It's the moooost wonderful time of the yeeaaaaarrrrr! No, not Christmas... it's SF Beer Week! This, of course, means that there are a bajillion different beer-fueled events going on starting Feb. 7th; everything from beer dinners, to tap takeovers, to all-out festivals. Soooo, we went ahead and did what any good digital friend would do and created a neighborhood guide for SF Beer Week that includes both the "Best Event" and the "Cheapest", for eight different 'hoods you very likely either live in, work in, or occasionally wake up in. Get on it!
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Best Event:15 Romolo's Fourth Annual Booze & Brew Brawl Feb. 16th, 6-10pm // $20 in-advance, $25 at the door For a 20-spot, you can get a welcome punch, plus samples of six different beer cocktails from six different bartenders, which means whoever wins the brawl, you still come out on top.
Best Event:Beer and Italian Food at Delarosa Feb. 10th-13th // A la Carte The entirety of beer week, they've got all-day, specialized dish pairings with beers chosen by a master cicerone.
Cheapest Event: Delarosa Beer-And-A-Shot Pairings Feb. 8th-9th, 14th-16th The bad news: somehow Delarosa is the only spot in the Marina doing anything for SF Beer Week (??????). The good news: the "anything" they're doing also includes badass beer-and-a-shot pairings for five of the 10 days, including a Golden Road Special New Release (sworn to secrecy until it's released!) paired with Amaro Montenegro.
Cheapest Event:Balast Point Kickoff Party at 540 Club Feb. 10th, 6-2pm // Free Admission According to them: "10-tap takeover!!! We will have multiple nitros, barrel-aged beers, and other rare beers!!!" They are very excited about it!!! Maybe you should be too??? ... !!!
Best Event:Festival of Firkins at Magnolia Feb. 13th, 11am-TBD // Pay-As-You-Go Starting at 11am, Magnolia is cramming as many small cask ales as they can (at least a dozen) into their taps and'll be offering them by the pint or, if you prefer (you don't prefer), in smaller tastes until they run out. At which point, you run out.
Cheapest Event:Alembic's Rotating Beer Cocktails Feb. 8th-16th // Per-Drink Since they're doing a different beer cocktail every day of Beer Week, this is kinda your excuse to go there... every day. Gotta drink 'em allllllll!!
Cheapest Event: Nuit du Quebec at Rosamunde's Sausage Grill Feb. 11th, 6-10pm // Free Admission Okay, so there is a lot of stuff going on in The Mission, but this is the only one pairing beers with five kinds of poutine (you know, that French-Canadian dish featuring French fries covered in cheese, sausage, etc.?).
Best Event: Calicraft at Rich Table Feb. 11th, 530-10pm // $100 C'mon, it's Rich Table. Call to see if you can score reservations.
Cheapest Event:Coronado Tap Takeover at Noir Lounge Feb. 12th, 6-10p // Free Admission Hit up this tap takeover, buy a pint of Coronado, and you get to keep the souvenir glass (while they last).
Cheapest Event: Cali Beer Garden at Starbelly Feb. 12th, 6-10pm // A La Carte The outdoor patio is morphing into a beer garden for an event featuring Calicraft Brewing Co. and Iron Springs Brewery, with one-night-only bites like fried oysters with Old Bay aioli ($2), chicken liver pate, pickled beets & mustard ($2), crispy boudin noir with sunny quail egg ($2), aged cheddar beer poutine & bacon ($5), and beer-steamed West Coast mussels & frites ($6). First come, first serve; no reservations necessary.
Joe Starkey is San Francisco's Thrillist Editor and once drank three Smirnoff Ices in a row. Follow him on Twitter.