As usual, the Bay Area is exploding with amazing beer focused events. Here are a few that look to be highlights in the upcoming weeks.
Two big weekly tastings at the Jug Shop
Certified Cicerone Eric Cripe has been running the beer program at The Jug Shop
in Nob Hill for many years. He does weekly beer tastings there on Friday evenings that have turned into a regular beer geek gathering for tasting rare and interesting brews. This Friday evening, Eric will be leading a tasting of 20 new arrivals spanning a variety of styles including sours, barrel aged stouts, lagers, and IPAs. Early bird tickets are still available.
The really big Jug Shop news is about the huge tasting Cripe is running there on June 12. It’s his going away tasting, his final tasting before he leaves for San Diego (no, don’t leave us!). Eric is going to close the Jug Shop early and host a walk around festival style tasting of his favorite brews. Rumor is that he’ll be pouring three Cantillons, two Drie Fonteinen, Prairie (I hear whispers about a keg of Bomb!), FiftyFifty, Perenial, The Bruery, North Coast, Lost Abbey and other crazy rare sours and barrel aged goodies. Pre-registration opens this week.
The Jog Shop’s tasting calendar can be found here
, just click on the tasting event to get to the ticketing page.
Firkin Fridays & Yard Series Beers at Anchor’s The Yard
Anchor Brewing has been releasing some fun stuff at their new spot near AT&T Park, The Yard
. They’re doing “Yard Series” beers, the second of which is a 5.3% ABV Pilsner that was released May 21 at The Yard. They’re also doing some fun “Firkin Friday” beers for release at The Yard, including a Coffee Porter (Anchor Porter aged on whole coffee beans from Saint Frank Coffee) on June 6. Damn, that Anchor Porter is so good, can’t wait to try the coffee version!
Mikkeller Bar book release
On Thursday May 28 at 7:00pm, the man himself, Mr. Mikkel Borg Bjersgsø of Mikkeller beer fame, will be on hand at Mikkeller Bar
to sign copies of his newly released book. The book is about…wait for it…beer. Shocking, I know. It’s literally called Mikkeller’s Book of Beer
and it includes 25 homebrew recipes for you brewers out there. The guy who does all of Mikkeller’s art, Keith Shore, will also be there signing copies. Books will be available for purchase at $25 a copy or you can bring your own.