• Thursday, November 12, 2015
    Fort Point Brewing Can Sipping Session....

    Nestled in San Francisco’s landmark Presido Park, Fort Point has been brewing palate pleasing beers to share with an enthusiastic beer community.  They are adding a new step in their production; can offerings of a variety of styles.  Join us for pours of their collection on draft with boxed 6-packs to cart for home.  The crew from Fort Point will be barside to engage.

  • Monday, October 19, 6pm
    Sipping Session with Modern Times Beer....

    Details complete with barrel aging to follow…..

  • Friday, October 9, 6pm
    Sipping Session with Founders Brewing Company....

    Your voices were heard!  The dream of seeing this long honored brewery featured proudly on shelf and tap is now a reality.  Offerings on draft and in the bottle.

  • Thursday, October 8, 6pm
    Tapping of 2015 Treasure Chest....

    Expect to enjoy Treasure Chest 2015 on draft and in bottles for home.  Green Flash tells the origin of Treasure Chest best, please read below:

    Established in 2011 by Green Flash Co-Founder and breast cancer survivor Lisa Hinkley, our annual fundraising program raises money to support breast cancer charities. Each year, we introduce an exceptional limited release beer starring a new pinup-inspired icon. This year, we’re excited to debut Treasure Chest 2015, both on draft and in 22 oz. bottles.

    Say Aloha to Treasure Chest 2015, an exotic pink IPA brewed with grapefruit, prickly pear juice and hibiscus flowers. Erupting with fruit-forward complexity, 100% Mosaic hops present aromas of heady citrus and refined stone fruit. The pleasantly bitter flavors of the hops are enhanced by the addition of fresh grapefruit juice. Offering balance to offset the bold citrus notes, prickly pear juice imparts a peppery-sweet kick in the finish. Tropical Hibiscus flowers give this beer a naturally pink hue, a nod to the official color of the Treasure Chest mission. 5.7% ABV | 65 IBU

  • Friday, September, 18, 6pm
    New Belgium and The Rare Barrel Collaboration "Err On the Side Of Awesome" Release....

    There is an awesome story behind this collaboration.  A story best shared by the people behind it: Lauren Salazar (Speciality Brand Manager for New Belgium) and The Rare Barrel founders Jay Goodwin and Alex Wallash.  Lucky for all of us they will be barside to weave this magical story of chance, friendship, and exceptional beer.

    “Err On The Side Of Awesome” is a blend of a wood-aged beer and a Kriek aged beer from one of the original New Belgium oak barrels, the infamous ph1 (history lesson involving Russian River insert here).

    Along with their collaboration beer,  “Err On The Side Of Awesome”, we will feature the following rare offerings from The Rare Barrel and New Belgium:

    -Cosmic Dust (Rare Barrel)
    -NBB Love Peach Oscar (New Belgium)
    -Another World (Rare Barrel)
    -Eric’s Ale (New Belgium)
    -Forces Unseen (Rare Barrel)
    -Le Terroir (New Belgium)

  • Tuesday, July 21, 6pm
    Bottle Launch with Drakes Brewing Company: Aroma Coma and Aroma Prieta....

    Two IPAs of wonder for you to enjoy on draft and bottles to pack for home.
    Drakes Brewing Company Aroma Coma and Aroma Prieta are seasonal IPAs, and should be a staple on your summer menu of beverages. Our friends across the bay will be barside to engage in discussions around the distinct flavor of Northern Hemisphere hops versus Southern Hemisphere hops.

    Aroma Coma
    Our summer seasonal Aroma Coma India Pale Ale delivers an aromatic hop assault that lives up to its name. We start with almost all 2-row barley malt and a touch of Caramalt and Rye for body. Intense additions of American hops Citra, Cascade, Chinook, and a touch of El Dorado and Amarillo deliver huge flavors of citrus and resinous pine. Finally, a double round of dry-hopping amps up the aroma to absurd levels of hop enjoyment.

    Aroma Prieta
    Shake out from Aroma Coma with Aroma Prieta. Aroma Coma’s sister beer mirrors its twin starting with primarily American 2-row barley malt and a touch of Caramalt and Rye for body. From there, we turn things upside down. Prieta leaves behind Aroma Coma’s North American hops for some Southern Hemisphere hop action. New Zealand hops Nelson Sauvin, Pacific Jade, and Motueka in the double dry-hop give Aroma Prieta huge aromas of tropical fruit, gooseberries, and grapefruit. Like Aroma Coma but different: breathe in these hops and enjoy.

  • Thursday, July 9, 4:30pm
    Sipping Session with GreenFlash Brewing Company featuring Brewmaster Chuck Silva....

    Sit a spell and enjoy the company of GreenFlash, one of the original San Diego craft beer houses dedicated to palette changing styles including bursting fresh west coast style IPAs.  Chuck Silva will be barside to discuss GreenFlash’s wide range of styles, bottles that fit in both the icebox and the cellar.  

    On draft:
    -Soul Style IPA
    -Serrano Chili Stout
    -Silva Stout
    -Flanders Drive

    Bottle sales from the Cellar 3 Series:  Silva Stout and Flanders Drive.

  • Wednesday, July 1, 6pm
    4 Hopsman Series by Oskar Blues....

    Introducing a delicious experiment with the beloved Pale Ale…

    4 Hopsman is a hop trial evaluating 4 different hops – Comet, Hop Head Farms Experimental 069, Mandarina Bavaria, and HBC 472. A light pale ale was brewed at our Lyons Brewpub and fermented in 40 bbl tanks. At the end of fermentation, the beer was transported to 4 different tanks and dry hop with a different hop. 5.2% ABV and 40 ibus.

    The 4 Hopsman:  Comet, Hop Head Farms Experimental 069, Mandarina Bavaria, and HBC 472 will be poured on draft with cans of Dale’s Pale available to taste alongside.  Rustle up a pack of friends and join us.

  • Tuesday, June 23, 3pm
    Tuesday Tapping: Jolly Pumpkin By Three...

    Jolly Pumpkin on draft with a selection of their fine tart ales, including a variant of La Roja.

    La Rojzilla 
    La Roja du Kriek 
    Fuego del Otono 

  • Tuesday, June 16, 6pm
    Sipping Session with Lagunitas Brewing Company....

    Out of the curious, always creative minds of Lagunitas:  The One Hitter Series.  The next offering is CitruSenensis, a blood orange Pale Ale available on draft and in the bottle.  Linger a little longer for Mango Daytime IPA.

  • Thursday, June 11, 6pm
    Sipping Session with Boulevard Brewing Company....

    Bottles of Love Child No. 5 along with a smattering of beers on draft.

    Love Child No. 5 is composed of multiple vintages of a Flanders style sour red ale that has been resting in whiskey and wine barrels, stainless vessels and a foeder that held red wine in a former life. This release features soft lactic acidity punctuated with very slight acetic notes and a tart, fruity flavor.

  • Tuesday, June 9, 6pm
    Sipping Session with 10-Barrel Brewing Company....

    Join us in welcoming a new brewery to Northern Califonia, 10 Barrel Brewing Company.  Pouring on draft: Cucumber Crush, Joe IPA, Dub IPA, and Apocalypse IPA.  Bottles of select styles to pack for home.  Representatives including the brewers will be down from their home base of Bend, Oregon for the launch. 

  • Wednesday, June 3, 6pm
    Sipping Session with Highland Park Brewery....

    Community, it’s all about the SOMA community.  Catch these fellas brewing at Cellarmaker in the afternoon, catch them sipping beer(s) and talking shop at City Beer in the evening.  Featuring a collection of their excellent beers on draft and in the bottle.  

    Draft pours of the following:
    -Hello LA, IPA
    -Lazy Susan, Sour Ale with peaches and nectarines
    -Griffith J. Griffith, Imperial Stout with coffee
    -more to pour…

    Bottles of the following:
    -Lazy Susan, Sour Ale with peaches and nectarines
    -Nebraska, Saison bottle conditioned with brett
    -Uncontrollable, Saison-slightly tart, barrel fermented 
    -more to scoop up….

  • Saturday, May 9, Noon
    City Beer Store 9-Year Anniversary Party!!!

    9 Years yo!  Bevy of rare offerings on draft with confetti and cake.

    Featuring beers from the following lovely breweries:
    -Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
    -Cellarmaker Brewing Company
    -Almanac Beer Company
    -The Bruery
    -Firestone Walker Brewing Company
    and more…








  • Thursday, May 7, 6pm
    Sipping Session with Goose Island Beer Company....

    Part of the migration week-a time to celebrate beer, people who brew beer, and people who passionately pursue great beer-we will feature a collection from Goose Island on draft including:  Goose IPA , Sofie, 312 Wheat , Bourbon County Stout 2014 Vintage, Juliet, and more….

  • Saturday, May 2, 3pm
    Sipping Session with Modern Times Beer....

    Goodnesss in the bottle, in the can, and on the draft line.  Here we go…

    On the sour front-
    -Empty Hats
    -Oracle The Bottle
    -News From Nowhere
    Barrel aged Stout front-
    -Monsters’ Park Imperial Stout aged in Tennessee Whiskey Barrels
    -Monsters’ Park Imperial Stout aged in Rye Barrels
    Can it-
    -Coffee Roasty Stout, Hoppy Tropical Wheat, Bright Rustic Saison, Hoppy Dark Amber

  • Monday, April 27, 6pm
    Kings Day-A Celebration of Dutch Beer....

    A celebration of Dutch beers, with selections on draft including La Trappe.

  • Tuesday, April 21, 4:20ish
    Tuesday Tapping, Waldo's Special Ale....

    ’66 Impala, treasure map, secret garden, hops…all clues lead to one delight on draft.

  • Monday, April 20, 6pm
    Stone Ruination 2.0 Launch...

    The original iconic Stone Ruination IPA is retiring….bid your old friend goodbye and prepare to meet the new incarnation:  Stone Ruination 2.0.  The quality of ingredients, the freshness of flavor, and the satisfying drinkablity is kept in place, it’s a new era for Ruination, let’s embrace it.  We will be serving Ruination 2.0 on draft with bottles in 6-packs or 22oz., pick your own style.  

  • Saturday, April 18, 3pm
    Play Ball! Tapping of Perennial Artisan Ales kegs....

    The time is ripe to tap the two wins from our bet with Perennial Artisan Ales.  Here are the details:

    -Kegs will be tapped at 3pm.
    -Price per glass will be $5.00 and all proceeds will be donated to Junior Giants, a non-profit Giants community fund organization.
    -The good folks from St. Louis based Perennial Artisan Ales will be barside to toast our mighty Giants.
    -In good company we will also tap a keg of The Wanderer. 

    Here is the backstory:

    The Wager: Our hometown team facing your hometown team in the NLCS- Giants versus Cardinals.
    The Players: City Beer Store and Perennial Artisan Ales
    The Prize: Keg of The Wanderer (City Beer Store 5th Anniversary Project with the Bruery) against a keg of 4 Happiness (1st Collaboration between Perennial Artisan Ales and Side Project).
    The End Result:  Giants take the win and head into The World Series against The Kansas City Royals.
    The Curve Ball:  Perennial Artisan Ales presents us with a “double or nothing” option, we agree.
    The Final, Final:  City Beer Store wins two stellar kegs from our friends at Perennial Artisan Ales.

  • Thursday, April 2, 6pm
    Tasty Night...Sipping Session

    Mike McDole “Tasty”, a long time fixture in our native brewing community, and a good friend of City Beer Story will be sharing his collection of collaborative beers along with classic tales.  Settle in for a sipping session while enjoying the company of the man behind the ales:

    Faction Brewing “Vapor” A hopped up California Common.

    Cleophus Quealy “Session Pale”  Pale ale with substantial body, peach and citrus aromas and finished with centennial dry hops.

    Heretic Brewing Company “Evil3” is a 11.5%, 76 IBU Triple IPA that’s finished with Amarillo and a new Australian hop called Summer.  It’s balanced slightly towards malt but has a long dry finish.

    Russian River “Janet’s Brown Ale” is an 8%, 62 IBU Imperial American Brown Ale. Bittered with Northern Brewer and finished with Cascade and Centennial hops, this beer breaks new ground for dark hoppy beer.  

  • Tuesday, March 31, 3pm
    Tuesday Tapping with Headlands and Falling Sky....

    Local brewery Headlands will be featuring their Hill 88 Double IPA along with Oregon’s Falling Sky Brewing’s Pas De Nom Belgian Bruin.

  • Saturday, March 21, 3pm
    Sipping Session with Fieldwork Brewing Company

    Newness in Berkeley, we will be hosting a release of their beer collection.  To be featured on draft:

    -Farmhouse Wheat
    -Little Ships Session IPA
    -Chisel IPA
    -Morning Time Breakfast Stout

  • Thursday, March 19, 4:20pm of course
    Lagunitas Bourbon Barrel-Aged Cappuccino Stout Release....

    The straight up drinkability of Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout is a thing to marvel over, so how does a 12% High West Bourbon barrel-aged version sit with you?  Sit and ponder over the silky and rich (with drinkability still in tact!) Bourbon barrel-aged Cappuccino Stout on draft.  Bottles to pack for home and beyond.

  • Thursday, March 12, 6pm
    Beer Badge: Girl Stout Cookie Beer Release....

    Bring your courage, skill, and goodness for a tasting of Woods Beer Company’s collection of everyone’s favorite seasonal cookie beer creations.  Here’s how to earn your badge:

    On draft:
    Samoale- A dark Belgian dubbel-style beer, made with coconut flakes and cocoa nibs for a touch of toasty caramel and a rich plum and raisin fruitiness. 

    Hopalong on Nitro – A nutty, decadent chocolate stout brewed with peanut butter and served on a nitrogen tap for an extra rich creamy body 

    In bottles:
    -Thick Mint
    -Brew Ski Do

  • Tuesday and Wednesday, February 24-25
    Blind IPA Tasting....6pm Results listed!

    Round up of our local favorites; offerings of triple and double IPA’s super fresh pouring on draft in a blind tasting.  Our staff does not know the lineup either…Results below!

    B. RUSSIAN RIVER “Pliny the Younger”
    C. ALTAMONT “Hop Scarecity”
    D. BERRYESSA “Trendy Triple”
    E. DRAKE’S “Hopocalypse”
    F. BONEYARD “Notorious”
    G. PIZZA PORT (CARLSBAD) “Thruster”
    H. MARIN “Brass Knuckle”
    I. CRUX “Half Hitch”
    J. IRON SPRINGS “Compulsory”

  • Friday, February 6, 4pm
    Citizen Can: Sipping Session with Anchor Brewing Company....

    Kicking off San Francisco BeerWeek 2015 with a San Francisco original, Anchor Brewing Company.  Citizens of San Francisco have been drinking Anchor beer products since their introduction to the City in 1896.  We will be featuring Brotherhood Steam, a collaboration with Chris Robinson Brotherhood-a blues band formed by Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes-in cans.  Brotherhood Steam will be poured on draft along with other Anchor favorites.

  • Saturday, February 7, high noon
    Bello Birra: Sipping Session with Cascade Brewing Company....

    Delight in the enchanting company of Cascade Brewing, a sour beer art house-with bubbly performances flowing on tap:

    -Original Figaro *LAST KEG IN EXISTENCE*
    -Figaro 2013
    -Noyaux 2013
    -Tangerine Dream
    -Cherry Bourbonic Plague

    The original version (never bottled) of Figaro was part of the City Beer Store Five Year Anniversary Project. To discuss Cascade’s Northwest Style Sour Ale program will be: Mark Goodwin(Lead Cellarman), Stephen Stockwell(Brewer), and
    Robbie Roda (Director of Sales/Marketing).

  • Saturday, February 7, 6pm
    The Art of Beer Appreciation: Sipping Session with Sante Adairius Rustic Ales....

    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 distinctive beers. Drawing inspiration from Belgian tradition and other like minded brewers, their 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.
    Featuring on tap:

    -West Ashley
    -Saison Bernice
    -Nonna’s Blend #7
    -Quality of Life
    -and more to come…..
    The lovely and exuberant Adair Paterno (co-owner) will be barside.

  • OFFSITE-Saturday, February 7th, 9pm
    SF Beer Week 2015 “House Party”….

    Location:  Brewcade, SF at 2200 Market Street, San Francisco

    The modern day “House Party”, quite a step up from the adolescent gathering held in your pal’s Rec Room while their folks were on holiday. For our 2015 addition we’ll be collaborating with newly minted arcade joint Brewcade. Join a casual social gathering complete with arcade games aplenty, dj music spinning, and beer flowing.

    Selections from beer artist: Stillwater Artisanal Ales own Brian Strumke (who will also be spinning his dj mix). Can you dig it?

    This is a collaborative effort with Brewcade SF, City Beer Store, and Stillwater Artisanal Ales-Brian Strumke. Special thanks to our friends Mission Yoga and DJ Nicky Shoes.

  • Sunday, February 8, high noon
    Defying Logic: Sipping Session with Bottle Logic Brewing....

    Bottle Logic Brewing-hailing from Anaheim-is a hub where curious minds craft beers to entice even the most fussy beer seeker.  We are offering a selection to explore on draft with bottles to scoop up for home.

    Drink this on draft:
    -Gravity Well (Imperial Russian Stout on nitro with coffee)
    -POG Juice (Tropical Pale Ale)
    -M-Theory (Single Hop Mosaic Session IPA)

    Bottles to pickup, and consume with a quickness:
    -She Shot First
    -Tattered Prince (super duper freshly bottled)
    -Recursion 3.1 (super duper freshly bottled)

    It stands to reason your beer session would start here; sitting at the bar alongside the Bottle Logic crew while you engage in SFBW 2015 beer banter.


  • Sunday, February 8, 3pm
    The Gang's All Here: Sipping Session with 12% Imports....

    The best playlist features a mix of style and talent that keep things fresh and people engaged. We’ve set in motion a colorful playlist of beer for every taste palette featuring the roster of 12% Import breweries.

    Who will be sipping barside with you?
    -Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso (Evil Twin Brewing)
    -Sam Cruz (Against the Grain Brewery)
    -Jerry Gnagy (Against the Grain Brewery)
    -Brian Strumke (Stillwater Artisanal Ales)
    -Brian Ewing (Owner of 12% Imports)
    -Katie Parker (Manager of the band)

    Let’s gather with your enthusiasm, burning questions, and thirst.

    Feeling grabby? In addition to distinct offerings on draft, the store will be awash in bottles from the 12% Imports collection.

  • Sunday, February 8, 6pm
    Black Friday Redux: Sipping Session with Goose Island Beer Company....

    Relive the Black Friday Bourbon County Stout experience with the 2014 vintage collection on draft:

    -Bourbon County Stout-classic
    -Bourbon County Coffee
    -Bourbon County Vanilla Rye
    -Bourbon County Barleywine


  • Monday, February 9, 1pm
    Chemical Nature: Sipping Session with Alpha Acid Brewing Company....

    Alpha Acid Brewing Company, new to the ever growing Bay Area beer scene, focuses on well crafted dry hopped IPAs and fruit sours.   We think you’ll agree this is worth a visit to enjoy a selection of one of their ales on draft.

  • Monday, February 9, 6pm
    The Tale of the Hop: Sipping Session with Societe Brewing Company, Alpine Beer Company, and Artist Nick Fullmer....

    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.

    There’s a story in here, not a tall tale, but a yarn to spin. Alpine Beer Company-a brewery with deep roots in the region-crafting IPAs that draw beer seekers and swillers like moths to a flame. Societe Brewing Company-a brewery laying down roots-with swoon worthy IPA recipes that draw the beer masses.

    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)
    Mark Schell (Master of Disguise, Societe Brewing Company)
    Kyle Shockney (Slayer of Dragons, 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 his gallery of work, including the City Beer Store 2015 SFBW storyboard. Saddle up to bar to hear his own tales (all non-fiction, no fables) of sipping glorious Societe and Alpine IPAs.

  • Tuesday, February 10, 12pm
    Bounty of Beer: Sipping Session with Almanac Beer Company....

    Jesse Friedman and Damian Fagan founded Almanac Beer Company in 2010. They shared a common belief that fresh and seasonal ingredients sourced from neighboring farms produce the finest and most interesting beer. Jesse and Damian work closely with each individual farm to create their carefully constructed ales.

    We have enthusiastically stocked our shelves with their bounty of beer since the first batch bottled. Please join us to experience their collection with its strong ties to the land.

    Almanac is generously raiding the archives to bring a collection of vintage and new releases beginning with the first batch of beer they produced. This will be a rare opportunity to purchase bottles from their extensive collection in sets:

    A smattering of bottles available:
    -Barrel Noir (2013)
    -Bourbon Sour Porter
    -Brand Barrel Peche
    -Cerise Sour Blond
    -Farmer’s Reserve Blackberry
    -Farmer’s Reserve Citrus
    -Farmer’s Reserve Pluot
    -Farmer’s Reserve No. 1
    -Farmer’s Reserve No. 2
    -Farmer’s Reserve No. 3
    -Farmer’s Reserve No. 4
    -Dark Pumpkin Sour
    -Valley of the Heart’s Delight (2014)

    A smattering of draft that will be flowing:
    -Drink this on draft:
    -Don’t Call it Frisco DIPA
    -Valencia Gold
    -Valley of the Heart’s Delight
    -Farmer’s Reserve Blueberry
    -Cognac Barrel Noir
    -Devil’s Advocate
    -Imperial Chocolate Stout
    -Bourbon Sour Porter
    -Farmer’s Reserve No. 3
    -Barrel Noir
    -Dogpatch Sour

    Bottle sales begin at noon, and details will be provided shortly.

    The family from Almanac Beer Company will be barside to passionately discuss their farm-to-barrel method of brewing.

  • Tuesday, February 10, 6pm
    Awash in Hops: Sipping Session with Pizza Port Brewing Company...

    Quick, name the first thought that pops in your mind when one utters “Pizza Port”?  Why beguiling IPAs of course!  Let us take your taste buds on tour with a draft list flooded with the best IPAs we can gather from the various Pizza Port locations.  

    Draft List complete with sunrise and sunset:

    Grapefruit Puncher (Carlsbad)-7.3% IPA with fresh crushed grapefruit
    Jetty (Ocean Beach)-7.3% West Coast Style IPA
    Off Shore (Bressi Ranch)- 6.3% IPA
    Whale’s Tails (Solana Beach)- 6.6% Rye IPA with Citra
    T-Rex (Ocean Beach)- 8% Imperial IPA with Mango
    Thruster (Carlsbad)- 11% IIIPA
    Sippy Cup (Solana Beach)- 11.5% IIIPA
    Ryed’n Dirty (Solana Beach/Alpine Collaboration)- 6.3% Rye Porter- 41% Rye

  • Wednesday, February 11, 1pm
    South of Market Stroll: Sipping Session with Cellarmaker Brewing Company and The Rare Barrel....

    It’s 300 steps from our door to our South of Market block neighbor Cellarmaker Brewing Company; no map, compass, or app required. You’ll often find us seated at the brewery chatting up the good people at Cellarmaker, so it seemed only natural we should unite to create a special cask to share during SFBW. Once you’ve strolled between our two spots, take a sharp right and hit up neighboring coffee roaster SightGlass (whose beans are used in two of the featured beers on draft) for a boost. Add a few more steps to your trek, pack some provisions, and cross over the bay bridge to find yourself at the door to sourhouse The Rare Barrel. We’re partnering with Cellarmaker and The Rare Barrel to feature these specialties on draft;

    Fill your glass: 

    -3 dry-hopped collaboration beers from Cellarmaker/The Rare Barrel     
    -All Systems Go, coffee sour with Sightglass Coffee beans from The Rare Barrel
    -City Beer Store/Cellarmaker collaborative cask
    -Cellarmaker, Coffee and Cigarettes-a Smoked Stout brewed with Sightglass Coffee

    The boys from Cellarmaker-Conner Casey and Tim Sciascia and the gang from The Rare Barrel-Alex Wallash and Jay Goodwin will be barside.

    Carry on friends…

  • Wednesday, February 11, 6pm
    An Ode to Speedway Stout: Sipping Session with AleSmith Brewing Company....

    Consider the Speedway Stout-legendary velvet Imperial Stout-flavors of robust coffee, caramel, chocolate, and one more shot of espresso bursting through this powerhouse of a beer. Now consider variants of Speedway Stout and the unique flavors they impart. Finally consider Speedway Stout nestled up to candied bacon caramel corn; a holy unity of flavor begging for your attention.

    This flight on draft:

    -Vietnamese Speedway Stout
    -Barrel-aged Speedway Stout
    -Classic Speedway Stout

    -Additional AleSmith offerings will be pouring….

    This nesting in a bowl next to your stouts:

    -Chunky Pig Caramel Corn, City Beer Store exclusive: candied bacon/cocoa nibs/Saigon cinnamon caramel corn

    Owner Peter Zien and the AleSmith family display a time honored craftsmanship to brewing. Join us to celebrate their portfolio, while Peter-a dear friend to City Beer Store-speaks to the brewing process of Speedway and beyond. Gina Conedera of Chunky Pig will be selling her toothsome Chunky Pig Caramel Corn.

  • Thursday, February 12, high noon
    Full Glass: Sipping Session with Lost Abbey and Port Brewing Company....

    Take in the aroma and the flavor of Port Brewing and Lost Abbey’s new brand: The Hop Freshener Series, a collection of mixed IPAs. The Hop Freshener Series is a third brand for the infamous Port Brewing and Lost Abbey brand collection.

    Fill your glass with Dank and Sticky (Hop Freshener Series) and start the afternoon out properly, with a palette hop cleanser. Additional notable offerings on draft: Lost Abbey Brandy Barrel-Aged Angel’s Share and Track 10.

  • Thursday, February 12, 3pm
    A (Cross) State Lines: Sipping Session with Crux Fermentation Project....

    Decoction mashing, experimental hops, Banished Series beers…intrigued? Settle in for an introduction to Crux Fermentation Project, a brewhouse out of Bend, Oregon striving to bring you enticing ales with a twist.

    Here are the bottles:
    -Outcast Galaxy Hopped IPA
    -Half Hitch Imperial Mosaic IPA
    -2014 Banished Series: Tough Love Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout

    Draft Found Here:
    -Outcast Galaxy Hopped IPA
    -Parkway Pilsner
    -Nitro Stout

    Band together with friends and join us to share in Oregon’s best!

    This is an official introduction of Crux Fermentation Project bottles.

  • Thursday, February 12, 6pm
    Into the Orchard: Sipping Session with Sonoma Cider....

    Branch out with local cider producer Sonoma Cider, and sip a collection of distinct, organic, handcrafted ciders including:

    -Single apple varietal: Golden Delicious Cider
    -Mixed apple varietals selected from neighboring farms: West Cider
    -California Zinfindel barrel-aged: Zider

    Cider maker Robert Cordtz will speak to the nature of crafting fresh and flavorful ciders.

  • Friday, February 13, 1pm
    Insert Beer Here: Sipping Session with Berryessa Brewing Company....

    Approach your afternoon with a selection of beer from Berryessa Brewing Company-a craft brewery in Winters, California producing a host of flavor stylings for any palette. Saddle up to the bar to enjoy these offerings on draft:

    -Diminished Returns-Double IPA
    -Fruity Rebels
    -and more!

  • Friday, February 13, 6pm
    Library of Beer: Sipping Session with Stone Brewing Company and "Dr." Bill Sysak....

    Legendary Stone Brewing Company, a San Diego brewery staple cultivating brazen beer recipes since they put down roots in 1996. Their vast collection of Stone classics, Stone collaborations, and Stone rarities continue to captivate beer lovers the world over. Join us as we offer a unique tasting experience:
    -Stone collections on draft (beer list to come)
    -A bottle share session with “Dr.” Bill Sysak

    “Dr.” Bill Sysak-Craft Beer Ambassador and Certified Cicerone-will lead an intimate bottle share experience. The collection of bottles presented are from the Stone Brewing Company library of beer.

    Tickets are required to attend this small gathering. Your ticket includes a personal discussion with Dr. Bill and pours from the following vintage beers:

    -Two Vintage Stone IRS-Imperial Russian Stout
    -One Vintage Stone Old Guardian Barleywine
    -One Vintage Stone Vertical Epic 3L bottle
    -One Vintage Stone Double Bastard 3L bottle
    -One Winter Harvest, part of the 2014 Quingenti Series

    Two sessions are available and tickets may be purchased through Eventbrite.  Follow the link below:

    One session available at 6:30pm


  • Saturday, February 14, 6pm
    Love Story: Sipping Session with Midnight Sun Brewing Company....

    Where were you when you first fell in love with Midnight Sun Brewing Company? Which MS beer first made you swoon? Did Pleasure Town sweep you away, or was it T.R.E.A.T. that stole your heart, perhaps Sockeye Red made your knees go weak. Share your Midnight Sun love story while hearing their whimsical tales behind each beer creation.

    Nestle up to this collection on draft:
    -Gluttony (Part of the 7 Deadly Sins Series) Triple IPA
    -Termenation Dust, Belgian Barleywine
    -Hibernator, Smoked Double Bock
    -Berserker, Imperial Stout

    Brrr, straight from the frosty ice of the Alaskan tundra-Lee Ellis (head brewer), Barb Miller (Owner and certified Rock Star) and sweetheart Darcy Kniefel (Beer Ambassador) will be barside to be your Valentine.xoxoxoxoxo

  • Thursday, December 18, 6pm
    Bottle Release of Abraxas...

    We continue trending towards the dark and decadent Imperial Stouts appearing throughout the season.  Join us as we delve into Perennial Artisan Ales Abraxas on draft alongside the coffee variant of Abraxas.  Bottles of Abraxas to pack for home.  More details to follow….

    An Imperial Stout brewed with ancho chili peppers, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and cinnamon sticks. Pouring deep brown with a thick head, this beer has a complex body with a delicious lingering roastiness. Abraxas is brewed with unique ingredients intended to challenge and excite the palate. It may be enjoyed right away or allowed to age in the bottle. Vertical tastings are encouraged. Perennial Artisan Ales is a small batch craft brewery dedicated to producing unique, premium beers. Our beers are brewed with the experimental, seasoned craft beer drinker in mind.

  • Friday, December 12, 7pm....
    Sipping Session with Cascade Brewery

    We’ll step behind the barrel with Brewmaster Ron Gansberg of Cascade Brewing while tasting their unique beers and learning about their Northwest-style sour brewing.

    Enjoy a flight of these four Cascade offerings:
    -Manhattan NW, This NW style sour ale is a blend of spiced Blond Quads that were aged for up to two years in Bourbon barrels with cherries and apricot seeds (noyaux).
    -Bourbonic Plague, This NW style sour ale is a blend of spiced double porters that were aged up to 18 months in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels before aging on dates and spices for an additional 12 months.
    -Figaro, This NW style sour ale is a a strong Blond ale aged in Chardonnay barrels for up to 12 months then aged with dried white figs and lemon peel for up to 12 more months.
    -Cranberry, This NW style sour ale is a seasonal we produce once a year. It’s barrel aged seven months with 200 lbs. of cranberries, hibiscus, sweet orange peel and Thai cinnamon. 

    Bottles of Elderberry, Figaro, Cranberry, Cerise Nouveu, and more to purchase for home.

  • Tuesday, December 9, 6pm
    Deschutes, The Abyss 2014 Bottle Release....

    One more glorious Imperial Stout to add to your arsenal.  We will be pouring 2014 Abyss along with vintage Abyss and other offerings from Bend’s Deschutes Brewery.  Tuck a few bottles away for home, friends and family will appreciate.

  • Friday, November 28, 9:00am
    Black Friday-2014 Bourbon County Stout Release by Goose Island Beer Company....

    Embrace this classic ale of the dark persuasion… The official launch of Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stouts.  One of only a small number of establishments in the county, City Beer Store will be selling bottles of the 2014 vintages along with decadent pours on draft. 

    The 2014 Bourbon County Brand Stout offerings:

    -Classic Bourbon County Brand Stout
    -Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale
    -Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout
    -Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Rye

  • Wednesday, November 5
    Love Local SF....

    Love your City, love your beer, love your local breweries.  Participate in a  City wide celebration of all things local.  We’ll be pouring beer selections from members of the SF Brewers Guild, and toasting alongside the brewers that produce them.  Fresh new SF Brewers Guild maps will be ready to pickup

  • Thursday, October 2, 6pm
    Ommegang Brewery: Game Of Thrones Bottle Release....

    Revel in the newest bottle from the legendary Game of Thrones collection:  Valar Morghulis “all men must die”.  Wisely select a flight of the Game of Thrones collection on draft, while packing bottles for home.  

  • Saturday, September 27, 2pm....
    Sipping Session with Perennial Artisan Ales....

    Plan to carve out a piece of the day to spend with Perennial Artisan Ales,  a gem of a brewery located in St. Louis.  Gather with head brewer Cory King and delight in their thoughtful ales inspired by the rich history of Belgian brewing and American craft ales. Seasonal, local, and unique ingredients are blended into their recipes to create a style all their own.  A sampling of the draft list:  Peach Berliner Weisse, Abraxas-barrel aged, Saison de Lis…and others. 

  • Tuesday, September 16
    Tuesday Tapping with Green Flash Brewing Company....

    Tapping Treasure Chest-a barrel aged Saison with plum ($2.00 per pour will be donated to local breast cancer research) and Citra Session IPA.  Enjoy the weather alongside your beer.

  • Saturday, September 13, 2pm
    Sipping Session with Goose Island Beer Company....

    Contemplate your evening plans (dynamite dinner and a movie or trampoline jumping and a picnic at Chrissy Field?) and please your palette by spending Saturday afternoon with the Goose Island squad.   

    What will you be drinking?  Take a gander below:
    -The Muddy, Imperial Stout
    -Rambler IPA
    -The Ogden, Belgian style Tripel 
    -Matilda, Belgian style Ale
    -Bourbon County Stout
    -Madame Rose-Sour Brown Kriek Ale

  • Saturday, August 23, 2pm
    Sipping Session with Matty "Smooth" Gilliland and the New Belgium pack....

    Smooth operator Matty Gilliland helps brew a intriguing collection of beer for New Belgium Brewing; incorporating classics with a new twist and collaborating with friendly breweries in their neighborhood.  Sit a spell and chat up Matty and other friends from New Beglium Brewing; cheers to a Saturday done right.

    What you’ll enjoy on tap:

    -Hop Kitchen “Hop the Pond”
    -Hop Kitchen “Odell Collaboration Pale  Ale”
    -2014 La Folie
    -2014 Transatlantique Kriek
    -Firkin of Mystery

  • Wednesday, August 20, 4pm
    Drakes Brewing Company Pre-Anniversary Celebration....

    Keeping the beer flowing for 25 years strong!  Join us to celebrate Drake’s Brewing Company’s City anniversary celebration with a robust draft selection and a host of characters from the brewery.  Classics, sours, hopped up delights, and rare offerings on draft.  Arrive early and stay late…  

    The draft list reads like this:

    Dry Stout (Nitro) 
     Special “Day of Keg”
    Hella Fresh Pale Ale 
    Pork Pie Rye Pale Ale 
    Aroma Coma 
    Aroma Flora 
    Black Robusto Porter
    Denogginizer Imperial IPA 
    Drakonic Imperial Stout
    Rakish Ryewine
    Batch 5000
    Wild Hundo
    La Resistance 

    Beer offerings will begin in the afternoon, with new selections tapped throughout the event.   And join us Sept 12th at Drake’s Brewing in San Leandro for the 25th Anniversary at the brewery!

  • Thursday, August 14, 6pm
    Sipping Session with HenHouse Brewing Company....

    Pouring a unique offering-Henhouse Coffee Saison along with a freshly brewed classic style- Pilsner.  The Henhouse crew will be settling in to roost, and answer questions and thoughts about their collection of beer.

  • Friday, August 8, 6pm
    Sipping Session with Midnight Sun Brewing Company....

    Our favorite gal from the tundra Barb Miller will be in town…there will be special offerings on tap and did we mention Barb Miller will be in town?  Hustle on down to enjoy on draft:
    -BarFly Smoked Imperial Stout-oak aged in Bourbon barrels
    -9Teen-Anniversary Ale-Saison
    -Sex Machine-Sour Brown Ale
    -T.R.E.A.T.-2013 Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter
    -Unite-Strong Ale brewed with cherries and hibiscus

  • Tuesday, July 29, 6pm
    Sipping Session with Alpine Beer Company....

    Our featured draft product will be “Lupulin Star”, brewed as part of the Ales for ALS program.  A program comprised of a collection of breweries in association with ALS TDI-ALS Therapy Development Institute-a nonprofit biotechnology institute devoted to establishing treatment programs for those with ALS.  Pat McIlhenney will be barside to share engaging tales while we pour additional draft items from Alpine Beer Company’s collection.

  • Saturday, July 26, 2-8pm
    Sipping Session with Stone Brewing Company....

    Stone Brewing Company Presents:  “Age and Beauty”, An Afternoon of Current and Barrel-aged Beers….

    Stone Cali-Belgique IPA aged in Red Wine Barrels
    Stone “The Tiger Cub” Saison aged in White Wine Barrels
    Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels
    Stone Double Bastard Ale aged in Red Wine Barrels
    Stone Reason Be Damned Abbey Style Ale aged in Red Wine Barrels
    Matt’s Burning Roads-Imperial Cherrywood Smoked Saison
    Stone Fyodor’s Classic-barrel aged IRS
    Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale
    Stone IRS-Imperial Russian Stout

    Barrel aged creations will be tapped throughout the afternoon alongside current Stone beers.  A rare one time only tapping of Fyodor’s Classic-Stone IRS aged in bourbon barrels-at 4pm.


  • Saturday, July 12, 2pm
    Beer Camp Across America Sipping Session with Sierra Nevada Brewing Company....

    Need a little extra time to plot your RV beer trek across this great nation?  Good news, Sierra has packed 12 collaborative beers brewed with 12 different breweries across the country including beer darlings rarely seen in our parts:  3 Floyds Brewing Company, New Glarus Brewing Company, and Bell’s Brewery.  The 12-pack of wonder will be available for purchase along with a full draft lineup of all 12 collaborative beers.  That should get your motor running.

  • Thursday, July 3, 6pm....
    Speakeasy Ales and Lagers Anniversary Celebration....

    You, your neighborhood brewery Speakeasy, us, friendly beer options, and joy.  Bottle release of The Syndicate No. 2 along with Blind Tiger Imperial IPA on draft.  17 years of making legit beer; let’s blow out some candles!  

  • Thursday, June 19, 6pm....
    Sipping Session with New Belgium Brewing Company....

    New Belgium’s program “Hops, Wood, and Wheat” is a focus on specific ingredients in a brewing recipe, showcasing it’s individual beauty.  For the “Hops”: Rampant Imperial IPA, “Wood”:  the classic La Folie, “Wheat”:  Snapshot and Gratzer (a smoked wheat collaboration with 3 Floyd’s Brewing).  Bottles available to pack for home.

  • Monday, June 16, 6pm
    Stone Brewing Company, RuinTen IPA Bottle Launch....

    If Stone Brewing Company is on the label, you know better than to question whether the IPA is hop solid.  We’ll be launching the latest in their collection:  RuinTen IPA (bottles and draft) along with other goodness on draft. 

  • Wednesday, June 4, 6pm
    Sipping Session with Russian River Brewing Company....
    Our first Russian River Brewing Company sipping experience was on a wine trek through the redwoods; Russian River Brewing Company was operating out of Korbel Champagne Cellars with Brewmaster Vinnie Cilurzo at the helm.  The rewarding beer pouring on draft beckoned us back often, and when Vinnie and Natalie opened Russian River Brewing Company as a brewpub in Santa Rosa in 2004, we hightailed it north to sit and sip.  
    Opening City Beer Store in May 2006, we hand-wrote a list of the breweries we wished to carry on our shelves and pour from our draft lines.  Russian River was top of our list, and we delighted in the first keg and bottle delivery that reached our doorstep. 
    From the first taste of Vinnie’s delicious and complex sour collection, we knew we wanted to tuck away a keg or two from each of the sour categories to showcase at a later date.  These library of beauties with the help of mother nature are ready to be poured and enjoyed with our community.
    Wednesday, June 4 we will release specialty offerings from our cellars and directly from the brewery.  We will begin the day at noon with pours of the following from draft:
    -Pliny the Elder
    -Blind Pig
    -Russian River Porter
    4:30pm: Draft pours of Sanctificaton and Damnation 23 (Batch 69)
    5:00pm: Draft pours of (2) Temptation vintages
    5:30pm: Draft pours of (2) Supplication vintages
    6:00pm: Draft pours of (3) Consecration vintages including Consecration Batch One.
    Around 6pm, catch Vinnie and pals barside for a chance to chat about his incredible collection of beer and the breweries Russian River Brewing Company has inspired throughout the years.
  • Wednesday, May 28, 6pm
    Sipping Session with Chuey Brand Cycling Caps....

    Kachusha Munkanta’s Chuey Brand cycling caps have garnered a following among cyclists for their high quality, comfortable form, and fashion forward design.  The hats are designed by Kachusha and created on a small scale in San Francisco using locally sourced fabrics and unique fabrics from his travels.  He’s got you covered with a cap for every personality from tweed fabric designs to brightly colored hand screened prints.  For the event at City Beer, he will be creating a custom City Beer cycling cap.

    In addition to his design talents, Kachusha-“Chuey”-is a walking encyclopedia of beer, and we are delighted to be working with him at City Beer where he provides assistance to our community of beer seekers.  For the event Kachusha will help select beers to pair with his variety of caps; bike on over to find a cap that is fitting for your own style.

  • Thursday, May 8, 6pm
    Sipping Session with Hangar 24 Craft Brewery....

    Good beer, good people, good reason to swing by for a beverage.  Tap list and bottle list to come….

  • 6pm, Monday, May 5
    Sipping Session with Golden Road Brewing....

    It’s Cinco de Mayo celebration time!  Bring your mariachis and your thirst.  We’ll be pouring El Hefe Anejo-a Hefeweizen aged in tequila barrels-alongside other delights from sunny Golden Road Brewing Company.

  • 6pm, Thursday, April 24
    Sipping Session with Triple Voodoo Brewery.....

    An introduction to the beers churning out at Triple Voodoo’s new headquarters in the Dogpatch Neighborhood.  With brewer Phil Meeker-formerly of Iron Springs Brewery-at the helm, this collection will satisfy a host of beer sippers and seekers. Featuring several new “sessionable” Belgian style ales.  Phil and founder Greg Kitchen will be barside.