The monstrous production that is San Francisco Beer Week has concluded, with more than 900 events staged throughout the far reaches of the greater Bay Area. My week this year wound up resembling a three-act play — a massive opening, an entertaining and educational middle, and a gratifying end. Every big production needs an opening to match. And so, the curtain … [Read more...] about SFBW ’19 — A Week in 3 Acts
As much as I love Beer Week, I only wind up attending maybe a few of the 900 or so events each year. Cuz, you know, I have a job. Believe it or not, this blog doesn’t pay any bills. Or provide benefits. But let’s just assume for the sake of argument (and this post) I have all 10 days free, and room on my credit card for all the Lyft rides. Which events would I … [Read more...] about SF Beer Week ’19 — My Dream Itinerary
I have two main criteria for selecting which of the hundreds of Beer Week events to attend: Hit a place I haven't visited yet, preferably BART-able, and Avoid the crowds, so I can relax and enjoy my experience without feeling too rushed. The first goal isn’t that difficult here in the Bay Area, although that says as much about how little I get out as it does for how … [Read more...] about SF Beer Week ’18: SF, SD, and the Woods of Oakland
The 2017 California Craft Beer Summit I’ve been on many a brewery tour, spoken to several brewers, and even gotten a Craft Beer Appreciation certificate from a local university. I thought I had a pretty good idea of the many elements that go into building and running a brewery. Even so, walking through row after row of exhibits at my first California Craft Beer Summit … [Read more...] about Beer is Serious Business … So What am I Doing Here?
In the midst of this waterlogged winter, another San Francisco Beer Week has washed over us. Here’s where I dipped my toes into this year’s raging currents. I Need A Miracle DIPA Release, Pacific Standard Taproom, Berkeley With the ever-increasing supply of beers from an ever-increasing industry, the problem of where they’re going to sell this stuff is becoming more acute. … [Read more...] about Beer, There, Everywhere: SF Beer Week ’17