San Francisco Beer Week has outgrown its moniker. Hardly confined to San Francisco, events are scheduled as far south as San Jose, as far north as Santa Rosa and as far east as Concord. Only the Pacific Ocean, a formidable obstacle, has inhibited western expansion. Nor is the annual celebration of beer restricted to a week. The gala opening event is on Feb. 8, and festivities stagger to a close on Feb. 17 with the traditional Celebrator brewspaper party in Oakland and the Barleywine Festival at Toronado. That’s not counting the unofficial harbingers of Beer Week, like the opening of Pliny the Younger hunting season on Feb. 1.
With close to 400 events to choose from, it’s not too early to make your plans. We’ll list some highlights here and follow up with more suggestions during the next couple of weeks. Meanwhile, visit the SF Beer Week site for updates.
Not to be missed Beer Week events:
Friday, Feb. 8
Unlimited tastes from more than 65 California breweries, along with a commemorative glass.
Concourse Exhibition Center
620 7th St.
Saturday, Feb. 9
13th Double IPA Festival
More than 60 double and triple IPAs on tap, live music, cicerone booth and BBQ
11 a.m.-6 p.m.
1001 B St.
Saturday, Feb. 9
Speakeasy’s Tap Room Grand Opening
Debuting at SF Beer Week, Speakeasy’s new taproom is modeled after a wood-paneled basement hideaway. Old Godfather Barley Wine on tap, along with 11 more Speakeasy beers, including limited releases. Food from Le Truc food truck.
Pay as you go
1195 Evans Ave.
Saturday, Feb. 16
20th Annual Toronado Barleywine Festival
Pay as you go.
547 Haight St.
Sunday, Feb. 17
Celebrator Beer News 25th Anniversary Party
More than 50 breweries pour their best beers to celebrate 25 years of Celebrator brewspaper.
Oakland Convention Center Marriott Hotel