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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.

Schroeder’s, SF's Oldest German Beer Hall, Reopens This Week

San Francisco’s oldest and largest German beer hall Schroeder's has been restored to its former glory, following a four-month renovation. New owners Jan Wiginton and Andy Chun of Press Club San Francisco fame re-opened the 120-year old restaurant Monday. 

The Eight Greatest Craft Beer Openings Since Last Summer

Speakeasy's Tap Room

If it seems like there’s a new neighborhood taproom, brewpub, or tasting room opening every month or two, you’ve been paying attention. And with Smokestack – Magnolia’s long awaited restaurant and bar – opening in Dogpatch soon, this seems like an opportune time to catch our collective breath and provide an update on a few of the craft beer places that have opened in the last year or so.

Seven Great Beers to Pair With Baseball Season

Seasonal beers give craft brewers a good excuse to stretch their legs and create something different from their flagship brews. And while there are a few established spring beer styles, – like maibock, a type of strong German lager, or bière de mars, a light Belgian-style ale – many brewers just use this time of year as an excuse to play with medium and light bodied styles. 

Barrel Head Brewhouse Opens in NoPa

After several years in the making Barrel Head Brewhouse recently opened its doors at 1785 Fulton at Masonic. The spacious 150-seat brewpub has an steel and concrete industrial feel balanced by booths built from refurbished wood, a massive wood slab bar and other slab table tops scattered on the main floor bar and mezzanine. The focal point behind the bar is a torpedo where 30 taps pour out the brews. Barrel Head’s 15-barrel brewing system lines the facing wall.

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.

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