standard for exceptional brewing. SF Beer Week now serves as a preeminent model for the 80+ Beer Weeks that take place in every corner of the United States. With hundreds of participating venues banding together to relish the history, artistry and tremendous flavor of the region’s craft beer, the San Francisco Brewers Guild is thrilled to commemorate all things local alongside the Bay Area’s top purveyors in the beverage/restaurant/retail industries.

Just in time for SF Beer Week 2015, three new breweries joined the San Francisco Brewers Guild, including Bartlett Hall, Cellarmaker Brewing, and Fort Point Beer Company. The San Francisco Brewers Guild consists of 19 total breweries, which also includes: 21st Amendment Brewery, Almanac Beer Company, Anchor Brewing, The Beach Chalet, Cerveceria de MateVeza, Headlands Brewing Company, Magnolia Brewing, Pine Street Brewery, Pizza Orgasmica & Brewing Company, San Francisco Brewing Company, Social Kitchen & Brewery, Southern Pacific Brewing, Southpaw BBQ, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, ThirstyBear Brewing Company, and Triple Voodoo Brewing.

About San Francisco Brewers Guild

The San Francisco Brewers Guild formed in 2004 as a non-profit 501 (c)(6) during a renaissance in American craft brewing. Our mission is to restore and preserve San Francisco’s brewing heritage and unite those who make local beer with those who love it. The Guild achieves this by educating the public about craft beer, organizing and hosting events such as SF Beer Week, Brews on the Bay and Meet the Brewers, advocating for the craft beer industry in city government, donating services and product to local charities, and partnering with artisan producers in the food, beverage, hospitality and agricultural industries. For year-round updates on all Guild events, please visit: www.sfbrewersguild.org

Sponsors of SF Beer Week 2015

Official Level: Whole Foods, 21st Amendment Brewery, Anchor Brewing, DBI Beverage, Drake’s Brewing, DPEM Event Marketing, Hops & Hominy, Magnolia Brewing, Matagrano, Morris Distributing, Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors Bureau, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, ThirstyBear Brewing Company, and Trumer Pils.

Industry Level: Ale Arsenal, Brewers Supply Group, GigaYeast, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Rosamunde Sausage Grill, and Social Kitchen & Brewery.

Supporting Level: The Ave Bar, Bay Area Beer Socials, Bear Republic Brewing Company, Best Label, Fat Angel, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Pacific Coast Brewing Company, Pi Bar, The Abbot’s Cellar, The Jug Shop, The Monk’s Kettle, The Sycamore, The Willows, and Wendel Rosen.

Media: Beer Advocate

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Official Press Release (pdf)

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