There's no such thing as a "case of the Mondays" during SF Beer Week. The streets are awash in bubbly nectar, and you need to do your part to consume it. To ease you back into the groove, today we'll focus on casual "Meet the Brewer"-style events.
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First, you'll need to leave work half an hour early. Just tell your boss there's beer to drink. Head to Steep Brew to try the newest beers from Heretic Brewing:
Heretic Brewing Company Tasting
Where: Steep Brew at Whole Foods Potrero, 450 Rhode Island
When: Feb 11, 5 to 9:30 p.m.
Cost: Pay per drink
What: Taste the core lineup from Heretic alongside some special new brews. Highlights include Dead Weight Barleywine and Miscreant, a dark sour ale with notes of cherry and chocolate.
From there, you can decide whether to stay local or hit the East Bay. If you venture east, visit this one-two punch of events down the street from one another:
Meet the Brewmaster with Green Flash
Where: Beer Revolution, 464 Third St., Oakland
When: Feb. 11, 6 to 10 p.m.
Cost: pay per drink
What: Rub elbows with the folks from one of San Diego's fixture breweries. Taste a wide variety of rarities, including their First Anniversary Barleywine, a sour Flanders red ale, and Silva Stout, a bourbon barrel-aged masterpiece.
Faction Brewing Debut/Meet the Brewer
Where: The Trappist, 460 Eighth St., Oakland
When: Feb 11, 6 p.m. to midnight
Cost: pay per drink
What: Meet Rodger Davis, founder of the upcoming Faction Brewing in Alameda. Davis is widely regarded as one of the country's best brewers, having previously manned the brew kettle at Drake's and Triple Rock. Taste the brewery's first beer, a collaboration with Drake's. The "Tree Beer" was brewed with 20 pounds of Grand Fir tree branches, which create a piney nose reminiscent of Christmas morning.
Should the BART ride seem daunting, stay local with a tasting of vintage beers at 21st Amendment:
21A Library Stash Tasting
Where: 21st Amendment Brewery, 563 Second St.
When: Feb. 11, 7 to 10 p.m.
Cost: TBD; contact 21st Amendment for details
What: Head to the mezzanine to help raid the 21A cellars. Beer highlights include multiple vintages of Lower de Boom Barleywine, Red Giant imperial red ale, Monk's Blood Belgian strong ale, Ripple imperial chocolate porter, and a 100 percent Brettanomyces-fermented funky brew called Funky Poomedina. No, we didn't make that up.