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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.

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.

Outside Lands Beer Picks From Magnolia's Dave McLean

Outside Lands not only showcases the biggest names in music this weekend, but will serve some of the Bay Area’s finest food and drink as well. This year's Beer Lands is bigger than ever, with almost twice as many California breweries as last year. We sat down with Dave McLean, Brewmaster/Owner of Magnolia Brewery and the BeerLands curator, to ask him a few questions about this year's selections. 

What’s on Tap for IPA Day 2014

Our infatuation with the strong and hoppy India Pale Ales shows no sign of abating. It’s no wonder then, why IPA fanatics, led by Berkeley’s Ashley Routson (aka The Beer Wench), organized the first IPA Day back in 2011. This year’s celebration takes place on Thursday, August 7.

Abbot’s Cellar Sells Rare Beer From Personal Stash

Abbot's Cellar food and beer

If you’ve ever considered collecting bottles of fine beer and storing them till they’re aged to perfection, Christian Albertson, co-owner of The Monk’s Kettle and The Abbot’s Cellar, has saved you time, trouble, and expense. 

Patriotic Beers to Enjoy on Independence Day

Back before July 4 was known as Independence Day, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams could often be found in Philadelphia’s City Tavern, commiserating over pints of locally-made beer, trying to figure out how they could lower their taxes.

The Complete Guide to Local Brewery Tours Worth Your Time

Going on a brewery tour is a bit like slipping backstage at your favorite band’s concert. It gives you a chance to see a rock star at their craft and get a first-hand feel of the passion they have for their art. Since San Francisco is at the epicenter of modern craft brewing, we have ready access to both established and new breweries. Much like touring wineries, you can book a package though an agency, put together your own group, or join another.

Choosing the Perfect Beer Pairing for Your Summer Picnic

Despite San Francisco’s well-earned reputation for cool and foggy summer weather, we also enjoy warm and clear days that are perfect for picnics. Beer is the ideal beverage choice for many picnic foods since the same cooking process that gives malt its caramel flavor also gives meats and vegetables theirs.

Six Wheat Beers Perfect for a Chill Summer

Barley may be the ultimate beer-brewing cereal grain, but wheat is commonly included when making summer beers to provide a crisp acidity and a lighter mouth feel. And while traditional, low-hop, summer beer styles (such as Hefeweizen and Witbier) include wheat, innovative West Coast brewers enjoy creating variations on that classic theme. With the days getting longer and warmer, we checked in with a few local craft brewers to check out this season’s cool and refreshing wheaties.

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