Calendar of Events

Happy New Year! Bay Area Craft Beer is officially one year old and after a brief vacation we’re ready to bring you another year of news and in-depth coverage of the region’s beer community.

The January calendar is a little light for now. Consider it the holiday lull or the quiet before the storm of events that arrive in February during SF Beer Week. Regardless, there are a few noteworthy festivities taking place this month you should check out, particularly in the South Bay, where Strike Brewing will be celebrating their launch on the 14th and the Kraftbrew Beer Fest will commence on the 28th.

If that doesn’t satisfy you then stay in touch with our main calendar for late breaking events that are sure to crop up as the month goes on.

January 5, Thursday

Allagash Pint Night
Harry’s Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose. (map)

Featuring Interlude, a stout aged in French oak barrels.

Anderson Valley Sour Night
6:00pm, Petaluma Taps, 205 Kentucky St., Petaluma. (map)

January 8, Sunday

World Beer Traditions Series with Master Cicerone Rich Higgins: American Class
5:00pm – 7:00pm, Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts, 1161 Mission St., Suite 120, San Francisco. (map)

“This class in the World Beer Traditions Series covers America beer and will include lecture, discussion, and lots of sampling of great beers. Rich will cover the basics of beer styles and flavors, how to evaluate a beer, and how technology, taxation, taste, and terroir have affected the flavors of the beers and the evolution of the beer traditions.”
Each class is $55 per person.

January 9, Monday 

Beer Tasting: High Water Brewing
6:00 pm–8:00 pm, Wine Affairs, 1435 The Alameda, San Jose. (map)

$12/person or FREE for members!

January 12, Thursday

Schmaltz Brewing Pint Night
Harry’s Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose. (map)

Featuring Shmaltz Hebrew 15:15

Anchor Brewing Night
6:00pm, Petaluma Taps, 205 Kentucky St., Petaluma. (map)

January 14, Saturday

Strike Brewing Company Launch Party
8:00 pm–10:00 pm, First and Main Sports Lounge, 397 Main Street, Los Altos. (map)

“Join us on January 14th, 2012 at First & Main Sports Lounge in Downtown Los Altos (397 Main Street) from 8-10pm for a laid back celebration of the launch of Strike Brewing Co. We will be there with all three beers available (Blonde, Brown, Porter), at a special price for the night. Come out, say hi, and check out the latest brews to hit the South Bay Area! “

January 19, Thursday

Brewery Night: St Fullien
6:00 pm, Petaluma Taps, 205 Kentucky St., Petaluma. (map)

January 22, Sunday

New Belgium Brew Dinner
6:00 pm, HopMonk Sebastopol, 30 Petaluma Avenue, Sebastopol. (map)

“Dean Biersch, owner and proprietor of the acclaimed HopMonk Tavern in Sebastopol and Sonoma, is thrilled to be hosting an extraordinary Brewer’s Dinner on Sunday, January 22 at the Sebastopol Tavern. The evening will feature special guest, Jamie Mastin, Brew Master of New Belgium Brewery (www.newbelgium.com). New Belgium will highlight five of their beers paired along side a menu prepared by Executive Chef Billy Reid. The special evening will also feature a “surprise beer”, either a fresh seasonal or unreleased beer, and guests will be able to take home a New Belgium globe glass.
The dinner begins at 6:00 PM, please call for reservations at (707) 829-7300. The cost for the evening is $65 per person includes tax and gratuity.

THE EVENING’S MENU

Opener
Fat Tire Amber Ale
Baked Brie with Garlic and Cherries

Course I – Appetizer
Belgo IPA
Crab and Mango Croquettes with Herbal Chimichurri

Course II – Soup
Snow Day Winter Ale
Duck and Dumplings with “Snow Day” broth served with Jalapeño Corn Bread

Course III – Entrée
Ranger IPA
IPA marinated Bone in Pork Chop, over Rosemary Vegetables, Potato au gratin with Artisan Cheese Sauce

Course IV – Dessert
1554 Enlightened Black Ale
Fudge Brownie with Chewy Carmel and Black Ale Sauce”

January 26, Thursday

Victory Brewing Night
6:00 pm, Petaluma Taps, 205 Kentucky St. Petaluma. (map)

January 28, Saturday

Winter Brews Festival 2012
12:00pm – 4:00pm, Tados Santos Plaza, Concord. (map)

“Visitors will enjoy unlimited tastings from more than 30 world class breweries, including 21st Amendment, Drakes, Heretic, Lagunitas, Magnolia, Triple Rock, and Russian River. This Winter Brews Festival promises to expose beer lovers, new and experienced, to a variety of appetizing and innovative beers. A portion of the proceeds will also benefit a local nonprofit, the Coral Reef Alliance.

Tastings will feature a wide variety of beers from some of the best brewers around, many of whom will be pouring their own creations, giving visitors an opportunity to learn more about how the beer is made. The event will happen rain or shine, with arrangements in place to keep festival goers dry or out of the sun. And with the Concord BART station just two blocks away, this afternoon event will no doubt satisfy locals wanting to enjoy some great beers for a great cause. $35 pre-sale, $40 at the gate, includes unlimited pours and a commemorative glass “

Winter KraftBrew Beer Fest 2012
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Landmark Ballroom at the San Jose Women’s Club, 75 S 11th Street, San Jose. (map)

“Winter Kraftbrew will be in the Landmark Ballroom at the San Jose Women’s Club. We will be pouring some fantastic Winter Spiced Ales, Porters and Stouts. Delicious menu to be provided by Naglee Park Garage. Come by for some excellent brews, live music, and good food. Free Admission”

January 29, Sunday

Beer & Food Pairing Series with Master Cicerone Rich Higgins: Superbowl Eats
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts, 1161 Mission St., Suite 120, San Francisco. (map)

“This class in the Beer & Food Pairing Series will delve into the pairing of beer with Superbowl food and will include a lecture, discussion, and lots of sampling great beers and foods. Rich will cover the basics of beer and food flavors, how to evaluate a beer, and how to pair beer with food. Students will learn how great pairings of beer and food are better than the sum of their parts, and they will learn when to order which beers while eating at restaurants.” $65 per person

Photo & Video Recap: The Bay Brewed Rock & Roll Beer Festival

Photos © Brian Stechschulte

A sold out crowd of 300 people piled into the depression era Verdi Club this past Saturday for the first edition of The Bay Brewed Rock & Roll Beer Festival. City Beer Store, the San Francisco Brewers Guild and local indie music experts The Bay Bridged hosted the event. Performances by Terry Malts, Extra Classic, Sleepy Sun and Weekend stretched over five hours in that order.

Participating breweries nearly surrounded the dance floor. Members of the SF Brewers Guild, which included Anchor Brewing, Magnolia Brewing, 21st Amendment, Social Kitchen, Speakeasy and the Beach Chalet, occupied one side, while Ale Industries, Marin Brewing, Lagunitas and Drake’s Brewing sat along the other wall.

Festivities got off to a thrashing start with Terry Malts, but the crowd didn’t follow suite until the beer started to take effect and the lights began to dim. Most of the breweries served standard selections, but there were a few exceptions. 21st Amendment brought a keg of Allies Win the War, Lagunitas cracked a few bottles of Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale, and Marin Brewing brought their tasty chocolate Air Porter. A few taps ran dry early, but most of them lasted until nearly the end of the last set.

Overall the event appeared to be a resounding success. The crowd had ample space to roam and jump around, beer lines moved quickly and each performance was outstanding. The Bay Brewed should become an annual event.

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Calendar of Events

 

When you’re not running around this holiday season pulling your hair out over that hard to find gift, take a load off and relax at one of the following events. So far the schedule is quite diverse. You can check out a few book signings, toy drives, beer education classes, tours, brewery nights and the areas newest brewery, Pacific Brewing Laboratory, will be launching their first release.

Stay tuned to our main calendar, which is continuously updated throughout the month. There will likely be some last minute events you won’t want to miss.

 

December 1, Thursday

Nobody Does Christmas Like Lagunitas
6:00pm, City Beer Store, 1168 Folsom St Suite 1011, San Francisco. (map)

Lagunitas beer and holiday cookies.

Brews and Views: The Secret to a Great Beer
6:00pm – 8:00pm, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, 390 Capistrano Rd., Half Moon Bay. (map)

“Ever wonder about the craft brew industry and how it works? What’s the next big thing in beer? Curious how you can become a brewer yourself? What’s the secret to a great beer?
Come to Brews and Views on December 1st and find out. Our special guest will be Pete Slosberg, the esteemed founder of Pete’s Brewing Company and Pete’s Wicked Ale. He’ll be joined by the Brewing Company’s own “brew crew,” Brewmaster Kirk Hillyard and Assistant Brewmaster John Olson, who will share how they created the 2011 Old Soulstice Winter Ale and give a sneak peek at the upcoming ALEction Ale. The panel will be moderated by Lenny Mendonca, beer aficionado and founder of Half Moon Bay Brewing Company.”

December 2, Friday

First Friday at Drake’s Brewing
4:00pm – 8:00pm, Drakes Brewing, 1933 Davis Street, Building 177, San Leandro. (map)

“This First Friday we are sponsoring the San Leandro High School Boosters. Donna’s Tamales will be here serving up delicious hot tamales for the night.

On the First Friday of every month, we here at Drake’s open our doors (or more accurately our outdoor lot) to friends, family and our local community to benefit a worthy local cause. With all of our beers on tap and a couple seasonals too, music on the speakers and great food from a local food truck or vendor cooking in the corner, the night takes on the vibe of a fantastic monthly block party with all our friends and neighbors. From old friends and family to Drake’s newbies, all are welcome to come and mingle outside and enjoy a favorite Drake’s beer. Major Bonus: all the fun benefits local schools and non-profits.

Linden Street Brewery Tasting Room Grand Opening
5:00pm, Linden Street Brewery, 95 Linden Street, Suite 7/8, Oakland. (map)

Scaldis Noel Premium and Scaldis Prestige Vertical Beer Tasting
6:30pm – 8:30pm, Jug Shop Wine & Spirits, 1590 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco. (map)

“Join us as we taste a very rare vertical of holiday brews from the incredible Belgian brewer, Brasserie Dubuisson. We will begin the evening with pours of the 2009 and 2011 Scaldis Prestige ($49.99/750ml). This special beer starts as Scaldis Ambrée before six months of oak barrel aging and bottle conditioning transform it into an incredibly complex brews. Following the Scaldis Prestige, will be the 2009 and 2011 Scaldis Prestige de Nuits ($49.99/750ml). This beer starts as Scaldis Noel Premium before maturing for six to nine months in wooden vats that once contained Bourgogne de Nuits St. Georges wine. After the Prestige, the 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Scaldis Noel Premium ($19.99/70ml) will be sampled. This delicious, bottle conditioned strong ale is consistently one of my favorites of the holiday season. To provide an interesting comparison to it’s bottle conditioned counterpart, and to assure a very merry tasting, a keg of the 2011 Scaldis Noel Premium will be tapped. All of the beers tasted will be at least 13% ABV so be sure to come with food in your stomach and a safe way home! This tasting will be limited to 25 people, with one $30 pre-sale ticket available to each e-mail address. If the tasting does not sell out, tickets will be available at the door for $35. See you all on Friday.”

December 3, Saturday

Book Reading & Signing with Jeremy Cowan & Joshua Bernstein
4:00pm – 7:00pm, City Beer Store, 1168 Folsom St Suite 1011, San Francisco. (map)

“Cowan and Joshua Bernstein, author of Brewed Awakening, will do a book reading and signing at San Francisco’s premier craft beer store. Celebrated local craft beer restaurant, Monk’s Kettle, will provide food pairings for select Shmaltz beers.”

SantaCon Nor Cal Tour
9:30am – 4:30pm, San Francisco Civic Center,100 Larkin Street, San Francisco. (map)

“All-inclusive Northern California brewery tour. Tour lasts seven hours and includes beer samples from three breweries, round-trip transportation, lunch, two tour guides, and a handy souvenir. This is our annual SantaCon tour — so dress in your favorite santa-inspired duds and we’ll give you some great holiday ales to drink!”

Random Acts Toy Drive
12:00pm, The Trappist, 460 8th St, Oakland. (map)

“Toy for Token: – bring a toy for a boy or girl (16 and under), and get a token for 1/2 off any of the amazing beers served at The Trappist.
We have a special addition to the East Bay this year, the return of the ladder truck. This monster truck will be parked out in front of The Trappist during our event along with Captain Steve Miguel and members from Station 4. Your Inner Child will love climbing the ladder, sitting in the truck, and meeting the Oakland Fire Personnel.”

The Bay Brewed: A Rock and Roll Beer Festival
2:00pm – 7:00pm, The Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa Street, San Francisco. (map)

“Introducing The Bay Brewed, coming to The Verdi Club in San Francisco on Saturday, December 3rd from 2-7pm. Think of it as a beer festival for indie rock and roll fans, or a rock and roll festival for beer connoisseurs.

Either way, here’s the deal: your ticket purchase includes performances by four great local rock bands — Weekend, Sleepy Sun, Extra Classic, and Terry Malts — and a commemorative mug that gets you unlimited beer tastings all day long from an array of awesome local breweries. In partnership with the City Beer Store and the SF Brewers Guild, you’ll be sampling beer from and meeting the brewers behind 21st Amendment, Anchor Steam, Beach Chalet, Lagunitas, Magnolia, Social Kitchen & Brewery, and Speakeasy, with more still to come. Plus, you’ll be able to purchase some delicious local food from Rosamunde Sausage Grill, a place that knows a little something about what hungry beer drinkers like to eat.

$45 advance, $55 at the door.”

5th Annual Slow Crab Dinner with the SF Brewers Guild
6:00pm, Women’s Building, 3543 18th St, San Francisco. (map)

“Celebrate the start of Dungeness Crab season at the Slow Crab Festival with the SF Brewers Guild and a “Crab Feed” that will be cooked for you by California Culinary College (CCA) student chefs. Fine wines and local beer will be served with dinner. Desserts graciously provided by local establishments Bi-Rite Market and Tartine Bakery. Paul Johnson of Monterey Fish and Patty Unterman of Hayes Street Grill will be speaking at the event. The dinner will include products from local artisan food producers as well as lots of delicious locally caught crab.
$60 Slow Food members
$65 General Admission”

December 4, Sunday

World Beer Traditions Series with Master Cicerone Rich Higgins: Belgium Class
5:00pm – 7:00pm, Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts, 1161 Mission St., Suite 120, San Francisco. (map)

“This class in the World Beer Traditions Series covers Belgian beer and will include lecture, discussion, and lots of sampling of great beers. Rich will cover the basics of beer styles and flavors, how to evaluate a beer, and how technology, taxation, taste, and terroir have affected the flavors of the beers and the evolution of the beer traditions.”

Each class is $55 per person.”

December 5, Monday

Repeal Day Party
4:00pm – 10:00pm, 21st Amendment Brewery, 563 2nd St., San Francisco. (map)

Celebrate the 78th Anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition by marching through SOMA demanding repeal and then celebrating with a special cask of IPA priced at 5 cents a glass if you know the mezzanine speakeasy password. Gain access and you’ll also find a charity poker game, prohibition era cocktails and swing music all night long. Keep tabs on the 21A twitter account for the password and start digging through your closet for 1930’s garb to wear.

Meet the Author of Brewed Awakening
6:00pm – 8:00pm, Beer Revolution, 464 3rd Street, Oakland. (map)

“This monday eve Meet the Author of Brewed Awakening: Behind the Beers and Brewers Leading the World’s Craft Brewing Revolution. Joshua M. Bernstein will be in house signing books and answering questions.
Fine wine has always had its expert guides to taste and terroir. Why not beer? Funky, young, and smart, this is the ultimate beer geek’s companion, covering everything from the homebrew renaissance to nanobreweries to many of America’s preeminent beer events and festivals.
There’s a revolution brewing among craft beer makers: They’re reviving long-forgotten recipes, dosing brews with wild yeasts to create new flavors, and using organic grains and hops to forge a delicious new frontier of beer. And no one’s better equipped to tell us what’s happening than Joshua M. Bernstein, former Gourmet.com writer and one of the world’s foremost beer experts. He covers all of today’s top trends, including high-alcohol, bourbon barrel-aged, cask-conditioned, and even gluten-free beers.
Designed to look just like Joshua’s notebook and featuring labels and photos, this extreme guide is a one-stop shop for cutting-edge beer technology, taste, and information.”

December 6, Tuesday

Firestone Walker Beer Dinner
Monk’s Kettle, 3141 16th Street, San Francisco. (map)

“Join Monk’s Kettle in hosting Firestone Walker and 2011 Brewer of the Year Matt Brynildson for a 6 course beer pairing dinner on Tuesday, December 6. Featured beers will include three 2011 GABF gold medal winners, a silver medal winner, a 2010 gold medal winner, an aged 13% stout, and the latest anniversary beer released just weeks before the dinner. A PDF of the full menu can be found on our website. Tickets are on sale now for $125 per person. More more information, or to secure your reservation, contact Nat Cutler at nat(AT)monkskettle(DOT)com.”

We’re Hefe’n Back! Launch Party
5:00pm, Pyramid Brewery & Alehouse (Berkeley),901 Gilman Street. (map)

“Come on down to help Pyramid celebrate our new look!
Join us for a carnival-themed event with ring toss, caricatures, balloon darts and other carnival games, a pie eating contest @ 7 p.m, hourly brewery tours and more!We’ll have special food items including Hefeweizen lemon meringue pie, Apricot Ale caramel apples, $3 pints, $10 pitchers and beer samples.

Why? Because Hefe It! We’re going back to our roots.”

Brewery Night: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
6:00pm, Toad in the Hole, 116 5th St., Santa Rosa. (map)

Pacific Brewing Laboratory Launch Party
6:00pm, City Beer Store, 1168 Folsom St Suite 1011, San Francisco. (map)

We’re Hefe’n Back! Launch Party
7:00pm, Pyramid Brewery & Alehouse (Walnut Creek), 1410 Locust St. (map)

“Join us for a house party-themed event with beer-pong, a mechanical bull, DJ, dancing, free appetizers, beer specials and keg beer.
Why? Because Hefe It! We’re going back to our roots.”

December 7, Wednesday

Brewery Night: Stone Brewing
5:00pm, The Rose and Crown,547 Emerson Avenue, Palo Alto. (map)

Greg Koch will be in the house for this event till 6:30pm. Beers on tap will include:

Stone IPA
Stone Ruination IPA
Stone Levitation Ale
Stone Sublimely Self Righteous
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale
Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA
Double Bastard Ale
Arrogant Bastard Ale
Stone Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers

Brisketfest ‘Partie Deux’
6:00pm, Shotwell’s, 3349 20th St., San Francisco. (map)

“It’s back! By popular demand from everyone (except cows) Brisketfest is back! And the sequel is bigger, badder and hungry for more. We’ve got a whole new lineup of Brisketeers who are chomping at the bit to share with you their smoked and braised beefy goodness.

Eats by:

Jablow’s Meats – New York Pastrami on Rye
Slow Hand BBQ – Texas BBQ Brisket Sandwich
Nute’s Cupcakes – Thai Panang Brisket Curry over Rice
We’ll also have some great extras like bacon cupcakes and salads (after all, a good seasonal-eating San Franciscan cannot live on brisket alone.)
Special Soda Tap List:
Smoked Apple Cider Soda
Xtra Dry Ginger Ale

We are working with Shotwell’s Bar team to bring you special beer and soda cocktails too, including a smoked apple cider soda that we’ll be pairing with a chocolate stout and our Ginger Ale for a sake and ginger drink, as well as a hoppy ginger IPA shandy.

December 8, Thursday

Pacific Brewing Laboratory: Squid Ink Launch Party
Shotwell’s, 3349 20th St., San Francisco. (map)

Shipyard Brewing Pint Night
6:00pm, Petaluma Taps, 205 Kentucky St., Petaluma. (map)

December 9, Friday

Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah Book Reading & Signing
5:30pm – 7:00pm, Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco. (map)

“Jeremy Cowan, author of “Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah: How It Took 13 Years, Extreme Jewish Brewing, and Circus Sideshow Freaks to Make Shmaltz Brewing an Inte,” will be reading and signing books, and then conducting free beer tastings at this Haight St. mecca.”

Bay Area Beer Socials Holiday Toy Drive
6:00pm, Rogue Public House, 673 Union Street, San Francisco. (map)

“Now in its seventh year, the Bay Area Beer Socials Holiday Toy Drive, aiding disadvantaged children from San Francisco, is a special event held to help those less fortunate.

Rogue Ales Public House is our returning sponsor this year and will host an evening of giving, fun and celebration.
This year marks the 62th Anniversary of the San Francisco Firefighter’s Toy Program, the city’s largest and the nation’s oldest program of its kind. Since 1949, the charity has evolved from a few firefighters repairing broken toys and bikes to over 300 firefighters and friends volunteering their time to distribute over 200,000 toys to more than 40,000 disadvantaged children throughout San Francisco.

Rogue is offering a great incentive when you arrive with an unwrapped toy: Bring an unwrapped toy for a boy or girl (16 and under) and receive a FREE PINT Rogue will also serve a selection of appetizers and other hot and cold goodies. The Fire Department will be on hand with their Holiday Fire Truck, barrels and bags to collect the toys and firefighters, paramedics and other personnel to greet people during the party. This is a great way to bring in the holiday spirit by giving to those less fortunate. I hope you’ll join us.”

December 13, Tuesday

Brewery Night: Drake’s Brewing
6:00pm, Toad in the Hole, 116 5th St., Santa Rosa. (map)

December 14, Wednesday

Meet the Brewer Night with North Coast Brewing!
6:00pm – 10:00pm, Beer Revolution, 464 3rd Street, Oakland. (map)

“Please join us as we welcome the fine folks from North Coast Brewing to our little bottle shop!
A pioneer in the craft beer movement, North Coast Brewing Company opened in 1988 as a local brewpub in the historic town of Fort Bragg, located on California’s Mendocino Coast. Under the leadership of Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich, the brewery has developed a strong reputation for quality having won more than 70 awards in national and international competitions.”

December 15, Thursday

Petaluma Taps Christmas Party
6:00pm, Petaluma Taps, 205 Kentucky St., Petaluma. (map)

December 16, Friday

Devil’s Canyon Beer Friday Hootenanny!
6:00pm – 11:00pm, Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company, 111 Industrial Road #7, Belmont. (map)

“Beer Friday is family friendly. You can bring your kids. You can bring your pet. We have catered food available so we ask that you do not bring food or drinks.Devil’s Canyon Brewery is a brewery and is generally not open to the public. We sell our beer to bars and restaurants up and down the peninsula. However, once a month we open our doors to the public. This month we are doing so 2 weeks early for our annual Hootenanny! 4+ Bands!”

December 16 & 17, Friday & Saturday

Kerstbier Fest
The Trappist, 460 8th Street, Oakland. (map)

“The biggest and best assortment of Christmas Beers outside of Belgium. So far the list Includes:

Draft:
Blaugies La Moneuse Special Winter
De Ranke Pere Noel
Geants Noel de Geants
Slaapmutske Kertsmutske
De La Senne Equinox
De La Senne Xmas Zinnebir
Struise Tsjeeses
Struise Tsjeeses Reserva
Beer Here Yulewine
Mikkeller From via To
Mikkeller 2011 Santa’s Little Helper
Mikkeller Red/White Christmas
Mikkeller Ris a la Male
To Ol Snowball Saison
Haandbryggeriet Nissefar Christmas Ale
Haandbryggeriet Bestefar
Aegir Bryggeri Julebrygg
Oppigards Winter Ale
Dieu du Ciel! Solstice d’Hiver
St Bernardus Chrismas 2011
St Bernardus Chrismas 2010
Carolus Noel 2011
Carolus Noel 2010
St Feuillien Noel
Anchor Chrismas
Achouffe Nice Chouffe
Moonlight Winter Tipple
la rulles Cuvée Meilleurs Voeux
Dupont Les Bon Voeux
St Feuillien Speciale

Bottles:
Pere Noel
Bink Winter King
Bink Grand Cru
Equinox
Xmas Zinnebir
Tsjeeses
Tsjeeses Reserva
Klein Duimpje Kerstbier
Beer Here Yulewine
Mikkeller To/From/Via
Mikkeller Barrel Aged From Via To
Mikkeller 2011 Santa’s Little Helper
Mikkeller Barrel Aged Santa’s Little Helper

December 17, Saturday

SF City Beer Tour
1:00pm, San Francisco Civic Center, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco. (map)

“All-inclusive San Francisco City Beer Tour. Tour lasts 4 hours and includes round-trip transportation, beer samples at two breweries (Thirsty Bear Brewing Co. and Speakeasy Ales & Lagers), a behind-the-scenes brewery tour, and two specialized (and ridiculously fun!) tour guides.”

December 18, Sunday

Beer & Food Pairing Series with Master Cicerone Rich Higgins: Italian Food
5:00pm – 7:00pm, Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts, 1161 Mission St., Suite 120, San Francisco. (map)

“This class in the Beer & Food Pairing Series will delve into the pairing of beer with Italian food and will include a lecture, discussion, and lots of sampling great beers and foods. Rich will cover the basics of beer and food flavors, how to evaluate a beer, and how to pair beer with food. Students will learn how great pairings of beer and food are better than the sum of their parts, and they will learn when to order which beers while eating at restaurants. $65 per person”

December 20, Tuesday

Toad in the Hole Christmas Party
6:00pm, Toad in the Hole, 116 5th St., Santa Rosa. (map)

December 21, Wednesday

SF Brewer’s Guild Meet the Brewers
6:00pm – 9:00pm, Magnolia GastroPub & Brewery, 1398 Haight Street, San Francisco. (map)

“It’s always nice to put faces to names, especially those that craft the beer you drink. Raise a pint or two with local artisan brewers and learn more about San Francisco craft beer.”

December 22, Thursday

Drake’s Brewing Pint Night
6:00pm, Petaluma Taps, 205 Kentucky St., Petaluma. (map)

December 27, Tuesday

Brewery Night: Anderson Valley
6:00pm, Toad in the Hole, 116 5th St., Santa Rosa. (map)

December 29, Thursday

North Coast Brewing Pint Night
6:00pm, Petaluma Taps, 205 Kentucky St., Petaluma. (map)

Beers & Bands Unite For The Bay Brewed: A Rock & Roll Beer Festival

Live music at any beer festival is typically treated as background noise. That’s not to say it isn’t appreciated, but beer is always the main promotional draw. Organizers of The Bay Brewed: A Rock and Roll Beer Festival, are hoping to change that scenario by pairing local beers and bands on equal footing at the Verdi Club in San Francisco on December 3rd, from 2-7pm.

The event hosts include local indie music experts The Bay Bridged, City Beer Store and the SF Brewers Guild. For $45 in advance or $55 at the door, you’ll be treated to music from Weekend, Sleepy Sun, Extra Classic and Terry Malts. You’ll also be handed a commemorative mug that can be refilled with unlimited tastings from 21st AmendmentAnchor BrewingBeach ChaletDrake’s BrewingLagunitasMagnolia Pub, Marin BrewingSocial Kitchen and Speakeasy Ales & Lagers.

You should also know that your money will benefit The Bay Bridged non-profit, which is “committed to two principal purposes: 1) educating the public about the San Francisco Bay Area independent music community and encouraging public support of local independent music; and 2) providing Bay Area musicians with unique opportunities to receive public exposure and create original musical works.”

So if you love local music and beer, head over to the event website where you can listen to samples from the participating bands and purchase tickets.

 

Learn About Beer & Food Pairing at the Boothby Center for Beverage Arts

Beer is complex and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. There’s a lot behind this deceptively simple drink and if you want to learn about its history, the vast number of styles, brewing science, how to analyze it or pair it with food, hundreds of books are waiting to be consumed. One of the most comprehensive, The Oxford Companion to Beer, was published last month with over 960 pages of material to digest. While it’s certainly a tremendous resource, sometimes you need to learn by drinking and eating!

When it comes to learning about beer this hasn’t been easy to do in a formal setting. Rich Higgins, brewmaster at Social Kitchen and one of only three Master Cicerones, is addressing this problem in a series of eight beer and food pairing classes hosted by the Boothby Center for Beverage Arts in San Francisco. The classes will take place primarily on Sunday evenings over the next four months and are broken into two different sections, the World Beer Traditions Series and the Beer and Food Pairing Series.

According to the press release here’s what you can expect:

Each class in the World Beer Traditions Series will cover a different beer tradition (United Kingdom, German, Belgian, and American) and will include a lecture, discussion, and lots of sampling of great beers. Rich will cover the basics of beer styles and flavors, how to evaluate a beer, and how technology, taxation, taste, and terroir have affected the flavors of the beers and the evolution of the beer traditions. (Cost: $55 per class or $200 to attend all four.)

Each class in the Beer & Food Pairing Series will delve into the pairing of beer with a different food tradition (Thanksgiving food, Italian cuisine, Superbowl eats, and Valentine’s chocolate & candy) and will include a lecture, discussion, and lots of sampling great beers and foods. Rich will cover the basics of beer and food flavors, how to evaluate a beer, and how to pair beer with food. Students will learn how great pairings of beer and food are better than the sum of their parts, and they will learn when to order which beers while eating at restaurants.  (Cost: $65 per class or $240 to attend all four.)

These classes are a unique opportunity for the casual aficionado or the seasoned beer nerd. In addition, part of the proceeds will help support the Barbary Coast Conservancy for the American Cocktail, a non-profit organization that houses the Boothby Center for Beverage Arts, which is striving to preserve the “cultural heritage of saloons and their cocktails in San Francisco, while also preserving California’s culinary philosophy and tradition.”

Rich Higgins / Photo © Brian Stechschulte