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Where to Enjoy March Madness and Craft Beer

While beer and basketball go together like, well like beer and baseball, there’s often a tradeoff between watching games in a sports bar, which can have a lot of TVs but few craft beers, and going to a brewpub or a serious beer bar which can have a great selection of brews but limited or no access to TVs. To help you plan out where to drink in the March Madness, here’s our list of places to watch the NCAA games and enjoy great beer:

Buy Now, Drink Later: A Guide to Aging Beer

Most beer is never better than the day it leaves the brewery, but certain beers, properly kept, improve with age. As we shift away from the strong, dark beers of winter to spring’s lighter fare, it’s time to make one last run to the beer store and stock up on a few select heavies to store away for the future.

31 California Beers On Tap, Dungeness Crab Tots at Hopwater Distribution

hopwater distribution

Little noticed among the foamy flurry of Beer Week events was the Valentine’s Day opening of Hopwater Distribution, a taproom in lower Nob Hill. Although there are other beer bars in San Francisco that have 31 or more taps, Hopwaters’ are dedicated to pouring California brews.

It’s Barleywine Time in San Francisco

Though there are still several hundred SF Beer Week events scheduled between now and next Sunday, the granddaddy of them all, the one that predates SF Beer Week and was the inspiration for Strong Beer Month takes place this weekend: Toronado’s Barleywine Festival.

Brian Stechschulte Gives the Lowdown on SF Beer Week 2014

This year’s SF Beer Week is on track to be the biggest in the history of the event. While your favorite bars and restaurants may be posting their individual events on social media, SF Beer Week’s web site has a comprehensive list of the hundreds of events.

The Newest Old Brew from Dogfish Head is Coming to a Beer Cooler Near You

You can find it around town for the next few weeks, but it’s not like any brew you’ve ever had. It’s called Kvasir, and it’s the latest hybrid recreation in what’s known as the Ancient Ale series from Dogfish Head Brewery, which is known for making off-centered ales for off-centered people.

Holiday Beer Suggestions From Local Brewers

One of winter’s great pleasures is hunkering down with family and friends and enjoying dark, rich ales, either paired with hearty meals or by themselves.

21st Amendment Celebrates the 21st Amendment

The repeal parade

Thursday, December 5 marks the 80th anniversary of the 21st Amendment, which repealed Prohibition, and 21st Amendment Brewery is hosting a celebration. A parade starts at 4 pm in Justin Herman Plaza and ends at 21st Amendment Brewery on 2nd Street at Brannan, where an after-party will roll till 9 pm.

Best Beers for Thanksgiving Dinner

While shopping for the turkey and trimmings you will likely ponder what wines to pair with the feast. But rather than scan through the Savignon Blancs and Rieslings again this year, wheel your cart to the craft beer aisle for a change.

Belgians Are Landing at 21st Amendment and Magnolia All Month

21st Amendment Brewery and Magnolia Pub & Brewery have again teamed up for Belgian Beer Month.

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