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Spring Brings Good Firkin Beer

firkin fest 2013

Spring in San Francisco means towering Easter Bonnets in Dolores Park, trashed Big Wheels on Potrero Hill, and the advent of the beer festival season.

Growler Gripes Prompt Reinterpretation of ABC Regulations

Growlers from Social Kitchen & Brewery

This past weekend, I bought a growler of Magnolia's Blue Bell Bitter at Bi-Rite Market. Once my 64 ounce swing-top glass jug is empty, I'd like to be able to refill it at say, Social Kitchen & Brewery or 21st Amendment Brewery. And although I haven’t been able to do so previously, I now could because California's Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) regulations no longer prohibit beer manufacturers from filling growlers they didn't originally sell.

Dave McLean Talks About the Magnolia Expansion in Dogpatch

Dave McLean, Brewmaster/Owner of Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery

Snagging a seat at Magnolia Gastropub in the Haight has gotten increasingly difficult over the years. So, back in the winter of 2010 when Brewmaster/Owner Dave McLean announced plans to open a new and larger brewery and BBQ restaurant in Dogpatch, his patrons were both relieved and hopeful.

San Francisco Beer Week's Ten Best Events

The San Franciscio Brewers Guild Presents SF Beer Week 2013

The largest concentration of beer events ever held in the Bay Area kicks off this Friday at the San Francisco Beer Week Opening Celebration in the Concourse Exhibition Center. The premier event gets the week flowing with beers from 78 brewers, local artisan food vendors and several bands. If you go to only one event for Beer Week, this should be it.

If you're thirsty for more, here are some other choice options:

This Year's Strong Beer Month Lineup

Strong Beer Month 2013

When was the last time you walked into Magnolia or 21st Amendment and the bar wasn’t crowded? Right. But even though they pour to packed houses, the brewmasters, god bless ‘em, interrupt their already sold-out brewing schedule every February to insert six new beers just because they want to pour more season-appropriate heavies.

Dark, Spicy Beers to Warm You This Winter

Ruthless Rye - Photo courtesy of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Winter warmer beers are often dark, rich and spicy. But if you’re looking for a hoppier alternative that still has a traditional wintery spice bite, rye beers may be a seasonal hybrid that fits the bill.

Healthy Beers for the New Year

crabbies original ginger beer

The new year has begun and we’re all casting around for healthy lifestyle changes. A simple and tasty improvement to the beer portion of your diet can be made by adding an occasional ginger beer. Although we normally think of ginger beer as a soft drink, it was originally an alcoholic beverage consumed as both a refreshment and a tonic.

The 12 Beers of Christmas

The 12 Beers of Christmas

Although we celebrate holidays throughout the year, we reserve the term "holiday season" for that belt-busting period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day when we channel the time and energy normally given to work into the rewarding pursuits of eating and drinking with family and friends. And with Hanukkah just ending, the next milestone on this year’s calendar is Christmas Eve. For beer lovers, this is a prime opportunity to enjoy the dark and hearty ales that traditionally mark this occasion.

Online Beer Shopping for the Holidays

Amazon Beer

With the winter holidays fast approaching, it’s time to stock up on the really good stuff. Unfortunately, even though we have some well provisioned Bay Area beer retailers, some of the brews you might want to give as a gift or enjoy yourself aren’t available locally. However, there are other options.

Five Great Belgian Beers Brewed With Wine

Social Kitchen’s Saison du Semillon

As San Francisco’s Belgian Beer month winds down, it’s a good time to consider a growing trend: The small but increasing number of brewers who are flipping the old adage about how it takes a lot of beer to make a great wine. These inventive brewmasters are using wine (in the form of fresh juice or crushed grapes) to make great beers, which are mostly Saisons. The resulting genre-busting, lightly hopped, beer-wine hybrids are yet another delicious foray into the ever expanding world of craft beer. <--break->

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