One of the benefits of living in San Francisco, is that each season brings a fresh roster of innovative new beers. To help keep you hydrated this spring and summer, local craft brewers are finishing up refreshing batches of citrusy lagers, tropical witbiers, tangy IPAs and more. Crack one open and cheer on the Giants for a perfect summer afternoon.
If you seek a bit of community to go with your small-batch craft brew, head to Laughing Monk Brewing's new Bayview tasting room, ask for Andrew Casteel, and get to know the guy over a pint of his Cal-Belgian beer.
Foodies and beer lovers come together in that magical place called the craft brewpub, and now there's a new mecca in town: This Thursday, the old Valencia Street location of Abbot’s Cellar hops again with the opening of Brasserie Saint James.
Astute barflies have likely noticed that mezcal has been gaining prominence in Bay Area cocktail spots—the smoky agave drink is often served in the kind of bold concoctions that would put hair on your chest. But lately, we stateside connosseurs have started getting our paws on the good stuff—the small-batch mezcals once kept by family distillers for their personal consumption. Now, we're beginning to appreciate mezcal on its own— unaged, unchilled, and without adornment of salt or lime—just how your abuelo would have wanted it.
SF Beer Week is back, folks. That means that from January 22nd through the 31st, the Bay Area will again be awash with world-class suds, beer and food pairings, and a cornucopia of beer-related events. With more than 750 events and counting, from Santa Rosa to Santa Cruz, this year's liver-crippling festival is on track to be Beer Week's biggest yet.
Be honest, even on the sunniest San Francisco winter weekend sometimes all you really want to do is hibernate at home and power watch Netflix. But how will you drown that annoying FOMO? Hot cider is your ticket to guilt-free slacking this winter.
Tis the season to hibernate at home, invite a few friends over for dinner, and crack open the dark and heady beers of winter. To help you select the best brews to fuel these cozy celebrations, we asked a few of our local experts what they would want a guest to bring to their winter festivities.
Shorter daylight hours and cooler temperatures are slowly driving us indoors, which means it’s time to hunker down and pick up the darker, richer beers of fall. Thankfully, local craft brewers are prepared for the change in seasons with delicious beers to help smooth the transition.
The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is widely considered to be the country's most prestigious beer competition, and, this year, several Bay Area craft brewers took home top honors. We caught up with five of the winners to find out how we can judge their brews for ourselves.
While Oktoberfest may have begun as a royal wedding celebration more than 200 years ago, in the years since, it has morphed into the largest secular celebration on Earth. Its growing popularity is fueled by pork, potato pancakes, the chicken dance, and copious amounts of beer. Here's where to celebrate the season’s festivities around town.
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