We're more than halfway through Beer Week already, which means that you're running out of excuses to sample the smorgasbord of beer and food that's on offer. We've rounded up some of the night's best events in a by-no-means inclusive list.
Get there before 5 p.m. for Magnolia's 5th annual Oyster & Beer Extravaganza. The brewery will be releasing its Oysterhead Stout, made with four barrels of Hog Island oysters, and a few other "carefully curated" oyster stouts will also be on draft. Paired with fresh oysters, fried oysters, and all sorts of briny treats. (Hint: Afterwards you can walk up the street to check out the beer cocktails at the Alembic.)
Firestone Walker Barrelworks program director Jeffers Richardson will be at City Beer Store (3-6 p.m.), pouring a few of the brewery's barrel-aged brews (Argestic, a sour wild, along with Anniversary Ale XVII and Velvet Merkin) and answering all of your burning questions about the technique. Later, the beer shop/bar will be pouring a variety of vintage Dogfish Head beers (7-10 p.m.).
New England transplants will be into Maine Night at The Willows, which pairs 13 ales from Allagash with "authentic" lobster rolls made from imported Maine crustaceans (5 p.m.-midnight). The Willows is also offering a "Kick the Keg" feature every afternoon, where draft beers leftover from the previous night's revelry are 50 percent off.
Starbelly's patio will be transformed into a mini biergarten (6-10 p.m.), with ales from Calicraft Brewing Co. and Iron Springs Brewing. The menu of beer-friendly small bites includes fried oysters with Old Bay aioli ($2), chicken liver pate, pickled beets & mustard ($2), crispy boudin noir with sunny quail egg ($2), aged cheddar beer poutine & bacon ($5), and beer-steamed West Coast mussels & frites ($6).
If you're in an aquatic state of mind. Pacific Brewing Labs is teaming up with Aquarium of the Pacific for Octapalooza (6:30-9:30 p.m.). Pac Beer Lab brews Squid Ink, Nautilus, bourbon barrel-aged Squid Ink, Belgian Pear, and Super Tramp will be paired with squid dissections, octopus enrichment, and squid block printing activities. The $35 admission (21+ only) gets you four drink tickets and snacks from the likes of 25 Lusk and Local's Corner.
Tap takeovers: Pi Bar's got rare and limited releases from Russian River, it's Sour Night at the Sycamore, Blackbird's featuring the brews of Dogfish Head, Noc Noc has Golden Road from L.A., Anderson Valley's taking over Blueprint, Speakeasy's at the Rite Spot, Goose Island at Kennedy's, and more.
One more thing -- gratuitous self-promotion! SF Weekly's Brews to Benefit event is tonight at Novela, offering unlimited samples of Pine Street Brewing's beers for $10 (5-8 p.m.). Proceeds go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Check out the SF Beer Week schedule or app for the rest of the events.