Don’t Miss: Sip Sonoma Brews at Bay Area’s Biggest Beer Bash

S.F. Beer Week Gala. (Photo courtesy of S.F. Beer Week)
SF Beer Week Gala. (Photo courtesy of SF Beer Week)

Since its inauguration in 2009, San Francisco Beer Week has quickly established itself as one of the most highly anticipated beer events in the country. This year, SF Beer Week will take place February 10-19 and, like previous years, the big beer bash begins with an opening gala – if you’re a beer lover, this is a party you won’t want to miss. 

The SF Beer Week Opening Gala will kick off nine days of tastings, pairings, brewers dinners, tap takeovers, educational seminars and special releases throughout the Bay Area. This year’s gala, hosted by San Francisco Brewers Guild at Pier 48 in San Francisco, will serve up the largest gathering of Northern California breweries and tasty bites from some of the city’s top food vendors.

Guests will be able to sample beers from over 120 Northern California breweries, including sought after triple IPA Pliny the Younger and the SF Brewers Guild collaboration beer: New Frontier Kolsch (premiered at the opening gala). If you want to get your hands on one of these harder to get beers, a VIP ticket is recommended – whether in Santa Rosa or San Francisco, Pliny the Younger is always served with a long line.

Chloe Smith delivers another round of Pliny the Younger at Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa on Friday. (JOHN BURGESS
Chloe Smith delivers another round of Pliny the Younger at Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa. (John Burgess)

In addition to widely known brews, there will be a variety of beer flowing – some so rare that even a true beer geek might not know about them yet.

Here’s a roundup of breweries that will be attending this year’s SF Beer Week (this is subject to change as more breweries are added to the list):

NORTH BAY

  • 101 North Brewing
  • Anderson Valley Brewing
  • Bear Republic Brewing
  • Cooperage Brewing
  • Eel River Brewing
  • Fogbelt Brewing
  • HenHouse Brewing
  • Iron Springs Pub & Brewery
  • Lagunitas Brewing
  • Lost Coast Brewery
  • Mad River Brewing
  • Marin Brewing
  • Mendocino Brewing
  • Moonlight Brewing
  • Moylan’s Brewing
  • Napa Smith Brewery
  • North Coast Brewing
  • Petaluma Hills Brewing
  • Russian River Brewing
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing
  • Sonoma Springs Brewing
  • St. Florian’s Brewery
  • Third Street Aleworks
  • Woodfour Brewing
SF Beer Week, a ten day beer experience. (Tim Vallery)
SF Beer Week, a ten day beer experience. (Tim Vallery)

SAN FRANCISCO

  • 21st Amendment Brewery
  • Almanac Beer
  • Anchor Brewing
  • Barrel Head Brewhouse
  • Bartlett Hall
  • Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant
  • Black Hammer Brewing
  • Black Sands Brewery
  • Bon Machre Brasserie & Bar
  • Brasserie Saint James
  • Cellarmaker Brewing
  • Fort Point Beer
  • Harmonic Brewing
  • Headlands Brewing
  • Holy Craft Brewery
  • Laughing Monk
  • Local Brewing
  • Magnolia Brewing
  • Old Bus Tavern
  • Pine Street Brewery
  • Pizza Orgasmica & Brewing
  • San Francisco Brewing
  • Shmaltz Brewing
  • Social Kitchen & Brewery
  • Southern Pacific Brewing
  • Southpaw BBQ
  • Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
  • Sunset Reservoir Brewing
  • ThirstyBear Organic Brewery
  • Triple Voodoo Brewery & Tap Room
  • Woods Beer / Cerveceria de MateVeza
Beer sampling at SF Beer Week 2016. (Tim Vallery)
Beer sampling at SF Beer Week 2016. (Tim Vallery)

EAST BAY

  • Alameda Island Brewing
  • Ale Industries
  • Altamont Beer Works
  • Auburn Alehouse
  • Benoit-Casper Brewing
  • Berryessa Brewing
  • Bison Brewing
  • Black Diamond Brewery
  • Buffalo Bill’s Brewery
  • Calicraft Brewing
  • Cleophus Quealy Beer
  • DasBrew
  • Diving Dog Brewhouse
  • Drake’s Brewing
  • Dust Bowl Brewing
  • Eight Bridges Brewing
  • Elevation 66 Brewing
  • Epidemic Ales
  • Federation Brewing
  • Ghost Town Brewing
  • Heretic Brewing
  • High Water Brewing
  • Hoppy Brewing
  • Knee Deep Brewing
  • New Helvetia Brewing
  • Ol’ Republic Brewing
  • Pacific Coast Brewing
  • Rubicon Brewing
  • Ruhstaller Brewery & Taproom
  • Schubros Brewery
  • Tahoe Mountain Brewing
  • The Rare Barrel
  • Track 7 Brewing
  • Triple Rock Brewing
  • Trumer Brauerei
  • Working Man Brewing
Cheers to SF Beer Week! (Photo by Tim Vallery)
Cheers to SF Beer Week! (Photo by Tim Vallery)

SOUTH BAY

  • Alpha Acid Brewing
  • Armstrong Brewing
  • Devil’s Canyon Brewing
  • Discretion Brewing
  • El Toro Brewing
  • Faultline Brewing
  • Firestone Walker Brewing
  • Freewheel Brewing
  • Gordon Biersch Brewing
  • Half Moon Bay Brewing
  • Hermitage Brewing
  • Highway 1 Brewing
  • Hop Dogma Brewing
  • New Bohemia Brewing
  • Palo Alto Brewing
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing
  • Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
  • Strike Brewing
  • Tied House Brewery & Cafe
  • Uncommon Brewers

SF BEER WEEK OPENING GALA

When: Friday, February 10, 2017, 6:00 – 10:30 PM
Where: Pier 48, San Francisco, CA 94133
Tickets: $80-$120 per person, includes a beer glass, unlimited samples, and admission into the event. Tickets sell out fast, get them here.
Transportation: Gather a group together, rent a car or a bus with Executive Charters, or charter the North Bay Brewery Tours bus and travel down to San Francisco in style.
Info:  sfbeerweek.com, (@SfBeerWeek)

Stay tuned for more upcoming events in and around Sonoma County during SF Beer Week and leading up to it. There is a lot in store for Sonoma County beer lovers!

Consumers enjoying the SF Beer Week Opening Gala in 2014 with the photo booth. Left to right: Tim and Jess Vallery, Derek and Erin Manus, and Adam and Ashley Stewart.
Guests enjoying the SF Beer Week Opening Gala in 2014, in a photo booth. Left to right: Tim and Jess Vallery, Derek and Erin Manus, and Adam and Ashley Stewart.

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