Say Hello to Our New Event Calendar

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.

Calendar of Events

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

Pliny the Younger Release
11:00am, Russian River Brewing Company, 725 4th St, Santa Rosa. (map)

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.
– Beer!”

Beer Revolution 2nd Anniversary Party
12:00pm, Beer Revolution, 464 3rd Street, Oakland. (map)

“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

SF Beer Week Opening Celebration
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 8th Street, San Francisco. (map)

“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

12th Annual Double IPA Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, The Bistro, 1001 B Street, Hayward. (map)

“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.”

Cask and Quesos – Triple Fermented
6:00 – 9:00pmThirstyBear Brewing Company, 661 Howard St., San Francisco. (map)

“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

3rd Annual SF Beer Week Beer Run
11:00am, Social Kitchen & Brewery, 1326 9th Ave., San Francisco. (map)

“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
11:30am, Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse, 1920 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley. (map)

“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

Trappist Beer Dinner
6:00pm – 10:30pm, Monk’s Kettle, 3141 16th Street, San Francisco. (map)

“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

Oyster Extravaganza, Valentine Edition
11:00am, Magnolia GastroPub & Brewery,1398 Haight Street, San Francisco. (map)

“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!”

Film Screening: The Love of Beer
7:00pm – 9:00pm, 18 Reasons, 3674 18th Street, San Francisco. (map)

“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.”

Strong Beer School
7:00pm – 9:00pm, 21st Amendment Brewery, 563 2nd Street, San Francisco. (map)

“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

Drake’s Sau & Brau
6:00pm – 9:00pm, Drake’s Barrel House, 1933 Davis Street, San Leandro. (map)

“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”

February 16, Thursday

East Bay Brew Fest
5:30pm – 9:00pm, Pyramid Alehouse Berkeley, 901 Gilman St., Berkeley. (map)

“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:”

February 17, Friday

Kaleidoscope of Craft Beer Micro-Gala
5:00 – 10:00pm, Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company, 111 Industrial Road #7, Belmont. (map)

“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”

February 18, Saturday

19th Annual Barleywine Festival
Toronado, 547 Haight, San Francisco. (map)

Head Brewer for a Day Dodgeball (S)Mashdown
12:00pm, Pyramid Alehouse Berkeley, 901 Gilman St., Berkeley. (map)

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!/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 “

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 ( 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.


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

Calendar of Events

The holidays are around the corner and winter warmers are piling up on the bottle store shelf. Other then Turkey Day, November brings several events of note outside the usual brewery nights and beer dinners. You can toast Belgian beer from coast to coast with Vanberg & DeWulf, go to school with Master Cicerone Rich Higgins to learn about beer from around the world, or celebrate International Stout Day. Keep in touch with our main calendar throughout the month for late breaking events at breweries, bars and stores.

All Month

The BRU/SFO Project
Magnolia Pub & Brewery, 1398 Haight Street, San Francisco. (map)
21st Amendment Brewery, 563 2nd Street, San Francisco. (map)

It’s Belgian Beer Month at Magnolia and 21st Amendment and they’ve each created six brews you can try throughout the month. If you drink all 12 then you get to keep the commemorative glass. Just ask a server at each venue for a Boarding Pass. The beers are released as the month goes on (dates listed below). Here’s what you can expect:

Saison de Lily (11/1)
Sunburst – Belgian Pale Ale (11/1)
Chocolate George Stout (11/1)
Deep Ellum Dubbel (11/7)
Paint it Black – Belgian Dark Ale (11/14)
Bear’s Choice – Haight Ashbury Wild Ale (11/21)

21st Amendment
Via – Belgian Single (11/1)
Leuven Life – Belgian Pale Ale (11/1)
In Cat Dubh – Black Saison (11/1)
Baby Horse – Belgian Quad (11/7)
Double Tripel – Belgian-American IPA (11/14)
Drunken Monk – Strong Dark Abbey Ale (11/21)

Chocolate Beer Month
Iron Springs Pub & Brewery. 765 Center Boulevard, Fairfax. (map)

Iron Springs partnered with TCHO chocolate of San Francisco to produce a Chocolate Porter (11/1 to 11/6), Chocolate Oatmeal Stout (11/7 to 11/13), Chocolate Chazz Cat Rye (11/14 to 11/20), Mocha Porter (11/21 to 11/27) & Cocoa Brown (11/28 to 12/4). Note dates of availability.

November 1, Tuesday

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

November 2, Wednesday

Meet the Brewers: Anderson Valley
6:00pm – 10:00pm,  Beer Revolution, 464 3rd Street, Oakland. (map)

“Join us as we welcome craft beer pioneers Anderson Valley! Fal Allen and the gang will be in house and bringing down such deliciousness as MendoMellow Estate wethop beer, Port Barrel Stout, MowKeef saison, as well as faves as Boont amber, Poleeko and much more! Bahl Hornin’”

November 3, Thursday

International Stout Day Party
4:00 – 10:00pm, Public House, 24 Willie Mays Plaza at AT&T Park, San Francisco. (map)

“What is International Stout Day you ask? Simply put, it is a worldwide celebration of the iconic beer style, Stout. Taking place in homes, pubs, breweries and restaurants; it’s all about celebrating the craft beer revolution, relishing in this beloved beer style, sharing your photos, tasting notes and events with the world. This event is open to the public. All you have to do is show up, order a tasty stout of your choice and enjoy yourself.”

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

November 4, Friday

“Allies Win the War” Beer Release Parties

“Allies Win the War is a collaboration between 21st Amendment and Ninkasi. It’s a Strong Ale with dates and dry hopped massively with Flaconor’s Flightr Hop Blend. We will make many stops so please join us for one or all of the events.

1st Stop: 21st Amendment at 4 pm to tap the first keg with Shaun O’Sullivan.
2nd Stop: City Beer Store at 6pm.
3rd Stop: Zeitgeist at 8pm. Meet the brewers from both breweries
4th Stop: Toronado at 10pm.”

November 5, Saturday

Sierra Nevada hosts Guy Fawkes day Hopsplosion!
12:00 pm – 11:30 pm, Beer Revolution, 464 3rd Street, Oakland. (map)

“Hoppy Guy Fawkes Day! Join us as sierra Nevada hosts an explosive day of hoppy goodness!”

SF Ski, Snowboard Festival & Brew Expo
11:00am to 8:00pm, Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion, 38 Fort Mason, San Francisco. (map)

Also takes place on Sunday, November 6 from 11:00am to 6:00pm.

“Regardless if you prefer a pilsner, stout or an amber ale, the Brew Expo component of the festival has you covered. Sample micro-brews from around Northern California and talk to brew masters about how different seasonals are created. $40 per person for beer tasting. See link for event times.

Participating Breweries:

21st Amendment Brewery
Anderson Valley Brewing Co.
Anheuser-Busch – Landshark, Shocktop
Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant
Bison Brew
Black Diamond Brewing Company
Black Star Beer
Blanco Basura
DBI Beverage
Deschutes Brewery
Drakes Brewing Co.
Drink Four
E & J Brandy
Firestone Walker Brewing Company
Full Sail Brewing Company
Hoppy Brewing Co.
Lagunitas Brewing Co
Mad River Brewing Company
Magners Irish Cider
Mendocino Brewing Co.
Nectar Ales
Ninkasi Brewing Co.
North Coast Brewing
Pyramid Brewers
Ruth McGowan’s BrewPub
Santa Cruz Ale Works
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co
Spaten West, Inc.
Speakeasy Ale & Lagers
Sudwerk Brewey
Trumer Brauerei Berkeley
Bridgeport Brewery
Spoetzl Brewery
Uncommon Brewers”

November 6, 2011, Sunday

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

“This class in the World Beer Traditions Series will cover beer from the United Kingdom 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.”

$55 per person

November 9, Wednesday 

Drake’s Brewing Jolly Rodger Release Party
6:00pm, The Trappist, 460 8th Street, Oakland. (map)

“Be the first to try this years Jolly Rodger incarnation: an Imperial Dark IPA. Yo Ho.”

November 10, Thursday

Bastard Day
6:00pm, Petaluma Taps, 205 Kentucky St., Petaluma. (map)

“A flight of Stone’s Bastard beers including but not limited to Arrogant, Lucky and Double.”

November 12, Saturday

6th Annual West Coast Barrel Aged Beer Festival
The Bistro, 1001 B Street, Hayward. (map)

November 13, 2011, Sunday

World Beer Traditions Series with Master Cicerone Rich Higgins: German Class
5:00 – 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 German 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.”

$55 per person

November 15, Tuesday

Vanberg & DeWulf’s 30th Anniversary Coast to Coast Toast

“Many of you know us but for those who don’t, we are Vanberg & DeWulf…the experts in Belgian beers since 1982, and the husband and wife team who co-founded Ommegang. We are throwing what we believe will be the largest celebration of Belgian beer held on one day in the USA in this century. No kidding. Hundreds of bars, restaurants and stores – the places that have made beer culture in America so stupendous – are hosting Coast to Coast Toasts to mark the 30th anniversary of the founding of our company. Thirty of our beers from independent family run breweries will be the stars of the show (Saison Dupont, Scaldis, Lambrucha, Witkap anyone?).”
San Francisco participating venues include:
Monks Kettle
City Beer Store
Slanted Door”

Monk’s Stout Release Party
6:00pm, Toad in the Hole, 116 5th St., Santa Rosa. (map)

Part of the Vanberg & DeWulf Coast to Coast Toast with Brasserie Dupont.

November 16, Wednesday

SF Brewer’s Guild Meet the Brewers
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, 21st Amendment Brewery, 563 2nd 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.”

Drake’s Meet the Brewer Night
7:00pm, Rogue Public House,673 Union Street, San Francisco. (map)

“Come enjoy a great selection of Drake’s Beers and meet the brewers themselves.”

November 17, Thursday

Vertical Tasting of “Special Holiday Ale”
The Monk’s Kettle, 3141 16th Street, San Francisco. (map)

“We will offer a vertical tasting of “Special Holiday Ale” a collaboration between Nogne-O and Stone Brewing and Jolly Pumpkin. *Expect a few other vintage Christmas offerings to be on draft that night as well.”

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

November 19, Saturday

Northern California Brewery Beer Tour
9:30am, San Francisco Civic Center, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco. (map)

7 hours — 3 breweries!! Listed address is pickup location. See link for more details or call (800) 230 – BEER.

BevMo! Holiday Beer Festival

5:30pm to 9:00pm. Fort Mason Center Herbst Pavilion,38 Fort Mason, San Francisco. (map)

“Experience 200+ of the Greatest Holiday, Seasonal & Special Beers-Ciders from 100+ of the best Breweries in the World!” $40 for general admission or $60 VIP for early entrance.

November 20, Sunday

Beer & Food Pairing Series with Master Cicerone Rich Higgins: Thanksgiving
5:00 to 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 Thanksgiving 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

November 22, Tuesday

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

November 29, Tuesday

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

Calendar of Events

Store shelves are starting to fill up with fall and winter beer releases, while festivals are starting to move indoors. The first half of October will continue to revolve around Oktoberfest celebrations that give way to a series of Meet the Brewer nights, the Lupilin for Lupus Fundraiser and Schmaltz Brewing’s Freaktoberfest just in time for Halloween.  Keep in touch with us throughout the month as breweries, restaurants and bottle shops announce last minute events that you can find over on our main calendar.

October 1, Saturday

Nor Cal GABF Brew Tour 
9:30am – 5:00pm, San Francisco.

“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. Great American Beer Festival (GABF – It’s the SuperBowl of beers!) is going on at this time, so we want to celebrate. We’ll be theming our tour to make sure that we taste many of the entries this year from Nor Cal and you’ll also have an opportunity to be the judge of the best beer!
Note: this tour’s price is a bit more — we’ll be bringing in more craft beers to sample from SF breweries as well. Cost is $104.99. Pickup location will be at the Civic Center in San Francisco.”

Oaktoberfest Beer Festival
11:00am – 6:00pm, Diamond District Neighborhood, Oakland. (map)

“Oakland’s family friendly craft beer festival. Rootbier garden, great food, live music and dancing. See link for participating breweries.”

1:00pm – 5:00pm, Lafayette Park Hotel, 3287 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. (map)

“When fall leaves are ablaze and the air is rich as amber ale, it’s time for “Parktoberfest” at the LafayettePark Hotel & Spa. Just as is celebrated in cities and towns across the country in America and in Germany, our own “Parktoberfest” will bring together the best of Bavaria and California… beers, brats and entertainment!
Join us as we feature local craft breweries such as EJ Phair, Ale Industries, Heretic Brewing, Speakeasy, Drake’s and Triple Rock, plus the home brewing organization DOZE (The Diablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts) for this extraordinary event! “

October 3, Monday

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

“$12/person or FREE for all members”

October 5, Wednesday

Meet the Brewer: Bison Brewing Belgian Night
6:00pm – 10:00pm, Beer Revolution, 464 3rd Street, Oakland. (map)

“It’s been many a year since Bison has had 3 different belgian style ales on at once! so come on down, hang out with Daniel Del Grande and the folks from Bison, and enjoy some of his fine beverages. More details TBA”

October 7, Friday

First Friday
4:00pm – 8:00pm, Drake’s Barrel House, 1933 Davis Street, San Leandro. (map)

“On the First Friday of every month, we here at Drake’s open our doors to friends, family and our local community to benefit a worthy local cause. This month’s edition will benefit the Assumption School in San Leandro.$5 per person voluntary donation, to the non-profit organization we are supporting, at the gate. (Children with their parents free) $15 for a Drake’s tasting glass and 3 tokens for 3 full pours. Additional tokens can be purchased separately ($3.50 each, with net proceeds going to the non-profit). Great food from local food trucks (or our fundraiser group) available for purchase. From BBQ to Korean to Paella, there’s something different (and delicious) every month.”

Lupulin for Lupus Fundraiser
5:00pm, Tied House Brewing Company, 954 Villa Street, Mountan View. (map)

“The fundraiser is incredibly simple: buy a beer and help the cause. Tied House holds a regular “First Friday Firkin” in which they tap a cask of real ale on the first Friday of every month. Just buy a pint of the beer from any of the donated firkins and you’ll be doing your part to help find a cure for lupus. All proceeds will benefit the Lupus Foundation of America.”

October 15, Saturday

Wet Hop Festival
The Bistro, 1001 B Street, Hayward. (map)

Peninsula Oktoberfest
10:00am – 8:00pm, Courthouse Square,2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. (map)

“This second annual Peninsula Oktoberfest is a one-day community event of beer, food and music. We invite you to join beer lovers from around the SF Bay Area. Centrally located in City of Redwood City, and
adjacent to public transportation, Courthouse Square is easily accessible to everyone from San Francisco, San Jose, the East Bay area and everywhere in between.
Peninsula Oktoberfest is a community event hosted by Bullfrog Media. We have chosen to donate a portion of the proceeds from this event to a local charitable organization.

The Redwood City Education Foundation (RCEF) is an all volunteer, community-based foundation. They are the only organization raising funds district-wide to support education programs for the students in the Redwood City School District. They work closely with the district to ensure that the programs they support meet the needs of the children and will better prepare them for high school, college, the work force and life. The RCEF is a 501(c) nonprofit organization (Tax ID# 94-2903141).”

October 19, Wednesday

Meet the Brewer: Ballast Point
6:00pm – 10:00pm, Beer Revolution, 464 3rd Street, Oakland. (map)

“Ahoy! The folks from Ballast Point will be shipping in for an evening of Great Beer! The grog that’ll be a-flowin will include:

1. Sculpin IPA
2. Barrel Aged Piper Down Scottish Ale
3. Indra Kunindra Curry Lime Export Stout
4. Dorado DIPA
5. Sour Wench
6. Big Eye IPA
7. Navigator Dopplebock
8 Brother Lovonian Saison”

SF Brewer’s Guild Meet the Brewers
6:00pm – 9:00pm, Thirsty Bear Brewing Company, 661 Howard St., 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.”

October 22, Saturday

Bay Area Craft Beer Festival
1:00pm – 5:00pm, Historic Cannery District, Martinez. (map)

“Join us in the Historic Cannery District at the picturesque Martinez Waterfront Park, located at 333 Ferry St. in beautiful Downtown Martinez. 30+ Top Microbreweries West of the Mississippi! ROCKIN’ LIVE MUSIC! FABULOUS FOOD available for purchase! NO ONE UNDER 21 ADMITTED. I.D. required. Tickets are $45 in advance online only. No door sales.”

October 26, Wednesday

Meet the Brewer: Auburn Ale House
6:00pm – 10:00pm, Beer Revolution, 464 3rd Street, Oakland. (map)

“Join us comrades as welcome the fine folks from Auburn Ale House!”

October 28, Friday

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

“On the last Friday of the month we open our doors to the public at 6pm (Beer Club Members: 5:30pm) and have 2 or 3 live bands. There is no cover charge. Your first drink of the night is $10.00. You get to keep the Devil’s Canyon pint glass and bring it back to future events (Reduce, Reuse!). After that, drinks are $6.00 from 6pm-9pm, $5 from 9pm-11pm, and $6 from 11pm till close. Food, Root Beer and Water is also available.
$1.00 of every beer sale goes to our “Cheers! For Charity” program recipient for that month.”

October 30, Sunday

Freaktoberfest Boutique Beer & Music Festival
12:00pm – 5:00pm, Beer Revolution, 464 3rd Street, Oakland. (map)

A party with Schmaltz Brewing. Details TBD.