During the post SF Beer Week lull, it was time for some website upgrades. For months the site’s event calendar has been at the top of the list for an overhaul and after a few days of testing the final product is ready. It’s a little more user friendly, orderly and has some new functions that we think you’ll find really helpful.

Now when you arrive on the calendar page the whole month will be displayed on a full page and you can simply hover over each event for the basic details. It’s a quick and easy way to capture and process a whole month of events. If you need more info just click again and you’ll go to the full event page with a map, event link and more. If you prefer a simple list opposed to the calendar view, just hit the button in the upper right hand corner.

Another big upgrade is the addition of venue pages where you can find more information about a particular location and see a complete list of scheduled events. If you have a favorite spot, simply bookmark the page and return later for updates. There are only a handful of venues on the site right now, but in a month you’ll find a lot more.

Social media sharing is also a new feature built into the calendar. If you find an event you want to tell your friends about, just hover over the social media toolbar on the event page and you can share it on a bunch of different accounts.

The last new function we think you might like is the ability to import events to your iCal or Google calendar. On each event page you’ll find the associated icons in the lower right hand corner. Just click on either one and the event will be placed directly on your calendar so you won’t easily forget.

All of the upgrades and visual improvements should make your experience on the site a little better. We’ll continue to hunt down all the latest news about events so you don’t have to struggle. If you know of any events that aren’t on our calendar, please let us know by contacting us or submitting the details.

Lastly, our monthly summary post of upcoming events, published on the 1st day of each month, has come to an end. While it may have been helpful, it was not always up-to-date. Events are often announced by bars and breweries only days before they occur. Instead, we’ll be tweeting and updating Facebook more often about new and upcoming events. You’ll also find a link to the current month’s list of events in the sidebar for easy access.

We hope you like the changes and thanks for following along.

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