The flyer for local consumer review site Ratebeer's upcoming event leads with the description "three floors of the world's top rated brewers." If that's not the craft beer festival equivalent of dropping the mic and slowly backing away, then we don't know what is. This weekend, the third installment of Ratebeer's Gallery Beer Festival will bring beer, education, community, and art to SPUR gallery.
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The word "gallery" in the event title is telling -- Ratebeer's events put a strong emphasis on curation. The breweries represented have been hand selected, and encouraged to bring their most innovative, sought-after brews. In addition to the beers on display, there will be paired cheeses from Cypress Grove and Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co., talks, and Q&A sessions with some of the Bay Area's best brewers. Additionally, the event benefits the It Gets Better Project, which provides support structures for LGBT youth.
With Ratebeer at the helm, you don't need to worry about the taplist ... but don't take our word for it. See below for some of the beers to be poured:
Sante Adairius Doble Lupúlo
Sante Adairius Cellarman
Deschutes PineDrops IPA
Drakes Drakkeller DIPA
Drakes Bourbon Barrel-Aged Drakonic Imperial Stout
Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout
Stone Stochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPA
Alesmith Vietnamese Speedway Stout
Russian River Pliny the Elder
Marin Brewing Brass Knuckle
Modern Times Blazing World
Lagunitas SF Fusion 20
Cellarmaker Mo' Citra
Bear Republic Churchill's Pale
Almanac Farmer's Reserve Pluot
Almanac Valley of the Heart's Delight
Tickets to the Ratebeer Gallery event ($50) are on sale now via Eventbrite.