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Best locations for Beer Week?

Coming out on a business trip and would love to hit up some of the non-ticketed events for beer week, if time permits. I don't know what night I'll be available.

Looking for great beers we don't have in Georgia. Seeking Pliny the Younger, but can't make it to Russian River. I also like sours. 

3 Answers

top answer by
Andy from San Francisco

If you happen to be in town this Saturday, I'm planning a SF Beer Week opening day Mission pub crawl. We will hit up several beer week events in the Mission, and hopefully taste a bunch of great sour beers along the way. The details are at the link below.

Even if you can't make it for Saturday, I will probably be hitting up more Beer Week events during the week. 

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answered by
JR from Manhattan Beach

Toronado is the best beer establishment that I've found in the city. Regularly have Blind Pig and Pliny/elder on. Best odds of getting Younger i would imagine.

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  1. Toronado (restaurant)
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answered by
Elliott from San Francisco

From the San Francisco Chronicle

With more than 700 SF Beer Week events expected this year, fans might get overwhelmed when filling out their schedules for Feb. 6 to 15. Luckily, we’re here to help. Save yourself time and enter these can’t-miss events into your calendar. Get details and make an itinerary at

SF Beer Week was built on the popularity of this tribute to all that’s hoppy, and since its start it has hosted the debut of Pliny the Elder, seen a triple IPA expansion and risen to become the West Coast’s top IPA competition.

Dodge Balls, Drink Beers

1-4 p.m. Feb. 7; $10 or donation

Pyramid Brewery & Alehouse

Mixing beer and intense athletic exertion usually ends in humiliation. If that happens in this last-person-standing charity dodgeball competition, at least it will be for a good cause.

Seven-Day Brew

Brew Day: noon-3 p.m. Feb. 7; Brew Debut: noon-5 p.m. Feb. 14; free

Woods Bar and Brewery

On one Saturday, you help brew a beer. The next Saturday, you drink it. As Woods Bar & Brewery owner Jim Woods says, “The beer lives its entire life during Beer Week, which is pretty fun.”

Battle of the Guilds

1-5 p.m. Feb. 8; free


Fifteen breweries in the San Francisco Brewers Guild, the host of Beer Week, take on 15 breweries each from the Los Angeles and San Diego guilds in a 45-tap battle for California bragging rights.

Yeast Flavor Profile Demonstration Event

6-10 p.m. Feb. 10; free

Triple Voodoo Brewery & Tap Room

Hops get all the headlines, but it’s about time yeast got a shot in the spotlight. The Triple Voodoo folks will brew one style of beer with four yeast strains to highlight the different flavor profiles. Your job? Taster. Not a bad deal.

Pliny the Younger Charity Event

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 11; free

Monk's Kettle

The frenzy surrounding Russian River Brewing’s seasonal Pliny the Younger release may border on unbearable, but it’s much more palatable when all proceeds go to charity.

Hops for Housing Homebrew Festival

5:30-9 p.m. Feb. 12; $30-$40


You know that guy at the pub who likes to brag about tasting a beer you just can’t find? Well, outdo him by tasting some of the region’s top homebrew at this event benefitting the San Francisco Tenants Union.

“It Came from the Wood”

8-11 p.m. Feb. 13; $65-$75

The Jug Shop

Beer geeks, rejoice. More than 150 sour and other barrel-aged beers will be cracked open at this event. Expect cellar classics from Fifty Fifty, Mikkeller, Bruery, Logsdon and dozens of other top breweries.

Japanese Beer Fest

6-11:30 p.m. Feb. 14; free

The Trappist

Leave the Asahi and Sapporo at home and get educated on the breadth of complex ales being produced on the island nation by such standout breweries as Baird and Hitachino. And wash them down with Abura-ya Japanese-style fried chicken.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Pyramid Brewery & Alehouse (restaurant)
  2. Woods Bar and Brewery (restaurant)
  3. Zeitgeist (restaurant)
  4. Triple Voodoo Brewery & Tap Room (restaurant)
  5. Monk's Kettle (attraction)
  6. Beatbox (attraction)
  7. The Jug Shop (attraction)
  8. The Trappist (restaurant)
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