SAN FRANCISCO — 10 years later and the Bay Area is once again bracing for one of its hoppiest traditions. SF Beer Week is returning for its 10 year anniversary, and the beer industry is once again laying out a slew of events for beer lovers to enjoy the best of what the Bay has to offer.
Though the list of events is several hundred entries long, we curated a small selection of 10 events we feel give beer drinkers a mix of education, uniqueness and supportive causes — all outside the usual amazing beer offerings available.
As always, this list is in no way inclusive of every great event happening during SF Beer Week, and we strongly recommend visiting the SF Beer Week website for the full list of everything happening throughout this intoxicating week.
Brew it Yourself [Comrades Beer Lab]
February 10 – 11:00 am – 4:00pm
A two-part class that demystifies how your favorite beers are made. Under the expert instruction of brewer Jason Beck, you’ll work together in teams to create strong beers and find out just how certain ingredients and brewing methods yield delicious nectar. The first class will be a rundown of different beer styles and brewing, and the second class will involve tasting and bottling your beer – which you get to keep.
Dogpatch Collaboration Release Party [Harmonic Brewing, Triple Voodoo, Magnolia]
February 10 – 12:00 – 11:00pm
The three Dogpatch breweries — Harmonic, Triple Voodoo and Magnolia — plan to each release their own interpretation of a collaboration beer. Rather than team up and brew the same beer together, the three breweries decided to brew their own in keeping with the same guidelines: beers must use malt sourced from Admiral Maltings in Alameda and Cannabis derived terpenes. Harmonic has indicated that their release will be a saison and will be available in both limited cans and for growler pours at their taproom. Triple Voodoo plans to release an extra pale ale as their offering at their taproom.
Barrel Aged Beer Release [Laughing Monk]
February 11 – 12:00 – 10:00pm
The Bayview-based brewery will be releasing their special assortment of barrel aged beers across the spectrum – from sour, to stout, to Belgian. Tickets are available for this exclusive event and the beer offerings will be:
2018 Precious Cargo – Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Porter
2018 Red Vicar – Red Wine Barrel Aged Belgian Quad
2018 Date With The Devil – Whiskey Barrel Aged Belgian Quad
2018 Collaboration w/ Libertine- Barrel Aged Sour w/ Pluots
2017 Devil’s Hoard- Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
2017 Peach Pulpit- Chardonnay Barrel Aged Belgian Tripel
Clandestine Brewing Grand Opening [Clandestine Brewing]
February 10 – 12:00 – 10:00pm
Join the highly anticipated grand opening of new San Jose brewery, Clandestine Brewing. Between food, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and special prizes, don’t miss out on an opportunity to taste some of the newest beers in the South Bay.
Original Pattern Brewing Pre-Opening Exclusive Tasting and Sneak Peek [Original Pattern]
February 10 – 3 – 4:30pm
Stop by one of the newest breweries in Oakland to open in the near future with a special sneak peek and tasting. Meet the founders, take a tour and try some of the newest beers to hit the East Bay.
Pinball & Pints [Pacific Pinball Museum]
February 11 — 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Yes, you’re reading this event correctly. 20+ beers, historic pinball machines — what more could you ask for. The Pacific Pinball Museum is bringing Bay Area breweries together to fundraise for the museum. Unlimited tastings, a tasting glass to keep and an opportunity to win some tournaments are all included with a ticket, as well as the opportunity to try beers from the following breweries:
— Ale Industries
— Cleophus Quealy Beer Co.
— Alameda Island Brewing
— Federation Brewing
— Alpha Acid Brewing
— Iron Springs Brewery
— Triple Voodoo
Beer Meets Wes – WesBurger ‘N’ More Food and Beer Pairing [Ferment.Drink.Repeat]
February 13 – 6:00 – 9:00pm
Renowned San Francisco burger-master, Wes Rowe, will be returning to his pop-up roots and bringing a special menu of delicious offerings to the Portola neighborhood for a unique pairing of his food to FDR’s small-batch craft beer. Tickets are available and currently include:
- Pickled Shrimp w/Saltines paired with our Lemon-Orange Saison
- Nashville Hot Chicken Slider on Hawaiian Roll paired with our Kettle-Sour Gose
- Smoked Brisket Taco w/Pickled Onion paired with our Mama Kitty San Francisco IPA
- Tres Leches Cake made with FDR Sweet Teet Milk Stout paired with our Cuddling By The Fire Smoked Porter
Beer, Wine, and Valentine [The Dark Horse Inn]
February 14 – 6:00 – 9:00pm
Valentine’s Day dinners in the city are certainly plentiful, but this is one you won’t want to miss: a Bay Area craft beer versus French wine dinner. Each of the four courses will pit one Bay Area beer against a French wine, paired to match with a killer food offering. Seating is limited so you’re best off getting your tickets ASAP to not miss this deliciously loving event.
~Seared scallop in hot sauce beurre blanc with red onion jam
Magnolia Yuzu Kalifornia Kolsch vs. Michel Dervin Blanc De Noirs Champagne Brut
~Salade lyonniase with slow-cooked egg
Henhouse Big Chicken vs. Domaine Allimant-Laugner Sylvaner
~Petite filet with red wine reduction and duck fat fingerling potatoes
Drake’s Cherryland vs. Domaine de Familongue Coteaux du Languedoc
~Chocolate crepe with citrus crème anglaise
21st Amendment Strawberry Mountain Jam vs. Chateau Grillon Sauternes
Sirwisa Am-Pro – Hops For Housing 2018 [Swedish American Hall]
February 15 – 6:00 – 9:30pm
A homebrew competition with a twist. Local pro commercial brewers team up with local homebrewers to create a slew of one-off beers that will only be available at this festival. Hops for Housing is a yearly event that showcases the talents of homebrewers to raise funds for the Family House, an independent non-profit organization that provides temporary housing, physical comfort and emotional support to families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.
510 Brews [The Ave Bar]
February 16 – 4:00 – 11:00pm
Hop over to the Ingleside neighborhood bar, The Ave Bar, and try a special offering of East Bay brews that will be on tap. Breweries like Federation, Ghost Town, Lucky Devil and Benoit-Casper will be featuring beers across all styles, from the malty, hoppy, and all the way to the funky.