I Left My Heart in San Francisco…Beer Week

By Andy Sparhawk

In only its second year, San Francisco Beer Week has become quite a hit, to say the least. In fact, SFBW Media Director, Jay Brooks reports that 225 events will be put on by the time San Francisco Beer Week ends on Valentine’s Day, over 70 more events than its inaugural celebration just one year ago. What is even more impressive about the week, adds Brooks, is that the week has retained its “integrity of events, preferring the kind that showcase craft beer in the best light.” That’s for sure, almost half of the Beer Week festivities has a beer and food theme, and not just beer dinners; beer for breakfast and brunch have been major draws for craft beer lovers in the San Francisco area.

Mr. Brooks points to the adoption of San Francisco Beer Week by the area’s more exclusive restraunts as evidence of success for SFBW. “Many of our high-end food restaurants have come to realize how good beer is with food, as evidenced by the participation of Chez Panise, Farralon, Bin 38 and Olivetto, to name a few.”

The collective effort to bolster the area’s rich beer culture has made San Francisco Beer Week a destination for those to experience what craft beer is and can be for years to come.

More on San Francisco Beer Week:

  • Events stretch from Monterey north to Sonoma (over 150 miles by car or mule)
  • 90 events that highlight craft beer as a superb compliment to food.
  • 45 full-fledge beer dinners/ breakfasts/ brunches/ lunches

Check out this news clip from the local NBC affiliate in San Francisco. It features Russian River Brewing Company and the Toronado Pub.

Andy Sparhawk, the Brewers Association's craft beer program coordinator, is a Certified Cicerone® and BJCP Beer Judge. He lives in Arvada, Colorado where he is a homebrewer and avid craft beer enthusiast. On occasion, Andy is inspired to write on his experiences with craft beer, and if they are not too ridiculous, you might see the results here on CraftBeer.com.

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