Toronado Barleywine Festival 2011

You have to pace yourself during SF Beer Week or you won’t reach the finish line at Toronado. Each year this Haight Street institution in San Francisco gathers some of the best barleywine produced on the West Coast and attracts throngs of salivating people. This year was no different on February 19 and 20, but the rain diminished the Saturday morning line that started forming at 7:00am, three hours before the scheduled opening.

One group brought a round of cheese to compliment the beer.

The double-sided beer list chronicled fifty different options (see below) and all were priced at $3 or $4 depending on pour size. Early birds who grabbed a table or seat at the bar arranged rows of glassware filled with their selections while the remaining throng filled six packs with tasters and squeezed through the crowd. A few scarce beers emptied out by mid-afternoon, but few people seemed disappointed. After all, just a few of these high ABV beers will ease any tension.

Beer Name

Old Stock 2009
Big Woody
Big Foot
Mirror Mirror
Old Boardhead
Angel’s Share Grand Cru
Good Ass
Old Thunderpussy 2009
Old Embalmer
Barleywine 2009
Old Guardian
Olde School
Critical Hit
Olde Bluehair
Old Foghorn
Old Dipsea 2008
Old Scoutters
Old Godfather
Lower de Boom
Hog Heaven
Drunken Horn
Old Blowhole
John Barleycorn 2010
Jack & Ken’s Ale
Vertical Jewbelation
Triple Exultation
Old Diablo
Three Sheets
10 Squared
Gnarleywine 2009
John Barleycorn 2009
Bunny’s Toes
Old Okole
The Menace
Grateful Dog
Arctic Devil
Wood ya Honey


North Coast Brewing
Glacier Brewhouse
Sierra Nevada Brewing
Deschutes Brewery
Full Sail Brewing
Drake’s Brewing
Lost Abbey
Full Circle Brewing
Magnolia Pub & Brewery
Widmer Brothers Brewing
Green Flash Brewing
Moylan’s Brewery
Stone Brewing
Dogfish Head
Ninkasi Brewing
Big Sky Brewing
Anchor Brewing
El Toro Brewing
Marin Brewing
Mill Valley Beerworks
Bear Republic Brewing
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
21st Amendment Brewing
Avery Brewing
Anderson Valley Brewing
Kona Brewing
Anderson Valley Brewing
Six Rivers Brewery
Mad River Brewing
Lost Coast Brewing
Sierra Nevada Brewing
Half Moon Bay Brewing
Schmaltz Brewing
Eel River Brewing
Schooners Brewery
Ballast Point Brewing
Fifty Fifty Brewing
Fish Brewing
Lagunitas Brewing
Mad River Brewing
Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse
Seabright Brewing
Epic Brewing
Ale Industries
Firestone Walker
Iron Springs Pub & Brewery
Napa Smith  Brewery
Midnight Sun Brewing
Jackie O’s Brewpub