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SF Beer Week Suggestions for Valentine’s Day

Beer Week celebrates Valentine's Day.
Beer Week celebrates Valentine's Day.
SF Brewers Guild

Valentine’s Day is always a special occasion during SF Beer Week, and the brewers and venues go out of their way to build on the theme of love, love lost, or bittersweet love.

San Francisco
Valentine’s Beer Breakfast

Start your special day the right way, by drinking beer. Social Kitchen in the Inner Sunset will offer up brunch fare, strong beers, mimosas, bloodies and Janio’s micheladas.
When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Social Kitchen, SF
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: MUNI

St. Valentine’s Day Massacre
Speakeasy Massacre Imperial Stout release and other Speakeasy beers, accompanied by Tcho chocolate. American cuisine from Voodoo Van available.
When: 6-9 p.m.
Where: Speakeasy, SF
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: MUNI

Valentine’s Day Red Dinner
Three-course prix fixe dinner paired with red beers plus romantic specials. Steak and scallop dinner with appetizer and dessert, and oyster shooters.
When: 5-10 p.m.
Where: The Dark Horse Inn, SF
How much: n/a
Best way to get there: MUNI

Beer and Sweets for Lovers
Blueprint Tap Room pairs special desserts with a craft beer that will make you swoon:
• Olive oil citrus cake, paired with Buzzerkeley Belgian Strong Pale Ale
• Chocolate budino with melted mascarpone, paired with Petrus Old Bruin Sour
• BTR Cheesecake with maple cream + walnuts, paired with Drake's 1500 Pale Ale
• Coffee and chocolate bread pudding with salted, caramel sauce, paired with Bourbon Barrel Stout
When: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Where: Blueprint Tap Room, SF
How much: $10 per pairing
Best way to get there: MUNI

A Tale of Modern Romance
City Beer will host a sipping session featuring Midnight Sun Brewing beers:
-Modern Romance-Dark Strong Chocolate Ale with spices and chilies
-Oak-aged T.R.E.A.T. on Nitro-Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter
-T.R.E.A.T. Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter
-Pleasure Town IPA
-XXX-Black Double IPA
-Reid After Three-Coconut Porter
-and more…
Modern Dwellers Chocolate Lounge—the chocolate kiss in the Modern Romance Dark Strong Ale—will be available to pair with the beer.
When: 6-10 p.m.
Where: City Beer, SF
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: MUNI, BART

Pucker Up! Valentine’s Sour Night
The Willows lines up some serious sours, including:
Rodenbach Grand Cru
Silly Sour
Alamanac Bourbon Sour Porter
Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge
Bruery Reuze
Grand Teton Oud Bruin
Almanac Sourdough Wild Ale
Almanac Valley of the Heart's Delight
Almanac Brandy Barrel Peche
Jaquie Vovine
Freigeist Beir de Vie

Bottle Pour:
Almanac Farmer's Reserve #4
Breury Aude Tart
Breury Rueuze
Duchesse De Bourgogne Flanders Red
When: 5 p.m.-midnight
Where: The Willows, SF
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: MUNI, BART

Valentine’s Day Strong Beer Ice Cream Massacre
Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous team up with Magnolia for Strong Beer Ice Cream, made with Promised Land IPA, Old Thunderpussy Barleywine and Smokestack Lightning Imperial Stout.
When: Noon-4 p.m.
Where: Magnolia, SF
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: MUNI

My Bitter Valentine
For some of us, Valentine’s Day is a celebration of sweetness. For others, not so much. Join Kennedy’s Irish Pub (and Curry House) for some bitter, palate wreaking IPAs and barleywines that will purge any cloying sweetness from your pores. $1 off selected beers.
When: Noon-4 p.m.
Where: Kennedy’s Irish Pub, SF
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: MUNI

Bitter Sour Single
Bitter and sour style beers at The Public House. Sour La Petite Daiblotin from Highwater, Bear Republic Tartare, Tartare Rouge and Cuvee de Bubba. Almanac Brandy Barrel Aged Peche, Valley of the Heart’s Delight and Sourdough Wild Ale, and Magnolia’s New Speedway and Blue Bell Bitter. The single is Black Diamond MOEsaic session IPA.
When: 4-10 p.m.
Where: Public House, SF
How much: Pay as you go
Best way to get there: MUNI

San Valentino Italian Beer Tasting
An Italian vintage beer tasting at Belgian beer bar La Trappe Café in North Beach. From 2-4 p.m. taste bottles from La Trappe’s cellar side by side with Italian specialty beers.
From the cellar:
Duchessic - Vintage 2010
L'Ultima Luna Vintage 2010
L'Equilibrista - Vintage 2009
Rex Grue - Vintage 2010
Geisha - Vintage 2010
Two side by side tastings of a 3 liter bottle and a tap offering of Alik-sir by Birrificio Baladin and 1.5 liter bottles and a tap offering of 25 dodici by Birrificio del Borgo.
On Tap:
Del Borgo - 25 dodici
Baladin - Alik-sir
Grado Plato - Chocarrubica
Birrificio Italiano - Amber Shock
Loverbeer - Madamin
Del Ducato - Verdi Stout Special Ed.
Del Ducato - Bacimi Lipsia
Piccolo Birrifico – Chiostro
When: 2 p.m.-midnight
Where: La Trappe Café, SF
How much: $30 for singles, $50 for couples
Best way to get there: MUNI

62 Sierra Nevada Tap Takeover
The craziest tap takeover in the crazy history of Zeitgeist. Sierra Nevada beers will start flowing at 9 a.m., with limited release and special beers at 6 p.m. Sixty-two taps total.
When: 9 a.m.-2 a.m.
Where: Zeitgeist, SF
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: MUNI or BART

South Bay/Peninsula
Beer vs Wine

Firestone Walker and Field Recordings face off at Grape & Grain with three beers from F/W (probably 2013 Velvet Merkin and Parabola and 2014 Sucaba) vs three wines from Field Recordings. Corresponding food pairings. Diners pick the winners. Also bottle pours of Firestone Walker beers from Grape & Grain’s cellar.
When: 5 p.m.-1 a.m.
Where: Grape & Grain, San Mateo
How much: n/a
Best way to get there: Caltrain

Pucker Up! Valentine’s Day Sour Fest
Original Gravity will pour 15 diverse and rare offerings from around the world:
Allagash - Midnight Brett
Anderson Valley - Featherleggy Bulrusher
BFM - SQRT 225th Anniversary Sour Historical Saison
The Bruery - Sour in the Rye (2013)
Heretic - Miscreant
Freigeist - Rhubarb Gose
Mikkeller - SpontanSeabuckthorn
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. - St. Louis Gueze Fond Tradition
Struise - Weltfreude (2011)
Trois Dames - Oud Bruin

Specialty Timed Tappings:
Almanac - Valley of the Hearts Delight (5pm)
The Rare Barrel - Shadows of Their Eyes (5:45pm)
Specialty TBA - (6:30pm)
Russian River - Temptation (2013) (7:15pm)
Extremely Rare/Specialty TBA (8pm)
When: 4-11:30 p.m.
Where, Original Gravity, San Jose
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: Caltrain/bus or walk

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

East Bay
Lovefest with New Belgium

Beer Revolution will feature more than 20 rare beers and one-time releases from New Belgium.
When: 6 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: Beer Revolution, Oakland
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: BART

Sante Adairius Come to Provisions
Tim Clifford will bring a selection of his innovative barrel-aged sour beers to Trappist Provisions.
When: 6-10 p.m.
Where: Trappist Provisions, Oakland
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: BART

Beachwood/Drake’s Collaboration Release Party
The Trappist hosts the release of the collaboration brew between Drake’s and Beachwood Brewing. Each brewery will also bring their own beers.
When: 5-10 p.m.
Where: The Trappist, Oakland
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: BART

North Bay
3rd Annual Black and White Beer Ball

More than 25 craft breweries, two cideries, local artisan food, beer themed art, and more. Two live bands, a belly dancer, sword swallowing and dagger throwing by Molotov (no cocktails, please)!
When: 7-11 p.m.
Where: Santa Rosa Veterans Building
How much: $63.09 for VIP, $43.57 general
Best way to get there: designated driver

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