San Francisco Beer Week (2018)

Discussion in 'Pacific' started by _pat_, Jan 29, 2018.

  1. _pat_

    _pat_ Initiate (37) Apr 26, 2016 California
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    Beer Week is approaching, what events are you looking forward to? Book any tickets? Going to the gala? Chasing the Younger? Just going to sit at Toronado for the whole week?

    A few that I'm looking forward are the various tap takeovers at Crafty Fox, Maine night at The Willows, and Fall Brewing at Liquid Gold.

    https://www.beeradvocate.com/events/info/84542/
     
  2. ElijahSF

    ElijahSF Aspirant (239) Aug 30, 2013 California
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    I usually don't go to my usual spots during Beer Week because of the lines and other ridiculousness. Might go to Toronado on Oregon night or SoCal night, but that's it.
     
  3. Ma9573

    Ma9573 Initiate (155) Feb 21, 2017 California
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    Unfortunately, I'm traveling most of beer well for work and then there's Valentine's Day to mess things up too lol. Because of this I haven't really checked on the events too closely.

    I got to the Moonraker tap takeover at Crafty Fox too late last year and missed all the best ones before they kicked.

    I've never been to the Willows, but Maine night sounds intriguing, I'll have to check out the tap list and hope the date works for me.
     
  4. thuey

    thuey Aspirant (252) Nov 13, 2015 California

    As far as can releases during SFBW... these are the ones that have been announced so far. I'm expecting Cellarmaker to announce one in the next week or so.



     
  5. _pat_

    _pat_ Initiate (37) Apr 26, 2016 California
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    You're right @ElijahSF the crowds are always crazy but on the other hand, my friends that aren't into craft beer are always more willing to grab a pint with me somewhere during Beer Week.
    Oregon night sounds good, I'm always interested in trying beers outside of our usual distribution.
    And that 7S/ASB collab will be worth tracking down, I've heard some good things about 7S but haven't tried any of their offerings yet.
     
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  6. AndresR

    AndresR Aspirant (237) Jul 19, 2009 California
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    Old Devil Moon
    Cellarmaker
    City Beer
    Holy Water

    Bout 80% of my stops over beer week.

    No Younger. No gala. No BS.
     
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  7. QuakeAttack

    QuakeAttack Devotee (466) Mar 19, 2012 California

    I live in the South Bay. Usually, I plan to hit 4 or 5 events, but only make 1 or 2. My planned events for this year are:
    • Barrel Aged Sundae - SmokeEaters (Santa Clara): Dogfish Head, Founders, Oskar Blues Stouts
    • Alesmith Speedway to the 5th (Mountain View)
    • Firestone Walker Friday - Harry's Hofbrau (San Jose).
     
  8. ElijahSF

    ElijahSF Aspirant (239) Aug 30, 2013 California
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    I don't have any friends who aren't into craft beer, just hazebros.
     
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  9. IQBlue

    IQBlue Initiate (188) Oct 2, 2014 California
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    City Beer on Sante Adarius night. Always a guaranteed shitshow. Other than that it's usually no muss, no fuss.
     
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  10. vinylfiend1

    vinylfiend1 Initiate (136) Jun 8, 2013 California
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    I have a newborn this year so I'm on paternity leave all beerweek , wife said I can go to cellarmaker can release (whenever that is). I may go to one more event but i don't want take advantage while she's hard at work.
     
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  11. _pat_

    _pat_ Initiate (37) Apr 26, 2016 California
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    Make sure to bring the kid to increase your allotment!
     
  12. asong_net

    asong_net Initiate (73) Jan 26, 2016 California
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    Might be coming up the wknd of the 9th to the 11th... any events in particular to check out?
     
  13. thuey

    thuey Aspirant (252) Nov 13, 2015 California

    This is going to be your best friend - https://sfbeerweek.org/schedule/
     
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  14. crico925

    crico925 Aspirant (210) Jul 8, 2015 California
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    I'm pretty stoked for the Mikkeller Bottle Logic event. The ticket was a little pricey, but worth it try their barrel aged beers without it being a massive shit show. Plus, FO has been a personal white whale of mine for the last couple of years.
     
  15. thuey

    thuey Aspirant (252) Nov 13, 2015 California



    Looks like there's a double-can collab with ASB
     
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  16. Blackmill

    Blackmill Initiate (141) Jan 18, 2017 California
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    So Mikkeller SF will have a keg of Barrel Aged Abraxas to "kick things off" for Oregon Night (Saturday the 17th). I would go if I didn't expect a line well before they open...
     
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  17. DudeBeerYaBro

    DudeBeerYaBro Aspirant (218) Nov 3, 2014 California
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    Friday I'm heading to Toronado for far too expensive bottles of great beer, followed by accidentally getting way to smashed at the opening Gala within the first hour of being there....Bart back to Oakland to smash traded-for-whalez before passing out, only to be woken up to 90's r&b at 330am.... Coffee then off to RR for the Younger. Drink my 3, and then back to Berkley for RareBarrel's North v. South event. Bottle share in Oakland with more traded-for-whalez before heading to who knows where (probably Trappist, but maybe beer GoodHop or Hogs???) to allegedly taste more awesome beer.

    In short, I am PUMPED TO BE STOKED BEER WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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  18. Jtc2811

    Jtc2811 Aspirant (235) Dec 13, 2011 California
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    Bottle share in Oakland? I've got some stuff in the cellar if you want more people...
     
  19. Ma9573

    Ma9573 Initiate (155) Feb 21, 2017 California
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    I haven't been able to attend any SFBW events yet due to work in Monterey over the weekend. Gonna try to hit up a couple things in the City this week related to hops. The Liquid Gold event on Friday liked great but the wife had to schedule a dinner :anguished:

    What are people looking forward to in the next couple days?
     
  20. _pat_

    _pat_ Initiate (37) Apr 26, 2016 California
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    Oregon night at Toronado tonight, looking forward to having some de Garde and Great Notion again!
     
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  21. B_Horne

    B_Horne Initiate (29) Jun 12, 2014 California
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    I am looking for recommendations for either Sat the 17th or Sun the 18th. I am going to be in town for one night and I don't have much knowledge of the area. Birthday trip so my wife (who doesn't drink beer) is up for anything but I am looking for free entry events so I don't have to buy a ticket that she wouldn't use. I would love flights or to try things I can't regularly get, stouts top priority but ipas and sours as well.
     
  22. m34josh

    m34josh Initiate (76) Oct 19, 2009 California
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    Difficult to help without knowing which area you are referring to. Some of these events can be literally hours of travel time apart. I would check out the schedule (https://sfbeerweek.org/schedule/). It is sortable by day, as well as geographical area. If an event jumps out at you, click it and it should tell you whether it's ticketed or not (most are not.)
     
  23. B_Horne

    B_Horne Initiate (29) Jun 12, 2014 California
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    I will be staying across the bay near Berkeley, I need to pick up some beer at Rare Barrel while I am there. Planning on crossing to Cellarmaker and staying there and north. Maybe my best bet is just to find a quality taproom/bottleshop that isn't connected to a single brewery.
     
  24. Ma9573

    Ma9573 Initiate (155) Feb 21, 2017 California
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    I went tonight and didn't even come close to getting any Great Notion lol
     
  25. m34josh

    m34josh Initiate (76) Oct 19, 2009 California
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    City Beer Store is 300 steps from Cellarmaker, and has taps and bottles. Not sure what their Beer Week schedule of events is like this weekend, but worth the walk regardless
     
  26. ElijahSF

    ElijahSF Aspirant (239) Aug 30, 2013 California
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    Crazy crowded? What did you drink? What was on tap?
     
  27. thuey

    thuey Aspirant (252) Nov 13, 2015 California

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  28. _pat_

    _pat_ Initiate (37) Apr 26, 2016 California
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    Got there early which was a good call because it got very crowded as always.
    I was a bit disappointed that they only had one Great Notion and one de Garde but they were both new to me at least. The Papaya sour was crazy and better suited for the tiny pour size than the de Garde and Upright offerings. Love seeing Gigantic on the board though, I wish we got more of their beer in the Bay...
     
  29. ElijahSF

    ElijahSF Aspirant (239) Aug 30, 2013 California
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    Pretty disappointing to see only one beer from those two breweries. Glad I didn't end up going. Might go Friday for SoCal night.
     
  30. Ma9573

    Ma9573 Initiate (155) Feb 21, 2017 California
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    I just had New Beer Smell and then we went off to Cellarmaker. As mentioned, it was crowded and took too long to get a beer lol
     
  31. AndresR

    AndresR Aspirant (237) Jul 19, 2009 California
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    Hitting Cellarmaker in 30. Then Mikkeller. Then old devil moon.

    This is normal.
     
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  32. Ma9573

    Ma9573 Initiate (155) Feb 21, 2017 California
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    Anybody at the Hop Grenade event last night? I wasnt there but saw on Instagram that Central Coast's West coast IPA beat out Orange Julian!

    After being sick this week I'm finally hitting up my second (and last :angry: ) beer week event at liquid gold today!