SAN FRANCISCO — Between unique beer releases, a new brewery opening and out-of-area breweries coming in for tap takeovers, SF Beer Week is the best time of the year to try beers you may never find otherwise in the Bay Area.
We curated a selection of 10 events that we feel showcase originality, new flavors, special collaborations and reality-defying pairings.
This list is no way comprehensive of all the great events happening during SFBW — for the full selection, you’ll want to visit the SFBW website for everything happening across the Bay Area that week.
Yeast Affection [Cleophus Quealy]
February 11 – 12:00 – 9:00pm
Showcasing the various flavors of yeasts and bacteria and how they affect different beers, Cleophus Quealy is teaming up with The Yeast Bay for the following special releases at their San Leandro taproom:
- Belgian Golden Strong Ale – fermented with a blend of brettanomyces by The Yeast Bay
- Belgian-style Dubbel – fermented two ways: half with a Belgian yeast blend, half with a sour culture to highlight the impact of fermentation on beer flavor
- Sahti – a Finnish-style celebration beer aged in gin barrels, brewed with juniper boughs and berries
Barrel Constrictor Tap Takeover & Bottle Release [Alpha Acid Brewing]
February 11 – 12:00 – 9:00pm
Alpha Acid is going dark. Extremely dark. The small-batch kings in Belmont are tapping eight different variations of their Barrel Aged Imperial Stout — Barrel Contrictor – along with a very limited amount of Brandy & Vanilla Bourbon Barrel Constrictor bottles for sale at 12 pm. BBQ from meat that was fed by Alpha Acid’s spent grain will also be available provided by Pomponio Ranch Meats and prepared by Native Catering.
- Coconut/ Cacao Nib
- Ancho Chili
- Vanilla Bourbon
- Session Rye
Blue Oak Brewing’s Grand Opening [Blue Oak Brewing]
February 11 – 1:00 – 11:00pm
One of the newest breweries in the Bay Area, Blue Oak will celebrate its grand opening to the public in San Carlos. The brewery shares the space with Redwood Coast Cider and will be featuring a food truck as well to help quaff the delicious new beers offered on tap.
9th Annual Double Blind Double IPA [Wine Affairs]
February 11 – 4:00 – 9:30pm
A yearly staple of SF Beer Week, San Jose bar Wine Affairs will be throwing it’s year Double Blind Double IPA tasting. 8 Double IPAs will be served blind for a $20 admission fee.
707 Brews [The Ave Bar]
February 11 – 6:00 – 9:00pm
The Ingleside neighborhood craft beer bar, The Ave, is hosting a showcase of North Bay breweries. Beers from Lost Coast, Mad River, Six Rivers, St. Florians, Dempsey’s and Third Street Ale Works will be on tap to the public.
Belgian Beer Brunch [Laughing Monk]
February 12 — 12:00pm – 4:00pm
The San Francisco brewery is offering a unique Belgian-themed beer brunch to help ease past the first day of SF Beer Week. Sweet and savory Belgian waffles, Trappist Cheese Plates and more will be offered, all paired with the brewery’s acclaimed Belgian beer selection.
Seven Stills X Libertine 5-Course Rare Beer + Whiskey Dinner [Lawton Taproom]
February 13 – 5:00 – 7:00pm
A kingly beer and whiskey dinner featuring both SF-based Seven Stills, and Libertine — a San Luis Obispo-based brewery known for barrel aged wild ales – will be hosted at Seven Stills’ Lawton taproom in San Francisco. The five course meal will include five 5 ounce pours in addition to a welcome table saison from Libertine. Check out the menu here that is included with the $85 admission fee.
Library Stash Tasting [21st Amendment – SF]
February 13 – 5:00 – 9:00pm
21st Amendment is bringing out their cellar with vertical tastings of barrel-aged versions of their Monk’s Blood, Lower de Boom, He Said, Baby Horse and more to be announced. The event is open to the public.
Blackberry Farm & Evil Twin Beer Dinner [The Monk’s Kettle]
February 13 – 6:00 – 11:00pm
The Monk’s Kettle is hosting both Evil Twin and Blackberry Farm breweries for an 8 course beer dinner featuring five beers from each and a high-end dinner served by the restaurant. Both Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso (founder/brewer) from Evil Twin, Roy Milner (founder) and Kyle Morgan (sales manager) from Blackberry Farm will be in the house to guide attendees through their journey. The menu is available here and tickets are $135.
Valentine’s Day Massacre – Beer & Nosh This Chocolate Pairing [Speakeasy]
February 14 – 1:00 – 10:00pm
It’s Valentine’s Day and it doesn’t get sweeter than a massacre of chocolate and beer. Speakeasy is pairing up with Nosh This to feature truffles made with their Scarface Imperial Stout from 4 to 7 pm. A vintage keg of Massacre Belgian-style Imperial Stout will also be on tap, in addition to an extensive menu of chocolate-friendly beers. Pretzelina will be serving soft pretzels as well.