SF Beer Week Suggestions for Thursday, Feb. 13

SF Beer Week is going full throttle, with special beers and food pairings all over the Bay Area. Particular emphasis is on cask-conditioned ales at Magnolia and Free Wheel. Also, the grand opening of the Triple Voodoo Brewery and Tap Room, and beer, chocolate and sex in Golden Gate Park.

Festival of Firkins
Spend your day sampling as many cask-conditioned ales as Magnolia can fit into its cellar and on top of the bar. Beginning at 11 a.m., the brewpub on Haight will have at least a dozen carefully sourced, cellared, vented and tapped ales flowing. Look for Magnolia’s own cask ales, as well as a selection from other brewers who share Magnolia’s passion for what the English refer to as “real ale.” They will be available by the pint or in tasters so you can compare different beers.
When: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: Magnolia, SF
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: MUNI

Beer Pairing Lunch with Prairie Artisan Ales
Monk’s Kettle will host a 3-course beer pairing lunch with Chase Healey, head brewer of Prairie Artisan Ales, featuring a sour, a saison and an infused version of BOMB! poured from a gravity firkin. Reservations required and can be made by e-mailing Greg Brown at greg@monkskettle.com.
When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Monk’s Kettle, SF
How much: $75, plus tax and gratuity
Best way to get there: MUNI or BART

A Night with the Geese
Sip rare Bourbon County Stout, Bourbon County Barley Wine and Lolita sour, in addition to Sofie and Honkers Ale, and enjoy Chicago-style dogs flown in from Chitown, along with Goose Island’s top dogs.
When: Noon-2 a.m.
Where: The Mad Dog in the Fog, SF
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: MUNI

Triple Voodoo Brewery and Tap Room Grand Opening
Join Triple Voodoo as it christens its brand new brewery and tap room and celebrates its 4th anniversary.  Doors open at noon and the first 20 people will get a commemorative Triple Voodoo tulip glass. One keg of saison test batch 1 will go on at 1 p.m., followed by a keg of test batch 2 at 3 p.m. A keg of bourbon barrel aged King Leopold Stout will go on at 5, and a keg of Grand Cru Belgian strong will be tapped at 7. Rosamunde Sausage Grill will join the fun at 4:30.
When: noon-10 p.m.
Where: Triple Voodoo Brewery and Tap Room, SF
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: MUNI

Monkey Paw Brewing Guest Taps
For the second year, Monkey Paw Brewing of San Diego will take over six of Social Kitchen’s taps with their off-kilter beers until the taps run dry. It’s a rare opportunity to sample brews seldom seen in Northern California.
When: 4 p.m.-midnight
Where: Social Kitchen, SF
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: MUNI

The Bruery Grand Tasting
Fat Angel teams up with The Bruery from SoCal for another “mother of all beer tastings.” Twenty beers tasted side by side in four separate flights: Saison de Lente, Shegöat, Batch #1000: Bryeian, Humulus Lager, Tout Mais le Coller, The Wanderer, Ichigo Highway, Sour in the Rye w/ Kumquats, Mischief Gone Wild, Oude Tart w/ Sour Cherries, Sans Pagaie, Burly Gourd, Chocosaurus Rye, Acer Quercus, A Stein's Throw, 4 Calling Birds, 3 French Hens, Smoking Wood, Melange #1 and Grey Monday. Two separate seatings, from 5-8 p.m. and from 8:30-11:30 p.m. Limited to 30 people per seating. Full food menu will be available. E-mail info@fatangelsf.com, or call 415-690-3783 to reserve tickets. Credit card required to hold your seat.
When: 5-8 p.m. and 8:30-11:30 p.m.
Where: Fat Angel, SF
How much: $75, plus tax and gratuity
Best way to get there: MUNI

Crave NightLife
The California Academy of Sciences explores the science of cravings, from quirky desires to total taboos. Pop-up beer garden featuring Alamanac, Anchor, Calicraft Brewing, Drakes, Lagunitas, Pacific Brewing Labs, Social Kitchen & Brewery, Speakeasy and more. “Build a Vibe” vibrator workshop hosted by CRAVE SF. Beer, sex and chocolate.
When: 6-10 p.m.
Where: California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, SF
How much: $12
Best way to get there: MUNI

Imperial Night Featuring FiftyFifty Eclipse
Imperials of all types—stouts, IPAs, wheat, and even pilsners—and featuring the FiftyFifty Imperial Stout series, brewed just once a year in small batches in different barrels. Also: Bruery Humulus Imperial Pilsner, Brash Brewing Item Nine Imperial Wheat, Peak Weiss, Principal Imperial Wheat, Speakeasy Blind Tiger Imperial IPA, Drake's Jolly Rodger 2013 Imperial American Black Ale, Berryessa Winters Imperial Pale, Stone Matt's Burning Rosids Imperial Saison, Boston Brewing Imperial White , Dogfish Head Hellhound On My Ale Imperial IPA.
When: 5 p.m.-midnight
Where: The Sycamore, SF
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: MUNI or BART

Bear + Beer Dinner
Almanac is teaming up with Lazy Bear for an underground beer dinner featuring new and vintage Almanac releases (focus on barrel-aged) paired with 16 (sixteen) courses of Lazy Bear’s underground fine dining cuisine. Chefs and brewers will be on hand. Location will be e-mailed to confirmed ticket buyers shortly before the event. Proceeds go to support the work of The Food Pantry to increase access to food for hungry people. Tickets available through eventbrite (http://www.eventbrite.com/e/bear-beer-dinner-tickets-9678900853)
When: 7:30-11 p.m.
Where: ?
How much: $120, plus $7.59 fee
Best way to get there: not yet determined

2 Hop Collab Project
Ten brewers, single malt, two hops. One keg of each on tap. Pints and 1/2 pints available.
Breweries and beers:
Stone - Calypso/El Dorado
Beachwood - Citra/Amarillo
Alpine - Cascade/Centennial
Kern River - Azacca/Mosaic
Ballast Point - Working on getting it brewed
Berryessa - Warrior/Ahtanum
Marin - Azacca/Chinook
3 Rock - Green Bullet/Nelson
Drakes - Exp #?/?
Faction - Galaxy/Nelson
When: 6-9 p.m.
Where: Mikkeller Bar SF
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: MUNI or BART

Wood Is Good
Lauren Salazar from New Belgium and the crew from Rare Barrel will be on hand for a fun-filled, educational evening about barrel aging beer. New Belgium will bring Clutch sour stout, Le Terroir dry-hopped sour ale and NBB Loves Leopold blackberry whiskey aged sour brown ale. Rare Barrel will bring its Shadows of Their Eyes dark sour ale, Egregious dry hopped sour ale and Wise Guise raspberry sour ale.
6 p.m. - Tastings of Shadows and Clutch
Small bites with discussion with the brewers
7 p.m. - Tastings of Terroir and Egregious
Small Bites with discussion with the brewers
8 p.m. - Tastings of Wise Guise and NBB Leopold
Small Bites with discussion with the brewers
9 p.m. - 10pm We are all having a good ‘ol time!!
Open bar, small bites and informal discussion with the brewers and owners.
When: 6-10 p.m.
Where: La Trappe Café
How much: $25, all inclusive; tickets available at La Trappe an hour before the event
Best way to get there: MUNI

Brett Wines vs. Brett Beers
Experience wines that embrace wild yeast alongside some exemplary brett-laden beers.
When: 6-10 p.m.
Where: WOODS Polk
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: MUNI

Peninsula/South Bay

Sierra Nevada Vintage Beer Night
Grape and Grain in San Mateo will dig into its cellar for some vintage Sierra Nevada beers, including 2012 Barrel Aged Bigfoot, 2012 Barrel Aged Ovila Dubbel, 2012 and 2013 Narhwal, 2013 and 2014 Bigfoot, Double-Headed Ruthless and, of course, Pale Ale.
When: 5 p.m.-midnight
Where: Grape & Grain, San Mateo
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: Caltrain

Midnight Sun Tap Takeover
Ale Arsenal welcomes Alaska brewery Midnight Sun and will be pouring Brewtality, Moscow, TREAT, Barrel Aged Nitro TREAT, Monk’s Mistress, XXX Imperial Black IPA, Ried After Three, Pleasure Town and Barn Burner. Bottles of the new Arctic Devil will be available to drink on site or to take home.
When: 3 p.m.-midnight
Where: Ale Arsenal, San Carlos
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: Caltrain

Roots of XVII Anniversary with Matt Brynildson
Firestone Walker returns to Harry’s Hofbrau with the roots of its annual anniversary beer. All of the components of Anniversary XVII will be available on draft: Stickee Monkey, Parabola, Helldorado, and several other rare beers. As part of the event, Head Brewer Matt Brynildson will hold a seminar covering F/W’s barrel aging program and the blending of XVII, followed by Q&A. Seminar limited to the first 150 people. Live music, information and fun. Beers go on at 6 p.m. and the seminar starts at 7 p.m.
When: 6 p.m.
Where: Harry’s Hoffbrau, San Jose
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: Caltrain/bus, designated driver

Local Food & Firkins
A unique pairing of Freewheel cask ales and small plates from Chef Nick Rappoport of Luke's Local. Chef Nick, Freewheel's Certified Cicerone Caitlyn Greffly, and Brewer Malcolm McGinnis will be in-house to speak about the pairings. Pairings can be purchased individually or as a set:
Cured McFarland Springs Trout, Creme Fraiche, Johnny Cakes, Cress. Paired with Freewheel Pale Ale.

Young Carrots Cooked in Cascade Hops, Malt Syrup, Goat Curd, Fennel, Crispy Quinoa. Paired with Freewheel Hybrid IPA.

Duck Leg and Naan, Curried Squash, Citrus Marmalade. Paired with Freewheel Special Bitter.

Yeast Battered Rock Cod, Potatoes, Kimchee, Sesame, Tartar Sauce. Paired with Freewheel's London Calling.

Pork Tenderloin, Lentils, Smoked Dates, Pickled Romanesco, Chicory, Cocoa Nibs. Paired with Freewheel's Ironbridge Wenlock Stout.

Toasted Barley Porridge, Pear, Vanilla, Brown Butter and Sugar, Candied Hazelnuts. Paired with Headlands & Freewheel Collaboration Barley Wine.

Linden Street Brewery 3 Course Tasting Menu
Chef John Burke and Beer Manager Larry Hoang team up with Linden Street Brewery for a 3-course pairing menu.
When: 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: Liquid Bread Gastropub, Campbell
How much: $55 pairing menu with beer, $35 without beer
Best way to get there: Caltrain/bus, designated driver

East Bay

Tasting in the Dark
Craft beer peek-a-boo. A blindfolded sensory experience that challenges perceptions of various beers styles and yields a more discerning palate.
When: 6-8 p.m.
Where: Torpedo Room
How much: $20
Best way to get there: BART

‘Fruity Rebels’ Collab Brew Celebration with Cellarmaker and Berryessa
Hog’s Apothecary hosts the release party for the SFBW collaboration beer from Cellarmaker and Berryessa Brewing. Both brewers will be on hand, as well as DJ Cactus Pete, who will provide the soundtrack.
When: 5 p.m.-midnight
Where: The Hog’s Apothecary, Oakland
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: BART

North Bay

F.U.N. with Lagunitas Brewing
Northbay Release of SF Fusion, paired with small plate specials, with the cast and crew from Lagunitas on hand.
When: 6-11 p.m.
Where: Taps, Petaluma
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: designated driver

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