Celebrate craft beer with American Craft Beer Week

Just in case you need another excuse to drink beer, American Craft Beer Week begins on Monday, May 16. An argument can be made that craft beer is the only American beer, since the major industrial beer producers—Budweiser, Miller and Coors—are all owned by global conglomerates. On the other hand, BMC beers are readily available across the country, whereas craft beer for the most part is regional. Nonetheless, it's always a good idea to support your local pubs and brewers. According to The Brewers Association, which is coordinating the event through its Craft Beer site, for the first time all 50 states will be participating in American Craft Beer Week in some way. For the entire list of events across the country, click here.

Craft Beer Week events in the San Francisco Bay Area
Monday, May 16
Porky's Pizza Palace Celebrating American Craft Beer Week
Porky's Pizza Palace
1221 Manor Blvd.
San Leandro, California, 94579 | map
We will tap a new special beer each day of American Craft Beer Week.
Look to our website to see which beer will be pouring on a given day.

Enjoy Weissbierpils at Gordon Biersch
All Bay Area Gordon Biersch Brewers will be serving a "Weissbierpils." It is the latest and greatest of German beer styles, blending the fruity and spicy notes of a Weissbier with the clean, assertive hop bitterness of a Pilsner. Weissbierpils are a refreshing hybrid in the spirit of American Craft Beer and perfect for ACB Week.

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant Palo Alto
640 Emerson Street
Palo Alto, California, 94301 | map
Contact: Andy Breedlove

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant - San Francisco
2 Harrison St.
San Francisco, California, 94105 | map
Contact: Shane Stevens

Sierra Nevada Beer Dinner
California Cafe - Los Gatos
50 University Ave.
Los Gatos, Calif., 95030 | map
Calling all beer fans. Kick off American Craft Beer Week at California Cafe in Los Gatos for a Sierra Nevada Beer Dinner. Enjoy a wonderful multicourse meal prepared by  Executive Chef Bobby Laggan paired with a fine lineup of beers from Sierra Nevada. Reservations are needed for this event, so please contact us at 408-354-8300.

Craft Breweries of the 831
1520 Mission St.
Santa Cruz, California, 95060 | map
On Monday, May 16, Oscar and his squad of beer fanatics are kicking off ACBW '11 in the 831 by rolling up their sleeves in the kitchen and dreaming up a whole menu of amazing vittles that will both be cooked with and paired with one of each participating brewery's ACBW featured brews! Lots of incredible stuff on tap and a fantastic atmosphere await.
Contact: Quinn Gardner

Tuesday, May 17
Craft Breweries of the 831
Relax! Grillin' & Chillin'
3650 San Juan Rd.
Hollister, California, 95023 | map

The Tuesday night Brewery nights at Relax! Grillin' & Chillin' are already the stuff of legend. But on Tuesday, May 17, Chuck and the Brew Crew are hosting their first American Craft Beer Week event and it's going to be a phenomenal night! Come out an try a bunch of new brews from each participating brewery, ask questions and get to know your brewer (as each brewery will have a rep on hand!). Great food, great people, and fun, laid back atmosphere ensure this will not be a night to be missed.
Contact: Quinn Gardner

Team America Beer School
Zambo, Head Brewer
21st Amendment Brewery
563 2nd Street
San Francisco, California, 94107 | map
Tastings begin at 7pm, $40 includes all beer samples, snacks, tax and gratuity.

Wednesday, May 18

New Belgium Tap Takeover
1520 Mission Street
Santa Cruz
California, 95060 | map
New Belgium Tap Takeover at burger.
Contact: Burgermeister

Red Restaurant & Bar!!!
1003 Cedar St. (2nd floor),
Santa Cruz, California, 95060 | map
The Red has long been a beacon of light in the 831 for craft beer fans. Last year's American Craft Beer Week event there was a blast and a huge success -- and this year will be no different. Miriam, Bobby and the rest of the Red rockers will be cooking up some amazing stuff in the kitchen, pairing some funky and delicious creations with beers from each of the participating breweries on hand! The Red always feels like someone put a top-notch bar in your living room, so adding the electric buzz of ACBW does something really special in this place -- so be sure to invite your friends, family and fellow fans of fantastic frothy and join us on Wednesday, May 18.
Contact: Quinn Gardner

Craft Canorama
21st Amendment Brewery
563 2nd Street
San Francisco, California, 94107 | map
The event will take place on our brewer's loft (mezzanine) from 5-9pm.
We will serve $2 cans of our 21st Amendment beers, as well as guest beers.
Contact: Rob Strasser

Thursday, May 19
Cannery Row Brewing Co.
95 Prescott Ave.
Monterey, California, 93940 | map
Since July of 2010, Cannery Row Brewing has helped to fill a craft beer void in the Monterey Area, bringing 76 taps (and countless bottles) to Monterey. Their staff knows their beer, the kitchen is creative and citizens of Monterey have come to know CRBC as one of THE top places to sample some incredible beers from all over the world ... so it was an obvious fit for ACBW '11. Come join us on Thursday, May 19, for some great food, great music and a celebration of all things craft beer. While you're there, mix and mingle with representatives from each participating brewery and ask every question you've ever wanted to know about them, their beers and their history. Tell your friends, family and fans of the good life and join us.
Contact: Quinn Gardner

Friday, May 20
Brewery Cellar Dinner
ThirstyBear Brewing Company
661 Howard Street
San Francisco, California, 94105 | map

In Celebration of American Craft Beer Week (May 16-22), we'll be hosting another Brewery Cellar Dinner on Friday May 20 from 6-9pm ($60 admission). An intimate four course food and beer pairing in the brewery amongst the fermenters & aging barrels. Hosted by Ron Silberstein (founder and original brew master) and Brenden Dobel (current brew master and certified cicerone). Only 10 seats available.
Tentative menu:
* Roasted baby beets, pickled kumquats, micro basil & goat cheese  paired with Valencia Wheat
* Gulf Prawns a la plancha, grilled lemon & salsa verde paired with Polar Bear
* Roasted Rack of Lamb, Housemade merguez sausage, fava beans, maitake mushrooms & pea tendrils paired with Meyer ESB
* Strawberry-Rhubarb Napolean paired with Golden Hallucination
For reservations, e-mail tim@thirstybear.com or call 415-974-0905 x 207.

99 Bottles
110 Walnut Ave.
Santa Cruz, California, 95060 | map
For almost 19 years, beer fans have been filling their cards of beers they've tried and adorning the walls of 99 Bottles in Santa Cruz with their proud achievements. Throughout the years, it's always been known as one of the best places in Santa Cruz to try something new -- and last year's ACBW event there was a wild success. Drew, Jahan and the rest of Team 99 are poised to make ACBW 2011 no exception! Come out an try some of the fantastic featured beers from each participating brewery, ask that question you've always been curious about that certain favorite brewery of yours and step outside the norm and try something new on tap Invite your friends, family and everyone you know who loves great beer and join us on Friday, May 20.
Contact: Quinn Gardner

Saturday, May 21
Spring Beer Tasting
Pacific Coast Brewing Company
906 Washington St,
Oakland, California, 94607 | map
All right gang. We're doing it again. Our Spring Beer tasting featuring 14 kick ass beers, seven courses of food and more fun than you would think possible.
Bring your appetite for beer, food and zest for life.
We will start listing the beers soon.
Tickets ($60) are available at the pub. Call or come to the pub for tickets! Get them soon as this event always sells out.
Contact: Donald Gortemiller
dg@pacificcoastbrewing.com |

Sunday, May 22

Lagunitas Beer Circus
Lagunitas Brewing Co.
1280 No. McDowell Blvd.,
Petaluma, California, 94954 | map
Join us for a day of circus freaks, entertainment and a whole lot of fun. Benefit for the Petaluma Music Festival featuring Vau De Vire Society, Gooferman, Stilters, Clowns, Moral Minority, Kehoe Nation, Mimes, The Bed of Nails Guy, Swing Band, Neal Barbosa, Plate Spinners, Roller Girls, Sword Swallowers, Sideshows, HotDogs, Burlesque Acts, Contortionists, CornDogs, Trapeze Artists, BlockHeads, Cotton Candy, Jojo the Dog-Faced Boy, Jugglers, BBQ'd Oysters, Snake Dancers, Those Fabulous Fickle Brothers...
21 & Over Only!
Tickets are $40
From Noon-6pm
Puchase Tickets at www.lagunitas.com or at the brewery in our store!

Magnolia Brewery Tour
Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery
1398 Haight St.
San Francisco, California, 94117 | map
We will be hosting a tour of our brewery at 2:30pm on Sunday, May 22.  You will find yourself in very close proximity to our draught and cask ales.  
Contact: AJ Tiras

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