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Dining, SFoodie Beer of the Week: Firestone Walker's Easy Jack Brings International Hops to a Session IPA

Beer of the Week: Firestone Walker's Easy Jack Brings International Hops to a Session IPA

Firestone Walker is a unique force in the brewing industry. Everyday beer drinkers know it as purveyor of perfectly balanced British-inspired beers such as Double Barrel Ale. Hopheads assume the brewery's most known for excellent pale ales (Pale 31), prototypical…
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Dining, SFoodie Beer of the Week: Cellarmaker's Taco-Inspired IPA

Beer of the Week: Cellarmaker's Taco-Inspired IPA

While Cinco de Mayo is generally a beer drinking holiday, it hasn't historically been much of a craft beer drinking holiday. Chances are, if your beer isn't palatable without a wedge of lime squeezed into it, it probably doesn't have…
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Dining, SFoodie Beer of the Week: Prairie Artisan Ales/Evil Twin Brewing's Bible Belt

Beer of the Week: Prairie Artisan Ales/Evil Twin Brewing's Bible Belt

The "collaboration beer" has come a long way over the last decade. One early example that put the concept on the map was "Collaboration not Litigation," a brew created in tandem by Russian River Brewing and Avery Brewing when they…
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Dining, SFoodie Get Funky at The Trappist's Spontanfest on Saturday

Get Funky at The Trappist's Spontanfest on Saturday

By now, the sour beer craze has become ubiquitous enough that a quick stop at Whole Foods typically yields at least a dozen puckering finds. Chances are you've sampled some tart brews from our own backyard, a trend locally spearheaded…
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Dining, SFoodie Ratebeer Brings Back Its Gallery Beer Fest With More Than 20 Rare Local Brews

Ratebeer Brings Back Its Gallery Beer Fest With More Than 20 Rare Local Brews

The flyer for local consumer review site Ratebeer's upcoming event leads with the description "three floors of the world's top rated brewers." If that's not the craft beer festival equivalent of dropping the mic and slowly backing away, then we…
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Dining, SFoodie Beer of the Week: Uinta Tinder Rauchbier

Beer of the Week: Uinta Tinder Rauchbier

People often assume that "lager" is synonymous with "lawnmower beer." While lagers tend to be more clean, light-bodied, and less assertive than many ales, it's a mistake to assume that lagers have any less character. In fact, some lager styles,…
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Dining, SFoodie Beer of the Week: Pink Boots Society Unite Pale Ale Celebrates Female Brewers

Beer of the Week: Pink Boots Society Unite Pale Ale Celebrates Female Brewers

Much of the time, the brewing industry is erroneously referred to as a "fraternity." We agree with part of the sentiment -- beer folks tend to be a tight-knit community rooted in cooperative spirit. A good chunk of that kinship…
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Dining, SFoodie Girl Scout Cookies and Beer Collide at WOODS

Girl Scout Cookies and Beer Collide at WOODS

Whether running a marathon, growing an unkempt mustache, or donating hard-earned dollars, folks support their pet causes in many fashions. The Girl Scouts have long been onto something -- lower the bar to entry by urging people to support fundraising…
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Dining, Eat Bitter Fruit: Bay Area Brewers Push Hops Into Stranger Territory

Bitter Fruit: Bay Area Brewers Push Hops Into Stranger Territory

As with politics, so too with booze. Over the last handful of years, tendencies in local craft brewing have inhabited polar ends of the spectrum. On one hand, there's been a ramping up of the obscure as beers relying upon…
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Dining, SFoodie Beer of the Week: Stone Go To IPA

Beer of the Week: Stone Go To IPA

Having recovered from SF Beer Week's ceaseless parade of Triple IPAs and Pliny the Younger lines that made dive bars look like natural disaster humanitarian aid stations, we can get back to enjoying more simple pleasures. This week's featured beer…
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Dining, SFoodie Whatever Your Beer-Drinking Style, There's an Event For You: Our Guide to Beer Week

Whatever Your Beer-Drinking Style, There's an Event For You: Our Guide to Beer Week

A couple of years ago, the California Senate declared February "Craft Beer Month." Our livers, shuddering in fear, took solace in the fact that February is the shortest month and promptly declared the other 11 months "Post-Beer Week Trauma Intensive…
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Dining, Eat Your Comprehensive Guide to Beer Week

Your Comprehensive Guide to Beer Week

A couple of years ago, the California Senate declared February "Craft Beer Month." Our livers, shuddering in fear, took solace in the fact that February is the shortest month and promptly declared the other 11 months "Post-Beer Week Trauma Intensive…
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Dining, SFoodie Beer of the Week: Stone Matt's Burning Rosids Pays Tribute to the Deceased Brewer

Beer of the Week: Stone Matt's Burning Rosids Pays Tribute to the Deceased Brewer

The craft brewing community is one of conviviality and camaraderie. With a group so collaborative and tight-knit, it takes a broad toll when we lose one of our own. In August of last year, one of Stone Brewing Co.'s brewers…
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Dining, SFoodie Hide Your Livers -- It's Strong Beer Month

Hide Your Livers -- It's Strong Beer Month

Last week we recommended girding your liver with Triple IPAs in anticipation of SF Beer Week. This week, we'll bolster your Beer Week training regimen with a slew of heavy hitting, high-ABV offerings. Beginning February 1, Magnolia and 21st Amendment…
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Dining, SFoodie Bay Area Brewers Unleash Triple IPAs

Bay Area Brewers Unleash Triple IPAs

With Strong Beer Month and SF Beer Week looming on the immediate horizon, we think it's time to start shocking those livers into obedience. So far in this new year, we've been immediately attracted to offerings of the hoppy variety.…
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Dining, SFoodie Beer of the Week: Cellarmaker J-17 Pale Ale

Beer of the Week: Cellarmaker J-17 Pale Ale

Over the last decade, breweries have found increasingly playful ways to make hop-forward beers. The Triple IPA, Black IPA, Belgian-style IPA, and White IPA are all examples of recent developments. As interests focus around the Humulus Lupulus plant, beer aficionados…
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Dining, SFoodie Beer of the Week: Mikkeller Sally's Field

Beer of the Week: Mikkeller Sally's Field

Let's get this out of the way: yes, the name of this beer sounds like the title of a Lifetime movie (starring Sally Field, naturally). The brew itself is more edgy, we assure you. Shopping for a Mikkeller beer can…
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Dining, SFoodie Beer of the Week: The Bruery's 6 Geese-A-Laying

Beer of the Week: The Bruery's 6 Geese-A-Laying

We'd be remiss to skip the obligatory holiday ale feature this week, so we're laying it on ya (see what we did there?). The Bruery's winter seasonal collection has always been based on the 12 Days of Christmas song. Now…
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Dining, SFoodie The Rare Barrel, Berkeley's New Sour Beer Brewery, Opens to the Public

The Rare Barrel, Berkeley's New Sour Beer Brewery, Opens to the Public

It's been nearly 9 months since we started the conversation about The Rare Barrel, Berkeley's barrel-aged sour beer brewery. Assuming you're like us, you've been patiently twiddling your thumbs and salivating, awaiting the inaugural releases from a brewery built around…
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Dining, SFoodie Beer Event Roundup: Holiday Brews at The Trappist and Special Sours at City Beer Store

Beer Event Roundup: Holiday Brews at The Trappist and Special Sours at City Beer Store

Having trouble feeling your fingertips the last week? Yep, us too. You've likely been sipping on tea, cocoa, and hot cider in a survival-based effort to warm up your extremities. Allow us to suggest another route ... one that warms…
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