When Thrillist convened a panel of five San Francisco beer experts to judge two dozen Northern California microbreweries, Almanac Beer Company won first place. By a wide margin: Their 24-point total beat out second-place finisher Russian River Brewing Co. (14 points) and third-place’s Sierra Nevada (12 points), with considerable attention paid to Almanac’s fastidious habits with barrels and their partnerships with local farmers.
[jump] Granted, it’s one highly subjective foray into an ever-morphing landscape. So you have an opportunity to make your own determination this Wednesday when the brewery takes over all of Toronado Pub’s many taps for their third anniversary party.
That’s right. You can sample every barrel-aged beer Almanac's ever made, from the IPA and ICHIBIER to all six Farmer’s Reserves (numbers 1 through 4, plus Pluot and Citrus), plus relative rarities like Sourdough Wild Ale, Brady Barrel Peche, Saison Dolores, and the Bourbon Sour Porter.
If that sounds like way too much beer for a Wednesday evening, Three Babes Bakeshop will be milling about the crowd, undercover and handing baked goods to anyone who’s looking a little wobbly. (Actually, they’ll be serving seasonal fruit pies, some of which may involve beer in the preparation.) Good times!
And to think, Almanac is only three years old, they don’t even use their own brewing equipment, and they’re already at the top of the heap. They’re like the beer equivalent of Bulleit, with magic juju.
Almanac 3rd Anniversary Tap Takeover, Weds., Aug. 13, 6 p.m., at Toronado Pub, 547 Haight.