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Best Local Beer Fests from Now Until Oktoberfest

We’ve assembled a list of the best beer events from now until Oktoberfest, so you can plan accordingly. You’re welcome.

Brian Stechschulte Gives the Inside Scoop on SF Beer Week

San Francisco Beer Week is one of the oldest, largest, and best attended brew celebrations in the nation. From February 6-15, the city will be awash with world class suds, beer-food pairings, tap-takeovers, and a cornucopia of innovative beer-related events.

Seasonal Recipe: Meyer Lemon Limoncello

Meyer lemons have taken over. But once you've tired of lemonade, lemon curd, and preserved lemons, set your sights on a boozy batch of Meyer lemon limoncello. It's easy to make, and because you use only the zest for the infused liqueur, you can freeze the juice for later. 

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.

Best Beers for Celebrating the Holidays

To help you select the best seasonal beers to fuel your holiday celebrations, we asked seven local experts what they would want friends and family to bring to their holiday festivities.

9 New Breweries Coming to SF in 2015

San Francisco's craft brew scene is exploding. While it took the San Francisco Brewers Guild ten years reach its current 20 members, at least nine more breweries are scheduled to open over the next year. And some of them will be unlike anything you've seen before. Let's dive in, shall we?

8 Great Seasonal Beers for Fall (Beyond Pumpkin)

As Indian summer fades into the San Franciscso sunset, the cooler weather prompts us to reach for warmer gear and warming beers. We find ourselves bypassing the lighter, summer beer styles and stocking up on Harvest or Fall brews: maltier ales with a tad more alcohol and a bit of spice. And while pumpkin beers generally fall into this category - Almanac Beer Co. and 21st Amendment Brewery offer excellent local choices - we thought we would explore some squash-free beers that both celebrate and pair well with Autumn.

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.

Fresh-Hopped Beers on Tap for a Limited Time

Citrusy, grassy, bright, earthy, tropical. In November those words might describe the year's Beaujolais Nouveau wine, but at the end of hop season they can just as easily refer to wet-hopped beers.

Almanac Beer Celebrates Third Anniversary with a Tap Takeover at Toronado

Damian and Jessie pulling a sample of Almanac beer

In 2011, Almanac Beer Company co-founders Jesse Friedman and Damian Fagan released their first beer: a Belgian-style golden ale made with blackberries from the Sebastopol Berry Farm, then barrel aged for 11 months before bottling. This Summer 2010 Vintage was quickly snapped up by beer lovers, as have the many other “farm to bottle” beers Almanac brewed since.

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