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Beer of the Week: Mad River Brewing Company Kick Start Imperial Porter

February is a tough month to be a beer lover. San Francisco Beer Week, Pliny the Younger, barleywines galore, it’s a miracle we don’t wake up every morning with a pounding headache and the syrupy taste of high gravity beer and fresh hops lingering on our breath. Sometimes we just need something to get us going and keep us going. This week’s beer is exactly that. The Beer of the Week is Mad River Brewing’s Kick Start Imperial Porter. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Mad River Brewing Company Kick Start Imperial Porter

San Francisco Beer Week 2015: My Recap (Part 2)

I started my recap of Beer Week earlier this week and this is the completion of that recap. To see the first half, follow the link to San Francisco Beer Week 2015: My Recap (Part 1)Continue reading San Francisco Beer Week 2015: My Recap (Part 2)

San Francisco Beer Week 2015: My Recap (Part 1)

San Francisco Beer Week has come to an end. For everyone, with the myriad of events to attend, each Beer Week is unique. In years past I have tried to apply themes to my activities: IPAs, sours, staying local, etc. This year, the demands of life made the theme “Get it where you can.” As such my Beer Week started a bit early, missed some of the major events, but was a great time and I can’t wait for next year.  Continue reading San Francisco Beer Week 2015: My Recap (Part 1)

Beer of the Week: Abita Brewing Mardi Gras Bock

One of my favorite holidays of the year is Mardi Gras. Maybe it’s my Catholic upbringing, or maybe it’s my fascination with a city to which I’ve never been, but I love me some Fat Tuesday. As such, it only seems appropriate to crack some craft beer from the Crescent City to mark the day. The Beer of the Week is Abita Brewing’s Mardi Gras Bock.  Continue reading Beer of the Week: Abita Brewing Mardi Gras Bock

Beer of the Week: Anchor Brewing Brotherhood Steam Beer

It’s San Francisco Beer Week, so let’s keep[ it simple. I’m showcasing a San Francisco classic that’s putting a new twist on their flagship style. The Beer of the Week is Anchor Brewing’s Brotherhood Steam Beer. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Anchor Brewing Brotherhood Steam Beer

Beer of the Week: Sudwerk Brewing Company California Dry Hop Lager

With all the talk about brewing the hard way, complicated ales and fussing over beer, I wanted to pick a beer that’s about less fuss. I wanted to pick a beer that, maybe once upon a time, the big boys aimed to brew. Or maybe it’s the beer the big boys will one day aim to brew. I’m not certain, but either way, here it is. The Beer of the Week is Sudwerk’s California Dry Hop Lager. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Sudwerk Brewing Company California Dry Hop Lager

Tri-Valley Beer Trail

This past week, ahead of the Brewing Network’s Winter Brews Festival, I ventured further south down the 680 Corridor and found my way in the Dublin-Pleasanton area. It was here that I would begin a tour of one of the Bay Area’s emerging beer hot spots. The Tri-Valley Beer Trail highlights the best of the region and allows you to get some free stuff while enjoying the beer you already love.  Continue reading Tri-Valley Beer Trail

Brewing Network’s Winter Brews Festival 2015

In any industry, there will exist certain crews that exist that cross the lines of employment. The Brewing Network and their BN Army is one of those crews in the beer industry. Having started out in a home studio, the Brewing Network has grown to be an influential collection of homebrewers, brewers and industry experts promoting events, hosting events and even this last year, opening their own pub. Every January, they host the Winter Brews Festival and bring the BN Army out for an afternoon in January.  Continue reading Brewing Network’s Winter Brews Festival 2015

Beer of the Week: Gigantic Brewing Gigantic IPA

It’s been a while since I posted a Beer of the Week. With such a long layoff, I figured, go big or go home. So I’m going bigger than big. The Beer of the Week is Gigantic Brewing’s Gigantic IPA.  Continue reading Beer of the Week: Gigantic Brewing Gigantic IPA

Inaugural NorCal Beer Geeks Beer Festival

Another beer festival? It seems as if everyone is throwing a beer fest these days. Thankfully, some are taking a different stab at the beer festival and creating an experience beyond large quantities of beer and large festival spaces. The NorCal Beer Geeks are one of them and this was their first festival.  Continue reading Inaugural NorCal Beer Geeks Beer Festival