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    October 14, 2013

    The Great American Beer Festival: Bay Area Brewers Take Home Medals

    Ever seen a kid in a candy store? They're generally identifiable by vacant, glazed eyes juxtaposed against jittery bursts of energy. Other symptoms may include (but are not limited to) wildly pointing at every object in the room and occasional squealing. Now, envision 49,000 of these manic creatures ... More >>

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    August 21, 2013
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    August 14, 2013
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    June 6, 2013

    Hops and Sunscreen: The 2nd Annual Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest

    It was 103 degrees in Paso Robles on Saturday, with neither a single cloud nor even a hint of a breeze to alleviate our suffering. "Yeah, but it's a dry heat," someone nearby says to his companion, red-faced and sweating. He's right, it is dry, but that isn't really any consolation. What could po ... More >>

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    June 5, 2013

    Southpaw Teams Up With Wrecking Ball on Coffee Beer

    You know that twilight hour between lunch and the end of the workday when things get ... foggy? Your darkest hour. Focus begins to flutter, and you're on the edge of falling, irretrievably, into a black hole. You face two options: You should probably get coffee, but a trip to the bar is so much more ... More >>

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    May 15, 2013
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    March 1, 2013

    Beer of the Week: Marin Bourbon Barrel-Aged Old Dipsea

    Marin Brewing's Arne Johnson knows a thing or two about fermentation. His parents, both avid homebrewers, began to show him the ins and outs of beer production when he was only 13. Thirteen. At that age, we thought we were big kids for selling our He-Man action figures at a garage sale. Dozens of me ... More >>

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    February 13, 2013

    SF Beer Week: Wednesday Event Roundup

    It's SF Beer Week humpday! We understand if you're feeling a bit run down. A steady diet of beer can do that. Take it easy today with three events that offer unique, rare beers and don't require a BART ride away from the city. See also: Strong Beer Month -- Your Beer Week Training Regimen SF Beer ... More >>

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    February 11, 2013

    SF Beer Week: Monday Event Roundup

    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. See Also: SF Beer Week: Your Weekend Schedule Stro ... More >>

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    February 7, 2013

    SF Beer Week 2013 Guide to Cocktails

    This coming week will be all about the sudsy, fermented grain goodness that is beer. Beer will be paired with everything, and will find its way into your food, your candy, and your cocktails. Even better, it'll find its way into you. Here are our picks for some of the more bar driven events of the ... More >>

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    February 7, 2013

    SF Beer Week: Your Weekend Schedule

    Don't worry, you're not the only one who is hopelessly overwhelmed by the SF Beer Week schedule. With the help of SFoodie's daily event picks and a few months of intensive post-beer week therapy, we're sure you'll recover from the festivities with some of your sanity intact. For the first weekend of ... More >>

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    February 5, 2013

    Beer Week Gets Even Better With a Special Hop-On, Hop-Off Shuttle

    As a life rule, we tend to avoid any situation that requires us to board a party bus, but this hop-on, hop-off bus from Brewtruc might just be the exception. As Haighteration reports, the beer-tap-equipped shuttle is helping solve the pain of hitting up multiple Beer Week destinations in a night by ... More >>

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    February 1, 2013

    Strong Beer Month -- Your Beer Week Training Regimen

    T-minus one week and counting until SF Beer Week consumes your every waking moment. While you sleep soundly, comforted by fantasies of sugar plums and craft brews, your poor liver lies awake, staring at the ceiling and pondering its inevitable demise. Never fear! Today marks the beginning of the 11t ... More >>

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    January 18, 2013

    Why American Craft Beer is Better Than Ever: A Brewer's Manifesto

    When someone says "I don't like beer" my reaction is almost always the same: "Challenge accepted!" It's not that the so-called beer-hater doesn't like beer -- it's that they don't like any of the beers they've had up until now. Chances are, it's been a pretty narrow selection of what's out there. ... More >>

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    December 12, 2012

    Beer of the Week: Stone Vertical Epic 12.12.12.

    Among the phrases you've never heard uttered, you can probably add "it ages like a fine beer." Perhaps there's good reason for that -- the majority of brews are best consumed fresh. That being said, a large chunk of the craft beer being produced in our current beery renaissance can improve with nume ... More >>

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    November 14, 2012

    Beer of the Week: Firestone Walker XVI (Release Party Tonight!)

    Everything changed when we turned back the clocks. We eat much more hot soup and porridge than usual, carefully consider our scarf options, and retire by 9:30 p.m. Now that hibernation time is upon us, it seems fitting to adjust our drinking habits. For the next couple months, we'll focus on brews t ... More >>

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    October 30, 2012

    Enjoy Comparative Beer and Cheese Tasting at 'From Ales to Fromage' Event

    At some point in your life, you may have cracked open whatever beer was in the fridge, unwrapped a Kraft single, and went to town. Don't worry; we aren't the types to judge. But allow us to recommend an event that goes far beyond macro lager and chemically enhanced "cheese products" -- 'From Ales T ... More >>

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    October 16, 2012

    Praise for Bay Area Brewers and Chefs at the Great American Beer Festival

    Disney may have already trademarked the phrase, but we're pretty sure that Denver's Great American Beer Festival is actually the "happiest place on Earth." As soon as the doors open, thousands of wide-eyed beer aficionados storm the enormous hall, gleefully hustling to their favorite brewery booth f ... More >>

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    September 26, 2012

    Beer of the Week: Ballast Point's Spicy Indra Kunindra

    We're not gonna sugarcoat this -- you might not like this brew. On the other hand, this might be one of the most unique, exciting beers you've ever tasted. Interested in a beverage that unmistakably smacks of Indian and Thai curries? If so, read on. If not, then get outside your comfort zone and rea ... More >>

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    September 20, 2012

    Learn to Homebrew at 18 Reasons

    Ever dreamed of making beer for a living? We have too. And we would, if it weren't for the long hours, heavy lifting, and overabundance of beards. The truth is, brewing beer on a commercial scale can be a tiresome gig, and most brewers aren't showered in riches (unless you count the beer, of course) ... More >>

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    June 13, 2012

    New Guidebook Unearths NorCal's Brewing Riches

    Your mornings probably look something like this: Wake up, guzzle coffee, ignore dozens of emails, and spend two hours scouring the internet for the latest craft beer news updates. If only you knew a local brew enthusiast willing to visit every beer destination in NorCal and condense his findings int ... More >>

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    June 12, 2012

    Drink Beer, Save Breasts at Breast Fest

    When raising money for charity, people are generally required to put in a little effort. At a minimum, you'll likely have to walk 5k. Heck, you might even be asked to run a marathon. This summer, you can answer the charitable call and do your part to fight breast cancer. And, all you need to do is i ... More >>

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    March 7, 2012
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    February 17, 2012

    SF Beer Week: The Last Hurrah

    The City Beer Store​Sometimes, a vacation can make you feel like you need a vacation. SF Beer Week is no exception. After a solid week of carousing, it's easy to get burned out. On Saturday, take it down a notch and settle into a sunny So-Cal vacation. Saturday: Today's events will feature br ... More >>

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    February 8, 2012
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    January 4, 2012

    The Jug Shop Ushers in a New Year of Beer Tastings

    It's only a few days into 2012, but you've been behaving very well. The New Year diet is working, and tonight you'll be gorging on raw carrot sticks, a handful of unsalted almonds, and a tall glass of water. At the end of the week, celebrate the success of your resolution by breaking it in grand fas ... More >>

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    December 1, 2011

    San Francisco's Five Best Restaurants for Beer Geeks

    hober/Flickr​SFoodie hates the term "gastropub." Hates it. But this city has more and more restaurants that technically qualify. Some are brewpubs where you can eat something more substantial than potato skins and greasy burgers. Some talk up their "beer program" (SFoodie sees that phrase and ... More >>

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    August 5, 2011

    New California Law Gives Brewery Tasting Rooms a Break

    Jason HenryDrake's Barrel House in San Leandro was built expensively under the old law​You walk into a brewery tasting room and order a sample. The beer is delicious, but you can't help noticing that the brewery doesn't have washable tile flooring and the cashier isn't far from the dishwasher. ... More >>

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    February 19, 2011

    Beer 'Week' Ends Sunday. Begin Your Grand Finale Today, Day 9

    bittermelon/FlickrMaster cicerone Rich Higgins, left, hoists one at the Nanobreweries of Tomorrow event.​Saturday, Feb. 19 Bracing for the crowds when Toronado opens its doors for the legendary Barleywine Festival? It's okay, there are other ways to prove the strength of your liver. Drinking ... More >>

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    February 17, 2011

    What To Do This Weekend, Feb. 18-20

    Premshree Pillai/FlickrToronado unleashed: See Sat., Feb. 19.​Craving more? Scroll through additional listings here. Fri., Feb. 18: BridgePort Brewing at Otis Otis, 25 Maiden (at Kearny), 6-9 p.m. New brews from 27-year-old BridgePort, paired with small bites from Bi-Rite butcher and charcuti ... More >>

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    February 14, 2011

    Getting a Taste of PDX During SFBW

    NorthwestBeerGuide/FlickrOut-of-towner: Deschutes' The Dissident.​Bridgetown, aka Beervana, aka Portland has much to brag about when it comes to beer culture, but it doesn't yet have a Portland Beer Week (with stress on the "yet"). So some of Oregon's savvier breweries put some flowers in thei ... More >>

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    February 10, 2011

    SF Beer Week Begins Friday. Here's What to Do on Day 1

    bittermelon/FlickrEasy, bro ― you've got nine more days to go.​Pat yourself on the back: Your long, hard nights of liver training are about to pay off. Tomorrow, Feb. 11, you'll begin a 10-day journey of grueling beer consumption known as SF Beer Week. This is your time to shine. If you're i ... More >>

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    January 11, 2011

    The Best Barleywine? Our Panel Picks a Winner

    Jesse Friedman/Beer and NoshAmerican barleywine daddy Fritz Maytag, at the Anchor Brewery he once owned.​What began more than three decades ago as a small-batch specialty beer made by a local beer hero has grown thunderously into perhaps the most cult-acclaimed craft beer style in America: the ... More >>

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    October 1, 2010

    Tasting Blind, Great Pumpkin Edition

    Brian YaegerOur lineup of pumpkin brews, their identities cleverly hidden.​Seasonal offerings from breweries have reached a fever pitch. It seems you can't experience a solstice, equinox, change in barometric pressure, or Hallmark-sponsored holiday without a slurry of commemorative beers hitti ... More >>

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    September 15, 2010

    Great American Beer Festival Takes Over Denver, with Plenty of Bay Area Contenders

    Brian YaegerS.F. beer geek Jason Henry volunteering at the Cascade Brewing booth at last year's GABF.​Thursday marks the beginning of the three-day, mind-blowing, liver-busting, gut-expanding extravaganza known as the Great American Beer Festival, now in its 29th year. Sponsored by the Brewers ... More >>

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    August 3, 2010

    Half Moon Bay Brewing Co.'s Kirk Hillyard

    Justin LewisHalf Moon Bay Brewing Company brewmaster Kirk Hillyard.​Half Moon Bay Brewing Company ― about a half-hour down the coast, just off Highway 1 ― just celebrated its 10th anniversary. Sipping pints by the fire pit at the family- and dog-friendly brewpub has come to exemplify Cali ... More >>

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    July 2, 2010

    Tasting Blind: Our Panel Rates Summer Beers

    Brian YaegerRigorous steps were taken to assure impartiality.​For this month's blind beer-tasting, rather than focus on a specific style, and since we just celebrated the solstice with on-again, off-again warm weather, we lined up a mixed six-pack of seasonal summer beers. Here's how the Brewe ... More >>

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    June 3, 2010

    Tasting Blind: Our Panel of Local Brew Experts Rates India Pale Ales

    Brian Yaeger​For this month's blind beer tasting, we're tackling India Pale Ales. Though IPAs originated in 18th century England, the style was shanghaied by American craft brewers who kicked up the hops for walloping bitterness and pungency. For comparison's sake, at last year's Great Americ ... More >>

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    May 31, 2010

    The Cosmopolitan, Rincon Center's Party Central

    ztij0/Flickr​The place: The Cosmopolitan, 121 Spear (at Mission), 543-4001 The hours: Mon.-Fri., 3:30-7 p.m. (Belgian Beer Garden Fri. 3-7 p.m.) [Note: The Cosmopolitan is closed today for the Memorial Day holiday.] The deals: $3 Budweisers, $4 well drinks, $5 house wines, $6 cosmos, and $3- ... More >>

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    April 29, 2010

    Will the Sale of Anchor Mean the Death of Quality at S.F.'s Revolutionary Brand?

    Brian YaegerFritz Maytag in 2005.​Why, Fritz ― why did you sell Anchor Brewing? And does it mean the end of an era for craft brewing both in San Francisco and across the nation? Of the 4,000 breweries operating in America at the end of the 19th century, a little over 1,500 were back up and ... More >>

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    May 5, 2009

    Weird-Ass Beer of the Week: Hanssens Oudbeitje 2000

    The freshness of the strawberry aroma is surprising given the beer's eight years in bottle.

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    May 13, 2008
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    November 12, 2003

    King of Beer

    In which the Zen suds master of the Richmond reveals his secrets

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    August 16, 2000

    A Tall Cool One

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