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Friday, January 4, 2013

Hold Onto Your Livers -- SF Beer Week is Coming

Posted By on Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 4:10 PM


It's time to put on your gameface and prime your liver. SF Beer "Week" is so crammed with sudsy goodness that it takes a full 10 days to complete. And with last year's program topping 400 events around the Bay Area, the more days the better. As the calendar continues to expand over the next month, SFoodie will comb through and separate the wheat from the chaff. Expect themed event roundups in the first week of February, and a daily guide to all of your beery needs during the event. For now, wrap your head around the reality of your impending 10-day bender with a preview of the marquee events.

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SF Beer Week Opening Celebration

Where: Concourse Exhibition Center, 620 7th St. (at Brannan)

When: Feb. 8, 6-10pm

Cost: $65 early bird admission through Jan. 15th. Tickets here

What: Enjoy unlimited beer samples from 65 California breweries. New, rare, and classic brews will be poured. Take home a commemorative glass, enjoy food for purchase from numerous vendors, and listen to live music curated by Noise Pop.

13th Annual Double IPA Festival

Where: The Bistro, 1001 B. Street, Hayward

When: February 9, 11am-6pm

Cost: $50

What: The original kickoff to SF Beer Week. Over 60 Double and Triple IPAs in one place. There will be a beer judging competition, cheese tastings, live music, and BBQ for purchase. Hopheads, this is your jam.

Toronado Barleywine Festival

Where: Toronado, 547 Haight St. (at Fillmore)

When: Saturday, February 16th, 11:30am to close

Cost: pay per drink

What: An elbow-to-elbow crowd sipping taster pours of 50 some-odd barleywines. For diehard barleywine fans who don't suffer from claustrophobia.

Celebrator Beer News 25th Anniversary Party

Where: Oakland Convention Center Marriott Hotel, 1001 Broadway, Oakland

When: Feb. 17, 4-8pm

Cost: $55, tickets here

What: Over 50 breweries pouring their best brews to celebrate 25 years of Celebrator magazine. A section featuring breweries over 25 years in business will be featured.

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