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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.

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.

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