SF Beer Week 2019 (SFBW) is upon us, and that means damn near a thousand Bay Area beer-centric events will be going down. Beginning with the Opening Gala on Friday, Feb. 1, and running through Feb. 10, local beer will be celebrated, as much as the local establishments that serve them, and the Bay Area finds itself in a comfortable position among a once-booming but now-stabilizing beer industry.
There’s a lot going on at SFBW. We could tell you about how California’s first malt house, Admiral Maltings, is up and running in Alameda, and how its malts figure in each of the five unique SFBW collaboration brews. Or how every afternoon, The Sycamore and The Willows offer half-off pints of whatever’s left from the previous night’s tap takeover event. (Cascade, Firestone Walker, and The Bruery all appear at one or the other pub this year.) But instead, we’ll focus on the ultimate in decadence: food. And not just food, but food-and-beer events. We combed through every SFBW listing to bring you this definitive round-up of the best places to get fat and drunk at SFBW. Have a ball!
Beerunch by Woods Beer Co.
Saturday, Feb. 2, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Public House, 24 Willie Mays Plaza.
This is such a badass yearly tradition from Woods and friends. Seven separate stations featuring a brunch item and a beer pairing, and the $59 admission includes unlimited stops at every station. It’s a deal. Think Woods Brut Morpho Herbal Ale paired with a raw oyster with Blood Orange & Morpho Mignonette, Woods Sports Mixed Culture Saison, and a crab frittata with bearnaise — as well as pairings with Russian River and Moonlight Brewing beers too?! Gimme.
Bretts & Birds
Monday, Feb. 4, 5 p.m.-close, at Southpaw BBQ, 2170 Mission St.
While the Super Bowl goes down during SFBW this year, you can still get your wing fix on the Monday after at Southpaw. And not just any wings, but Southpaw Brett beer-brined wings! New beers include a Golden Brett Ale, Brett IPA, and even a Brett Barleywine. Chicken wings have got to be one of the top five foods ever made, and this idea sounds both insane and spectacular.
Nuit du Québec
Monday, Feb. 4, 5 p.m., at Rosamunde, 2832 Mission St., rosamundesausagegrill.com
I went to Montréal last year and drank a lot of Molson. It’s awful, but I loved it. Here’s an opportunity for those of us who don’t know much about Canadian beer beyond Molson to try brews from Montréal craft brewers and four kinds of the greatest bar food in Canadian history: poutine. That’s fries topped with cheese curds and gravy, in case you didn’t already know. Cheers, budday!
Big Chicken Love with Henhouse
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 5 p.m.-close, at Paulista, 4239 Park Blvd., Oakland
Once a year, Sonoma County’s Henhouse Brewing kegs its Big Chicken Triple IPA in the a.m. then delivers said kegs to certain establishments for consumption that same day. It’s as fresh as it gets, and as its name suggests, it’s a big IPA — like, one pint and you’re floating. We recommend hitting up Oakland’s Brazilian haven, Paulista, to pair it with fried chicken sandwiches or a dish Brazilians do so well owing to the sizable Italian population in Brazil: chicken parmesan.
West Coast & East Coast, Crab & Lobster, Magnolia & Allagash
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 11 a.m.-close, at Magnolia Dogpatch, 2505 Third St.
Famed Maine brewery Allagash joins forces with Magnolia at the revamped Dogpatch pub-and-beer garden for a confluence of coast-specific crustaceans and beer. The $50 ticket gets you a full crab or lobster dinner paired with beers like Allagash’s Golden Brett or Magnolia’s Bombay Brut.
Whole Hog Luau with Fort Point
Friday, Feb. 8, 5 p.m.-close, at 4505 Burgers & BBQ, 705 Divisadero St.
4505 knows a thing about barbecue, and what’s more decadent than cooking a whole hog “island-style”? The answer: Fort Point pouring its Animal IPA (how fitting) through a Randall (it’s like an infuser) that’s filled with dried pineapple. Also available is the Farallon Tart IPA SFBW Collaboration brew. Oink.
Cask & Queso
Friday, Feb. 8, 6-9 p.m., at Thirsty Bear Brewing Co., 661 Howard St.
We highlight this event every year, because it’s about as can’t-miss as they come. A slew of Bay Area breweries — Seven Stills, Sierra Nevada, Thirsty Bear, and more — make one-off cask ales, each paired with a different type of artisan cheese. For $40, you get unlimited pours and bites. Pro tip: Get in early and indulge in the gooey, melted Raclette wheel pairing.
Local Brewing & Tartine Teacakes
Saturday, Feb. 9, 3-5 p.m., at Local Brewing Co., 69 Bluxome St.
This one’s worth it just to skip the Tartine lines (or you could just go to the airport now though, amiright?). On the real though, $40 gets you four limited Local Brewing Co. beers — including sours, bourbon-barrel-aged beers, and hopefully the spectacular risette collab with Almanac — paired with some fancy-ass Tartine teacakes. Act fast, though, since it’s only a two-hour window. This is my kind of high tea.
The Smashburger Showdown with WesBurger and Jeremy Fish
Saturday, Feb. 9, noon-late at Harmonic Brewing, 1050 26th St.
WesBurger ’N’ More will be chillin’ at Harmonic serving Smashburgers, tots, and queso alongside beers like Harmonic’s crisp Kolsch and the magnetic Mos Def IPA. But there’s a SFBW Burger eating contest, too? This is too good not to share. Arrive early to “apply” to be a contestant, and a $50 entry fee gets you 10 smashburgers plus a beer to wash it down. There are many prizes to compete for at this climactic Beer Week event — but let’s face it, it’s the street cred you’re really vying for.
Full event details, including ticketing links where applicable, can be found at sfbeerweek.org