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Best of the Fest: Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest

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.

NotOberfest Returns to San Francisco

To help us enjoy the transition from summer cookouts through Oktoberfest and beyond, Almanac Beer Co. will host an event called NotOberfest on the evening of Friday September 20 at St. Gregory’s Church in Potrero Hill.

This Season's Wet-Hopped Ales Are Coming to a Glass Near You

Hops from Hop-Meister Farm in Clear Lake

While many beers are appropriate to a season, only wet-hopped ales are controlled by it.

The Beer Hall Opens...Quietly

Photo courtesy of the Beer Hall

San Francisco's newest tap room hasn't fully opened, but that's not stopping The Beer Hall's (1 Polk Street, at Market) neighbors from bellying up to the bar. Co-owner Jennifer Hall explains that they're currently in the midst of a soft opening, which is going great. 

Dave McLean's Beer Picks for This Year's Outside Lands

Dave McLean curated the beer selections for Beer Lands

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. Beer Lands, the beer component of Outside Lands, will have 45 beers on tap from 16 Northern California breweries over the three-day festival.

IPA Day Returns This Thursday, August 1

Thursday, August 1 marks the third annual IPA Day, celebrating the most popular craft beer style on the planet. But why, you might ask, do IPAs warrant their own day of celebration?

A New Brewery Bubbles Up in the Bay Area

Image courtesy of Headlands Brewing Co.

Three new beers are being tapped around town: Point Bonita Rustic Lager, Hill 88 Double IPA and Groupe G Belgian RyePA, brewed and crafted by the recently launched Headlands Brewing

Breastfest 2013 Is Bigger Than Ever

Breastfest

One of the Bay Area’s largest beer fests is even bigger this year.

An Exclusive Summer Brew Perfect for Post-Park Excursions

Jim Woods from MateVeza prepares his Tea Party Saison at Sam Adams Brewery

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.

Local Craft Brewers Join Forces Create Unique Batches of Beer

The Seventy-Five

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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