• Friday, July 13, 2018
    Go ahead, you deserve it....

    You probably need to drink another damn delicious collaborative IPA especially when Modern Times and Alvarado Street are behind it.  We’ll pour it in your glass:

    -Stratos, N.E. style IPA
    -Modern Times, Fruitlands with rose….yes!

  • Thursday, June 14, 5:00-8:00pm
    Featuring Suni Sidhu: Talented Photographer and Friend....

    I like to think the reason I cannot remember the first time Suni visited City Beer is because it feels like he’s been here all along. What I do know is it was early days, when we had a microwave to hold all our important paperwork, less than half the taps we have today, and we handwrote our menus.

    Suni is woven into the fabric of City Beer; he’s helped build our community and it is because of good people like Suni that City Beer is the place it is today.  He has been a steadfast supporter of our store, a friend ALWAYS ready to lend a helping hand, a rewarding conversationist, and someone we would leave the keys to the store to watch over while away.

    Suni is many things: friend, beer afficionado, and talented photographer.  But I list friend first, because that is where he shines most in our lives.  Hugs, Beth

    It’s a sunny Thursday!  Plan to swing by to say ‘hello’ to Suni Sidhu-the talent behind the photo gallery hanging on our walls. Suni will sharing stories and taking orders for the beautiful photography pieces he’s taken of beer and the beer community over the years.

  • Thursday, May 31, 6pm
    Revision Brewing Company Sipping Session....

    This is a time to come drink straight up delicious hoppy beer on draft including anniversary beer from Revision Brewing Company, friends of the brewery will be barside. 

  • Saturday, May 12, Noon-the lights go out
    Twelve, Twelve, Twelve: City Beer Store Anniversary Fever....

    Hey, hey, hey, we’re going to celebrate like it’s our last birthday/anniversary/party on Folsom!  Come by for varied selections on draft including special selections from our friends and neighbors.  Featuring a debut Sour Raspberry from Cellarmaker, a peach delight from Cascade, debut draft pours from brewmaster Peter Hoey’s new brewery Urban Roots, hoppy thrills from Moonraker, and more….more…more….

  • Thursday, April 19, 6pm
    East Coast Haze on the West Coast Shores with Magnify, Dancing Gnome, and Triple Crossing....

    Juicy beers on draft from breweries on the eastern shores.  Featuring:

    -Dancing Gnome Beer:  Double Lustra DIPA, Pocket Sign IPA, and more….
    -Magnify Brewing:  Maine Event, Impatiently Waiting and more….
    -Triple Crossing Brewing:  Battle Creek DIPA and Waxing Poetic

    Friends and brewers will be barside to engage.

  • Monday, April 16, 6pm
    Allagash Sipping Session with Rob Todd and The Rare Barrel....

    Join founder Rob Todd as we explore Allagash and their wide collection of beer, joined by friends across the bridge-The Rare Barrel.  We’ll be pouring a smattering on draft including:

    -Allagash, Interlude
    -The Rare Barrel, Blurred PSM

    Bottles of Allagash’s latest wild release-Belfius-will be available by the bottle.

  • Thursday, February 22 and Friday, February 23, 6pm
    2018 Blind Triple IPA Tasting

    *Bonus Triple IPAs have been added, featuring a total of 14!

    Hey, hey, hey, lest you think we forgot about the grand tour of triple IPAs that march out this season, have no fear our blind triple IPA tasting has arrived.

    There is much to be discussed about the qualities of the triple IPA (where should the ABV stand, is this one too malty, too hoppy, too much of an easy drinking triple, do I need to have one or three more, can someone call my husband/wife/partner/roomate/cat and tell them I will he home later than planned), but for the purposes of this email you’ll simply need to know the details of the tasting:

    1.) We will be featuring a total of (12) triple IPAs this year.
    2.) (6) triples will line up on draft beginning Thursday at 6:00pm and stay on the lines (until they run out) through Friday.
    3.) (6) NEW triples will line up on draft Friday at 6:00pm for a grand total of (12).
    4.) Each tap will be labeled with a letter only; beer names and breweries will NOT be listed.
    5.) The lines will be hooked up by two individuals, these individuals 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.
    6.)We will announce the results via social media and on our website Friday, February 23 at 9pm.
    Now go get ’em tiger!

  • Sunday, February 18, noon
    The Wild Ones: Sour Sipping Session Day Two

    If there is one thing we know to be true: folks love sours and 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. We would love to have you over for drinks: two full days of wild, tart, stunning, and funky sours of a varying degree on draft (starter sours alongside grownup sours).

    Along with your draft pours, plan to cart home alluring sour bottle releases. Lively breweries to be featured:

    -Cascade Brewing
    -Soquel Fermentation Project
    -Libertine Brewing Company 
    -Crooked Stave 

  • Saturday, February 17, noon
    The Wild Ones: Sour Sipping Session Day One

    If there is one thing we know to be true: folks love sours and 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. We would love to have you over for drinks: two full days of wild, tart, stunning, and funky sours of a varying degree on draft (starter sours alongside grownup sours).

    Along with your draft pours, plan to cart home alluring sour bottle releases. Lively breweries to be featured:

    -Cascade Brewing
    -Soquel Fermentation Project
    -The Rare Barrel
    -and more….

  • Friday, February 16, 6pm
    Three Cheers: Temescal/Cellarmaker/Social Kitchen Collaboration Sipping Session

    One thing we know to be true:  the “rule of three” applies to more than just writing.  Three talented brewers putting their heads together is bound to produce a satisfying beer; one you might just pen a short story about or tell around the campfire.  Raise your glass to Three Cheers: An Extra Brut IPA w/ Simcoe, Loral, and Zeus hops
    Not technically our first collaboration but our first in house collaboration- this time with Cellarmaker and Social Kitchen! Fun fact: Tim from Cellarmaker, Kim from Social, and our head brewer Mike are all alumni from Marin Brewing.

    The finest of sparkling IPAs for the most laudable of festivities, this singular marriage of Simcoe, Loral, and Zeus expresses the plenitude of our three houses. An incomparable balance of opulence, precision, and crushability.

    Gather your pack together to taste a collection of Temescal, Cellarmaker, and Social Kitchen beers on draft, with brewery friends barside.  Three Cheers will be featured on draft with cans available to pop open at home.

  • Thursday, February 15, 5pm
    Passionate By Design: Brewery Rex and Yeast of Eden Sipping Session....

    One of the great pleasures of our job is working with old friends on new projects.  We had the privilege of collaborating with Tyler King once upon a time on a collaboration beer and are beyond happy to host Tyler along with his partner Brian White during SFBW as they launch their new brewing house Brewery Rex.  Brian and Tyler both come from a storied background in the brewing world, and you would remiss if you did not saddle up for a few ye old brewing tales.  

    Joining Brewey Rex is the new sour and wild project Yeast of Eden; an excellent addition to the collection of  passionate breweries we find in our fertile California land.

    Pouring a smattering of selections from both breweries on draft with bonus bottle options to pack for home.  

  • Wednesday, February 14, 4pm
    Shades of Black Tuesday: Sipping Session with The Bruery

    Delve into the flavors that make up The Bruery’s legendary “Black Tuesday”-a masterpiece of a barrel-aged Imperial Stout if we’ve ever met one.  Featured pours:

    -So Happens It’s Tuesday
    -Grey Monday
    -Mocha Wednesday
    -and more

    We’ll arm you with enticing Bruery package to cart home including cans from their Offshoot line of beer.


  • Wednesday, February 14, 12:00pm
    BONUS SFBW event: Moonraker Sipping Session

    One of the best parts of SFBW is the surprise event!  Swoop on down to enjoy Moonraker Brewing Company offerings on draft including:

    -Goofy Foot WC IPA
    -Hermit NE IPA
    -Holy Hermit NE DIPA
    -Sling Jawzzzz NE DIPA

    with cans of  Zam Bone NE DIPA for the taking.

  • Tuesday, February 13, 6pm
    Three's Company: 21A, Brooklyn Brewery, Funkwerks Sipping Session

    There is magic in the number three.  Three esteemed breweries hailing from different parts of the country forged a relationship and it is our good fortune to hold a sipping session while releasing beers never available in these parts before.  Come knock on our door and welcome:  Brooklyn Brewery, Funkwerks, and 21st Amendment. 

    Shaun O’Sullivan, a mighty fine soul, has been a good friend to City Beer since he sat on our barstools early years.  We are honored to host 21st Amendment along with Brooklyn Brewery and Funkwerks.  You’ll be pleased to know the characters behind the brew kettle will be sipping at the bar.

    Garrett Oliver, Brewmaster, Brooklyn Brewery
    Shaun O’Sullivan, Brewmaster, 21st Amendment
    Gordon Schuck, Brewmaster, Funkwerks 

    With rare and sexy offerings on draft and in the bottle including pours of Brooklyn’s Ghost Bottle Series: Pendragon.
    -Pineapple Provincial Saison
    -Tropic King Saison
    -Sour Sop

    Brooklyn Brewery
    -Brooklyn Lager
    -Black Ops
    -Bel Air Sour

    21st Amendment
    -Strawberry Mountain Jam
    -Coco Nutz
    -Big DIPA
    -and more…

  • Monday, February 12, 6pm
    Three Breweries Walk Into a Bar: Societe/Faction/Beachwood Sipping Session

    Brewing heroes, the whole lot of them.  Societe, Faction, Beachwood, these three brewing houses have been crafting styles from every end of the spectrum with delicious results.  Want a hopped up IPA?  Decadent stout?  Quiet floral pale ale?  Tart treat?  They have you covered.  Sub-par beers?  Sorry, they have no place here.  Full draft offerings, and bottles of Societe’s Feral series will be available along with freshie fresh package from Faction.  Good people Doug Constantiner (Societe) and Rodger Davis (Faction) will be barside to spin some yarns.

  • Sunday, February 11, All Day
    Intoxicating Hops Sipping Session....

    This is the one where we wax poetic about Humulus Lupulus. ah the intoxicating scent of zesty hops!  Treat your taste buds to a collection of IPAs on draft. Have a preference-hazy, clear, slightly hazy, single, double, triple-have an opinion?  All are welcome here.  You’re in California, it’s perfectly legal to enjoy your hoppy beers in any fashion.

     And you know what tastes good with Humulus Lupulus?  Snacks.  Snacks like: pizza rolls, Combos, Poptarts, and Rice Krispy treats, we’ll have those too.  Talk hop shop-floral, citrus, sticky, piney, insert your hoppy word of choice here-oh we love to encourage these discussions. 

    We wouldn’t want you to leave empty handed; can and bottle releases will be held throughout the day.  Details to arrive with a quickness.  

  • Saturday, February 10, 6pm
    Thoughtful People,Thoughtful People, Sante Adairius Rustic Ales Sipping Session....

    We are delighted to host our dear friends from SARA as part of our classic SFBW lineup. Drawing inspiration from Belgian tradition and like-minded breweries, Sante Adairius Rustic Ales (affectionately known as SARA) offers beer enthusiasts a carefully crafted collection of beer. Sante celebrates the unexpected qualities a small well-tended batch of beer produces; the melded flavors of yeast, hops, and nature joining together for a remarkable taste. A list to admire will arrive shortly.

  • Saturday, February 10, 12:00pm
    Waves Wash Over: Humble Sea Sipping Session....

    Down the coastal highway, in the fair town of Santa Cruz, a bounty of beer can be found along with a peaceful living by the sea. We invite you to come and say ‘hello’ to the good people behind Humble Sea while enjoying their bounty on draft with Tiny Umbrella cans to tuck away for home.  Friends from the brewery will be barside.

  • Thursday, December 21, 6pm
    HenHouse + Fort Point Selektor Can Release....

    What does a collaborative effort between two fine breweries yield? A fresh hoppy Pale Ale featuring Mosaic and Centennial hops chosen during harvest-Mosaic hops hand selected by HenHouse and Centennial hops hand selected by Fort Point-with cans to pack for home and draft flowing.

  • Saturday, December 16, noon
    Bissell Brothers Sipping Session....

    We are delighted to bring the east coast offerings from Bissell Brothers to our west coast shelves in time for the holidays.  With a side helping of Mike Sardina, dear to our heart and easily many in the beer community.  Swing by to welcome Mike home and grab cans of Bissell Brothers delights including:  Lux, Diavoletto, and Substance for those you hold close. 

    A sampling of beers pouring on draft: 

    Big Small World, Pale Ale with Maine malts 
    Industry Versus Inferiority, IPA
    Here’s To Feeling Good All the Time, DIPA
    and more…


  • Black Friday, November 24, 9am
    Bourbon County Brand Stout Release 2017....

    Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout collection arrives Black Friday with the most variants ever released from the company. Join us early for a cup of coffee, donuts, and bottles to go. Stay for the wide variety of Goose Island beers pouring on draft. Plan on these bottles available for purchase:

    -Bourbon County Brand Stout
    -Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout
    -Bourbon County Brand Barleywine
    -Bourbon County Brand Northwoods Stout
    -Bourbon County Reserve Brand Stout

  • Thursday, November 9, 2017
    Midnight Sun Sipping Session....

    Big bear hugs to our friends from the wilds of Alaska!  One can expect bold beers pouring on draft including Tundra Wookie, with cans and bottles to pack for the journey home.  Darcy Kniefel-beer ambassador-will be barside to engage.

  • Halloween, Tuesday, October 31, 2017

    Your childhood self will love you for it.  Pair various beers pouring on draft with a collection of candy bars.

  • Wednesday, October 18, 6pm
    Jackie O's Brewery Sipping Session....

    It’s a pleasure to welcome one of the Midwest’s finest-Ohio’s Jackie O’s Brewery-to our city.  Expect a smattering of bottles and draft pours with Brewmater Brad Clark barside to share official brewery plays.  Jackie O’s-sustainably crafted with a purpose.

  • Thursday, October 5: all day folks
    Russian River Sipping Session....

    Swing by for a round of Russian River beers on draft including vintage sour ales and hoppy delights.  
    Draft list with times:

    Aud Blonde 
    Consecration 20016
    Row 2, Hill 56
    Pliny the Elder
    Blind Pig  
    Jake Brake

    1pm: Supplication 2016 
    2pm: Sanctification 2015 
    3pm: Consecration 2014 
    4pm: Consecration 2010 
    5pm: Supplication 2009 
    6pm: Temptation 2015 

    A portion of the proceeds for this event will be donated to Hispanic Federation Unidos, a disaster relief fund organized to assist Puerto Rico after the destruction dealt by Hurricane Maria.  Please visit this site to learn more or donate today:

  • Friday-Sunday, September 29-Oct.1
    Bare Bottle Brewing Company's Salty Haze Homebrew Competition....

    Three home brew clubs, three distinct IPAs, with one common element: San Francisco sea salt.  Swing by to taste all three in a flight and vote for your favorite.  We’ll have a polling station set up Friday-Sunday, and along with votes cast at other polling stations around the bay, a winner will be crowned.  The contestants:

    -Salty Haze, Northern Hemisphere
    -Salty Haze, Southern Hemisphere
    -Salty Haze, Mango Vanilla

  • Tuesday, September 5, noon
    The Wanderer Returns....

    The Bruery’s The Wanderer Batch Four saunters back in the game.  Batch one was created for City Beer’s 5th year anniversary, and remains one of our favorite beers to enjoy with friends.  We will feature The Wanderer Batch Four on draft and with bottles to purchase for your home collection.  Draft setlist with times below:

    -The Wanderer ’17 (noon)
    -Mischief (1pm)
    -Griffon Bruxellois (2pm)
    -Befuddlement (3pm)
    -Cotton (4pm)
    -Chocolate Rain (5pm)
    -The Wanderer ’16 (6pm)

  • Thursday, July 13, 6pm
    Perennial Artisan Ales Sipping Session...

    Featuring Funky Wit alongside others from Perennial’s outstanding collection.  Friends from the brewery will be barside.

  • Tuesday, July 11, 2017
    Revision Brewing Sipping Session

    From Sparks, Nevada we bring you Revision Brewing, a devoted craft brewery churning out hoppy delights with a strong following of fans.  Jeremy Warren-founder of Knee Deep Brewing Company-started Revision to bring his full vision of beer alive.  He is joined in his quest by former Knee Deep brewer Jeb Taylor.  Join us in welcoming them to San Francisco!  

    Revision Brewing was founded on the principal of having an evolutionary spirit. Add to this our respect for craft beer and the result is the quality you get with a Revision Brewing Company beer.  “Respect craft beer” refers to a genuine appreciation for all aspects of the craft beer culture: passion, process, ingredients, people, and of course the beer itself.

  • Thursday, July 6, 6pm
    New Glory Craft Brewery Sipping Session....

    Fresh off their fourth anniversary, we’re hosting Sacramento’s New Glory Craft Brewery with special offerings on draft and happiness in cans.  What to expect on draft:

    -Batter Up, German Chocolate Imperial Stout
    -Fidget Spinner, Double IPA
    -Infinite Void, Impeial Stout
    -and more…

  • Thursday, June 22, 6pm
    Calicraft Sipping Session....

    It is always a pleasure to welcome the crew from Calicraft to our house.  They brew using delicious California ingredients, honoring our bountiful state, with a joyful attitude and a love of experimentation.

    Our taps will be flowing with selections from their Barrel Project collection along with house favorites Cool Kidz 5 and Mocha Oaktown. 

  • Monday, June 12, 6pm
    Claimstake Brewing Company Sipping Session....

    What better way to celebrate summer than enjoying peaches, or in this case sipping an IPA brewed with peaches? We are delighted to offer the chance to do just that with Claimstake Brewing Company out of Rancho Cordova. Along with their inticing “Sweet Emily Peach IPA ” we will be featuring a smattering of offerings on draft. Cans of “Sweet Emily” will be available to cart home.

    Draft list to include:
    -The Marcus, Triple IPA
    -Cherry Mash, Wild Ale
    -Silent Shawn, Coffee Schwarzbier
    -Sweet Emily Peach IPA
    -and more…
    Owner and brewer Brian Palmer will be barside to engage.

    It is our mission to advance the art of craft beer brewing and to see that our passion results in the finest quality experience for our customers. We will provide our customers with a unique experience that compliments their own uniqueness and their desire for something new. We will create a variety of balanced and remarkably handcrafted beers that our customers will enjoy through the use of quality ingredients and a creative approach to our recipes. We will always look to change and refine our small-batches, and we will continually seek out the feedback of our customers. Claimstake Brewing Company

  • Thursday, June 8, 6pm
    Garage Project Sipping Session....

    Swing by to give a splendid welcome to our Kiwi friends!  Garage Project is bringing rare selections to feature on draft including: 

    · Sauvin Nouveau – Pilsner co-fermented with sauvignon blanc juice

    · Dark Resonance – Black IPA

    Friends from the brewery will be chatting up folks barside.

  • Thursday, June 1, 6pm
    Alvarado Street Brewery Sipping Session....

    Each week when the truck from this Salinas/Monterey based brewery shows up outside our door, we find ourselves brimming with excitement (and thirst).   What hop forward, malty, or sour delight will we be rewarded with this week?  Their variety of can and draft offerings have a dedicated following for good reason, their recipes are carefully thought out and the end result is delicious.  Plan to swing by for a sipping session to learn more about their brewing style and chat up the folks behind the kettle, J.C. Hill and David Ilderton. 

    -Michael J. Froth, American Pale Ale
    -Hive Mind, DIPA
    -Killer Dismount, IPA
    -Kettle Cooler, Kettle Sour
    -and more…..

  • Saturday, May 27, Noon
    Modern Times + Cellarmaker Clear and Present Dankness Can Release...

    Featuring a bang-up list on draft from Modern Times and Cellarmaker with 4-packs of their collaboration beer-Clear and Present Dankness IPA-fresh and ready to cart home with you.  

  • Friday, May 26, 6pm
    Rhinegeist Sipping Session....

    Oh Cincinnati-Cornhole Capital of the World-land of historic baseball, excellent chili, and beer that “sings with flavor”.  You see, we’ve been saving a spot on our shelves since we learned our longtime friend and patron Bryant Goulding was involved in the brewery and are honored to finally have the chance to showcase their products.  Pick up cans and bottles to go while sharing these offerings on draft:

    -Saber Tooth Tiger, Imperial IPA
    -Peach Dodo Gose
    -Bubbles Rose Ale
    -Margarita Monday
    -Barrel-aged Penguin, Blonde Stout

  • Wednesday, May 17, 6pm
    Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2017, Across the World Tour....

    Pack your bags and join us for Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2017, a collection of collaborative beers from brewery friends stateside and abroad. Flowing on draft:

    -Atlantic Style Vintage Ale, Fuller’s Brewery
    -Campout Porter, Garage Project
    -Dry-Hopped Barleywine Style Ale, Avery Brewing Company
    -Hoppy Belgian-Style Golden, Duvel
    -Dry-Hopped Berliner-Style Weisse, Saint Arnold Brewing Company
    -Dunkle Weisse, Ayinger Brewery
    -East Meets West IPA, Tree House Brewing Company
    -Ginger Lager, Surly Brewing Company
    -Raspberry Sundae, The Bruery
    -Thai-Style Iced Tea, Mikkeller Brewery
    -West Coast-Style DIPA, Boneyard Beer
    -White IPA with yuzu, Kiuchi Brewery

  • Thursday, April 20, 3pm
    Barebottle Brewing Company Release....

    From a world not so far away, Barebottle Brewing has arrived with their first bottling of Galaxy Dust NE style IPA.  We will be serving it up on draft and offering it in the bottle for home.  Join us.

    We paired hard-to-find Australian Galaxy hops (gorgeous tropical fruit flavor) with the now famous Vermont Yeast (producing big peachy esters) for a stone & tropical fruit bonanza. Formerly known as Galaxy Quest, same recipe, trademark fun for everyone!”

  • Tuesday, March 7, 3pm
    Tuesday Tapping with Half Acre Beer Company....

    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.

  • Wednesday, February 22 and Thursday, February 23
    Blind Triple IPA Tasting....

    ‘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.


  • Saturday, February 11, Noon
    Song Meadow: Alesong Brewing and Blending Sipping Session....

    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:

    • Saison du Vin’ 16
    • Rhino Suit
    • Four Brothers
    • Hop Farm
  • Saturday, February 11, 6pm
    Beer Appreciation Acres: Sipping Session with Sante Adairius Rustic Ales....

    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:

    • West Ashley
    • Capitola Sunset
    • Four Legs Good
    • and more….

    The lovely owners, Adair Paterno and Tim Clifford, will be barside to engage.

  • Sunday, February 12, Noon
    Fields of Grain: Cereal Sipping Session....

    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
    -and more…

  • Monday, February 13: Noon-5pm
    Malty Swamp: Barrel-aged Sipping Session....

    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.

  • Monday, February 13, 6pm
    We Bid You Welcome: Phantom Carriage Sipping Session....

    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:

    • Tahitian Vanilla Calamityville
    • Apricots and Cream Barrel-Aged Broadacres
    • Cushing- Single Expression
    • The Eldest Oak
  • Tuesday, February 14 and Wednesday, February 15: Noon
    Forest of Hoppyness: IPA and Pale Ale Sipping Session....

    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.

  • Wednesday, February 15, Noon-10pm
    House of All Stars: City Beer Alumni Sipping Session....

    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
    -Tammy 8-9pm
    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.  

  • Thursday, February 16, Noon
    Collaboration Tree: City Beer Collaboration Project Sipping Session....

    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.

  • Thursday, February 16, Noon
    Ale Apothecary + City Beer Store Bottle Release....

    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”

  • Friday, February, 17 and Saturday, February 18: Noon-10pm
    Sea of Sours: Sour Sipping Session....

    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.

  • Friday, January 27, 6pm
    Black Sands Smash Citra Release....

    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.

  • Thursday, January 26, 4:20 of course.....
    The City Beer Store Blend Release..a creation by Lagunitas Brewing...

    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

  • Friday, December 16, noon-close
    Ghost Ship Benefit....

    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:

    Oakland Fire Relief Fund


  • Black Friday, November 25, doors open at 9am
    2016 Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Release....

    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.

  • Friday, November 18, 6pm
    HenHouse Brewing Company IPA Education....

    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.

    The schedule:
    -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.

  • Tuesday, November 15, 3pm
    Highwater Brewing Company Sipping Session....

    Featuring Barrel-Aged Campfire Stout alongside Sugaree Maple Pecan Pie and Sunshine Daydream.  Folks from the brewery will be barside to engage.

  • Thursday, October 27, 6pm
    Middle Brow Brewing Sipping Session....

    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.

  • Thursday, October 20, 6pm
    Russian River Brewing Company Sipping Session....

    We will be showcasing sour styles, vintage beers, and hoppy delights.  Multiple vintages of the sour wonders will be available on draft.  

  • Monday, October 17, 4:20pm
    Welcome Little One! Born Yesterday....

    Another freshie comes into the world!  Lagunitas Born Yesterday Fresh Hop Ale on draft and in the bottle to coo over.



  • Saturday, September 24, 12pm-close
    Stone 20th Anniversary Celebration....

    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.


  • Friday, September 16, 6pm
    Cascade Brewing Sipping Session....

    One of Oregon’s finest will be showcased on draft with friends from the brewery barside.    
    Please enjoy these offerings on draft:

    -Manhattan 2014
    -Elderberry 2015
    -The Vine 2015
    -and more….

  • Wednesday, September 14, 6pm
    Drakes and Sightglass Coffee "It's Electric!"....

    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
    -Aroma Coma
    -Wild Hundo and more….

  • Thursday, September 8, sun up until sun down
    Track Suit Day!

    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!

  • Tuesday, August 9, 6pm
    Ninkasi Brewing Sipping Session....

    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:

    -N10 Anniversary
    -Ground Control 
    -and more….

  • Wednesday, August 3, 6pm

    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.

    -Guava Islander
    -Frogs Breathe Citrus IPA
    -and more….


  • Wednesday, July 20, 4:20pm
    Lagunita's 12th of Never Mini-keg Release....

    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.

  • Tuesday, July 19, 6pm
    Ground Breaker Sipping Session....

    Gluten free love in bottles.  Details to arrive with a quickness.

  • Monday, July 11-Wednesday, July 13
    Mindful Distributors Launch....

    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)

  • Thursday, June 30, 6pm
    Allagash Brewing "Nancy" Bottle Release....

    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.

  • Monday, June 27, 5pm
    Deux Amis Debut with Tomme Arthur and Olivier Dedeycker

    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.

  • Thursday, June 16, 6pm
    Triple Voodoo Sipping Session....

    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: 

    Samurai Saison
    SummeRye rye session pale ale
    Anxiety Pils Pilsner
    Rye Felicia Rye IPA
    Bourbon Barrel Aged imperial stout

  • Thursday, June 2, 4pm
    Hops + Chocolate with Fieldwork Brewing Company....

    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.

  • Tuesday, May 31, 6pm
    Modern Times Beer Fortnight of the Monsters....

    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

  • Friday, May 27, 6pm
    Allagash Hive 56 Bottle Release....

    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.

  • Tuesday, May 24, 6pm
    The Wanderer Batch Three Bottle Release and Share This Bottle Feature....

    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.

  • Saturday, May 21, 2pm
    10 Year Anniversary Celebration....

    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.

  • Friday, May 20, Noon
    Sante Adairius Rustic Ales + City Beer Store Bottle Release "Southern Sunrise"....

    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!

  • Thursday, May 19, Noon
    Sierra Nevada + City Beer Store Bottle Release "City Beer 10 Year Anniversary Ale"....

    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.

  • Wednesday, May 18, Noon
    Drakes + City Beer Store Bottle Release "Duck Puppy"....

    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.

  • Tuesday, May 17, Noon
    Cellarmaker + City Beer Store Bottle Release "300 Steps"....

    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.

  • Monday, May 16, Noon
    Almanac + City Beer Store Bottle Release "Tropical Platypus"....

    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.

  • Tuesday, May 10, 5pm
    San Francisco Debut of Temescal Brewing....

    Taste of Oakland’s hip new brewery, featuring a set of Pale Ales on draft.

    -Hello Pale Ale
    -Birthday Pale Ale

  • Friday, April 29, 6pm
    Omnipollo Sipping Session...

    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.  

  • Thursday, April 21, 6pm
    Sipping Session with Marin Brewing Company....

    Arnie, barrel-aging, hops!hops!hops!, platypus, puzzles, friends….

    -Titania Moon Juice
    -Dirty Bomb Saison
    -Brass Knuckle
    -And more…

  • Saturday, April 16, 2pm
    Labor of Love Release....

    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.

  • Tuesday, March 29, 2pm
    Sipping Session with Calicraft Brewing Company....

    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. 

  • Thursday, March 10, 6pm
    Prepare Yourself: Cookie Beer Time Has Arrived....

    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
    -and more….

    Woods Troop #2255 will be barside to help with survival skills.

  • Thursday, March 3, 6pm
    Tasty Time....

    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

  • Tuesday, March 1, 6pm
    Jolly Pumpkin/Mikkeller/Evil Twin Mashup

    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!

  • Monday, February 22 and Tuesday, February 23, 6pm
    Blind IPA Tasting...

    ‘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

  • Tuesday, February 9, 6pm
    Tuesday Tapping: Firestone Walker Merlin Milk Stout on nitro....

    Merlin Milk Stout on nitro with fresh cookies on the side, makes a Tuesday much cozier.

  • Thursday, January 14, 6pm
    Official Pizza Port Brewing Northern California Launch....

    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.

    Drink this:
    -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
    -and more….

  • Saturday, January 23, 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 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
    -Cask 200
    -Cask Strawberry
    -and more…..
    The lovely and exuberant Adair Paterno (co-owner) will be barside along with head brewer Jason Hansen.

  • Tuesday, July 19, 6pm
    Sipping Session with Ground Breaker.....

    Details to arrive with a quickness.

  • Sunday, January 24, Noon
    Fields of Grain: Cereal Sipping Session....

    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
    -and more…..

    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
    -and more

  • Sunday, January 24, 6pm
    Housed in a Barrel: Sipping Session with Cascade Brewing....

    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
    -and more….

  • Monday, January 25, 6pm
    Tale of the Hop(s) II: Sipping Session with Societe, Alpine, and artist Nick Fullmer....

    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.

  • Tuesday, January 26, 6pm
    Make Mine a Mullet....

    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.

  • Wednesday, January 27, 6pm
    Black Friday Redux: Sipping Session with Goose Island Beer Company....

    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
    -and more….
    Bottles of select styles available to go.

  • Thursday, January 28, 2pm
    Saddle Up! Drake's Hopocalypse Sipping Session....

    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
    -and more……

  • Thursday, January 28, 6pm
    21 Candles: Midnight Sun Brewing 21st Birthday Party....

    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
    -Termination Dust
    -Just the Tip on nitro
    -and more….
    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.


  • Friday, January 29, all day
    The Wild Ones: All Day Sour Sipping Session...

    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.

  • Saturday, January 30, noon
    Bounty of Beer: Cellar Sale with Almanac Beer Company and Jester King Brewery....

    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)
    -and more….

    Bottles from the Jester King cellars:
    -Black Metal
    -and more….

  • Friday, December 23, noon-close
    Jingle, Jingle....

    Step inside for a little holiday cheer.  Complimentary holiday sips and something for your sweet tooth.