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Friday, February 13, 2015

SF Beer Week Hits the Home Stretch

Posted By on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 at 10:15 AM

click to enlarge SFBW: One Final Weekend of Celebration - WOODS BEER
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  • SFBW: One Final Weekend of Celebration

If you still have the stamina, SF Beer Week offers one final push to the finish line over its closing days. While folks frantically scour the Bay for one last attempt at scoring some Pliny the Younger, you can opt for any number of events that serve up instant gratification — all buzz, no hype.

One of SFBW's finest festivals rocks the unlikely neighborhood of Nob Hill this evening from 8 to 11 p.m.. "It Came from the Wood" is a barrel-aged extravaganza hosted by the Jug Shop. A $75 entry fee provides access to 150 rare and exciting beers from across the globe sharing only one common characteristic: time spent in casks. Here you'll encounter a diversity of flavor unrivaled at any other beer week event. Belgian sours eliciting cultish fervor — like Cantillon Fou' Foune — are served side by side along local one-offs, like Almanac's Cognac Barrel Noir—aged for almost a year in Remy Martin barrels. Topping off all this awesomeness is an assortment of Belcampo sausages, designed for beer pairing. The full-list of what's on tap, available here, is guaranteed to make any beer geek swoon.

Be on the lookout for any number of exclusive releases that are only available this time of year. Woods Beer, for example, with locations in the Mission and on Polk, just tapped their Jump the Scotch starting yesterday. It's a hop-heavy West Coast style IPA aged on whiskey barrel chips soaked in Lagavulin single malt. The unlikely marriage of peat and hops produces a wondrously unique hybrid worthy of quiet contemplation. Don't spend too much time daydreaming about it, however, because before you know it, this extremely limited batch brew will be gone until next year. Ditto for Southpaw BBQ's Smoked Pecan Barleywine. A sip of this high ABV concoction evokes licking a chimney — a delicious, nutty, campfire of flavor. It's remains on tap at the Mission-based brewpub throughout the weekend.

Sunday marks the end of all the madness. Parting is such sweet sorrow, but don't expect San Francisco Beer Week to go out with a whimper. Tickets still remain for the Celebrator Beer Festival at Trumer Braueri in Berkeley. Advanced tickets are highly recommended and cost $60 for unlimited pours from 30 breweries. The annual celebration, running from 4 to 8 p.m., raises funds for the California Craft Brewers Association. It's easily accessible via free shuttle rides to and from the North Berkeley BART Station. On the pricier side, Smokestack BBQ is roasting an entire pig in the Dogpatch for $125. But for that steep price tag, you're promised limitless Magnolia beers and whiskey cocktails. And of course beer ice cream to go along with a live band. This soiree also runs 4-8 p.m. So SFBW demands difficult decisions, all the way to the end. Not a bad problem to have. May we all be blessed with similar difficulties throughout the rest of the calendar year.

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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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