San Francisco Beer Week is fast approaching!
The list of events this year is terrifyingly long (at around 600 or so), but that just means that pretty much regardless of where you live in the Bay Area, you’ll be able to find some event nearby, from Palo Alto to Marin and as far out as Hayward and Concord.
Trust us, there is plenty to do this year.
Nevertheless, we’re going to help you sort through the event by picking out a few gems in this year’s calendar. To find out what’s happening specifically near where you live, head to the official SF Beer Week website.
Note: Some of these events require buying tickets ahead of time.
Dodge Balls, Drink Beers! RAD League Dodgeball Tournament
Details: A $10 donation to Project Open Hand will get you into an epic dodgeball showdown with an exciting grand prize: a homebrewing lesson, set up by Pyramid Brewery.
Trumer StrEat Takeover
Details: Get beer and grub pairings from ten of the city’s best food trucks. Live music included!
Blackberries and Banjos with The Cleophus Quealy Beer Company
Details: The new brewery will be releasing their brett fermented barrel aged belgian brown ale along with live banjo virtuosos.
Flights and Bites
Details: Chef James at Concord’s The Pig and The Pickle will pair five ales from Ale Industries with creative small plate specials.
Beerunch with WOODS Beer
Details: Head to SF’s Public House by the ball park and sample this and other local breweries’ favorite morning-friendly beers…for breakfast!
Home Brew Competition
Details: This free event invites brewers to compete with each other in a contest judged by brewmasters from Pine Street, Triple Voodoo and more. Winners get some cool prizes too!
Oyster and Beer Extravaganza
Details: Who doesn’t love oysters and beer? They’re aphrodisiacs…or something. Anyway, this free event pairs Hog Island oysters with Oysterhead Stout from Magnolia. It’s a poetic marriage.
United Sours of America
Details: Opening up their already stellar taps to include sour beers, Monk’s Kettle will definitely be the place to be February 11. Make sure to get there early—there will be a line.
Oakland Beer Trivia
Details: Rosamunde Sausages (in Oakland, not SF) and 21st Amendment Brewing will host an extra special trivia (with prizes!) night just for beer lovers out there.
A significant round up of the best brews in the Bay, the East Bay Brew Fest brings together $17 breweries, for an easy price tag ($20 in advance, $25 at door).
Anchor Brewing and 4505 Meats Pairing BBQ
Details: Beers and meats! You can’t go wrong. 4505 Burgers and BBQ will be smoking a whole hog and serving it up with Anchor’s Old Potrero whiskey barrel-aged mustard. Anchor, of course, will be serving their signature brews.