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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)

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

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

Fresh Hop Festival 2014

Every September hundreds of breweries make the long trek to the Yakima Valley in Washington State for the highly sought-after fresh hop. The intense floral, resin, and grassy elements you get from a beer brewed with fresh hops is not something you normally get from an IPA available year-round, which is made from dried hops. The Fresh Hop Festival celebrates the annual picking (and brewing) of hops with this beer festival set in Downtown Yakima.  Continue reading Fresh Hop Festival 2014

San Francisco Craft Beer Festival: From Behind the Concierge’s Table

With beer festivals popping up everywhere, it’s becoming difficult to determine which are worth the ticket price. Festivals are looking for different ways to attract guests. There are themed festivals, festivals who aim to feature the most beers, others who feature a carefully curated list, and others who simply throw them by the seat of their pants. This weekend, Mad Dog Presents made their first foray into the Bay Area festival scene and invited yours truly to work the concierge table. Here’s a look at the first San Francisco Craft Beer Festival as experienced by someone on the other side of the table.  Continue reading San Francisco Craft Beer Festival: From Behind the Concierge’s Table

Brews on the Bay 2014

Once again the San Francisco Brewers Guild have outdone themselves with their annual Brews on the Bay event held on the World Ware II ship, the S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien. This year marked the 11th anniversary of the event and has risen as one of the top go to beer festivals in the Bay Area.  Continue reading Brews on the Bay 2014

Bear Republic Brewing Company 6th Annual GABF Cellar Party

Every fall, shortly before the annual Great American Beer Festival, Bear Republic welcomes guests to the courtyard behind their Healdsburg brewpub and showcases the brewing of the last 12 months. This is a chance for fans of the brewery to meet the staff and taste the beers the brewery will be submitting for the GABF as well as a selection of other brewery favorites. This year, the 6th time Bear Republic has held this party, the brewery rolled out 20 beers and, as always, asked guests to pick their favorite.  Continue reading Bear Republic Brewing Company 6th Annual GABF Cellar Party

The Bistro Celebrates 20 Years of Craft Beer in Hayward

In 1994, the craft beer industry was very different than the scene we know today. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale was still considered to be a fairly intense beer and the concept of a craft beer bar, while not unheard of, was definitely not common. Still, that was the decision made by Vic and Cynthia Kralj and the Bay Area was rewarded with a bar that has helped shape the craft beer scene for 20 years.  Continue reading The Bistro Celebrates 20 Years of Craft Beer in Hayward

Generation Alive Brings Ballplayers to the 21st Amendment Brewery For Charity

The 21st Amendment brewpub is a popular spot for baseball fans before and after San Francisco Giants games, but last Thursday, baseball fans had another reason to visit. After a big victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Jeremy Affeldt and a collection of teammates headed to the South of Market pub and took turns as guest bartenders. Why would baseball players tend bar? It was all part of a charity event benefiting Generation Alive.  Continue reading Generation Alive Brings Ballplayers to the 21st Amendment Brewery For Charity