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Sunday, July 31, 2016

What to Drink at Outside Lands

Posted By on Sun, Jul 31, 2016 at 9:30 AM

'Ye Ol' Beer Lands at Outside Lands 2015 - BRAD JAPHE
  • Brad Japhe
  • 'Ye Ol' Beer Lands at Outside Lands 2015

It's August in San Francisco. Which means it's time for the annual urban ritual that is Outside Lands. On the eve of its ninth rendition, it's a festival above the rest: a premiere destination for all things food and drink. And, oh yeah, the music ain't too shabby, either. Golden Gate Park's Polo Field reimagines itself this weekend as one gigantic house party, serving some of the Bay Area's best beers, wines, and cocktails to some 70,000 lucky guests. Here's what to expect, from a few of the fine folks putting it together.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Budweiser *Is* America

Posted By on Tue, May 10, 2016 at 1:15 PM

This is really happening. - PHOTO VIA ANHEUSER-BUSCH.
  • Photo via Anheuser-Busch.
  • This is really happening.

“Howdy, partner. What’ll it be?”

“An ice-cold bottle of America.”

Strange as it reads, conversations like that may play out all across this country starting May 23, when Anheuser-Busch InBev replaces “Budweiser”— we shit you not — with the word “America” on all its cans and bottles.

In a marketing move straight out of a Donald Trump wet dream, the multinational brewing conglomerate is revamping its packaging to help America “kick off its most patriotic summer ever.”

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Hard Frescos blends cultures, gets you drunk

Posted By on Wed, May 4, 2016 at 12:30 PM


The Mexican version of Saint Patrick’s Day, Cinco De Mayo is an adopted holiday chiefly recognized by Caucasian-Americans looking for one more excuse to get drunk in the middle of the week. Hard Frescos, a new beverage concept that sits in the intersection of craft beer and agua fresca, provides one more means of getting there.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

A Dazed and Confused Screening With Themed Anchor Beer Pairings? Alright, Alright, Alright!

Posted By on Wed, Mar 23, 2016 at 3:30 PM


"Alright you little San Franciscans .... AIR RAID! That was pathetic! Let's try it again...that means get up you lazy San Franciscans! AIR RAID! Get UP! UP! UP! UP! AIR RAID!!!!"

OK, you get the idea. Some Dazed & Confused shit is going down tomorrow night. But this isn't just a simple screening of one of greatest cult movies of our lifetimes. No, San Franpsycho and Anchor Brewing have teamed up on a screening of the Richard Linklater classic complete with one night only limited beer pairings throughout the evening. While it's not The Emporium, this is going down at the local staple, Balboa Theatre, in the Richmond District. 

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Monday, February 22, 2016

SATURDAY: The Bacon and Beer Classic Combines Life's Greatest Pleasures

Posted By on Mon, Feb 22, 2016 at 6:46 PM

  • Bacon and Beer Classic

Wars haven't been fought over them the way they have over pepper and cinnamon, but few things unite ordinary joes with the snootiest fancy-pantses like bacon and beer. Having sold out previous events twice last year, the Bacon and Beer Classic returns to Levi's Stadium this Saturday, Feb. 27, bringing some 20 restaurants and 50 breweries from around Northern California and beyond.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

10 Bay Area Beers You Must Seek Out During Beer Week

Posted By on Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 11:30 AM


SF Beer Week is here! This might be the first time I've been sober since Friday, and I'm not sure how long this clarity will last. So before I start the marvelous cycle that'll be all too familiar for this week's Bay Area beer aficionados again, here are the early beers that have stood out and merit a journey to sample them during this, the Eighth Annual SF Beer Week.

Note: The search function of the SF Beer Week schedule makes it really easy to type in the name of any of the below breweries and see what events they'll be featured at throughout the week. Check it out here. 

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Five SF Beer Week Events That You Gotta Go To

Posted By on Tue, Dec 8, 2015 at 8:00 AM


The schedule for the Eighth Annual SF Beer Week has been announced and the 10-day celebration keeps getting bigger each year. Starting with the Beer Week Gala on Jan. 22, Bay Area bars, breweries, restaurants and more will be putting on special themed events all the way through Jan. 31. 

The beer week schedule itself can be a bit daunting, though. Scrolling through hundreds of events can be akin to throwing darts. So we've laid out a handful of events to keep your eye on, if anything, to just get you started on mapping out your week. Check it:

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Friday, November 13, 2015

2015 Christmas Ale Highlights Anchor's Winter Releases

Posted By on Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 3:00 PM

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Anchor Brewing's winter offerings are officially on shelves and taps. Anchor's slate features the 41st edition of their annual Christmas Ale, a Winter Wheat Ale and the accompanying Anchor Christmas spirit, made from many of the same ingredients as the Christmas Ale. Here's a rundown of the winter lineup from the ubiquitous San Francisco brewery:

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Foraged Beer Tasting Offers Chance to Drink in Nature

Posted By on Tue, Nov 10, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Sutro Stewards guide Amy Kaeser explains which plants might make tasty beer ingredients on a hike in July. - PHOTO BY JESSICA FENDER
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  • Sutro Stewards guide Amy Kaeser explains which plants might make tasty beer ingredients on a hike in July.

Mugwort, sage, madrone bark, and manzanita.

Spotlighted ingredients at the upcoming "Beers Made By Walking" Tapping sound like things you’d pick out of the treads of a hiking boot for good reason. During the summer, local breweries concocted seven beers using foraged ingredients inspired by treks along Bay Area trails.

The goal was to connect brewers to the natural landscape and encourage place-based brews. Beer lovers will get their chance to sample these experiments in drinking hyper-locally this Saturday, Nov. 14, from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Bryant Street Sports Basement.

Just how experimental are we talking? Turns out there are a lot of interesting edibles out there, and the tasting notes read like the inventory list at an old-time apothecary.

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An "Evening of Beer and Soul" Dinner Coming to Miss Ollie's Next Week

Posted By on Tue, Nov 10, 2015 at 10:00 AM

  • Alex Finberg

Two of Oakland's finest food and drink personalities are teaming of an "Evening of Beer and Soul" at Miss Ollie's next Tuesday, Nov. 17. Chef Sarah Kirnon is the owner and executive chef at Miss Ollie's, while certified cicerone Sayre Piotrkowski is one of the Bay Area's most notable authorities on beer. The dinner, is at the forefront of what Sayre's Beer and Soul blog celebrates. 

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