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Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest in the Bay Area

The first official Oktoberfest, held in Munich 1810, was a celebration of the royal wedding of Ludwig I of Bavaria to Therese Charlotte Luise of Saxony-Hildburghausen when citizens were invited to line the streets and drink up.

A Bucket List for San Francisco Beer Lovers

Beer lovers here have it pretty sweet. With 19 San Francisco brewers and dozens of craft beer bars in a 49-square-mile city, you’re never far from a world class beer. Those who appreciate a challenge can find it though, by seeking out special brews and events that are available in limited quantities, or at special times of year, or only if you know someone with inside information.

Everything You Need to Know About the Sour Beer Trend

I had a moment of discovery while researching the piece about sour beer that I wrote for the May issue of 7x7 that is probably worth mentioning. I was familiar with the genre before, but I quickly figured out that this wasn't the kind of trend — like rosé wine or rye whiskey -— that was likely to appeal to a wide range of drinkers.

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

Image of Noir Lounge, via Stuart Locklear.

1) Osso Steakhouse Opens in Nob Hill

Spring Brings Good Firkin Beer

firkin fest 2013

Spring in San Francisco means towering Easter Bonnets in Dolores Park, trashed Big Wheels on Potrero Hill, and the advent of the beer festival season.

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

Red Hots Burlesque

1) SF Government & Tech Networking Mixer & Free Drink

Meet SF's Most Eligible Bachelor Brewers

Nick Fisher, 25, Assistant Brewer at Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery

Looking to get lucky in love this St. Patrick’s Day? If you like beer, you might want to meet one of these eligible bachelors on the San Francisco brewing scene.

The 12 Beers of Christmas

The 12 Beers of Christmas

Although we celebrate holidays throughout the year, we reserve the term "holiday season" for that belt-busting period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day when we channel the time and energy normally given to work into the rewarding pursuits of eating and drinking with family and friends. And with Hanukkah just ending, the next milestone on this year’s calendar is Christmas Eve. For beer lovers, this is a prime opportunity to enjoy the dark and hearty ales that traditionally mark this occasion.

Online Beer Shopping for the Holidays

Amazon Beer

With the winter holidays fast approaching, it’s time to stock up on the really good stuff. Unfortunately, even though we have some well provisioned Bay Area beer retailers, some of the brews you might want to give as a gift or enjoy yourself aren’t available locally. However, there are other options.

San Francisco Brewers and Their Saison Styles

The late Michael Jackson (the Beer Hunter, not the pop music icon) once dismayed that Saison style beers were becoming scarce to the point of vanishing altogether. He would be heartened to learn that this classic beer style has not only been revived, but is thriving in ways he could hardly imagine–particularly in San Francisco.

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