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
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.
“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
“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
“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.”
“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
“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 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
“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
“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!”
“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.”
“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
“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
“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
“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
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 “