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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

SF Beer Week: Drinking for a Good Cause

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 8:01 AM

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As we approach the midway point of SF Beer Week 2015, some folks might feel a few adverse effects. A couple of hundred beer drinking events can take its toll. And if you're looking to pick yourself up in a jiffy, nothing heals like a hearty dose of good will. Happily, it turns out, there remain a number of SFBW festivities benefiting local charities. Not to be completely selfless—they are, naturally, built around exceptional suds. But here are a few ways to help out the community while Beer Week pints continue to pour. 

From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. today in the Mission, Monk's Kettle offers you your yearly fermented fix of Pliny the Younger. But the 10 oz. serving of this 10% triple IPA benefits more than just your Instagram credentials — proceeds from the event will go to La Cocina, a business incubator designed to cultivate low-income food entrepreneurs, offering them affordable kitchen space, technical assistance, even access to venture capital. Over the years, La Cocina has helped many aspiring chefs propel culinary dreams into mouth-watering reality. And speaking of mouth-watering: Pliny the Younger. This year's rendition dials the hops down a peg in favor of an alluring tropical juiciness that begs you to cherish every last drop. Just don't expect it to last, even with a strict two pour limit, priced at a dollar an ounce. 

Thursday night offers altruism on both sides of the Bay. At BeatBoxSF in the SoMa, the SF Tenants Union is selling $30 tickets to Hops for Housing — a celebration of S.F. homebrewers with proceeds providing free tenant counseling services to struggling renters across the city. Taste unlimited samples from seven soon-to-open local breweries while enjoying live music. Lo-Cal Catering will serve holistic grub for purchase at the four event, beginning at 5:30 p.m. In Berkeley, 17 of the Bay Area's most notable microbreweries convene at Pyramid Alehouse for the fourth annual East Bay Brew Fest. A $25 entrance fee allows all-you-can drink access to three hour festival. All proceeds go to Project Open Hand, serving critically-ill seniors in the Bay Area.

Valentine's Day this weekend is a perfect excuse to pair chocolate with your craft beer. ThirstyBear indulges your desires with a chocolate making event, in conjunction with Berkeley-based TCHO Organic Chocolate Company. Starting at 6PM on Saturday night, the $45 event includes pours of Panda Bear Ale — brewed with cocoa nibs and vanilla beans — as well as other limited edition releases, to go along with house-made organic fare. Take home treats will be awarded to attendees that produce the most beer-friendly chocolate. Proceeds benefit the Institute for Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research.

You've now officially run out of reasons not to indulge in SF Beer Week. But you're running out of time, so get out there and do your part.
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Brad Japhe

Brad Japhe

I enjoy my whiskey neat, my beer hoppy, and my meat medium rare. I have been covering craft spirits, suds, and gourmet cuisine for a decade, with work published from New York, across Montana, and up and down the Pacific Coast.


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