What breweries would you like to see at Extreme Beer Fest: Bay Area (2022)?

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  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,632) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    As you may have heard on the recent hangout I did with Sam Calagione, Extreme Beer Fest is back (in-person) and headed to the San Francisco Bay Area on August 26 & 27! :heart_eyes:

    This will be the 20th version of Extreme Beer Fest, 19th annual, and once again sponsored by our friends at Dogfish Head for the 15th time! We've hosted 17 in Boston, one in Los Angeles, and one in Cyberspace. Stoked to be taking #20 to the Bay Area!


    Much more to follow.

    In the meantime, I've already got a solid list of brewers ready to invite, but I'm always looking for new blood. So, what breweries (that push the boundaries of brewing through creativity, fun, and innovation) should we invite? :thinking_face: Note: They don't need to be from the San Francisco Bay Area, but I do plan on inviting some extreme beer brewers from NorCal.

    Looking forward to seeing thousands of you in the Bay Area, and thanks in advance for your suggestions.

    Cheers! :fire::beers::heavymetal:
  2. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (6,063) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Pravda Beer Theatre from Ukraine!
  3. el_bobbo

    el_bobbo Disciple (383) Dec 22, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Widowmaker from Braintree, MA
  4. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (7,164) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Don't know and don't really care. I'm sure no matter who's there it will be outstanding, and I'll definitely be there!

    Oh OK, HOTD should definitely be there.

    Oh wait...
  5. MadMadMike

    MadMadMike Initiate (196) Dec 11, 2020 Florida
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    Epic Brewing, Salt Lake City - drag those Big Bad Baptists into the conversation!

    Avery Brewing deserves a spot too!

    Different: Burns Family Artisan Ales (look it up.,.)
  6. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,037) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Humboldt Regeneration. Jacob has brewed several beers that were composed of ingredients sourced entirely from one county. Pretty extreme!
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  7. bret27

    bret27 Poo-Bah (1,970) Mar 10, 2009 California
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    If it’s in the Bay Area would be interested in attending.
    Wondrous, SARA, Cellarmaker, RR, Urban Roots, moksa, Slice, and TDNE would be the obvious choices.
  8. KevSal

    KevSal Meyvn (1,132) Oct 17, 2010 California

    Wonderous from berkeley would be cool
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  9. snaotheus

    snaotheus Poo-Bah (5,899) Oct 6, 2008 Washington
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    Great Notion?

    Outlander is a tiny place in the Seattle area that does a lot of weird stuff. They made an unbelievable nacho beer once, they have a sauerkraut beer...
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  10. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,632) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Oh yeah, they're a given. They've attended a bunch of our in-person and Cyberspace fests.
  11. KevSal

    KevSal Meyvn (1,132) Oct 17, 2010 California

    Alvarado street has been making some killer massive stouts lately, I think they would fit the extreme part easily.
    Hopeless devotion, scrape, skokade paradise, and naturally aspirated have all been excellent!
  12. Bigklip74

    Bigklip74 Aspirant (205) Jun 17, 2014 New York

    Fiden's, their triple IPAs are some of the best I’ve had, and everything is consistent!
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  13. micada

    micada Meyvn (1,250) Jul 13, 2015 New York
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    Mortalis and Thin Man.
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  14. laketang

    laketang Poo-Bah (1,512) Mar 22, 2015 Arizona

    La cumbre and modern times.
  15. JayORear

    JayORear Meyvn (1,434) Feb 22, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Alvarado, Slice, and Wondrous.
  16. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,632) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    FYI: I invited Vinnie from Russian River the other day, Daniel from Modist on the IG Live last night, and Edgar from BeerThugLife on the post-hangout Zoom hangout.
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  17. Blogjackets

    Blogjackets Meyvn (1,160) Nov 22, 2017 Ohio
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  18. Chilmer

    Chilmer Zealot (553) May 22, 2018 Iowa

    I always want to see my local places doing stuff so Adventurous Brewing
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  19. RbrtGroves

    RbrtGroves Aspirant (248) Apr 13, 2019 Idaho

    HenHouse (Petaluma, CA)
  20. LesDewitt4beer

    LesDewitt4beer Meyvn (1,118) Jan 25, 2021 Minnesota

    Hoops from Duluth, MN or perhaps Lost Cabin from South Dakota :beers::beers: Cheers!
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  21. PatKorn

    PatKorn Initiate (184) Aug 30, 2007 Oregon

    Green Flash...
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  22. heymikew

    heymikew Meyvn (1,323) Mar 18, 2011 California

    Barebottle, Ghost Town, Laughing Monk
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  23. heymikew

    heymikew Meyvn (1,323) Mar 18, 2011 California

    and Pacifica Brewery.
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  24. readyski

    readyski Zealot (587) Jun 4, 2005 California
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    Not hard to find around here, but a good sampling of Bay Area would include Fieldwork and Rare Barrel.
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  25. IrishMASMS

    IrishMASMS Aspirant (224) Oct 6, 2019 California
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    As long as Epic does not bring any of their infected beers.

    +1 on Monksa and Cellarmaker

    +1 on Modern times, if they can get their act together.

    For local breweries that have not been mentioned (but should be):
    - Laughing Monk (good Belgians & porters/stouts)
    - Speakeasy/Hunters Point Brewing (minority owned & making some good brews. Some of their barrel aged have been whales of mine)
    - Ghost Town Brewing (their Rye wine was amazeballs)
    - Alpha Acid (the Barrel Constrictor series FTW)
    - Drake's Brewing Company (Santas Brass, Drakonic, Headzo, and most of their barrel aged beers are FTW)
    - Almanac Beer Company (the sours, their barleywines, just yes)
    - Humble Sea Brewing Company (Sure they are in Santa Cruz & not “SF Bay Area” but close enough. Their adventures into other styles you do not typically see, and their execution should be a clincher to have them included)
    - Moylan's Brewery
    - Narrative Fermentations
    - Clandestine

    For other California breweries that have not been mentioned:
    - North Coast Brewing (barleywines are the hawtness, and is life)
    - Engren (that barrel aged lager - WOWZAS)
    - Tioga Sequoia

    - Eel River Brewing Company (their anniversary ales are FTW. No longer have distro to the bay area (that I can find) sadly)
    - Track 7 Brewing Company
    - Firestone Walker Brewing Company
    - Mother Earth Brewing Company (another that distro has stopped to the bay area)
    - Alvarado Street Brewery
    - New Glory Craft Brewery

    For breweries outside of The SF bay area that are doing big beers and I would LOVE to see at an event like this in the SF bay (and you typically can not get their beers locally but for Tavour):
    - Great Basin Brewing
    - Southern Tier Brewing Company
    - Southern Grist Brewing Company
    - Avery
    - Cycle Brewing Company in Florida
    - Drekker
    - Urban Artifact
    - Anchorage
    - River North
    - Fremont
    - Evil Twin
    - Against The Grain
    - 3 Floyds
    - Adroit Theory
    - Pelican Brewing
    - WeldWerks Brewing
    - Full Sail Brewing Company (made one of my top 5 rated beers ever)

    It was great to hear the conversation on the stream about having NA beers at the event. They have definitely evolved and gotten better in the last few years. In my dry January I found a couple that were up to par/snuff to any other brew out there. I myself enjoy working on that untappd badge, as well as trying out the NA selections out there.

    As a local, I would love to see bringing in some of those local breweries for the folks coming into town for the event – good exposure, and out of towners get to see/taste what we get to experience beyond Russian River & other hyped breweries. Though as a local, I hope Todd & the Extreme Beer Fest team are able to bring in some of those breweries that the SF Bay Area is normally (or not recently) been able to get locally. I am looking forward to the event, and hope we can attend (with scheduling & pandemic concerns in consideration). I hope EBF will be held outdoors at least?
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  26. LXIXME

    LXIXME Poo-Bah (4,490) Oct 3, 2007 New Mexico
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    Rowley Farmhouse Ales, Ex Novo, and Surly
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  27. bret27

    bret27 Poo-Bah (1,970) Mar 10, 2009 California
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    Another thought... our neighbors to the north.
    Nebuleus, HOTD, Ale Apothecary, de garde, Holy Mountain, Floodland & Upright.
    They all make solid beer, but more importantly all tend to experiment with ingredients and styles that might be considered “extreme.”
  28. laketang

    laketang Poo-Bah (1,512) Mar 22, 2015 Arizona

    Mother earth yes.
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  29. heymikew

    heymikew Meyvn (1,323) Mar 18, 2011 California

    Almanac, Berryessa, Original Pattern, Armistice, Sante Adarius, Faction, Fieldwork ....
    (I'm not nominating the obvious ones like Cellarmaker or RRBC [or Wondrous even, with multiple votes] , jus tryna get the best SFBA ones in)
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  30. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (3,077) Jan 31, 2005 California
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    de Garde, Faction (right across the bay), Bolero Snort, Southern Grist, Bearded Iris...I'm still thinking.
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  31. KevSal

    KevSal Meyvn (1,132) Oct 17, 2010 California

    They actually opened a second location in Pacifica, so they are now sf Bay Area lol

    sante adarius is opening a location in Oakland so they are sf Bay Area too

    Have to also mention Private Press

    Crooked Stave has had some 4-5 year long aged stouts that have been incredible, seems pretty extreme to me


    Pure Project

    Xul from Knoxville
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  32. bcm119

    bcm119 Champion (824) Feb 17, 2001 California

    As a bay area local, it would be cool to see some stuff we can't get around here. I'd love to see some big beers from the northeast, like Other Half, NEBCO, Industrial Arts, or a crazy sour from Plan Bee. As far as NorCal, don't forget the old favorites who are still independent, like Anderson Valley, North Coast, and SN.
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  33. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Poo-Bah (9,724) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    None of the chill, unhypebruh breweries from around here. Please load it up with the Murkmeisters that the cool kids lust for.

    Is Murk even XTREMEZ! anymore?
  34. Pasearelli

    Pasearelli Initiate (174) Mar 1, 2015 California

    Nothing's more Extreme than not following and making classics!!!

    Therefore Moonlight Brewing would be dope to see there!!!
  35. RyanK252

    RyanK252 Poo-Bah (4,145) May 18, 2014 California
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    Tons of great suggestions already.
    Off the top of my head: Cellarmaker, Rare Barrel, Fieldwork, Alvarado St., Humble Sea, Faction, Moonraker, HenHouse, SARA, Slice, Moksa, Drake's, MachineHead, Tioga Sequoia, June Lake, Mountain Rambler, Revision, New Glory, Firestone Walker, Sierra Nevada, Stone, The Bruery, Port/Lost Abbey, Bottle Logic, Modern Times, Pfreim, Breakside
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  36. BeerVikingSailor

    BeerVikingSailor Meyvn (1,135) Nov 19, 2009 Ohio

    Urban Artifact out of Cincy.....great sours!
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  37. meanmutt

    meanmutt Meyvn (1,082) Feb 6, 2012 Ohio

    Bhramari had some interesting beers when we were in Asheville a few years ago. They might be a good fit for EBF.

    Gotta go with Burial too.
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  38. AlexM

    AlexM Zealot (510) Jun 9, 2011 California

    Was a venue announced? Just making sure I didn’t miss any crucial details. Thanks!
  39. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,632) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Nope. No details other than the general area and dates.
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  40. spersichilli

    spersichilli Aspirant (293) Apr 26, 2018 California

    Orchestrated Minds from Fort Lauderdale has been killing it. Super small operation but starting to get a bunch of deserved recognition
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