How do I love thee, SF Beer Week? Let me count the ways! On second thought, scratch that. With over 200 events already on the Beer Week calendar, professing our affection would take forever.
With the schedule expected to expand significantly over the coming weeks, it's easy to be overwhelmed by a "week" so epic that it takes 10 days to complete.
But take heart, weary drinker. SFoodie will tirelessly comb the calendar and provide event previews, beer dinner recommendations, and a daily guide to the boozy madness. For those who want to choose their own adventure, don't worry -- there's an app for that. Beergeeks can download the official SFBW 2012 app with schedules, maps, and an editable itinerary.
In the meantime, here's a few ticketed events that deserve a place on your calendar. Some will sell out quickly - consider yourself warned. And be sure to have a pen handy as you read...you'll likely be inspired to write a love sonnet or three.
SF Beer Week Opening Celebration
Where: Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 8th St. (at Brannan)
When: Friday, Feb. 10, 6pm-10pm
Cost: $55 until January 15, $65 after
Highlights: Unlimited samples of new, rare, and classic brews from famous breweries and nanobreweries alike (full brewery list to come). Keep your commemorative glass, and purchase beer-friendly food from artisanal purveyors.
Drake's Sau & Brau
Where: Drake's Barrel House, 1933 Davis (at Timothy), San Leandro, CA
When: Wednesday, February 15, 6pm-9pm
Cost: $45, advance tickets only
Highlights: 20+ taps of complimentary Drake's beer during happy hour, a complete roast pig dinner from The Chop Bar, and three tickets good for barrel-aged beers. To boot, you'll get to taste a barrelled brew blended specially for the occasion. Hog heaven.
Where: Trumer Brauerei, 1404 4th St., Berkeley
When: Sunday, Feb. 19, 4pm-8pm
Cost: $50 advance, $70 door (if available)
Highlights: Beers from 30 breweries, and barbeque from Emergency BBQ included. Meet brewers and give your liver one last reason to live in fear. Brewery list and videos from previous celebrations here.