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Monday, February 13, 2012

An Early Beer Week Valentine: Chocolate and Beer Pairings and More

Posted By on Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM

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Celebrating Valentine's Day on February 14th is sooooo 2011. You know what's really sexy? The element of surprise. Get the jump on your significant other by planning an early surprise outing, and you may even get jumped at the end of the night. Turn up the smooth jazz, because Cupid's arrow is about to land a day early.

Besides Tom Selleck enjoying a sandwich by a waterfall, there's nothing sexier than chocolate. Indulge your date with this beer and chocolate pairing event:

Valentine's Chocolate and Beer Pairing Class

Where: Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts, 1161 Mission St. (at 8th St.)

When: Monday, February 13th, 5pm-7pm

Cost: $65

What: Join Rich Higgins, Master Cicerone and brewer at Social Kitchen and Brewery, as he teaches you how to evaluate a beer and pair it with chocolate. There will be lots of samples, and perhaps some snuggling.

Your date isn't into chocolate? Quick, cue the fondue and French beer:

The Alps: Chamonix and Beyond

Where: The Page, 298 Divisadero St. (at Page), 255-6101

When: Monday, February 13th, 6pm-8pm

Cost: $30, advance tickets available at The Page

What: Join the folks from Fondue Cowboy as they transport you to the Alps. Enjoy unlimited flights of traditional and innovative fondue with dippers and cured meats. The food will be paired with limitless flights of Biere de Garde, a pale, French style of farmhouse beer. Impress your date with the fact that Biere de Garde translates to "beer for keeping."

The date is going well? You're feeling pretty confident? Time to go for the three-way:

Brews and Booze Three-Some

Where: Thirsty Bear Brewing Co., 661 Howard St. (at 3rd St.), 974-0905

When: Monday, February 13th, 6pm-8pm

Cost: $25, tickets here

What: Join Thirsty Bear, Bison Brewing (http://bisonbrew.com/), and St. George Spirits for a beer cocktail event. Enjoy light appetizers alongside 4 beer cocktails and their component beers and spirits. Menage-a-tasty.

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