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SF Beer Week suggestions for Wednesday

Wednesday is hump day for SF Beer Week
Wednesday is hump day for SF Beer Week
SF Brewers Guild

Beer Week hump day will be awash in beer and beer-related events, including a charity event for the seasonal Pliny the Younger at Monk’s Kettle and Pliny the Younger and IPA day at Rose and Crown in Palo Alto.

Other excellent events include:

Oyster & Beer Extravaganza
For the fifth year, Magnolia is celebrating one of nature’s most perfect combinations: oysters and beer. The brewpub will release the latest batch of its legendary Oyster Stout, brewed with whole Hog Island oysters, as well as pour a curated selection of other oyster stouts. The special menu will include a variety of raw and cooked oysters from all over.
When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Magnolia, SF
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: MUNI

Anchor and Hope Annual Shrimp Boil
If you don’t get your fill of seafood at Magnolia, head over to Anchor and Hope for all the shrimp you can eat. Local beer from Headlands Brewing, Calicraft, Thirsty Bear and Anchor Brewing. Two seatings, one at 5 p.m. and the second at 7 p.m.
When: 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Where: Anchor and Hope, SF
How much: $40 per person
Best way to get there: MUNI or BART

Maine Night with Authentic Lobster Rolls
If lobster rolls are more your speed, head over to The Willows, which will overnight lobsters from Maine so you can be assured of their freshness. What better to pair with Maine lobster rolls than beer from Maine’s preeminent brewery, Allagash, including Midnight Brett, Grand Cru 2013, James Bean, Fluxus, Tripel, Confluence, Yakuza, Black, Curieux, Saison and White. Also on hand will be Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Double ESB and Peak Organic. (Anything left over will be tapped the following day for half price.)
When: 5 p.m.-midnight
Where: The Willows, SF
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: MUNI, BART

Massachusetts Night @ The Sycamore
Arrive early for this one. The Sycamore is wicked psyched to bring some rare brews from East Coast Massholes paired with New England chowdah. Also try out some Dunkin Donunts beer-tails. (Any beers left over will be tapped the following day for half price.)
On draft:
Pretty Things Jack D'Or
Pretty Things Meadowlark
Pretty Things Baby Tree
Clown Shoes Galactica IPA
Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet Black IPA
Clown Shoes Muffin Top
Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero Mexican Stout

Bottles:
Cambridge Brewing Audacity of Hops
Mystic Brewry Renaud
Pretty Things St Botolph's Rustic Brown
Pretty Things Jack D'Or
When: 5 p.m.-midnight
Where: The Sycamore, SF
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: MUNI, BART

21A Library Stash Tasting
21st Amendment will break out cellared beers from its sizeable stash, as well as brews from other breweries. Taste vintage delectables, including multiple years of Lower De Boom Barley Wine, Red Giant, Monk’s Blood and Ripple, and more.
When: 7-10 p.m.
Where: 21st Amendment, SF
How much: TBD
Best way to get there: MUNI

SoCal Beer Invasion
The Dark Horse Inn on Geneva will replace its NorCal taps with beer from Los Angeles area breweries like Smog City, Ohana, Eagle Rock, Ladyface, Golden Road, El Segundo, Hangar 24 and Monkish Brewing. Families welcome and full menu available.
When: 4-9:30 p.m.
Where: The Dark Horse Inn, SF
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: MUNI, BART

Southern Exposure
Public House at AT&T Park will host beers from south of the ballpark, ranging from Speakeasy Massacre, all the way down to Golden Road Berliner Weisse, El Segundo Hyperion Stout, Craftsman Stone Fruit Sour, Monkey Paw Low and Slow Rauchbier, SCVB Almaden Red & Electric IPA, Lost Abbey Framboise, Monkish Anomaly and Firestone Walker XIV. Tours of AT&T Park for the first 60 guests.
When: 4-10 p.m.
Where: Public House at AT&T Park, SF
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: MUNI

Barrel Roll: Sipping Session with Firestone Walker
Delve into the world of barrel aging with Firestone Walker BarrelWorks Program Director Jeffers Richardson. Sour wild offering Argestic will be poured alongside Anniversary Ale XVII and Velvet Merkin. Bring your burning questions about barrel-aging, selecting and storing these decadent ales.
When: 3-6 p.m.
Where: City Beer, SF
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: MUNI or BART

It’s Vintage Baby: Sipping Session with Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
City Beer has stockpiled a vintage collection of beers from the iconic brewery, including 2011 Bitches Brew, 120-Minute IPA, Theobroma and Burton Baton; 2010 Theobrama and more. Spoonful of Sugar will pop up with her tasty donuts.
When: 7-10 p.m.
Where: City Beer, SF
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: MUNI or BART

Aquarium of the Bay + Pac Brew Lab = Octopalooza
Pacific Brewing Laboratory teams up with Aquarium of the Bay for Octopalooza. Sip on Pac Brew beers like Squid Ink, Nautilus, bourbon barrel aged Squid Ink, Belgian Pear and Super Tramp while watching squid dissections, octopus enrichment and squid block printing in the aquarium’s Bay Lab.
When: 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: Aquarium of the Bay, SF
How much: $35 admission and 4 drink tickets good for one draft beer each. Sustainable food snacks and complementary reusable steel cups for the first 75 people.
Best way to get there: MUNI

Evening with Russian River Brewery
Pi Bar in the Mission will feature rare and limited releases from Russian River Brewing.
When: 3 p.m.-midnight
Where: Pi Bar, SF
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: MUNI

Mikkeller Night
Amsterdam Café hosts the gypsy brewer’s new “It’s Alive” series with mango and white wine. Also Spontanroseship, Spontongoosebery, Spontancassis, and many more.
When: 6 p.m.-midnight
Where: Amsterdam Café, SF
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: MUNI

Rip Current Brewing Special Guest Taps
Social Kitchen will host Rip Current Brewing of San Diego with six delicious beers on draft.
When: 4 p.m.-midnight
Where: Social Kitchen, SF
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: MUNI

Midnight Sun Tap Takeover
Back by popular demand, Fat Angel is hosting the crew from Midnight Sun once again. This year’s lineup is a stellar selection of beers from this amazing brewery. On tap will be XXX, Berserker, Sex Machine, Pleasure Town, and a surprise beer TBD. We will be doing flights of all five beers so just swing on by, meet the crew, taste some beer, and marvel at the fact that these beers were brewed 3,500 miles to the North.
When: 5 p.m.-midnight
Where: Fat Angel, SF
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: MUNI

Peninsula/South Bay

Serpents & Stouts
For the second year in a row, Ale Arsenal will mingle live snakes with dark beers from its archives. Expect six to eight Burmese and reticulated pythons and stouts from Goose Island (Bourbon County goes on at 8), Hangar 24, Lost Abbey, Cellarmaker, Dogfish Head, Mikkeller, Drakes, Evil Twin, Stone, Allagash, Alesmith, Midnight Sun, Almanac and Highwater.
When: 4:30 p.m.-midnight
Where: Ale Arsenal, San Carlos
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: Caltrain

Beer Ice Cream
Smitten Ice Cream teams with local breweries Gordon Biersch, Strike Brewing, Knee Deep Brewing, Palo Alto Brewing and Almanac Brewing for beer-infused ice cream using flavors like Meyer Lemon, Gingersnap, Salted Caramel and Malted Vanilla. The ice cream will be made to order with liquid nitrogen with Smitten’s patented ice cream churner, Brrr. Only a small number of tickets will be available. Brewers and Smitten Founder Robyn Sue Fisher will be on hand.
When: 5-8 p.m.
Where: Smitten Ice Cream, Los Altos
How much: $15, plus $1.82 fee
Best way to get there: Caltrain and bus, or drive

Eclipse Night with FiftyFifty
FiftyFifty is back in the Haus with all Eclipse variations. Also, flights of Java, Vanilla and the GHS blend from last year.
When: 6-10 p.m.
Where: Gourmet Haus Staudt, Redwood City
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: Caltrain

Crux Fermentation Brewery Debut
The Crux Fermentation project was built by a community of beer lovers. Larry Sidor (formerly of Deschutes and responsible for Red Chair, Abyss, Dissident etc) is always in pursuit of the next great beer. This truly shows in the lineup of great brews this new brewery to the north is making. For the first time in the Bay Area we are happy to present a Crux fermentation debut event that will feature IPAs, DIPAs, Belgian styles, barrel-aged, and everything in between.
When: 5-11 p.m.
Where: Harry’s Hofbrau, Redwood City
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: Caltrain/bus

Belgian vs. American Farmhouse Ales
Saisons/Farmhouse Ales from Wallonia were something of an endangered species until American craft brewers re-discovered the crisp, hoppy rustic style. The Refuge will compare select classic Belgian saisons with a handful of saisons from American craft brewers. It’s a good opportunity to explore this increasingly popular, food-friendly style.
When: Noon-9:30 p.m.
Where: The Refuge, San Carlos
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: Caltrain

East Bay

Cantillon Flight and Bottle Sale
Trappist Provisions will pour a flight of three beers from legendary Belgian lambic producer Cantillon, along with bottle sales. Expect these to go fast.
When: 6-10 p.m.
Where: Trappist Provisions, Oakland
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: BART

Prairie: Meet the Brewer
Meet the brewers and enjoy beer from Tulsa’s up-and-coming Prairie Artisan Ales. If you don’t think Oklahoma can make good beer, prepare to be amazed.
When: 6 p.m.-midnight
Where: OL Beercafe & Bottle Shop
How much: pay as you go
Best way to get there: BART