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

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 strong beers just after noon is a good start:

Afternoon with Social Kitchen's Master Cicerone

Where: Social Kitchen and Brewery, 1326 Ninth Ave. (at Irving), 681-0330

When: 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Cost: Complimentary tastes

What: Meet Rich Higgins, brewer at Social Kitchen and co-planner of SF Beer Week. At 1 p.m., Higgins will lead a guided tasting of Social's strong beers from the perspective of a certified cicerone (the beer equivalent of a sommelier).

You're feeling pretty tough right about now. Take a minor breather and “sober up” with some milder selections:

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