Monday, Feb. 14
Hey there, Casanova. Sipping wine on Valentine's Day is played out. You don't want to be predictable, do you? This year, treat your date to one of these beery adventures, offered on Day Four of SF Beer Week.
Sour beers, brewed with wild yeasts and other critters, are exotic and complex ― just like you. Show your date your wild side with a pre-dinner happy hour featuring one of the best sour beer producers around:
Russian River Brewing Night
Where: Pi Bar, 1432 Valencia (at 25th St.), 970-9670
When: 3 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
Cost: Pay per drink
What: Try a variety of Russian River offerings, including Consecration, a seductive sour ale aged in wine barrels with currants. If you're feeling hoppy, the highly sought-after Pliny the Younger Double IPA will be on tap. And if your date takes a turn for the worse, console yourself with a glass of the brewery's Valentine's Day beer, Rejection.
Once you're feeling peckish, head to Magnolia and show off your ravenous side at a nose-to-tail dinner:
Non-Valentine Beer Dinner
Where: Magnolia, 1398 Haight (at Masonic), 864-7468
When: 6 p.m. onward, while it lasts
What: A three-course menu featuring various bits of a Devil's Gulch Ranch pig. Each course will be paired with a Magnolia beer, and your date's undying affection.
Now that you've introduced her (or him) to the addictive world of sour beer, finish scratching the itch at the Amsterdam Café:
Farmhouse, Saison, Gueuze, and Wild Ales
Where: Amsterdam Café, 937 Geary St. (at Larkin)
When: 7-10 p.m.
What: Try over a dozen beers, all brewed with wild yeast. Samples poured from 7-9 p.m., no purchase necessary. Frugality is the new sexy.