Calendar of Events

February is a blur. It may be the shortest month of the year, but it’s going to require every bit of stamina to survive. A few great events get things started, but SF Beer Week, a monolithic celebration of craft beer that infiltrates every sector of the Bay Area, dominates the month. The number of beer tastings, dinners, meet the brewer nights, festivals and other wide-ranging activities is dizzying. We hope you’ve been training and saving up a few dollars, because temptation lurks around every beer filled corner. After February 19th, the whole region is going to take a big deep breathe, a few aspirin and a nap. We haven’t found any scheduled events afterwards.

February 3, Friday

Pliny the Younger Release
11:00am, Russian River Brewing Company, 725 4th St, Santa Rosa. (map)

February 4, Saturday

Hopocalypse Day at Drake’s Barrel House
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, Drake’s Brewing Barrel House, 1933 Davis Street, San Leandro. (map)

“-Hopocalypse DIPA release on draft, 22oz bomber and on Cask.
– The new Hopocalypse Black Label Triple IPA release on draft and in 22oz bomber ONLY to be had at the DBH.
– Live Music from 2 local bands
– Food from Firetrail Pizza and Bourbon Bros BBQ
– Brewery Tours All Day
– Over 22 taps flowing inc. the Hopocalypse.
– Hopocalypse Swag available to take home.
– Beer!”

Beer Revolution 2nd Anniversary Party
12:00pm, Beer Revolution, 464 3rd Street, Oakland. (map)

“Comrades! Join us as we herald the dawn of our Two Year Anniversary! To celebrate our birthday we’ll be pouring a plethora of great beers, including special anniversary ales brewed for us by our friends and fellow revolutionaries at Marin, Iron Springs, Speakeasy, Ale Industries, Drakes, HighWater & Firehouse, and more! The Glorious Revolution marches on! Thank you everyone!”

 

Hundreds of events take place during SF Beer Week and new festivities keep popping up every day. We have quite a few listed on our main calendar, but there are far too many to list here. Therefore, we selected a few you should consider below. They’re worth your time, money and energy.

February 10, Friday

SF Beer Week Opening Celebration
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 8th Street, San Francisco. (map)

“Join the San Francisco Brewers Guild in kicking off SF Beer Week with a festival to celebrate the Bay Area’s incredible beer! Over 50 breweries pouring their rarest, most interesting beers alongside the classics that brought them brewing fame. Beer, commemorative tasting glass, live music, & local food.”

February 11, Saturday

12th Annual Double IPA Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, The Bistro, 1001 B Street, Hayward. (map)

“Internationally acclaimed Double IPA Fest. The original kickoff of SFBEERWEEK, street fest with over 75 beers on tap. A new yet to be recognized beer style will also be judged this year ( Triple IPA ) aka Pliny the Younger , Dogfish 120 minute to name a few. Brewers will be stepping up for this challenge. Live music, cheese tastings, BBQ and more.”

Cask and Quesos – Triple Fermented
6:00 – 9:00pmThirstyBear Brewing Company, 661 Howard St., San Francisco. (map)

“Fermentation lovers unite! Beer, cheese & bread on one table! Unlimited tastings of cask conditioned ales paired with local and Spanish artisan cheeses and local artisan breads. All 8 San Francisco Brewers Guild breweries will provide the cask ales along with several special guest cask ales. $35 for unlimited tastings and ThirstyBear logo glass.”

February 12, Sunday

3rd Annual SF Beer Week Beer Run
11:00am, Social Kitchen & Brewery, 1326 9th Ave., San Francisco. (map)

“Please join us for this unique celebration of beer and running. The course starts and ends at Social Kitchen & Brewery and runs through picturesque Golden Gate Park with an optional beer stop at Magnolia Pub and Brewery. All entrants get a dollar off their post-run beers at Social Kitchen and can win prizes in the post-run charity raffle.”

Sour Sunday
11:30am, Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse, 1920 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley. (map)

“Sour Sunday at Triple Rock Alehouse and Brewery and Jupiter. Sunday, 12th starting at 11:30 Triple Rock and Jupiter will open there doors for you to discover the most impressive array of sour beers you may ever get the chance to try. $20 for the tasting glass and 4 pours. Additional 5 oz. pours are $5 each.”

February 13, Monday

Trappist Beer Dinner
6:00pm – 10:30pm, Monk’s Kettle, 3141 16th Street, San Francisco. (map)

“The Monk’s Kettle will host its second annual Trappist beer dinner. This will be a seven course dinner, featuring a few vintage items from our cellar like 2010 Trappist Rochefort 8, 2010 Achel Blond, and Isid’Or from 2009. The dinner will be $195/seat (not including tax and gratuity). Doors open at 6, first course at 6:30.”

February 14, Tuesday

Oyster Extravaganza, Valentine Edition
11:00am, Magnolia GastroPub & Brewery,1398 Haight Street, San Francisco. (map)

“Oysters and beer are one of the world’s greatest pairings. So are oysters and Valentines Day. Celebrate both at Magnolia, where we’ll start shucking hundreds of oysters starting at 11 – multiple varieties to choose from – raw and cooked, all to be consumed with beer (including at least a couple of oyster stouts). Ends when the oysters run out!”

Film Screening: The Love of Beer
7:00pm – 9:00pm, 18 Reasons, 3674 18th Street, San Francisco. (map)

“Forget dinner and a movie- try beer and a movie! Don’t worry, we will be serving up some delicious local chocolate to sweeten the deal. And, in honor of Beer Week, the first beer is on us. We are screening The Love of Beer and will have the filmmaker, Alison Grayson with us to talk about her film and the challenges women face in the beer industry.”

Strong Beer School
7:00pm – 9:00pm, 21st Amendment Brewery, 563 2nd Street, San Francisco. (map)

“Our regular Beer School event goes big for Strong Beer Month! We will feature approximately 7 strong beers paired beautifully with 5 or 6 special mouth-watering dishes from our Master Chef. The event includes a unique one-off cask beer as well. This event will sell out early!”

February 15, Wednesday

Drake’s Sau & Brau
6:00pm – 9:00pm, Drake’s Barrel House, 1933 Davis Street, San Leandro. (map)

“Our Second Annual Sau and Brau is an urban pig roast to beat all. We will be flame roasting a couple whole pigs with the help of Chop Bar and serving up to 24 Drake’s beers on tap at the Drake’s Barrel House. Hot meat and cold beer, who could ask for more? Tickets are $45. Advance Sales only at http://saubrau.eventbrite.com”

February 16, Thursday

East Bay Brew Fest
5:30pm – 9:00pm, Pyramid Alehouse Berkeley, 901 Gilman St., Berkeley. (map)

“Celebrate San Francisco Beer Week East Bay-style by sipping unlimited samples from the best breweries on the east side of the bridge. Tickets are $20 or $35 for two and benefit the Berkeley Food & Housing Project. Visit: www.eastbaybrewfest.eventbrite.com”

February 17, Friday

Kaleidoscope of Craft Beer Micro-Gala
5:00 – 10:00pm, Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company, 111 Industrial Road #7, Belmont. (map)

“Join us for live music, a traditional Porchetta rotisserie & additional bites from King of Mushrooms. Pouring & showcasing their locally made craft beers will be the Brewers & Owners of Triple Voodoo, Pacific Brew Labs, High Water Brewing, Golden Mongoose, Phat Matt’s, Two Monkeys, MyBucha, ouRAGEous & Devil’s Canyon. Details at DevilsCanyon.com”

February 18, Saturday

19th Annual Barleywine Festival
Toronado, 547 Haight, San Francisco. (map)

Head Brewer for a Day Dodgeball (S)Mashdown
12:00pm, Pyramid Alehouse Berkeley, 901 Gilman St., Berkeley. (map)

Compete in an epic World Dodgeball Society last-person-standing dodgeball game for a chance to suit up in your own brewer’s uniform and add hops, boil and taste alongside Pyramid’s head brewer Simon Pesch.

Donate items from the Berkeley Food & Housing Project’s wishlist to enter the game. For more information, visit http://www.facebo Sunday ok.com/#!/events/212310935528293/

February 19, 2012

24th Anniversary Celebrator Beer News Brew-Fest Sponsored by Trumer Brauerei
4:00pm – 8:00pm, Trumer Brauerei Berkeley, 1404 4th St, Berkeley. (map)

“Join Trumer Brauerei & the CCBA in celebrating the 24th Anniversary of Celebrator Beer News magazine! Enjoy beers from 26 breweries & BBQ (included with ticket) in the warehouse of your favorite Bay Area pilsner. 4-8pm w/shuttles from North Berkeley BART. Tickets: $50 in advance & $70 cash-only at the door (if not sold out). Tix at Celebrator.com “

Brewer Rodger Davis Leaving Triple Rock to Start Faction Brewing

Rodger with his wife Claudia, who provided the photo

Leaving any job for another opportunity is stressful. Leaving a job to start your own business can be downright scary. The latter is what brewer Rodger Davis has decided to do. He’ll be leaving Triple Rock Brewery tomorrow and taking the leap with his wife Claudia to open Faction Brewing somewhere in the East Bay. The plan started off as a dream when they got married five years ago and it’s taken that long to get the ball rolling. Opening the doors takes a huge amount of determination and cash, which they’ve managed to muster.

With investors behind them they’re currently scouting locations in the East Bay to setup shop. The city of Richmond was an early contender, but their first option in the I-580 corridor off Harbor Way didn’t pan out. According to Davis “The building was perfect. It already had drains cut into the floor, but an oil blending facility was located right across the street. The odor was strong, I was worried about how it might effect the product and it wasn’t conducive for a nice public atmosphere.” That last bit is important because the facility will not only contain a production brewery, but also a taproom for tasting and on-site sales.

As the search goes on they want to avoid close proximity to other established breweries out of respect. That attitude also extends to their business model, which Davis explained doesn’t strictly focus on the Bay Area. “We’re going to sell as much beer as we can around here, but we aren’t going to knock on doors and take other people off taps.” Right now the vision for distribution extends to Southern California, where they’ve already signed on with a couple distributors who might be able to push the product into other states quickly after opening.

That may seem like a huge jump for a brewery that doesn’t even have a roof over it’s head, but Davis plans on producing 8,000 barrels on his 20 barrel system per year. For some perspective, that’s 248,000 gallons of beer produced on a system that’s making 620 gallons per brew session.

Davis already owns the brewing equipment, but he needs to ship it all the way from New York. He explained, “A buddy of mine at Captain Lawrence Brewing made enough money in the last five years to lease a new facility and buy all new equipment. All the stuff he’s leaving behind is now ours.” Davis sealed the deal last October at the Great American Beer Festival and has one more payment to make before shipping by the end of February.

When asked what the craft beer drinker can expect from his new beer, Davis said “You can take the chef out of the kitchen, but you can’t take the kitchen out of the chef. There’s only one way I really know how to brew beer and it’s my way or the highway. At the end of the day I don’t want to make the same kind of beer. I want to use new hops and change things up, but people can expect a simple malt bill and a lot of hops.”

Right now Davis is planning on producing five different beer lineups or series. The first will include flagship styles on a seasonal rotation, such as Pale Ale, IPA, Red, Pilsner, and Stout. Then you can expect big beers in twenty-two ounce bottles. A Rye Wine, Wheat Wine, Barleywine, Double IPA, and Imperial Stout fit this category. The remaining three beer lineups will include a Belgian, Barrel Aged and Sour series. Don’t expect all of this beer right out of the gate. This is a long-range vision. Davis also mentioned that he’d be producing far more barrel-aged beer then what he could manage at Triple Rock, which didn’t have much storage space.

So what’s in the name Faction Brewing? It turns out that Faction was the name of a band he admired during his old skateboarding days. He looked it up in the dictionary while pondering company names. Although the definition is strongly associated with politics and dissension, that’s not what appealed to Davis. He found a more personal meaning and sees the new brewery fitting inside “a niche, within a niche, within a niche” of the craft brewing industry. It’s that simple.

At the moment Faction Brewing doesn’t have a website or any social media accounts to follow, so if you would like more information contact Davis or his wife Claudia at info@factionbrewing.com. He’ll have time to respond, because according to him, “Come Monday, I can just focus on Faction Brewing.”

Update (1/27/12): You can find Faction Brewing on Twitter

Anchor Brewing Steps Up to Help a Fellow Craft Brewery

Anchor Brewing has decided to lend a big hand to another craft brewer in need. Tony Magee, owner of Lagunitas Brewing, laid out the details on his Twitter feed below.

Anchor Brewing has decided to lend a big hand to another craft brewer in need. Tony Magee, owner of Lagunitas Brewing, laid out the details on his Twitter feed. Now the Lagunitas IPA on draft will keep flowing.

http://storify.com/beerbythebay/anchor-brewing-lends-a-hand-lagunitas-owner-tony-m