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

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