Chicago holds a special place in our hearts, and we are simply delighted to host the native brewery Half Acre at City Beer on a sunny March afternoon. Pours on draft include Double Daisy Cutter and Orin, with packs of colorful cans to cart away for home. Owners Matt Gallagher and Maurizio Fiori, with CFO David Bowers will be barside to talk shop.
Half Acre Beer Co. has two breweries on the north side of Chicago. We brew classic american micro styles, weighted barrel offerings, and wyld beers that traverse the landscape of mixed fermentation. Our aim is to brew technically raw beer for the collective odyssey.
‘Tis the season to celebrate the bounty of excellent triple IPAs produced in our fine state and neighboring ones. We will be featuring a total of (12) triple IPAs this year. The details: (6) triples will line up on draft beginning Wednesday at 6:00pm. On Thursday at 6:00pm we will add (6) more triple IPAs, for a grand total of (12). Each tap will be labeled with a letter only; beer names and breweries will NOT be listed. The lines will be hooked up by two individuals, these individual will be the only ones with the knowledge of what is pouring on each line. All other staff members of City Beer will be tasting blind along with you. We will announce the results via social media and on our website Thursday, February 23 at 9pm.
Hello neighbors to the north! We are delighted to debut the lovely Oregon based Alesong Brewing and Blending. Friends from the brewery-founders Brian and Doug Coombs-will be on the floor to discuss the personal inspiration behind each beer creation. Like the song, each beer is our expression, but the enjoyment and interpretation is yours. Alesong
Lyrical offerings on draft, with bottle options available:
Drive the scenic route to Capitola, where the warm and welcoming Sante Adairius Rustic Ales-affectionately known as SARA-makes its home. Drawing inspiration from Belgian tradition and like-minded breweries, Sante’s collection of beers are a joy to behold. Santa Adairius celebrates the unexpected qualities a small well-tended batch of beer produces; the melded flavors of yeast, hops, and nature joining together for a unique taste.
We are delighted to host Sante Adairius in our SFBW lineup, four years strong. This list to gaze upon:
The lovely owners, Adair Paterno and Tim Clifford, will be barside to engage.
Ah, the magic of grain, enjoyed throughout childhood (and in many households beyond youth) in cereal bowls from the shores of the Pacific to the Atlantic. For many adults, the love of grain advanced to a love of beer made from the finest of grains. Trevor Mattingly — Seasoned Cereal Blender — will guide guests through a historical journey of cereal that travels beyond the bowl. Your morning routine just became a little brighter and a little tastier.
What to expect: speciality blended cereal mixes paired alongside selections of decadent ales (coffee! bourbon! chocolate!) including:
-AleSmith, B.A. Vietnamese Speedway Stout
-Urban Family, Death to Cereal Breakfast Stout
-Finback, Between the Dead
-Oskar Blues, B.A. Ten Fidy
A continued exploration of toothsome barrel-aged ales with a study on this well loved style of beer. Unless you think decadent ales aged in spirit barrels are for sinners, this event was built for you. Bonus, most of these offerings have a boost of coffee, which is both tempting and necessary during the SFBW adventure.
Children of the night, prepare to gather for a unique journey with Phantom Carriage Brewery. Hush, be still, let the flavors wash over you while the wild yeasts explore. This is Phantom Carriage, a brewery with a concentrated focus on alternate fermentations, various wild yeast varieties, and the haunting beauty wine and spirit barrels introduce to a beer. Friends of the brewery will be barside to engage.
Sink your teeth into these offerings:
Walk through the forest of Humulus Lupulus, where you will delight in the pungent scent of zesty hops. Treat your taste buds to a collection of IPAs and Pale Ales on draft, with a focus on the growing popularity of New England style IPAs. Folks love to talk hop shop-floral, citrus, sticky, piney, insert your hoppy word of choice here-oh and we are here to encourage these discussions. Expect offerings on draft from the west and the east.
Our former bartenders may have left their place behind our bar, but they never left our hearts. We’ve enjoyed the privilege of working with some of the finest in the industry, and it’s only fitting that during the great big hug of SFBW we invite our all star team of City Beer Store bartenders back to swap stories behind the sticks. The players:
-Eddie Hsu noon-1pm
-Alex Dupont 1-2pm
-Connor Casey 2-3pm
-Paolo Peronne 3-4pm
-Nowal Mitchell 4-5pm
-Ryan Spencer 4-5pm
-Matt Coelho 5-6pm
-Stephanie Shaner 6-7pm
-John Maniquis 7-8pm
Trafton Bean 9-10pm
-Craig Wathen hmmmmm
-Beth Wathen noon-5pm
Plan to travel down for a visit and session with the collection of IPAs and Pale Ales pouring on draft. Bonus: In celebration of our first-rate manager Brian Spak’s birthday, there will be sugar laden treats. AND our dear friend Nick Fullmer (graphic artist all star) will be barside.
Over the course of ten years (and some change) many of our relationships with the breweries featured on our shelves turned into strong friendships, and born from these friendships is a fine collection of beer projects. These collaborative efforts have awarded us an opportunity to jointly produce a product with a brewery we admire. We are better for these experiences. Supporting one another in this industry is what keeps us humming; it’s the reason we are open today and the reason we keep pursing new and creative endeavors. Thank you friends. What you can expect: A collection of City Beer Store Collaboration Project Beers (five year anniversary, ten year anniversary, and in between) vintage and new offerings on draft.
Straight from Bend, Oregon, bottles of our collaboration project with Ale Apothecary, “a vintage batch brewery” will be available on our shelves. The wild open fermented ale is available in three versions to love:
-Gin version “Distillery No. 209 gin barrels”
-Port version “Miraflores port barrels”
-Blend “Distillery No. 209 gin + Miraflores port barrels”
We love sours, you love sours, brewers love artfully composing sours. The whim of nature combined with the whim of the brewer, blended together to create something special; sours have enjoyed a rich history with the devotion to this form of brewing continuing today. Join us for two full days of wild, tart, and funky sours of a varying degree on draft. Let’s pour some incredible beers and gather together to share our sentiments. Lively beers to behold from: Cascade, Shady Oak, Russian River, The Rare Barrel, The Lost Abbey, and more.
Black Sands-a San Francisco neighborhood brewery-is set to release their first distributed beer. Black Sands functions as both a brewery and a home-brew supply store, complete with educational classes designed for every level of brewer. We are proud to welcome back our former City Beer team member Cole Emde-head brewer at Black Sands-who will share information about his journey into beer, this time on the other side of the bar. On draft you will find, SMASH Citra IPA.
SMASH Citra is part of our signature series of beers, standing for Single Malt and Single Hop. It is a stripped down, crisp, palatable fresh IPA that is designated to educate customers and pair perfectly with food.
The fine people at Lagunitas Brewing Company gave us a hearty pat on the back for hitting the 10-year mark by creating a special City Beer Blend. They invited our entire crew up to participate in the experience and create their own Lagunitas stories; stories they will be delighed to share at the tapping. The City Beer Store Blend-a barrel aged sour with Montmorency Cherries-will be tapped at 4:20pm with a host of other Lagunitas offerings on draft. Support, it’s the best way to say “thank you” to one another in this ever evolving beer world. More details? You got it, peek at them below:
Base Beer: Farmhouse Sour (the base beer for Aunt Sally, Dark Swan, and all the other Hot-Side Sour-Mash ales created by Lagunitas).
Barrels: Aged 12 months in Oak Burgundy Barrels
Additions: Montmorency Cherries (Sour/Tart Cherry) and aged another 3 months.
Flavor: Tart, Subtle Cherry Fruit Aromas/Flavor, Mellow Funk-ness
On December 2, a devastating fire broke out in the Oakland artist collective, The Ghost Ship. The fire claimed lives and tore a hole in the vibrant close knit Bay Area art community. Please stop by to share a beer with friends, share a story, or simply quietly reflect; we will be donating all proceeds from a generously donated keg of Satsuma Blonde (Blonde with Satsuma Mandarins) by our friends at Temescal Brewing. If you are unable to make the event, or simply want to learn more about the community and how you can help, visit the following link:
Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stout arrives Black Friday with four variants for 2016 and two choice offerings from 2015. These bottles will be available to pack for home:
-Bourbon County Stout Original
-Bourbon County Stout Coffee (Intelligentsia Flecha Roja-a Costa Rican bean)
-Bourbon County Stout Barleywine
-2015 Bourbon County Stout Rare
-2015 Bourbon County Stout Regal Rye
A full Goose Island lineup will be featured on draft with rare offerings (Proprietors Bourbon County Stout) vintage choices, classics, and a smattering of the sour sisters. Arrive early and stay late.
To illustrate how a hoppy beer’s flavor begins to change with each day, patrons will have the chance to taste day of kegged HenHouse IPA (Incredible Pale Ale) alongside a 30-day sample of IPA and a 60-day sample of IPA. The day of fresh, fresh, freshie IPA will be available in cans to cart home.
Henhouse IPA is a blend of Cascade, Simcoe, Hallertau Blanc, Belma, and Mosiac hops.
HenHouse Brewing Company will be on hand to discuss their new fresh IPA in cans and answer any questions in regards to the nature of hops and flavor.
-Cans and draft of Henhouse’s fresh day of IPA will arrive by early afternoon. The cans will be available in 4-packs and arrival for purchase as soon as they hit our shelves. Draft will start pouring upon delivery.
-Cans will ONLY be available for purchase on Friday.
-Beginning at 6pm, draft samples of 30-day and 60-day IPA will be available to taste alongside the day of IPA. Representatives from Henhouse will guide guests through the changes in an aging IPA.
Featuring Barrel-Aged Campfire Stout alongside Sugaree Maple Pecan Pie and Sunshine Daydream. Folks from the brewery will be barside to engage.
Hello Chicago brewery friends! Expect to enjoy a collection on draft and plan to pack bottles for home. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to the wonderful local charitable organization Glide.
And now a word from the brewery….
Middle Brow Beer Co. was born from the idea that good beer should be good for more than just a big buzz. And so they got to work brewing beer with their weird beer friends. And lots of super cool normals drank those beers over and over again. And so Middle Brow set out to brew more beers–in particular those that they’d been making for years in their kitchen labs and basement drabs.
And lots of super cool normals drank those beers, too. Over and over again, too. And, as we all tend to do, they paid way too much money for those beers. Way more, in fact, than Middle Brow could ever justify charging for such a fine and simple thing. So Middle Brow donated half of the money it cleared from those sales to lovely charities in its favorite cities–mainly the big one by the lake and the big one by the bay.
And so here we stand: brewing good grains, drinking good beer and doing good deeds.
Come help us brew. And drink. And do.
We will be showcasing sour styles, vintage beers, and hoppy delights. Multiple vintages of the sour wonders will be available on draft.
Another freshie comes into the world! Lagunitas Born Yesterday Fresh Hop Ale on draft and in the bottle to coo over.
Hop, hop, hoppity, hop and more! Join us for a walk down memory lane as we revisit Stone Anniversary beers from days of yore alongside the 20th Anniversary offering:
-Stone 5th Anniversary IPA
-Stone 6th Anniversary Porter
-Stone 10th Anniversary DIPA
-Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
-Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA
-Stone 20th Anniversary Citracado IPA
Guests will have the option of purchasing a Stone commerative glass with drink tickets or selecting Stone offerings a la carte. Oh, and cake..there will be cake.
One of Oregon’s finest will be showcased on draft with friends from the brewery barside.
Please enjoy these offerings on draft:
-The Vine 2015
Beer and coffee, stimulating alone, brilliantly stimulating together. Join the Drakes crew and the Sightglass coffee crew for a cupping of their collaboration “Electric Owl”, an Imperial Brown Ale brewed with coffee.
Bottles and draft of Electric Owl will be available.
Additional draft offerings:
-Coconut Kitten Party
-Wild Hundo and more….
Your wardrobe just got upgraded!
What you’ll want to know about this amazing opportunity:
-Over here at City Beer, we honor the glorious set of versatile clothing known as the “track suit”. It is for that reason we decided it’s high time people lounged around the store sipping beer in what is arguably the most comfortable set of clothing one can own.
-$1.00 off all draft beers while donning your track suit.
-All forms of track suits are welcome, no judgement on your selection or how you came to own it. Jogging? Break dancing? Running an underground crime ring? Hoping to get noticed and cast in the next Wes Anderson film?
-The City Beer Store staff will be outfitted in track suit wear.
Need a proper definition? track suit (noun) a loose, warm set of clothes consisting of a sweatshirt or light jacket and pants with an elastic or drawstring waist, worn when exercising or as casual wear.
Now if for some sad reason you don’t already own one of these gems, there are shops a-plenty where you can score a track suit, be it online or right out your front door. Now get to it!
Ninkasi Brewing put down roots in 2006-hello 2006 business founder friend!-in Eugene, Oregon. Their healthy portfolio of beer involves flagship brands, seasonal offerings, and creative ingredient creations. Join us to help them celebrate 10 years of brewing for the vastly diverse group of beer lovers across Oregon and beyond.
On draft please enjoy:
Dust off your party hat and help us celebrate Coronado Brewing Company’s 20th Anniversary. Expect plenty of bottles and cans from their collection to scoop up with a thirst inducing lineup on tap.
-Frogs Breathe Citrus IPA
Live large with the newest Lagunitas beer on the block, we’ll be offering these minis to drink onsite or pack for home.
The magical, mystical 12th of Never is a blend of Old and New School hops that play bright citrus, rich coconut, and papaya-esque flavors, all on a solid stage of English puffed wheat.
Gluten free love in bottles. Details to arrive with a quickness.
Join us to welcome a new distribution company based in Oakland-Mindful Distributors. We will offer a potpourri of beers from their impressive portfolio on draft and in package. Brewers, brewery friends, and the folks from Mindful Distributors will be stopping by City Beer throughout the three days to introduce their beers to the Bay Area.
-Kern River Brewing Company (featured on Monday)
-SixPoint Brewery (Featured on Wednesday)
-Barrelhouse Brewing Company (Featured on Tuesday)
-Uncommon Brewers (Featured on Monday)
-Hi-Wheel (Featured on Wednesday)
-Locust Ciders (Featured on Wednesday)
-Ex Novo (Featured on Tuesday)
Flowing on tap, ready in the bottle.
Nancy is a sour red ale fermented with Maine cherries and Brettanomyces in 100% stainless, for just shy of a year. the cherries were a blend of Balaton and Montmorrency and added at a rate of 2lbs per gallon. Copper in color, Nancy has an aroma of cherries, bread crust, and a touch of cinnamon. The flavor is a medley of tart cherry, citrus, and pie spice. The finish is dry with a lingering tartness.
Deux Amis is a special collaboration between two iconic breweries: Belgium’s own Brasserie Dupont and San Diego’s Lost Abbey. Join the brewers behind this American Belgian Saison Ale, Tomme Arthur and Olivier Dedeycker while they share their story of creating a classic saison with an American twist. Deux Amis will be available on draft and in bottles.
Deux Amis (French for “Two Friends”) commemorates the landmark collaboration between Belgium’s Brasserie Dupont and America’s Lost Abbey Brewery.
This collaboration brings together two highly esteemed brewers who have long admired each other’s work–Olivier Dedeycker, the fourth-generation Master Brewer at Dupont and Tomme Arthur, the acclaimed Brew Master of Lost Abbey.
Brewed in Belgium using techniques perfected over almost a hundred years, Deux Amis receives its decidedly state-side flavor from the addition of American Amarillo and Simcoe hops. The result of this kinship is a dry, refreshing Old World Saison full of peppery spice that finishes with New World flavors of floral orange and earthy pine.
Our Dogpatch neighbors Triple Voodoo offer a wide range of beer styles in their collection; a little something for all taste profiles. We look forward to offering their beers on draft with the opportunity to chat up founder Greg Kitchen and head brewer Phil Meeker. Taste these on draft:
SummeRye rye session pale ale
Anxiety Pils Pilsner
Rye Felicia Rye IPA
Bourbon Barrel Aged imperial stout
A tour of hops and chocolate, and the distinct flavors released when brought together. Guided by Fieldwork brewer and co-owner Alex Tweet and Pete’s Wicked Ale and Cocoa Pete’s founder Pete Slosberg. Chocolate from Tcho chocolates.
Monsters’ Park Imperial Stout defined:
Monsters’ Park is a hulking, cantankerous imperial stout sporting a brawny malt bill and a dry, lingering finish. Its massive roast profile blends with an eye-popping coffee, chocolate, and toast character, which combine to provide a monumentally robust & aggressive experience.
How about sitting around with folks and drinking a barrel aged version of Monsters’ Park beside a set of variants? Let’s do this….
Monsters’ Park Aged in Bourbon Barrels
Monsters’ Park Aged in Bourbon Barrels with Coffee
Monsters’ Park Aged in Bourbon Barrels with Coconut and Cocoa Nibs
Monsters’ Park Aged in Bourbon Barrels with Vanilla
Bottles of Hive 56 will be available to take home and enjoy. On draft you’ll find: Uncommon Crow and Northman.
Hive 56 is a dark sour ale aged with honey in an oak foudre for eighteen months. The beer is deep mahogany in color with aromas of strawberries, lemon, and tropical fruit; notes of dark chocolate, raspberries, and figs present themselves upon the first sip, followed by a lingering tartness.
We brew this beer with a blend of dark Munich malt, chocolate wheat, midnight wheat, and roasted barley, and hop with Cascade and Northern Brewer. Hive 56 undergoes initial fermentation with our house yeast; we then transfer the beer to a foudre with Brettanomyces bruxellensis and fresh honey from our Allagash beehives. Over the course of the next 18 months, the Brettanomyces transforms the honey, resulting in a beer with bold, roasty flavors, and a hint of tropical fruit.
Our five-year anniversary collaboration with The Bruery, “The Wanderer”, has a new batch out-batch three-with a classy new label. We are delighted to offer bottles for sale with draft pouring. “Share This: Coffee”, part of a new series created by The Bruery will be prominently featured alongside a host of other offerings from a brewery dedicated to the exploration of beer.
The Wanderer: Batch Three
The Wanderer is a special blend of oak aged ales that we made with Craig and Beth from San Francisco’s City Beer Store. Blending a mix of sour ales and our anniversary ale the base of this beer has a delightfully sour tinge on top of a hearty malt backbone. To add to the flavor, Craig and Beth selected blackberries and bing cherries to be added to the ale adding to its already fruity complexity. This ale went on to win the silver medal for wood & barrel aged sour fruited ales at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival.
Share This: Coffee
Let’s move beyond the concept of grabbing a beer, and reach for something bigger. This is a journey that transcends beer as we know it. Share This is a new series of beers that fills us with both satisfaction and pride in our ongoing exploration of what we can achieve with beer. Each release in this series will spotlight unique ingredients and an important cause.
Share This: Coffee is an imperial stout with freshly-roasted coffee sourced by Mostra Coffee from the Philippines. For each bottle we produce, Free Wheelchair Mission receives one dollar, in turn, helping friends in the Philippines become mobile for the first time.
The Verdi Club! Bevy of beer! Live music! Delicious food! Good friends! These fine breweries we have enjoyed the honor of collaborating with on this project:
-Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
-Cellarmaker Brewing Company
-Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
-Drakes Brewing Company
-Almanac Beer Company
These gorgeous anniversary beers: Southern Sunrise (Sante Adairius), 300 Steps (Cellarmaker), City Beer 10th Anniversary Ale (Sierra Nevada), Duck Puppy (Drakes), and Tropical Platypus (Almanac). Additional beers will be poured from our collaboration breweries and other brewery friends.
Your entrance ticket includes a commemorative glass and (3) drink tickets.
Tunes from these folks: The Amnesiacs-a bluesy, New Orleans style, good time listening band and Tino Drima-an R&B, doo-wop, with a modern slant band.
Settle in and enjoy food offerings from Chef Sean Gawel, all food will be for sale and is cash only. Additional drink tickets will be available for purchase.
This event is SOLD OUT. City Beer Store will be closed day of the event.
Southern Sunrise-Saison with Peaches. Our 10-Year Anniversary Collaboration with these whimsical brewers.
This beer will be available exclusively at City Beer Store and Sante Adairius Rustic Ales.
Blended in collaboration with our longtime friends Beth and Craig Wathen, Southern Sunrise pays tribute to the Wathens and their 10 years of innovation in San Francisco. A barrel-aged saison at its core, the late addition of Georgia’s favorite fruit lends a modest, yet juicy, peach finish to this smooth beer. We encourage you to share Southern Sunrise with good friends while you celebrate the sweetness of friendship and the love of beer. Sante!
City Beer Store 10 Year Anniversary Ale-Barrel-aged New Orleans Coffee Milk Stout. Our 10-Year Anniversary Collaboration with the pioneers.
This beer will be available exclusively at City Beer Store and in the taproom at Sierra Nevada Chico and the Sierra Nevada Torpedo Room.
Brewed with our friends in San Francisco, City Beer 10th Anniversary Ale was inspired by New Orleans iced coffee. This hearty stout was brewed with lactose, chicory, and coffee before spending six months in bourbon barrels. The result pour dark with an herbal aroma, deliciously creamy mouthfeel and rich, luscious flavor.
Duck Puppy-Barrel-aged Belgian style Quad Ale. Our 10-Year Anniversary Collaboration with the good people across the bay.
This beer will be available exclusively at City Beer Store and Drakes Brewing Company.
Brewed with our friends at City Beer Store to celebrate their 10th birthday, this beer pays homage to the oddball of evolution we affectionately call the Duck Puppy. Some fancy sciency-type people might also call this egg laying mammal a duck-billed platypus. The Duck Puppy is a complex creature with flavors of toffee, raisin, and plum. Dark candy sugar and crystal malt add a hint of molasses and toasted almond. We aged this beer for twelve months in High West Rye Whiskey barrels which balanced the dark fruit character with notes of creamy vanilla and a dry whiskey spice. Let this Monotrematic Ale evolve in your cellar for 2-3 years.
300 Steps-American style Double IPA. City Beer 10-Year Anniversary Collaboration with our friendly neighbors.
Bottles of this beer will be sold at City Beer Store exclusively. Cellarmaker will pour 300 Steps on draft, no growler fills, no bottles.
300 Steps was made for Craig, Beth, and the amazing team at City Beer Store. 10 years ago they opened their little Mom and Pop craft beer store when the craft beer scene was just beginning to take off in San Francisco and changed the game forever. Similar to the City Beer folks, we enjoy ending our work days with a big, dank, unrelenting Double IPA. This one is loaded with excessive amounts of Nelson Sauvin, Citra and Simcoe hops to thoroughly punch you in the face.
Tropical Platypus-Sour Blonde Ale!! City Beer 10-Year Anniversary Collaboration with our homegrown brewers.
This beer is NOT exclusive to City Beer Store and will be sold in other retail establishments.
This special tropical ale is brewed in celebration of City Beer Store’s 10th Anniversary. Inspired by their adorable Platypus mascot, this equatorial sour blonde ale is aged in used wine barrels and oak foeders with an array of tropical fruits. We selected barrels with fruit-forward characters, and amplified those notes with the addition of kiwi, mango, lime and passionfruit. We tied the whole blend together with the addition of aromatic Galaxy hops. The finished beer is a tropical explosion, worthy of our duck-billed inspiration. Pair with celebratory anniversaries, pupu platters and white sand beaches.
When Almanac was in its infancy, City Beer Store was already a craft beer institution in San Francisco. They constantly fought for the craft beer industry and provided a home for new breweries looking to make a mark. In fact, they were the first to sell Almanac’s beer. This beer honors 10 years of providing a home for craft beer.
Taste of Oakland’s hip new brewery, featuring a set of Pale Ales on draft.
-Hello Pale Ale
-Birthday Pale Ale
Slushie machines will be churning, people will be gathering, delicious flavors will be enjoyed, and the stylish folks behind Sweden’s premiere beer brand Omnipollo will be barside to engage.
Arnie, barrel-aging, hops!hops!hops!, platypus, puzzles, friends….
-Titania Moon Juice
-Dirty Bomb Saison
Our friendship with New Belgium’s Ed Dopman-one of the most genuine people we have met in the beer world- began when we had 4 taps and a space half the size it is today. It was through this relationship we were given a wonderful opportunity to join New Belgium’s Lauren Salazar (Wood Cellar Manager and inspirational leader in the beer industry) on a collaborative beer.
Craig journeyed to Colorado with the inspiration to create a tribute beer to New Belgium, the first American explorers of sour ale. During talks and tastings we learned that all the sours in New Belgium’s Lips of Faith program are born from two base beers: Oscar and Felix. While tasting the barrels, the Felix spoke the strongest to us; it felt like this was a blend we should explore for the collaboration. Turns out New Belgium had NEVER before created a blend of Felix alone. This was a golden opportunity to showcase a remarkable beer brewed by a remarkable sour house, the first of it’s kind by New Belgium. Please join us to celebrate New Belgium and our collaborative efforts: Labor of Love. This is a City Beer Store exclusive, draft only.
Additional selections from New Belgium’s Lips of Faith program will be available on draft.
Calicraft Brewing Company has a passion for using locally grown ingredients in their collection of beers, from fruity IPAs to barrel aged beauties. Park yourself at the bar to enjoy Barrel Project-Sour Zinfandel, Oaktown Rum Sour, Ginger Coast Kolsh, and more on draft with bottles to cart away for home.
Plan to hike down with your troop and pack in for selections from the 2016 Woods Beer Company Cookie Beer collection. This year will be draft only, featuring:
-Coconut Caramel Dubbel
-Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout
Woods Troop #2255 will be barside to help with survival skills.
Featuring the latest roundup of Mike McDole’s aka “Tasty” beer collaborations. On draft you’ll enjoy:
-Faction Brewing, Vapor
-Fieldwork Brewing Company, Saint McDole
-Heretic Brewing Company, Evil3
Once upon a time an Evil Twin beer was created at Jolly Pumpkin, it was released to the people and it was enjoyed. Along came his brother, Mikkeller, and another beer was created in the land of Jolly Pumpkin, the people cheered and it was enjoyed. A day came when the brewer at Jolly Pumpkin took those two beers, placed them together and created a blend of his own for the people to enjoy and they cheered. Let’s come together and enjoy this creation: Hamajang. Additional beers will be available to enjoy!
‘Tis the season to celebrate the bounty of excellent triple IPAs produced in our fine state. We will be featuring (5) triple IPAs- with a few doubles mixed in for effect, along with a wild card- on draft beginning Monday at 6:00pm. On Tuesday at 6:00pm we will add (5) more triple and double IPAs, for a total of (10). Each tap will be labeled with a letter only; beer names and breweries will NOT be listed. The lines will be hooked up by one individual, this individual will be the only individual with knowledge of what is pouring on each line. All other staff members of City Beer will be tasting blind along with you. We will announce the results via social media and on our website Tuesday, February 23 at 9:00pm.
A-Evil Twin Brewing, Molotov Heavy (11.0%)
B-Faction Brewing, Hop Soup (8.5%)
C-Russian River Brewing Company, Pliny the Elder (8.0%)
D-The Hop Concept, Dank & Sticky (8.5%)
E-Altamont Beer Works, Scarcity (11.0%
F-Iron Springs Brewery, Compulsory (11.0%)
G-Russian River Brewing Company, Pliny the Younger (10.25%)
H-Heretic Brewing Company, Evil3 (11.5%)
I-Auburn AleHouse, ZZHop
J-Social Kitchen and Brewery, Galaxy Cruise
Merlin Milk Stout on nitro with fresh cookies on the side, makes a Tuesday much cozier.
Our friends at Pizza Port in San Diego enjoy a healthy lifestyle of brewing delicious beer and riding killer waves (no wetsuit needed). Now they are officially bringing their collection of sunshine in cans and sunshine on draft to Northern California. Expect a great lineup on draft with great people from the brewery sipping alongside you.
-Koa Warrior, Imperial Stout with Toasted Coconut, Macadamia Nuts, and Hawaiian Coffee
-May The Port Be With You, Imperial Porter
-Tie Dye IPA, Dank IPA with Columbus and Amarillo hops
-Bat Ray, Black IPA
Drive the scenic route to Capitola, where you will find the warm and welcoming Sante Adairius Brewing Company-affectionately known as SARA. Peek in their brewing house to spy brewers crafting, blending, and tinkering to create a range of distinctive beers. Drawing inspiration from Belgian tradition and other like minded brewers, Sante’s collection of beers are a joy to behold. SARA celebrates the unexpected qualities a small well tended batch of beer produces; the melded flavors of yeast, hops, and nature joining together for a delectable taste.
We are delighted to feature this brewery in our SFBW lineup, three years strong.
Gaze upon this draft list:
– Love’s Armor
The lovely and exuberant Adair Paterno (co-owner) will be barside along with head brewer Jason Hansen.
Details to arrive with a quickness.
Ah the magic of grain, enjoyed throughout childhood (and beyond for many) in cereal bowls from the shores of the Pacific to the Atlantic. For many adults, the love of grain advanced to a love of beer made from the finest of grains. With Trevor Mattingly-Seasoned Cereal Blender-as a guide, guests will enjoy a historical journey beyond the bowl, experiencing the flavors a blended mix of cereal can impart when paired alongside selections of decadent ales.
Delicious crunchy cereal blends:
-Captain Crunch, Fruity Pebbles, and Fruit Loops
-Reese’s Puffs, Cocoa Krispies, and Captain Crunch
-Lucky Charms, Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Rich and roasty draft selections:
-AleSmith Brewing Company, Hawaiian Speedway Stout
-Evil Twin Brewing, Aun Mas A Jesus
-Founders Brewing Company, Kentucky Breakfast Stout
-Pizza Port Brewing Company, Bacon & Eggs
-Fieldwork Brewing Company, Barrel-aged Eliza
Cascade Brewing’s dedication to the artful blending of sours-wrangling those wily lactobacillus is no easy task sir-is a carefully honed skill. The brewery’s North West style sour ales continue to be an inspiration to other brewers in the field; the depth of imagination used in creating the blends can be tasted with each sip. Gather barside to engage in wild talk with the top wrangler and storyteller Brewmaster Ron Gansberg. These selections await you on draft:
-Twisted Julep (southern style served with a sprig of mint)
-Vlad The Imp Aler
-Apple Crisp a La Mode
We find our hop heroes one year later, still churning out excellent IPAs and spinning yarns. The story: when Societe Brewing Company founders Doug and Travis sketched out plans for their dream brewery, they reached out to the historical IPA producer Pat of Alpine Beer Company. Their goal was to craft fresh and treasured IPAs with the same dedication honored at Alpine, and thus sought the wisdom of its founder. Pat listened and provided sage advice.
The folks behind the kettle tell the narrative best, and lucky for you the storytellers will be barside to share:
-Pat Mcilhenney (Owner and Brew Master, Alpine Beer Company)
-Shawn Mcilhenney (Head Brewer, Alpine Beer Company)
-Doug Constantiner (Co-Founder, Societe Brewing Company)
-Mike V. Sardina (Ruler of the Underworld, Societe Brewing Company)
There will be hoppiness on tap; floral, citrus, sticky, piney, insert your hoppy word of choice here. Fill your glass, gather round, and share in the joy Societe and Alpine bring to the beer community.
San Francisco artist Nick Fullmer with his excellent hand drawn designs (many beer related) will be showcasing new works, including the City Beer Store SFBW 2016 Drowning in Beer. Saddle up to bar to hear his own tales (all non-fiction, no fables) of sipping glorious Societe and Alpine IPAs.
This one’s for the dreamers. If you secretly or not so secretly harbor the desire to have your mane cut into a mullet, this event is custom made for you. If your friends roll their eyes speaking, “just get a mullet cut already dude and stop yapping about it!”, this event is for you. If you just want to drink delicious nectar of the gods beer and watch others around you get their hair cut into a mullet, this event is for you! If you want to don a faux mullet and wear those beloved jean cutoffs your girlfriend/boyfriend/partner keeps threatening to put in the “donation box” this event is for YOU!
Get your motor running with these pours on draft:
-Backwoods Bastard 2013, Founders Brewing Company
-Bo & Luke, Against the Grain Brewery
-Velvet Merkin 2013, Firestone Walker Brewing Company
-Hop Craic (Crack) XXXX, Moylan’s Brewery
-Barrel-aged Speedway Stout, AleSmith Brewing Company
-and we’re just getting started….
Kristy “Scissorbird” Nalepovic will be wielding the blades; time to pick your fancy: soccer rocker, femmullet, Kentucky waterfall, Mississippi mudflap, or perhaps the squirrel pelt. With special guest appearances from Against the Grain’s Jerry and Sam.
Relive the Black Friday Bourbon County Stout experience with selections from the 2014 and 2015 vintage Bourbon County collection on draft nested up with the Sour Sisters.
-2014 Bourbon County Stout
-2015 Bourbon County Stout
Bottles of select styles available to go.
This day the four horsemen of the Hopocalypse shall ride, carrying with them a bounty of hops in the form of four versions of Drake’s mighty Hopocalypse. Bottles of “Black Label” Triple IPA Hopocalypse and “Green Label” Double IPA Hopocalypse will be available for the taking.
Quench your thirst with these draft pours:
-White Label Imperial White IPA
-Red Label Blood Orange Double IPA
-Black Label Triple IPA
-Green Label Double IPA
Imagination, colorful characters, charm, snow packed days (and nights), bears, love, tundra: Midnight Sun Brewing Company packs it all and more into their collection of innovative ales. We can think of no better way to celebrate one of our favorite breweries turning 21 than to host their spirited beer on our draft board. We’ll line up the party shots on the bar with candles blazing on a frosted cake to enjoy.
Perfectly paired with cake:
-Arctic Devil 2014
-Just the Tip on nitro
Keep your fashion sense in check with rock star belt buckles. Our darling neighbor Kyra Brown is setting up her custom made belt buckle shop Booty Boutique.
We love sours, you love sours, brewers love artfully composing sours. The whim of nature combined with the whim of the brewer, blended together to create something special; sours have enjoyed a rich history with the devotion to this form of brewing continuing today. Join us for a full day of wild, tart, and funky sours of a varying degree on draft. Let’s pour some incredible beers and gather together to share our sentiments. Lively beers to behold from: Russian River, Council Brewing, Upright Brewery, Libertine, The Lost Abbey, The Bruery, and more.
Jesse Friedman and Damian Fagan founded Almanac Beer Company in 2010. They share a common belief, that fresh and seasonal ingredients sourced from neighboring farms produces the finest and most interesting beer.
We have enthusiastically stocked our shelves with their bounty of beer since the first batch bottled, and for the second year during SFBW we will be unleashing a smattering of vintage and newly released bottles. For a special treat, Austin’s authentic farmhouse brewery Jester King will be joining our session. A belief in producing beer with strong ties to the land, Jester King is a natural fit.
The Almanac family and Jester King family will be barside to passionately discuss their farm-to-barrel method.
Bottles from the Almanac cellars:
-Bourbon Sour Porter
-Cerise Sour Blond
-Dogpatch Sour (2014)
-Valley of the Heart’s Delight (2014)
-Valley of the Heart’s Delight (2015)
-Valley of the Heart’s Delight (2016)
Bottles from the Jester King cellars:
Step inside for a little holiday cheer. Complimentary holiday sips and something for your sweet tooth.