Unfortunately, San Franciscans don't have much to look forward to this Superbowl Sunday. We'll have to suffer through deep depression, uncontrollable fits of sobbing, and endless commercials for bland beer. Thankfully, there are two East Bay beer events this Saturday that should restore your faith in humanity. Or lead to a Sunday Superhangover. The details for Saturday's big beer game, below:
Drake's Hopocalypse Day
Where: Drake's Barrel House,1933 Davis (at Timothy), San Leandro
When: Saturday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Cost: Pay per drink
What: Sample Hopocalypse Double IPA (9.3 percent abv, three-bottle limit) on cask, draft, and in bottles to-go. Also try the limited, brewery-only release of the new Hopocalypse "Black Label" Triple IPA (12.5 percent abv, two bottle limit). There will be live music, brewery tours, wood-fired pizza from Firetrail, and smoked meats from Bourbon Bros. BBQ. Drake's has warned us ..."'the end is beer."
Beer Revolution Second Anniversary Party
Where: Beer Revolution, 464 3rd St. (at Broadway), Oakland, (510) 452-2337
When: Saturday, Feb. 4, noon to 11 p.m.
Cost: Pay per drink
What: In their first year, Beer Revolution came out of the gate as a fully-formed beer destination. At the 2-year mark, they have firmly solidified themselves as a premiere craft beer destination. Expect 47 taps of special brews and bottle specials. Numerous breweries have crafted one-off beers for the event, including:
Marin Brewing Saison de Revolution: Saison brewed with galangal, lemongrass, and Szechuan peppercorns
Iron Springs Brewery Revolutionary Garde: Bière de garde with cocoa nibs
Ale Industries Code Red: Ale brewed with Patagonia malt, a newer strain of grain
Drake's Scorched Earth (aka Moscow's Burning): Smoked imperial stout
[NOTE: if you happen to be reading this aloud to your daughter as a bedtime story, it's earmuffs time]
Speakeasy Fisted Anus: Imperial black wheat beer blended with a bourbon barrel-aged imperial red, and cold-conditioned on tart Montmorency cherries
Expect more anniversary brews from the likes of Highwater Brewing/Firehouse Brewing (collaboration), Deschutes, Dying Vines, Sierra Nevada, and The Bruery.