Sunday Swig #21 – SF Beer Week is longer than a week!

Saturday SwigSunday Swig this week! This past week was SF Beer Week. Officially it runs from February 8 to 17, which is already more than seven days, but many bars and restaurants around San Francisco (and beyond) grab the opportunity to expand the “week” even further. There are way more events around town than you can fill up your calendar with! Most years, SF Beer Week passes me by, and I only find out about it after it’s all said and done. This is the first year I have actually participated, and it was only a glimpse into the festivities.

On the Wednesday before the official week, some friends joined me at Press Club for their first annual 48 Hours of Sour event, and we sampled from their selection of thirty sour beers! While I wanted to try every single one, the three of us who were sampling ordered five samples each, and that was plenty. Some of our favorites:

* Almanac Brewing Co. – Barrel Noir
* Birrificio Del Ducato – My Blueberry Nightmare
* Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes – Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien

My next SF Beer Week experience didn’t happen until this weekend. I met up with friends in the Lower Haight for Barley Wine (YAY STRONG BEER!) and ended up not only trying a few Barley Wines at Noc Noc but also enjoying the SF Beer Week selection of Goose Island at Mad Dog in the Fog. Barley Wines sampled:

* Green Flash – Barleywine
* North Coast Brewing Co. – Old Stock 2012
* Sierra Nevada – Bigfoot
* Dogfish Head – Olde School

Saturday Swig - SF Beer Week

On the last official day of SF Beer Week, we met up with Cassie and Kevin of Ever in Transit at Russian River Brewing Company. Even though Pliny the Younger was no longer in stock, there was still quite the crowd. Thankfully Cassie and Kevin had arrived a little bit earlier than us, so they were able to snag a nice spot outside for the group. Since I can never make up my mind on my order, I went with the sampler. Beer and friends – the perfect way to wrap up SF Beer Week 2013!

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  • I’m glad we tried the Goose Island beers. yum! i keep hearing about almanac brewery… Will Need to try that sometime!

    • Yeah, it says they are from SF. Let me know if you find out WHERE we can try ’em. Maybe City Beer or Beer Revolution?

  • Yay! Fun weekend, it was so glad to see you guys and meet your lovely sister! At the sour tasting we did last week, we tried Almanac’s Farmer’s Reserve 1 which was really good! I hadn’t heard of them before but I’m curious to try more of their stuff. Goose Island is another brewery I’ve never tried, but I think I remember seeing one of their pint glasses at your house?

    • I think we tried the Farmer’s Reserve also! They are supposedly in SF, but I don’t know where to find ’em either.

      I picked up the Goose Island pint glass when I was in Chicago a few years back. A guy I met at the bar had gone on the tour and didn’t want his. LUCKY ME! :-)

  • ewiley

    What a fun “week”! I’ve been itching to try some different sour beers. Sounds delicious!

    • I just got wind that Mikkeller from Copenhagen is opening up a spot in SF that will have its very own SOUR ROOM! :-) I nearly died.

  • I want all that in my mouth right now.

  • Oh! I want all of that. All of it, right in my face, right this minute. Looks like quite the delicious adventure!