When picturing a beer festival, the image of a giant World War II-era ship, floating under the warm Bay Area sun, filled with delicious local beer, food and live music may not be what pops into most minds.
Brews On The Bay offers a beer festival unlike many others. You can sip a special brew and breathe in the bay air, while the Golden Gate Bridge watches in the background. It is simply, the taste of San Francisco brewed beer with the iconic images of the city surrounding you.
The sold out event allotted festival goers a choice of 18 different breweries. Most offered beers tapped just for the occasion alongside a flagship or two, all unified by the fact they are all produced by San Francisco breweries.
“This is always one of my favorite festivals to go to,” said Aron Deorsey, Beach Chalet brewmaster and founding member of the festival.
“There’s more and more breweries coming every year, so much so that we actually have to set up on the docks, which is a whole new area to hang out now, so it’s not just the ship anymore.”
On the docks, festival goers were treated to various beer booths and local food vendors, such as Doc’s Of The Bay, The Burr-Eatery and Ebbett’s Good To Go. Local string band, Three Times Bad, and bluegrass group, The Up and Down, played throughout the day, positioned both aboard the ship and on the dock.
“My favorite part of the festival is the location,” said Brian Stechschulte, executive director of the San Francisco Brewers Guild.
“So many other beer festivals are located in boring conference centers or anonymous industrial spaces. At Brews on the Bay you can take in the views, historic ship, and hopefully soak up the sun.”