Oktoberfest, the biggest world-wide beer party is spinning into high gear and as with all things beer, the Bay Area calendar is stuffed with traditional and not-so traditional offerings.
While many beers are appropriate to a season, only wet-hopped ales are controlled by it.
One of the Bay Area’s largest beer fests is even bigger this year.
MateVeza is celebrated here in the west for its flagship IPA brewed with yerba mate. Its Cerveceria de MateVeza at the corner of 18th and Church is frequented by local beer lovers for its eclectic nanobrewery tap offerings, its well-stocked cooler of 100 types of craft beers, and its flaky Argentinean empanadas from El Porteño. But until it runs out sometime this summer, the cerveceria may best be known for its Boston Tea Party Saison, a collaboration ale created with craft beer heavyweight Boston Beer Company, brewer of the Sam Adams line of beers.
In sharp contrast to the giant beer conglomerates who are buying up their competition, Bay Area brewers are doing the complete opposite. They're collaborating with their fellow craft brewers.
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