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SF Beer Week Returns Feb. 10-19, 2017

For 2017, SF Beer Week returns to its traditional spot in February (the week just before President’s Day in case one is tracking such things) – Feb. 10-19.

The SF Beer Week Opening Gala — featuring over 30 Guild members and dozens of celebrated Northern California breweries that collectively make the Bay Area an internationally renowned craft beer destination — is being held at Pier 48 on Friday, February 10, with subsequent Beer Week events, ranging from Santa Cruz all the way past Santa Rosa, running through February 19.

Additional details about the Opening Gala and SFBW event sign-up will be announced later this fall, so please stay up to date here at sfbeerweek.org, via Twitter and Facebook, and by signing up for our mailing list on our homepage (scroll to the bottom and submit your email address)..

For more news from the San Francisco Brewers Guild, visit the website, where you can read about the upcoming 13th edition of Brews on the Bay, returning to the historic S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien at Pier 45 on September 17, 2016. Get your ticket now.

Finally, we invite you to join us for our Meet the Brewers nights at member venues, when the FREE Drink SF Beer shuttle runs, visiting breweries in a different SF neighborhood each month. Shuttles, run in partnership with Chariot, loop continuously all night — just hop on, hop off at any venue you care to visit. Always open to the public, these brewer meet-and-greets are also a great opportunity to talk to us about SF Beer Week while getting to know your local brewers. See the 2016 Drink SF Beer schedule to see what neighborhoods we’ll be visiting next.

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Thanks for an Amazing Week

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Whew! Another incredible ten days in the books. SF Beer Week 2016 was the biggest and best yet, thanks to an amazing community of beer lovers, breweries, bars, restaurants, stores and sponsors who participated. Your support and enthusiasm for SF Beer Week is simply astonishing. We can’t thank all of you enough. Cheers to another great week of craft beer camaraderie and beer filled memories.

This year’s schedule contained 893 listings, an 11% increase over 2015. Events took place at 288 locations all over the Bay Area, from Santa Cruz to Santa Rosa, and east over to Livermore. The Bay Area beer community is clearly thriving.

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SF Beer Week may be over, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait for more great events. Many of the participating bars, breweries, and restaurants host special tappings, beer dinners, meet the brewer nights, and other festivities all year round. Follow them on social media or visit their websites to stay in touch.

Thank You Sponsors!

Finally, as presenting sponsor and organizer, the San Francisco Brewers Guild would like to profusely thank all of this year’s generous sponsors. Without their support SF Beer Week would not be possible. Thank you!

Official Sponsors
Whole Foods Market
21st Amendment Brewery
Anchor Brewing Company
Cleophus Quealy Beer Company
DBI Beverage Inc.
DPEM Event Marketing
Drake’s Brewing Company
Magnolia Brewing Company
Matagrano Inc.
Morris Distributing
Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors Bureau
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
ThirstyBear Organic Brewery
Trumer Brauerei

Industry Sponsors
Almanac Beer Company, Bartlett Hall, Beach Chalet Brewery and Restaurant, BelgaBrewers Supply Group, Burr Pilger Mayer, Cicerone Certification Program, Country Malt Group, Eat Drink SF, Local Brewing Company, Maps and Taps, Public House, Pyramid Breweries, Rosamunde Sausage Grill, Shmaltz Brewing Company, The Ave Bar, The Can Van, The Printed Image, Union Bank and White Labs.

Supporting Sponsors
Ale Arsenal, Barrel Head Brewhouse, Bear Republic Brewing Company, Beer Revolution, BEL, Best Label Company, Inc., Black Sands Brewing Company, City Beer Store, Diving Dog Brewhouse , Fat Angel, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, GigaYeast, Half Moon Bay Brewing, Handles Gastropub, Marin Brewing Company, Pi Bar , Resolute SF, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing Company, Schroeder’s Restaurant, SF Adventure Tours, Social Kitchen & Brewery, Sudwerk Brewing Company, Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company, The Alembic, The Monk’s Kettle, The Sycamore, The Willows, Visit Tri-Valley, Wendel Rosen Black & Dean and Woods Beer Company.

Media & Special Partners
Bay Area News Group, California Craft Brewers Association, Capitol Corridor, Celebrator Beer News, Hotel ZelosSF Weekly, and Yelp!

SF Beer Week In Full Swing

And there is A LOT going on, with over 800 events across the Bay… 

If you’re looking for some inspiration, we’ve added a few Featured Lists from some luminaries in the craft beer world…

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just click on their names to see their picks for SF Beer Week:

  • Jay Brooks, co-president of the North American Guild of Beer Writers and one of the co-founders of SF Beer Week
  • Scott Mansfield, beer writer for 7×7 and an award-winning winemaker and home brewer.
  • Mike Schnebeck, head brewer at Fort Point Beer Co.
  • Pete Slosberg, entrepreneur, crafr beer consultant and founder of Pete’s Wicked Ale
  • Brian Stechschulte, public relations and media dirctor for Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
  • Beth Wathen, co-founder and co-owner of City Beer Store

You can create your own itinerary to easily determine which events to attend, when and where. Just “Register” if you don’t already have a SF Beer Week account, look for events you like, and click the “Add to Itinerary” button.

To drill down when browsing the event listings, use filters in the left column, like “Style Showcase” or “Beer Dinner”, check out the Week-Long Specials for ‘anytime’ craft beer specials and menu items (off the main Schedule page), and, along the top, select a date or use a region filter to see events restricted to the East, North and South Bay regions, and, of course, the city of San Francisco.

The Santa Rosa Visitor and Convention Bureau has highlighted a number of marquee events happening up north during SF Beer Week Visit Santa Rosa – SF Beer Week events, including the RateBeer Festival on 1/31.

Visit Tri-Valley is showcasing tap takeovers, like 1/30 Speakeasy Tap Takeover & Beer Bingo at Three Sheets Craft Beer Bar in Dublin and Whole Foods Market’s 4-Course Beer Dinner in Livermore.

Our partners at SF Restaurant Week and Yelp! provide even more options for rounding out one’s schedule during one of San Francisco’s most beer-centric, food-crazy week — possibly ever.

So get out there and enjoy!

Beer + Food = Love

Nearly 30% of the over 700 events happening during SF Beer Week are showcasing the marriage of beer and food. 

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Beer’s re-emergence as a food-friendly beverage and go-to meal companion is evidenced by the 25% jump in the number of events where food is playing a noticeable role. Chefs, cheese mongers, salumists, creators of pastries, ice creams and desserts — a rainbow of artisan food producers, really — are collaborating with craft brewers across the Bay Area to deliver delightful beer-and-food pairings.

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SF Restaurant Week, which kicks off Jan. 20, runs alongside SF Beer Week this year. Each of the following restaurants are not only hosting amazing beer-and-food events as part of SF Beer Week, but offering prix fixe menus throughout SF Restaurant Week:

Beach Chalet Restaurant & Brewery
Belga
Bon Marché Brasserie & Bar
Citizen Fox
Dirty Water
Paragon Restaurant
Red Dog
Schroeder’s Restaurant
ThirstyBear Organic Brewery

Visit SF Restaurant Week for their full list of participating restaurants.

Beer and food options throughout SF Beer Week are plentiful, fit a variety of budgets, and are testament to the near-ubiquitous role beer now plays at the dining table.

Here are just a few of the 200+ events where food is a big part of the story:

SATURDAY, Jan. 23, and SUNDAY, Jan. 24

Alaskan Seafood Dinners with Almanac
Red Dog Restaurant, SF
Unique beer dinners both Sat. and Sun. nights pair Almanac with special dishes from Chef Beau Schooler from Alaska and others.
More info on Sat. Jan. 23…

More info on Sun. Jan. 24…

SATURDAY, Jan. 23

Fort Point Dim Sum Brunch
Hong Kong Lounge, SF
Old meets new during SF Beer Week as Hong Kong Lounge hosts Fort Point Beer Company for a private dim sum beer pairing brunch.
More info…

Propolis Herbal Ales with Artisan Food Pairings
Whole Foods Market, Palo Alto
Propolis Brewing, a WA-state producer of traditional old world herbal ales, will walk you through these unique and varied ales, each paired with a selection of artisan cheese and meats.
More info…

SUNDAY, Jan. 24

Brews for Brunch: Sonoma Edition
SoMa StrEat Food Park, SF
Featuring Henhouse, 101 North, Lagunitas, Bear Republic and Sonoma Cider, and food pairings from 10 of San Francisco’s best food trucks.
More info…

SFBW Collaboration Pairings
The Alembic, SF
The SF Brewers Guild brewed not one but two SF Beer Week collaboration beers this year. We’ll have both on tap with special dishes paired with each one, plus a bonus third pairing.
More info…

MONDAY, Jan. 25

Bacon & Beer Pairing
Fogbelt Brewing Co, Santa Rosa
Eat bacon and drink beer four ways, from savory to sweet. AVAILABLE ALL WEEK.
More info…

Sierra Nevada Farm Dinner
Molina Restaurant, Mill Valley
Molina Chef Todd Shoberg is collaborating with Cheetah Tchudi, who runs the beautiful farm at Sierra Nevada Brewery, to deliver a multi-course menu highlighting organic produce from the farm.
More info…

TUESDAY, Jan. 26

Local Beer & Artisan Cheese Pairing Class
The Vine at Whole Foods Market, Livermore
Learn the art of beer and cheese pairing. More info…

4505 Smoked Heritage Hog with Anchor Brewing
4505 Burgers & BBQ, SF
Smoked heritage whole hog and whiskey barrle-aged BBQ sauce meets Anchor Brewing.
More info…

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27

Lunch Special with Drake’s, Triple Rock, Faction & Jupiter
Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse, Berkeley
Four-course lunch paired with a flight of fresh SF Beer Week exclusive Double IPAs from Triple Rock, Drake’s, Faction, and a “Hoppitizer” from Jupiter.
More info…

Devil’s Gulch Dinner with Beer Pairings
Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery, SF
Magnolia Chef Dennis Lee delivers a special beer dinner showcasing their collaborative friendship with Devil’s Gulch Ranch, who uses Magnolia’s spent grain to feed their heritage hogs.
More info…

THURSDAY, Jan. 28

4505 Meats Charcuterie & Beer Pairing
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, SF
Savor delicious beer and meat pairings all day long in the tap room. 4505 Meats selected a fine assortment of cured treats to pair with Speakeasy beer.
More info…

Evening with Affligem
BEL, SF
Meet the wonderful people from Affligem brewery and enjoy their beer with special food pairings.
More info…

Bonus: Beyond Beer Batter Class, Paired Menu
ThirstyBear Organic Brewery, SF
Chef and home brewer Rob McCarthy guides you through the art of cooking with beer’s raw ingredients for a class being held this particular evening, but there’s also a 5-course, beer paired, prix fixe menu being offer throughout SF Beer Week as part of SF Restaurant Week.
More info on the class…
More info on the all-week pairing menu…

FRIDAY, Jan. 29

Friday Morning Beer Brunch
Social Kitchen & Brewery, SF
Special breakfast offerings, brunch cocktails, and brunch appropriate beers, like Saison du Sauvignon, help ease you into the weekend.
More info…

Ice Cream Social
20Twenty Cheese Bar, San Jose
Featuring stout and porter floats, belgian floats, cider floats and more.
More info…

Sonoma Springs Brewing Tasting Menu
Handles Gastropub, Pleasanton
Tasting menu paired with the fabulous beers from Sonoma Springs Brewing.
More info…

SATURDAY, Jan. 30

Drake’s & Beachwood Beer Brunch
Drake’s Dealership, Oakland
Meet brewmasters John Gillooly of Drake’s and Julian Shrago of Beachwood Brewing over beer & brunch. More info…

Local Brewing Co. Beer Dinner
Precita Park Cafe, SF
One-night only prix fixe beer pairing features three course of your choice from Executive Chef Richie Wilim.
More info…

SUNDAY, Jan. 31

Brewers’ Sunday Tea with Fatted Calf
21st Amendment Brewery & Restaurant, SF
21st Amendment and Fatted Calf bring out delicious beer sausages made with their featured strong beer. Other strong beers from Bay Area breweries will be on hand.
More info…

Beerunch
Public House, SF
A beer-and-food pairing brunch featuring morning-friendly brews from Woods Beer, Moonlight, Fort Point, and Monkey Paw. More info…

Local Beer & Artisan Cheese Pairing Class
The Vine at Whole Foods Market
Learn the art of beer and cheese pairing. More info…

BONUS:  Bob’s Donuts & Beer
Woods Polk Station, SF
Woods Beer has brewed another batch of its epic Belgian Quad, flavored to pair with Bob’s infamous apple fritters.
More info…

Check the website for all the great beer and food events going on, including the Week-Long Specials section, where dozens and dozens of food-related, week-long specials reside.

Access the Week-Long Specials by going to Schedule and clicking on the graphic in the upper left-hand corner. (Note: these listings do not appear in the main schedule)

 

Start Planning for SF Beer Week!

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With over 350 events across the Bay Area now part of the schedule, this holiday stretch is a great time to game plan and determine how you want to tackle SF Beer Week (Jan. 22-31). Browse the events, create an account, and start building your own personal itinerary. Events are being added every day, so check often to see what’s new.

Need Some Inspiration?

Check this video out:  For the Love of SF Beer Week.

Need a Place To Stay?

For 2016, we’ve partnered with Hotel Zelos San Francisco to bring you a great craft beer experience at an unbeatable downtown location near Union Square.

This boutique urban retreat is steps from Westfield San Francisco Centre, SF MOMA and the Moscone Center, and provides easy access to dozens of craft beer venues and SF Beer Week events.

Hotel Zelos has put together a special deal for those coming into town for SF Beer Week. Starting at $179 and including a complimentary craft beer (per person), use the rate code BEER when booking your stay between January 22-31 (based on availability, taxes not included). This is an exceptional rate for SF, so click to book your room:

BOOK NOW
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Hotel Zelos is where you’ll find Dirty Habits Restaurant & Bar, home to a well-curated craft beer list, quality food offerings and an amazing outdoor patio, not to mention some SF Beer Week events of its own (tba).

A Few Event Suggestions…

Need more inspiration? Here are some teasers; one for every day of the week…

SF Beer Week Opening Gala – SOLD OUT
January 22, 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Pier 35, San Francisco
No SF Beer Week itinerary is complete without the official kick-off event, the SF Beer Week Opening Gala, when 110+ participating craft brewers from throughout Northern California will be tapping 300+ amazing beers. Get tickets now before they’re gone.

Opening Weekend Suds Safari — private tour
SF Adventure Travel, San Francisco
January 23, 11:00pm – 3:00pm

Battle of the Guilds— SF, SD and LA guilds
Sessions at the Presidio, San Francisco
January 24, 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Crack Capone’s Vault — big and boozy
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, San Francisco
January 25, 1:00pm – 10:00pm

Behind the Tanks: Tales from the Brewing World — craft beer insiders
Local Brewing Co., San Francisco
January 26, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

4505 Smoked Heritage Hog with Anchor Brewing — whole hog
4505 Burgers & BBQ, San Francisco
January 27, 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Festival of Firkins — cask craziness
Magnolia Brewpub, San Francisco
January 28, 11:00am – 7:00pm

Three Green Men Double IPA Release — collab with brewers from E.J. Phair, Black Diamond and Bartlett Hall in the house
Bartlett Hall, San Francisco
January 29, 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Battle of the Beer Bands — brewers take the stage!
Woods Beer, Oakland
January 30, 8:00pm – 11:30pm

Belgian Brunch with Cleophus Quealy — nice & easy
The Half Orange, Fruitvale
January 31, 11:00am – 3:00pm

Thank You Sponsors!

Without our amazing sponsors, SF Beer Week would simply not be possible. Please acknowledge their support and contributions to our craft beer community.

SF Beer Week is presented by the San Francisco Brewers Guild along with…

Official Sponsors
Whole Foods Market
21st Amendment Brewery
Anchor Brewing Company
Cleophus Quealy Beer Company
DBI Beverage Inc.
DPEM Event Marketing
Drake’s Brewing Company
Magnolia Brewing Company
Matagrano Inc.
Morris Distributing
Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors Bureau
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
ThirstyBear Organic Brewery
Trumer Brauerei

Industry Sponsors
Almanac Beer Company, Bartlett Hall, Beach Chalet Brewery and Restaurant, Brewers Supply Group, Burr Pilger Mayer, Cicerone Certification Program, Country Malt Group, Eat Drink SF, Local Brewing Company, Maps and Taps, Public House, Pyramid Breweries, Rosamunde Sausage Grill, Shmaltz Brewing Company, The Ave Bar, The Can Van, The Printed Image, Union Bank and White Labs.

Supporting Sponsors
Ale Arsenal, Barrel Head Brewhouse, Bear Republic Brewing Company, Beer Revolution, BEL, Best Label Company, Inc., Black Sands Brewing Company, City Beer Store, Diving Dog Brewhouse , Fat Angel, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, GigaYeast, Half Moon Bay Brewing, Handles Gastropub, Marin Brewing Company, Pi Bar , Resolute SF, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing Company, Schroeder’s Restaurant, SF Adventure Tours, Social Kitchen & Brewery, Sudwerk Brewing Company, Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company, The Alembic, The Monk’s Kettle, The Sycamore, The Willows, Visit Tri-Valley, Wendel Rosen Black & Dean and Woods Beer Company.

Media & Special Partners
Bay Area News Group, California Craft Brewers Association, Capitol Corridor, Celebrator Beer News, Hotel Zelos and SF Weekly.

Opening Gala Tix On Sale, 2 Collaboration Beers Coming

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Tickets for the ‪SF Beer Week‬ Opening Gala are now on sale – get ’em here. SOLD OUT

In addition to hosting over 100 Northern CA breweries, serving up a ton of amazing California-brewed beer, and generally throwing one of the country’s best craft beer parties, the 2016 Opening Gala will be holding a Collaboration Beer Bowl and tapping not one but TWO ‪collaborations beers from members of the San Francisco Brewers Guild.

Dividing up Guild members into two teams — Team Noma (breweries north of Market St.) and Team Soma (breweries south of Market St.) — the Guild will be turning the Gala into a battle of the brews. (See team member rosters below.)

Each team will be brewing with high-quality ‘free agent’ base ingredients: malt and hops donated by Brewers Supply Group, and specialty yeast strains donated by White Labs.

And at November’s Meet the Brewers night, hosted by Woods Beer Co., team captains Dave McLean from Magnolia Brewing Co. (Team Soma) and Mike Schnebeck from Fort Point Beer Co. (Team Noma) faced off for a ‘Draft Day’ duel, selecting specialty ingredients to brew with from an amazing assortment of local and artisan foods donated by Whole Foods Market.

See what each team took home, watch Draft Day selections here.

Chicory? Yuzu? It’s going to be some competition!

Be the first to try these special brews, and vote for your favorite, when they’re tapped at the Jan. 22 SF Beer Week Opening Gala — as long as you get your tickets before they’re gone!  (Tickets will sell out quickly!)

Visit:  https://sfbeerweekgala2016.eventbrite.com

After that, look for the collaboration beers on tap at select events throughout SF Beer Week.

SF Brewers Guild –
Team Noma

North of Market St.

 

Barrel Head Brewhouse

Bartlett Hall 

Beach Chalet Brewery
& Restaurant

Black Sands Brewery

Fort Point Beer Co.**

Headlands Brewing Co.

Holy Craft Brewing Co.

Pine Street Brewery

Pizza Orgasmica & Brewing Co.

San Francisco Brewing Co.

Social Kitchen & Brewery

Sunset Reservoir Brewing Co.

SF Brewers Guild –
Team Soma

South of Market St.

 

21st Amendment Brewery

Almanac Beer Co.

Anchor Brewing Co.
Black Hammer Brewing Co.

Cellarmaker Brewing Co.

Harmonic Brewing Co.

Local Brewing Co.

Magnolia Brewing Co.**

Old Bus Tavern

Southern Pacific Brewing Co.

Southpaw BBQ Brewing Co.

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

ThirstyBear Brewing Co.

Triple Voodoo Brewery

Woods Beer Co.

Submit Events Now

The SF Beer Week website is accepting event submissions! Don’t wait until January to post your events. Tens of thousands of people will be visiting the SF Beer Week site in December once the schedule uidoes live. The earlier you get your events in, the more people will see them.

The full website and schedule is slated to launch November 30. Events submitted before that date will be queued and roll out with the site launch. Those received after November 30 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 an event is recurring, intended as a “special” in the sense of offering a discount or deal, and/or an occasion where certain beer lists or beer-and-food pairings are available during all or an extended portion of SF Beer Week, it may be classified as a “week-long special.” This event type will not appear on the daily list of events, but be featured in its own selectable category on the schedule. The fee to submit a week-long special event is $50.

Events that are true events, meaning they feature a special, unique or rare selections of beer or food, special guests, one-time activities or experiences, and are generally considered special occasions 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 log in with your existing account, or create a new one. If you log in with an old account, you can access your 2015 events, edit, and resubmit them for 2016. If you can’t remember your password, use the reset option.

2)  After logging in, click on “Create Event” and you’ll see previous 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 earlier 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 for submitting payment for event fees. If you are a sponsor of SFBW, use the special event code to submit unlimited events and tp set your featured events. (Interested in sponsoring? Download the kit here.)

5)  Once submitted, your event details will be reviewed to ensure compliance with the event guidelines. We’ll try to be quick, but sometimes the influx of events can cause delays. Please be patient.

6)  Upon approval, your event will appear on the SF Beer Week website. Remember, get your events in now to be on the schedule when it launches on November 30.

Reminders:

–  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.

–  Event details may be edited after you’ve submitted them, within reason. Just log into your account, make your changes, and resubmit the event. Your event will go through the approval process again before posting.

Plan on submitting a lot of events? Consider an SF Beer Week sponsorship. A handful of spots are open at the Industry and Supporting levels (Sorry, Official is sold out). These won’t last long. Contact Ron Silberstein for more information: ron AT thirstybear DOT com

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 Joanne Marino: joanne AT sfbrewersguild DOT org.

SF Beer Week 2016 Set for Jan. 22 – 31

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For the first time, SF Beer Week is setting the table for the Super Bowl, which is taking place in San Francisco on Feb. 7. The San Francisco Brewers Guild shares the excitement of such a spectacular moment in this City’s history, so much so we’re putting our nation’s love of football at the heart of this year’s SF Beer Week “super” theme.

The SF Beer Week Opening Gala — featuring over 20 Guild breweries and dozens of celebrated Northern California breweries that collectively make the Bay Area an internationally renowned craft beer destination — is being held at Pier 35 on Friday, January 22, with subsequent Beer Week events, ranging from Santa Cruz up to Santa Rosa, running through January 31.

Additional details about the Opening Gala and SFBW event sign-up will be announced in the coming months, so please stay up to date here at sfbeerweek.org, via Twitter and Facebook, and by signing up for our mailing list below.

For more news from the San Francisco Brewers Guild, read our announcement about new members, new leadership and upcoming ticket sales for the 12th Annual Brews on the Bay, returning to the historic S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien at Pier 45 on Oct. 24, 2015.

Finally, we invite you to join us at our monthly Meet the Brewers nights. Always open to the public, these meet-and-greets are a great opportunity to talk to us about SF Beer Week while getting to know your local brewers. Check out this month’s event happening Wednesday, July 15, at Triple Voodoo Brewery & Taproom, when we’ll be tapping of a very special Triple Voodoo cask. Get details about this brew, and check out the complete 2015 schedule, on the SFBG Events page.

Thank You for a Wonderful Week

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Whew! What an incredible ten days. SF Beer Week 2015 was the biggest and best yet, thanks to the community of beer lovers, breweries, bars, restaurants, stores and sponsors who participated. Your support and enthusiasm for SF Beer Week is simply astonishing. We can’t thank all of you enough. Cheers to another great week of beer filled memories.

This year’s schedule contained 797 events, a 23% increase over 2014. Events took place at 288 locations all over the Bay Area, from Santa Cruz to Santa Rosa, and east over to Livermore. That’s a whopping 23% increase compared to 2014. The Bay Area beer community is clearly thriving.

SF Beer Week may be over, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait for more great events. Many of the participating bars, breweries, and restaurants host beer dinners, meet the brewer nights, and other festivities all year round. Follow them on social media or visit their websites to stay in touch.

Finally, as presenting sponsor and organizer, the San Francisco Brewers Guild would like to profusely thank all of this year’s generous sponsors. Without their support SF Beer Week would not be possible. Thank you!

Photo above by Gamma Nine.

Opening Gala Highlights

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The 2015 SF Beer Week Opening Gala was a huge success! 2,500 people were in attendance, sampling over 300 beers made by 82 California breweries. We we’re also honored to have San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee in attendance. He spoke to the crowd and raised a glass to SF Beer Week during our traditional toast. Thank you Mayor!

The San Francisco Brewers Guild would also like to thank the participating breweries, their staff, the event volunteers, our sponsors, and most importantly, the beer fans, for attending. The event also wouldn’t have been possible without the logistical support of DPEM Event Marketing and the overall design by Gamut.

Below and above is just a sampling of photos taken by Gamma Nine at the event. You can see more, and maybe find yourself among the crowds, by visiting the SF Beer Week Facebook page.

Enjoy the rest of SF Beer Week!

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Get Event Tips

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Deciding what to do during SF Beer Week is no easy task. With nearly 800 events on the schedule, you’ll need to make some tough decisions. We thought you might need some help. So we enlisted a small group of SF Beer Week veterans, beer writers, and luminaries to create an itinerary and share them with you.

Just click a name and view their itinerary.

Jesse Friedman – Co-founder & Brewmaster, Almanac Beer Co.
Kelsey Williams – Marketing Director, Drake’s Brewing Company
Sarah Weiner – Director, Good Food Awards
Kim Sturdavant – Brewmaster, Social Kitchen & Brewery
Pete Slosberg – Brewing Industry Legend
Kirby Bennett – Manager, Mikkeller Bar
Allie Pape – Editor, Eater SF
Ken Weaver – Beer Writer
Shaun O’Sullivan – Co-founder & Brewmaster, 21st Amendment Brewery
Greg Kitchen – Owner, Triple Voodoo Brewery & Taproom

We hope you’re inspired by their choices and don’t forget to make your own itinerary on the SF Beer Week website. Just create an account, go to the schedule, and make some choices.

When you’re done, share it with friends on Facebook or Twitter.

 

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Beach Chalet Four-Course Food & Beer Pairing Menu
Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant, San Francisco
February 7-15
More info…

Outdoor BBQ with Lagunitas
Hops & Hominy, San Francisco
February 13, 11:00am – 6:00pm
More info…

Fort Point Beer Dinner
La Trappe Cafe, San Francisco
February 13, 5:00 – 11:00pm
More info…

Santa Clara Valley Brewing Dinner
Mission Peak Tap Alley inside Whole Foods Market, Fremont
February 8, 6:00 – 8:00pm
More info…

Ale Arsenal Sour & Wild Beer Festival
Ale Arsenal, San Carlos
February 14, 3:00 – 11:30pm
More info…

Collaboration Compilation
Public House, San Francisco
February 11, 5:00 – 10:00pm
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Nuit du Quebec with Poutine!
Rosamunde Sausage, San Francisco
February 10, 6:00 – 10:00pm
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Crush The Pin Fest! A Cask Beer Extravaganza
Social Kitchen & Brewery, San Francisco
February 8, 11:30am – 11:30pm
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Learn About Beer

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Beer is a lifetime of learning, and tasting! SF Beer Week offers beer lovers a number of great opportunities to brush up on basic knowledge, brewing, food pairing, and more. They’re open to novices and über beer geeks.

Here are just a few of the great learning opportunities:

21st Amendment Strong Beer School with Cleophus Quealy Beer Company
21st Amendment Brewery, San Francisco
February 10, 7:00 – 9:00pm
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Beer Trivia Night hosted by Anchor Judd and the Anchor Brewers
Danny Coyles, San Francisco
February 10, 7:30 – 10:00pm
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Yeast Flavor Profile Demonstration Event with GigaYeast
Triple Voodoo Brewery & Taproom, San Francisco
February 10, 6:00 – 10:00pm
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Beyond Beer Batter – The Art of Cooking with Beer’s Ingredients
ThirstyBear Brewing, San Francisco
February 12, 6:00 – 9:00pm
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Sundays with Sierra Nevada: Nooner Launch and Pilsner Exploration
The Hog’s Apothecary, Oaklandothecar
February 8, 2:30 – 5:00pm
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American Homebrewers Association Rally
Magnolia Brewing Co / Smokestack, San Francisco
February 7, 11:00am – 5:00pm
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Beer & Sausage Making Demo with 4505 Meats & Speakeasy!
4505 Burgers & BBQ, San Francisco
February 10, 6:00 – 8:00pm
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Beer Dinner with Half Moon Bay Brewery Led by Brewmaster James Costa
The Hall, San Francisco
February 11, 7:00 – 10:00pm
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Bartender’s Breakfast: A Beer Off-Flavor Course by Master Cicerone Nicole Erny
Pyramid Alehouse, Berkeley
February 12, 9:00am – 12:00pm
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Photo above by Gamma Nine.

Swept by Fire Collaboration Beer

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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.

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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: mattcolling@fortpointbeer.com.

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Drink Beer for a Cause

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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
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Black & White Beer Ball
Benefiting the Ales for Autism
Friedman Events Center, Santa Rosa
February 13, 7:00 – 11:00pm
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Pints for Paintings Charity BBQ
Benefiting ArtUpSF
All Good Pizza, San Francisco
February 8, 11:00am – 4:00pm
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Pliny the Younger Charity Event
Benefiting La Cocina
The Monk’s Kettle, San Francisco
February 11, 11:00am – 2:00pm
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Ladies Night! ’80s Dance Party
Benefiting Girls Inc.
Woods Bar & Brewery, Oakland
February 11, 5:00 – 11:30pm
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Celebrator Beer News 27th Anniversary Party!
Benefitting the California Craft Brewers Association
Trumer Brauerei, Berkeleyi
February 15, 4:00 – 8:00pm
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Societe Brewing Company Meet the Brewery
Benefiting Beer to the Rescue
Hog’s Apothecary, Oakland
February 7, 2:30 – 5:00pm
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SF Maritime Beer Fest
Benefitting the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association
Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
February 12, 6:00 – 10:00pm
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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
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Pinball and Pints
Benefitting the Pacific Pinball Museum & Rock Paper Scissors Collective
Pacific Pinball Museum, Oakland
February 8, 3:00 – 8:00pm
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Photo above by Gamma Nine

 

Get Your Fill of Beer & Food Events

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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:

Paella Fest
ThirstyBear Brewing Company, San Francisco
February 10th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
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Brunch with the Brewers: Feat. Native Sons BBQ
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Taproom, San Francisco
February 8, 12:30 – 3:30pm
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Free Beer and Cheese Pairing Class
Pyramid Alehouse, Berkeley
February 12, 7:00 – 8:00pm
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Trumer StrEat Takeover
SoMa StrEat Food Park, San Francisco
February 7, 5:00 – 10:00pm
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Bangers and Beer: An Ode to the Perfect Pair
Mission Creek Brewing Co., San Jose
February 8, 5:00 – 8:00pm
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Beer and Breakfast w/ Pinx Catering
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Room, Berkeley
February 8, 12:00 – 5:00pm
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Fort Point Beer Dinner
La Trappe Cafe, San Francisco
February 13, 5:00 – 11:00pm
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Beer & Cheese Pairing
Drake’s Barrel House, San Leandro
February 14, 2:00 – 5:00pm
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Strong Beer Brunch with Drake Brewing Company and Three Weavers Brewing Company
21st Amendment Brewery, San Francisco
February 8, 10:00am – 2:30pm
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Almanac-Lazy Bear Beer Pairing Dinner
Lazy Bear Restaurant, San Francisco
February 10, 7:00
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Need-a-Hotel

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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.”

Book now

 

Photo above by Gamma Nine

Schedule Now Live with 400+ Events

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.

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Here’s a few early highlights from our sponsors:

Beyond Beer Batter – The Art of Cooking with Beer’s Ingredients
ThirstyBear Brewing Company, San Francisco
February 12th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
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Sau & Brau 5
Drake’s Barrel House, San Leandro
February 11th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
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Dodge Balls, Drink Beers! RAD League Dodgeball Tournament
Pyramid Alehouse, Berkeley
February 7th, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
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Festival of Firkins
Magnolia Pub & Brewery, San Francisco
February 12th, 11:00am – 8:00pm
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Of course, don’t forget about the Opening Gala. 56% of the tickets are already gone. Don’t wait too long to secure your tickets.

You Gotta Get In Shape for SF Beer Week

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.

 

Start Submitting Events

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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.

Reminders:

– 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: ron@thirstybear.com

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: brian@sfbrewersguild.org.

Save the Date: SF Beer Week 2015

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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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Official Press Release (pdf)

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