SF Beer Week Returns in San Francisco
The 10th Annual SF Beer Week hits San Francisco, Feb. 8 - 18, 2018, with hundreds of beer-focused events across the city and beyond. It's a beer-filled celebration of craft brew and beer community, with educational, fun, and tasty events planned as far south as Monterey County, north in Sonoma County, and east into the Tri-Valley. Founded to highlight America's home of craft beer, SF Beer Week has become an annual tradition for the Bay Area's extensive network of brewers and enthusiasts. Not going to be here in time for SF Beer Week? These breweries are worth sipping at all year long.
The festivities kick off with the SF Beer Week Opening Gala on Feb. 9 at Pier 35, with more than 90 breweries pouring unlimited samples of new, classic, and rare beers. Attendees will receive a commemorative glass and can enjoy food from some of the best local food vendors on site. Tickets are available here.
Whether you like your beer hoppy or sweet and malty, paired with food, or served while playing games, you're sure to find a Beer Week event that suits your taste during the festival. To view a complete schedule of events and search for your perfect tasting opportunity, visit SF Beer Week here.
Just some of the many (and many) special events during SF Beer Week include:
Dogpatch plus Opening Weekend Brew Tour with SF Adventure Tours: Saturday, Feb. 10, 2 - 6:30 p.m. Start out SF Beer Week in style with a small-group brew tour of the city's southeast side. Brewery stops will feature food pairings. More info here. (P.S: There's a closing weekend tour, too!)
The Holy Trainity with Laughing Monk Brewing: Sunday, Feb. 11, 2 - 4 p.m. Take a cruise on a historic streetcar along the F line from the Castro to the Wharf and back. Laughing Monk kegs, snacks, and live bluegrass music set the stage. More info here.
Girl Scout Cookie + Beer Pairing at Wine Down: Sunday, Feb. 11, 3 - 8 p.m. Celebrate the start of Girl Scout cookie season with the taste of Bay Area beers. Partial proceeds go to the Girl Scouts of Northern California. More info here.
Brew Free! or Dine Free Dinner at 21st Amendment: Monday, Feb. 12, 7 - 10 p.m. James Beard Award-winner Garrett Oliver, 21st Amendment co-founder Shaun O'Sullivan, and head brewer of Funkwerks, Gordon Shuck, walk guests through a delicious and thoughtfully curated dinner with beer pairings. More info here.
Beer & Caviar Pairing at Barrel Head Brewhouse: Tuesday, Feb. 13, 5 - 7 p.m. In partnership with The Caviar Co., Barrel Head offers up - wait for it - caviar tastings with its best champagne-esque beer, light snacks included. More info here.
Valentine's Chocolate Making + Beer Pairing for Charity at ThirstyBear: Wednesday, Feb. 14, 6 - 9 p.m. Celebrate Valentine's Day by making your own bar of TCHO chocolate, paired with complimentary Panda Bear Ale. Judging and prizes for best pairing! More info here.
Islay IPA Release at Woods Bar & Brewery: Thursday, Feb.15, 5 - 10 p.m. Get a taste of a fresh-brewed, sticky strong, citrus and pine-packed double IPA, infused with peat from Laphroig barrels. It's perfect for both beer and whiskey fans. Three other Woods locations will also celebrate the release, including Woods Cerveceria. More info here.
Beer & Spirit Pairing Dinner with Sierra Nevada at Sessions at the Presidio: Thursday, Feb. 15, 6 - 9 p.m. Sessions hosts this third annual event featuring a beer and food pairing over a multi-course menu. Specialty Sierra Nevada release will be presented with custom-made dishes from Executive Chef Michael Bilger. More info here.
Bear Republic Night at Armadillo Willy's BBQ, Los Altos: Friday, Feb.16, 5 - 9:30 p.m. Bear Republic beers take over the bar, with free glassware while supplies last. Brewery merchandise will be raffled off as well. More info here.
SF Beer Week is produced by the San Francisco Brewers Guild, working to preserve and celebrate the local brewing heritage. In addition to advocating for the craft brew industry, the Guild educates the public on craft beer through additional events such as Brews on the Bay and Meet the Brewers. Learn more at sfbrewersguild.org.
Find more great beer choices for throughout the year here.