Members of the San Francisco Brewers Guild have united once again to create a unique beer for SF Beer Week. This year’s collaboration was made at Fort Point Beer Company, and it’s called Swept by Fire. It will debut at the SF Beer Week Opening Gala on February 6th, and then be released at select bars and restaurants throughout the Bay Area.
Swept by Fire pays tribute to San Francisco’s historic brewing industry, which was devastated on the morning of April 18, 1906. At precisely 5:12am, San Francisco was tossed into chaos. The great earthquake struck, and the ensuing fire destroyed 80% of the city. The profound loss of life and destruction, altered lives, businesses, and entire industries.
San Francisco’s brewing industry was thriving at the time. Twenty-five breweries were operating, and according to the American Brewers Review, fourteen of them were either badly damaged or destroyed. They included the Albany Brewery, Willows Brewery, Wreden Brewery, and Anchor Brewery, just to name a few.
Theodore Rueger, from Benicia Brewery, visited San Francisco shortly after the fire ended. He walked for miles among the ruins to see what happened to his colleague’s breweries. In one location he observed “a kettle standing on a hill, the only thing to indicate that the Anchor Brewery had been there.” Despite the tragedy and hardship, many of the brewers bounced back, and served thirsty San Francisco citizens as they rebuilt this great city.
Swept by Fire honors these brewers. In simple terms, the beer is a hoppy smoked pale ale, but what it offers is quite delicate and complex. Pale and Munich are the primary base malts. Then the smoky component was added using beechwood-smoked malt from Brewers Supply Group, and charred almond wood supplied by Smokestack at Magnolia Brewery. The logs were charred at Fort Point and placed in the brew kettle during the whirlpool phase of production.
On the hoppy side of things, Mosaic, Mandarina Bavaria, Citra, Galaxy, and El Dorado hops were added during the boil phase. Then, while the beer was in a secondary fermentor, it was dry-hopped with generous amounts of Hallertau Blanc, Citra, and El Dorado. Special thanks to Cellarmaker Brewing for their Citra donation, and to our friends at Knee Deep Brewing in Auburn, CA, for offering their Galaxy hops.
The finished beer is 6.2% alcohol by volume, and contains 42 IBU’s. Fort Point brewmaster, Mike Schnebeck, described the color as “rich goldenrod, with sticky tropical and sweet citrus aromas, leading into a mellow sweet smoke flavor upfront, that flows into a soft bitterness escorted by cool fruit and pine.”
If you’re interested in serving Swept by Fire at your bar or restaurant, please contact Matt Colling: email@example.com.
Rally around a cause during SF Beer Week. It’s as easy as buying a beer or ticket to a great event. Bars, restaurants, and breweries will support a wide variety of charities and non-profits, and they need your help. You can have fun, try the latest and greatest beer, and you’ll make a difference at the same time.
Give back to the community by attending these events:
Hops For Housing – Homebrew Festival
Benefiting the SF Tenants Union
Beatbox, San Francisco
February 12, 5:30 – 9:00pm
Black & White Beer Ball
Benefiting the Ales for Autism
Friedman Events Center, Santa Rosa
February 13, 7:00 – 11:00pm
Pints for Paintings Charity BBQ
All Good Pizza, San Francisco
February 8, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Pliny the Younger Charity Event
Benefiting La Cocina
The Monk’s Kettle, San Francisco
February 11, 11:00am – 2:00pm
Ladies Night! ’80s Dance Party
Benefiting Girls Inc.
Woods Bar & Brewery, Oakland
February 11, 5:00 – 11:30pm
Celebrator Beer News 27th Anniversary Party!
Benefitting the California Craft Brewers Association
Trumer Brauerei, Berkeleyi
February 15, 4:00 – 8:00pm
Societe Brewing Company Meet the Brewery
Benefiting Beer to the Rescue
Hog’s Apothecary, Oakland
February 7, 2:30 – 5:00pm
SF Maritime Beer Fest
Benefitting the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association
Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
February 12, 6:00 – 10:00pm
2nd Annual West Coast Craft Can Invitational
Benefitting Pink Boots Society & Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club
Devil’s Canyon Brewing, San Carlos
February 7, 2:00 – 5:00pm
Pinball and Pints
Benefitting the Pacific Pinball Museum & Rock Paper Scissors Collective
Pacific Pinball Museum, Oakland
February 8, 3:00 – 8:00pm
Photo above by Gamma Nine
So much to do, so little time! That’s the dilemma of SF Beer Week and we’d like to make some suggestions before the big week arrives. With over 500 events on the schedule, and more to come, tough decisions need to be made. Today we’re going to focus on beer and food festivities.
Chefs, cheese mongers, and brewers around the Bay Area are working hard on some delightful pairings. You can start your day with a beer breakfast, then move to beerunch, nibble on cheese in the afternoon, and finish with a multi-course beer dinner. There are so many options, and they fit a variety of budgets.
Here are a few suggestions:
ThirstyBear Brewing Company, San Francisco
February 10th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Brunch with the Brewers: Feat. Native Sons BBQ
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Taproom, San Francisco
February 8, 12:30 – 3:30pm
Free Beer and Cheese Pairing Class
Pyramid Alehouse, Berkeley
February 12, 7:00 – 8:00pm
Trumer StrEat Takeover
SoMa StrEat Food Park, San Francisco
February 7, 5:00 – 10:00pm
Bangers and Beer: An Ode to the Perfect Pair
Mission Creek Brewing Co., San Jose
February 8, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Beer and Breakfast w/ Pinx Catering
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Room, Berkeley
February 8, 12:00 – 5:00pm
Fort Point Beer Dinner
La Trappe Cafe, San Francisco
February 13, 5:00 – 11:00pm
Beer & Cheese Pairing
Drake’s Barrel House, San Leandro
February 14, 2:00 – 5:00pm
Strong Beer Brunch with Drake Brewing Company and Three Weavers Brewing Company
21st Amendment Brewery, San Francisco
February 8, 10:00am – 2:30pm
Almanac-Lazy Bear Beer Pairing Dinner
Lazy Bear Restaurant, San Francisco
February 10, 7:00
The Hotel Triton, located right in the heart of San Francisco, is offering attendees a special booking code: SFBEER. “Receive some cool local beer amenities including a couple of cold craft brews, a beer snack and a signature Triton beer stein.”
Photo above by Gamma Nine
The SF Beer Week schedule is now live with over 400+ events. Start browsing the list and create your own itinerary. Just login or create a new account. Hundreds of events will be added between now and February, so check back from time to time to see what’s new.
Here’s a few early highlights from our sponsors:
Are you getting ready? Do you hear the siren song? SF Beer Week is just two months away!
On Monday, December 8th, we’ll be launching the schedule page of our website and start selling tickets to the SF Beer Week Opening Gala at 10:30am PST. Breweries, bars, and restaurants around the Bay Area are already submitting events and we’ll share the first wave of festivities. Hundreds more will be added as SF Beer Week approaches.
We hope you’re getting excited. Stay tuned for more.
The SF Beer Week website is now accepting event submissions! Don’t wait until January, or even worse, February, to post your events on our website. The earlier you submit the details, the more visitors will see your event. Last year our schedule page was visited 22,000 times between December 9, 2013, and January 13, 2014.
The full website and schedule is slated to launch on December 8th. Events submitted before that date will be held in queue, while those received afterwards will be published as they’re approved. Please review our Event Submission Guidelines for a complete explanation of event best practices. If your event doesn’t meet our guidelines, it won’t be approved.
Unique vs Week-Long Special Events
In an effort to make our schedule more concise and in compliance with California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control regulations, events will be sorted into two different categories, “unique” or “week-long special.” These event categories will be displayed separately, and are subject to different listing fees.
If your event features a special beer list or food and beer pairing, that’s available during all, or an extended portion of SF Beer Week, it will be classified as a “week-long special.” This event type will not appear on the daily list of events. Instead, a week-long special will be featured in it’s own selectable category on the schedule. The fee to submit a week-long special event is $50.
Events that feature a limited selection of beer or food, special guests, and one-time activities or experiences, will be classified as “unique” events. These events will be featured on the daily list of events. The fee to submit a unique event is $25.
Ready to Submit an Event?
1) Go to www.sfbeerweek.org and login with your existing account, or create a new one. If you log in with an old account, you can access your 2014 events, edit, and resubmit them for 2015. If you can’t remember your password, use the reset option.
2) After logging in, click on “Create Event” and you’ll see your old events in the left panel (if applicable), and the event submission form in the right panel.
3) Fill out the event form to submit a new event, or resurrect old events by clicking the “renew” button underneath past event titles. You can change the details and press the submit button at the bottom.
4) Follow instructions to pay the fee.
5)Then we’ll examine your event details and make sure they meet our guidelines. We’ll try to be quick, but sometimes the influx of events can cause delays. Please be patient.
6) If approved, your event will appear on the SF Beer Week website when the schedule launches in December.
– Only event hosts should submit and pay for events.
– Breweries cannot submit and pay for events on behalf of retail licensed accounts, in accordance with California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control regulations.
– Your event details can be edited after you’ve submitted it to the SF Beer Week website. All you have to do is sign into your account, make the changes, and then your event will go through the approval process again.
Plan on submitting a lot of events? Consider an SF Beer Week sponsorship. A handful of spots are open at the Official, Industry and Supporting levels. They won’t last long. Contact Ron Silberstein for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re looking forward to seeing what you have planned and spreading the word about your event. If you have any questions or concerns about events, please contact Brian Stechschulte: email@example.com.
Every year since the San Francisco Brewers Guild launched one of the country’s first Beer Weeks (2009), the celebrated Bay Area institution has upped the ante in curating standout Northern California craft beer events featuring the 19 premier Guild breweries and additional select Northern California-based breweries. Today, SF Beer Week has evolved into a top international destination presenting some of the world’s finest beers at 600 events hosted by renowned breweries, acclaimed restaurants, bars, and retailers. SF Beer Week 2015 runs from February 6 – 15, 2015 with official events spanning the greater San Francisco Bay Area from Santa Cruz to Santa Rosa. Mark your calendars as SF Beer Week 2015 pulls out all the stops with its most ambitious roster of events to date!
SF Beer Week 2015 kicks-off the 10 days of festivities with the Opening Gala taking place at the newly renovated Fort Mason Center Herbst Pavilion, on February 6, 2015, where more than 3,000 craft beer enthusiasts will unite for the ultimate tasting celebration. 80+ Northern California breweries will be onsite at the Gala spotlighting the remarkable quality and innovative spirit flourishing in one of the foremost craft beer regions in the country. SF Beer Week’s official events will be announced in early December 2014, but beer geeks surely can start to get revved up for a slew of special beer releases, beer festivals, meet-the-brewer opportunities, beer dinners, tastings, lectures and panel discussions, homebrewing demonstrations, and educational events. Once again, the San Francisco Brewers Guild will also release its very own collaboration beer at the Gala, which will subsequently be available at tons of events throughout SF Beer Week.
Northern California is the birthplace of craft brewing. Over the years, the region’s singular entrepreneurial vision and access to bountiful local resources have instilled Northern California breweries the opportunity to set the global standard for exceptional brewing. SF Beer Week now serves as a preeminent model for the 80+ Beer Weeks that take place in every corner of the United States. With hundreds of participating venues banding together to relish the history, artistry and tremendous flavor of the region’s craft beer, the San Francisco Brewers Guild is thrilled to commemorate all things local alongside the Bay Area’s top purveyors in the beverage/restaurant/retail industries.
Just in time for SF Beer Week 2015, three new breweries joined the San Francisco Brewers Guild, including Bartlett Hall, Cellarmaker Brewing, and Fort Point Beer Company. The San Francisco Brewers Guild consists of 19 total breweries, which also includes: 21st Amendment Brewery, Almanac Beer Company, Anchor Brewing, The Beach Chalet, Cerveceria de MateVeza, Headlands Brewing Company, Magnolia Brewing, Pine Street Brewery, Pizza Orgasmica & Brewing Company, San Francisco Brewing Company, Social Kitchen & Brewery, Southern Pacific Brewing, Southpaw BBQ, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, ThirstyBear Brewing Company, and Triple Voodoo Brewing.
About San Francisco Brewers Guild
The San Francisco Brewers Guild formed in 2004 as a non-profit 501 (c)(6) during a renaissance in American craft brewing. Our mission is to restore and preserve San Francisco’s brewing heritage and unite those who make local beer with those who love it. The Guild achieves this by educating the public about craft beer, organizing and hosting events such as SF Beer Week, Brews on the Bay and Meet the Brewers, advocating for the craft beer industry in city government, donating services and product to local charities, and partnering with artisan producers in the food, beverage, hospitality and agricultural industries. For year-round updates on all Guild events, please visit: www.sfbrewersguild.org
Sponsors of SF Beer Week 2015
Official Level: Whole Foods, 21st Amendment Brewery, Anchor Brewing, DBI Beverage, Drake’s Brewing, DPEM Event Marketing, Hops & Hominy, Magnolia Brewing, Matagrano, Morris Distributing, Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors Bureau, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, ThirstyBear Brewing Company, and Trumer Pils.
Industry Level: Ale Arsenal, Brewers Supply Group, GigaYeast, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Rosamunde Sausage Grill, and Social Kitchen & Brewery.
Supporting Level: The Ave Bar, Bay Area Beer Socials, Bear Republic Brewing Company, Best Label, Fat Angel, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Pacific Coast Brewing Company, Pi Bar, The Abbot’s Cellar, The Jug Shop, The Monk’s Kettle, The Sycamore, The Willows, and Wendel Rosen.
Media: Beer Advocate
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