Events

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

    The Verdi Club!  Bevy of beer!  Live music!  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

  • 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.  

  • TBD
    Sipping Session with Fieldwork Brewing Company....POSTPONED

    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.

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

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

    Featuring:
    -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
    -Appreciation
    -Cask Strawberry
    -Lucybelle
    -and more…..
    The lovely and exuberant Adair Paterno (co-owner) will be barside along with head brewer Jason Hansen.

  • 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
    -Halia
    -Gillian
    -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
    -Berserker
    -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:
    -Kollabortionsbier
    -Foudreweizen
    -Black Metal
    -and more….