The San Francisco Brewers Guild finally got it right. Why would we want to pay $40 for the Guild's annual Brews on the Bay, a beer festival that features only beers from breweries in S.F. proper? (Except Anchor, who, we guess, feels it's done enough to promote local brewing by virtue of launching the craft beer movement, and therefore doesn't need to be a member of the Guild.) Not when we could pay $20 at Giants Brewfest to drink the same beers, and then watch some hardball. Forty vs. twenty, SS Jeremiah vs. AT&T Park, no game vs. game.
Hopefully you bought your tickets already, since the event is sold out. Ticket holders arriving at 3 p.m. ― three hours before game time ― may enter through Lot D and grab a souvenir tasting glass with which to sample wares from all seven members of the Guild: 21st Amendment, Beach Chalet, Gordon Biersch, Magnolia, Speakeasy, Thirsty Bear and, the newest member, Social Kitchen & Brewery. Let's take a moment of silence for that first S.F. brewpubs (now of blessed memory), San Francisco Brewing Co.
Of course, if you fail to get your fill of unlimited samples, you can always pop into Public House for your craft beer needs, or let concessions gouge you for a Bud Light. And give credit to the Oakland A's, who thought of hosting a beer festival first. Next Saturday, June 5, is the 14th annual Oakland A's Beerfest. Then again, take that credit back: The A's charge extra to enter the fest, and make you pay per sample.
When: Sat., June 5, 4:05-6:05 p.m.
Where: Eastside Club, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, (510) 569-2121
Cost: $10 for souvenir mug and two microbrew tastings; additional tastings extra
Tickets: Purchase online