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Friday, February 13, 2015

SF Beer Week Hits the Home Stretch

Posted By on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 at 10:15 AM

SFBW: One Final Weekend of Celebration - WOODS BEER
  • Woods Beer
  • SFBW: One Final Weekend of Celebration

If you still have the stamina, SF Beer Week offers one final push to the finish line over its closing days. While folks frantically scour the Bay for one last attempt at scoring some Pliny the Younger, you can opt for any number of events that serve up instant gratification — all buzz, no hype.

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Friday, February 6, 2015

"The City's Brewing Scene Is Poised to Explode": Talking Beer Week with SF Brewers Guild's Brian Stechschulte

Posted By on Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 8:30 AM

This year's SFBW promises to be even bigger than last year's. - BETH LABERGE
  • Beth Laberge
  • This year's SFBW promises to be even bigger than last year's.

We woke up before our alarm and jumped out of bed this morning with excitement, because today marks the beginning of SF Beer Week, a 10-day drinking extravaganza that offers some of the best beer in the country, if not the world.

With more than 700 events scheduled for this year, its seventh, the festival can be a little daunting for even the hardest core beer nerd. Along with making our SF Beer Week decision chart and strategy guide, we chatted with San Francisco Brewers Guild's Brian Stechschulte, the man behind the scheduling, sponsors, social media, brewery-studded opening gala, and more, to find out exactly how we should think about the biggest week (and then some) in the brewing community.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Another Day, Another Seemingly Ridiculous Brewery Squabble

Posted By on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 3:14 PM

The Cambria-based brewery will need to change its name. - CAMBRIA BEER COMPANY/FACEBOOK
Earlier this week, you may recall that Lagunitas filed a lawsuit against Sierra-Nevada ostensibly for copyright infringement on the kerned letters "IPA" on a label. A day later, Lagunitas founder Tony Magee announced that the brewery was dropping the suit. 

But boozemakers seem mighty litigious these days. Now Kendall-Jackson winery has sent a cease and desist to owners of the small Cambria Beer Company on the North Coast for having the gall to name their brewery after the town where they live  — a name that the winemaking giant has trademarked.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

NYE Celebration Libations for Brew Lovers

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Clink your new year's eve toasts to Calicraft's Buzzerkeley sparkling ale - CALICRAFT BREWING CO.
  • Calicraft Brewing Co.
  • Clink your new year's eve toasts to Calicraft's Buzzerkeley sparkling ale

While this isn’t a suggestion to rewrite the honored tradition of champagne toasts each New Year’s Eve, think of it as a nod to brewficionados. And for the uninitiated, consider it a head start on that 2015 resolution to try something new.

Between your festivities, the countdown, and the after-party, there are more than a few toasts to be had, yes? Here are four bubbly alternative celebration libations:

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Get Your Tickets to SF Beer Week's Opening Gala, Now On Sale

Posted By on Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 1:56 PM

If you're interested in local beer, there's no better event than SF Beer Week's opening gala. The February party features dozens upon dozens of local breweries pouring their latest and greatest brews — you can taste to your heart's desire, spot trends, check out what's going on with your favorites, and more. Russian River Brewing's famed Pliny the Younger is usually there as well.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Another Beer Bar Opening Near Union Square Next Week

Posted By on Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Long the land of overpriced Guinness and Stella Artois, Union Square is getting yet another beer bar next week: Hogwash. The new bar, scheduled to open Thursday, Dec. 11 at Sutter and Mason, will offer a menu of house-cured sausages and such along with a long tap list.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Anchor Debuts a Wheat Beer Unlike One You've Ever Had Before

Posted By on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 7:16 AM

  • Anchor Brewing Company
  • Winter Wheat

A specific style of beer carries with it a specific set of expectations. Merely mention the words "wheat beer," and my palate recoils slightly, as it reluctantly prepares itself for a swig of something light, banana-laced and usually accompanied by a wedge of citrus fruit. When I popped open a bottle of Anchor Brewing's new Winter Wheat — hitting bars and bottleshops today — I was not prepared for what came out of the glass.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Anchor Christmas Ale is a Reason to Get Excited About the Holidays

Posted By on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 3:18 PM

As hard as it is to accept the rapidly approaching holiday season with joy and grace, there is one bright spot amid the impending crush of presents and air travel and general exhaustion: Anchor Christmas Ale. The spicy, piney, citrusy dark brew is back on shelves and taps for its 40th season. 

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

21st Amendment Hosts Belgian Beer School

Posted By on Tue, Nov 4, 2014 at 7:59 AM

Belgian Beer Pairing - MAGNOLIA BREWING
  • Magnolia Brewing
  • Belgian Beer Pairing

Class is in session next Tuesday, Nov. 11th, when 21st Amendment hosts a Belgian Beer School in conjunction with Dave McLean of Magnolia Brewing. The evening event is built around a beer and food pairing designed to give guests an appreciation for the complex characteristics defining the Belgian brewing tradition. If only they taught stuff like this in undergrad...

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Fans Celebrate the Giants Win By "Bumgarnering"

Posted By on Fri, Oct 31, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Ah, Madison Bumgarner, everyone's favorite human strike machine and chugger of several beers at once after major Giants wins.

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