The Allthingsbeer510 Guide To SF Beer Week & Beyond

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Craft beer is strong throughout the Bay Area.

Growing up in California, I only knew the geography of the New York City boroughs because of what I learned from Hip-Hop music. I knew about Queens because of Nas, Brooklyn because of Jay-Z, the Bronx because of Big Pun, Staten Island because of Wu-Tang and Manhattan/Harlem because of Camron and Mase.

What folks may not know about where I’m from is that it’s akin to a place like NYC — the Bay Area doesn’t just consist of San Francisco and Oakland, and being that so much attention is on the area this week becasue of SF Beer Week, confusion is likely to abound. However, if you think about craft beer geography in the kind of way I thought about 90s East Coast Hip-Hop, then you might be able to visualize what beer lovers are about to embark on for the next week in Northern Cali.

Let me break it down.

San Francisco

The most recognized city in the Bay Area and home to world renown breweries like Cellarmaker, Anchor, 21st Amendment and Barebottle, San Francisco without a doubt is the reason why SF Beer Week is even a thing. 

East Bay

Oakland, Berkeley and Richmond arc together to create one hell of a thriving beer scene with the likes of Fieldwork, Rare Barrel, Temescal and Drakes. This part of the Bay Area deserves acolades all on its own, which is one of the reasons I’m so proud to call it my home.

North Bay

Petaluma and Santa Rosa in the North Bay are home to several foundational layers of the California and American craft beer revolutions, being the birthplace of both Russian River and Lagunitas.

South Bay

Being the station of San Jose and Palo Alto, this tech booming area lacks the brewery name recognition compared to other cities in the Bay Area, but similar to how New York adopted Long Island and Yonkers rappers Rakim and Dmx, the South Bay has added to our craft beer family with Central Coast breweries like Sante Adarius and Alvarado Street.

Being that I just laid it out for you the way I did, we’re going to move forward with calling SF Beer Week “Bay Area Beer Week.” If you feel at any point that you shouldn’t concede, I’ll just ask you to remember that there are around 800 craft beer events happening throughout the Bay Area during this glorious time.

Bay Area Beer Week Runs February  9th – 18th

There are so many events, bottle and can releases happening that it will be hard to keep up. If you’re like me, you will have to decide between them, as sad as that may be. Bay Area Beer Week events are happening everywhere from San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose to smaller cities with equally amazing plans, such as Alameda, Berkeley and Santa Rosa.

This is your official Allthingsbeer510 guide to an extremely dope week for lovers of all things beer. Enjoy the dankness and drink plenty of water.

  • Festivities kicked off Feb. 9 with the Beer Week Opening Gala — Located at San Francisco’s Pier 35, The Gala is the grand opening and a star studded event that kicks off the week. 120 breweries, From Cellarmaker to Russian River, from barrel aged stouts to triple IPA’s, every style is covered. This is a paid event, starting at $80 from 6 p.m. to 10:30 pm.

 

  • February 10th – 18th Annual Double IPA Festival — Located In Hayward, this double and triple IPA fest is epic and a must go. Russian River’s Pliny the Younger, Moonraker’s Extremist, and Boneyard’s Notorious are just a few of the beers that will be brought to this festival. Tickets sold at door for $55

 

  • February 10th – Brewers on the Hot Seat at Hogs Apothecary Oakland — Tune into the show Hot Ones on Youtube. This will be an event hosted by myself and Sayre Piotrkowski. We’re going to do five rounds of hot wing tastings with brewers from,Eagle Rock, Henhouse, Drakes, and Ol’Republic. Each round we’ll ask the brewers questions while eating extreme wings — hopefully, the beers each brewer brings mellows out the temperature. The event runs from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

 

  • February 10th – Norcal vs Socal at Rare Barrel — Some of the best breweries from California will be at this event. Sante Adarius, Cellarmaker, Alvarado Street are some of the Norcal Breweries representing vs Noble Ale Works, The Bruery, and Societe along with other Socal favorites. Event runs from 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.

 

  • February 11th – Sour Sunday at Jupiter and Triple Rock in Berkeley — Lost Abbey, Cantillon, and Jester King are just a few of the huge names that will be at this festival. If you are a sour/wild ale fan, then this is for you.  Starting time 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Tickets range from $40-$100.

 

  • February 16th – Sacramento Night at San Leandro’s Harry’s Hofbrau — Moksa Brewing, Track 7, Moonraker, and New Glory will be reppin’ the 916 in the bay for this crazy tap takeover event.

 

  • February 17th – Celebrating Women in Craft Beer at Rare Barrel — On the last weekend of Beer Week, this is a great event for a great cause. When I spoke about diversity in craft beer, it was not just about race but also gender. There are some great women brewers in the industry, and the spotlight will be on their contributions. Jester King, New Belgium, Maui Brewing and Sante Adarius will be pouring at this event, which runs from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Furthermore, here’s my YouTube video on the topic where you can meet my beautiful daughter Giuliana.

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I'm a craft beer nerd who lives in Oakland, California. My YouTube channel, All Things Beer 510, is growing fast, bringing a different look and flavor to craft beer reviews. You should follow along, because no style is untouched, and I hold nothing back. Cheers!

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