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SF Beer Week suggestions for Monday and Tuesday

Mark your calendar for some can't miss events on Monday and Tuesday.
Mark your calendar for some can't miss events on Monday and Tuesday.
SF Brewers Guild

With more than 500 events on tap, you can't plan your Beer Week too early. Highlights for Monday and Tuesday include cask ales at Social Kitchen, Colorado beers at The Willows, Port and Lost Abbey at Original Gravity, sours at The Sycamore and Toronado, and several delicious dinners. Dig in.

Monday, Feb. 10

San Francisco

Pin Fest! An Evening of Gravity Dispensed Cask Ales
Gravity dispensed cask ales from Social Kitchen, as well as several guests, will be featured on the mezzanine at Social Kitchen. The cask ales will be served nice and cool, in true English fashion.
When: 4 p.m.-12 a.m.
Where: Social Kitchen, SF
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: MUNI

Colorado Night at The Willows
Featured on draft will be Oskar Blues Peach St. Whiskey Barrel-Aged Old Chub and Appleton Estate Rum Barrel-Aged Ten Fidy; Avery Boulder Weisse; and New Belgium La Folie and Dieu du Ciel Heavenly Feijoa Tripel. Crooked Stave Vielle and Surette Saison/Farmhouse will be poured from bottles. You can also pair Breckenridge barrel-aged Oskar Blues with a shot of Breckenridge whiskey. (Like its sister pub The Sycamore, draft beers from the previous night will be half off while supplies last.)
When: 5 p.m.-midnight
Where: The Willows, SF
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: MUNI

Flight Fight
Firestone Walker, Hangar 24 and Speakeasy will battle it out in five beer categories: session, specialty IPA, imperial stout, barleywine/strong ale, and brewer’s choice. Blind taste each beer and vote on the winner.
When: 5-9 p.m.
Where: The Beer Hall, SF
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: MUNI

A Community Built Around Beer
City Beer Store will host San Diego’s Societe Brewing cofounders Travis Smith and Doug Constantiner and will pour The Widow Belgian style dark strong, The Butcher imperial stout, The Madame Belgian-style golden ale, The Apprentice American IPA, The Harlot Belgian extra style ale, The Pugilist dry stout and The Debutante Belgian style amber.
When: 6-10 p.m.
Where: City Beer, SF
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: MUNI

East Bay

The So-Cal You Should Know
Hog’s Apothecary takes advantage of the magnetic power of SFBW to showcase some of its favorite So-Cal breweries, including Craftsman, Eagle Rock, Alpine, Societe and more.
When: 5 p.m.-midnight
Where: Hog’s Apothecary, Oakland
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: BART

Peninsula/South Bay

Brothers and Barrels, Rare Beers from Widmer Brothers
Harry’s Hofbrau promises a massive list of barrel-aged beers from Portland’s Widmer Brewing, including the Cigar City collaboration Gentleman’s club brews, BA Old Embalmer vertical, variants of Brrrrbon, sours and some one-offs. Tasting flights available.
When: 5-11 p.m.
Where: Harry’s Hofbrau, Redwood City
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: Caltrain/bus

Port/The Lost Abbey Night
Meet legendary brewer Tomme Arthur, the award winning co-founder and director of brewery operations, and David Johnson, director of Distribution for The Lost Abbey. Original Gravity will pour Deliverance, Cuvee de Tomme, Red Barn, Devotion, Judgment Day and Serpents Stout from Lost Abbey and Mongo, Wipe Out, Board Meeting and Midnight Expression from Port Brewing.
When: 6-10 p.m.
Where: Original Gravity, San Jose
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: Caltrain/bus

Tuesday, Feb. 11

San Francisco

Sour Night at The Sycamore
The Sycamore will feature an array of sours, including Rodenbach Grand Cru, Silly Sour, Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge, Petrus Oud Bruin, Bruery Reuze, New Belgium La Folie, Grand Teton Oud Bruin, Schmaltz Funky Jubilation, Monk’s Café, and Almanac Bourbon Sour Porter, Sourdough Wild Ale, Valley of the Heart’s Delight and Brandy Barrel Peche.
When: 5 p.m.-11 a.m.
Where: The Sycamore, SF
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: MUNI, BART

Russian River ‘tion’ Night
Toronado’s annual event features a large selection of Russian River’s ‘tion series of beers (think Beatification, Supplication, Temptation, etc., though the exact lineup is still being worked out). Lots of delicious sour beers, but also a whole lot of people, so get there early.
When: 6 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: Toronado, SF
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: MUNI, BART

Paella Fest
Unlimited paella Valenciana and a seasonal vegetarian paella, paired with beer (including the SF Brewers Guild collaboration, Grizz’s Lawnmower Beer and Thirsty Bear’s Wild Stave barrel-aged sour), accompanied by live flamenco with guitarist Carl Nagin.
When: 6-9 p.m.
Where: Thirsty Bear, SF
How much: $35 in advance, $40 at the door
Best way to get there: MUNI, BART

Dogfish Head Tap Takeover
Dogfish Head takes over the taps at Amsterdam café with 75 Minute, World Wide Stout, Hellshoung, Rhizing Bines, Etrusca, AM Beauty Piercing, Palo Santo, Burton Baton and more.
When: 6 p.m.-midnight
Where: Amsterdam Café, SF
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: MUNI

Prairie Ales Meet the Brewer and Tap Takeover
Meet Prairie Ales brewer Chase Healey and sample some of the Oklahoma brewery’s outstanding beers, including (subject to change) Bira, Prairie Ale, Spectrum, Gold and Bomb.
When: 6-9 p.m.
Where: Mikkeller, SF
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: MUNI or BART

Nombe Beer Dinner
Nombe pairs some of its favorite dishes, as well as a few new ones, with Magnolia’s signature beers, including Dave’s Saison de Lily, Magnolia Pub’s Oysterhead stout, a bitter and a rauch beer brewed for Strong Beer Month.
When: 7-10 p.m.
Where: Nombe, SF
How much: $60 for four beers with paired dishes and beer ice cream.
Best way to get there: MUNI, BART

Beer Dinner with Societe
A five-course dinner with the brewers from Societe Brewing in San Diego.
When: 6 p.m.-midnight
Where: The Monk’s Kettle
How much: $125, plus tax and gratuity (reservations only)
Best way to get there: MUNI, BART

Reserve Series Dinner with Firestone Walker and Bruce Paton

Beer chef Bruce Paton matches a four-course dinner with Firestone Walker’s Velvet Merkin Bourbon Barrel-aged Oatmeal Stout, Wookey Jack, Anniversary XVII and Sucaba barleywine.

When: 6-10 p.m.
Where: Hopwater Distribution, SF
How much: $85
Best way to get there: MUNI, BART

Craftsman and Wolves and Almanac Beer
Sour, smoky and sweet flavors mingle as Craftsman and Wolves pairs its signature dishes with Almanac Beer, including the just-launched Sourdough Wild Ale.
Menu:
buffalo wing madeleines with smoked blue cheese & celery $5
pairing: almanac sourdough wild ale $11

dark side rebellion: beer-braised ox tail, black trumpets, malt savory cake $13
pairing: almanac beire de chocolat $5

the devil inside (2012 edition) $10
pairing: almanac brandy barrel peche $11
When: 4-9 p.m.
Where: Craftsman and Wolves, SF
How much: all dishes and beers are priced a la carte
Best way to get there: MUNI or BART

SF vs. LA Tap Takeover
SF breweries 21A, Almanac, Beach Chalet, Ft. Point, Headlands, Magnoliz, SF Brewing Co. and more go head to glass with 15 breweries from LA, including Angel City, Beachwood BBQ, Eagle Rock, Golden Road and Smog City.
When: 5-10 p.m.
Where: Taps Social House and Kitchen, SF
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: MUNI

Peninsula/South Bay

Hangar 24 Barrel Roll
Hangar 24 takes over the taps at Ale Arsenal with four kegs from its Barrel Roll series—Pugachev’s Cobra bourbon barrel aged imperial stout, Hammerhead bourbon barrel aged barleywine, Slow Roll strong Belgian pale ale aged in bourbon barrels and Tailslide blend of bourbon barrel aged double altbier and bourbon barrel aged imperisl stout—along with eight flagship and seasonal beers.
When: 4:30 p.m.-midnight
Where: Ale Arsenal, San Carlos
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: Caltrain