Craft beer is no joke in the Bay Area. As SF Beer Week rolls around, we all get geared up for a ten-day celebration with education, tasting, pairing, touring and reveling aplenty. And the best part about our regional festival is that you get to pick and choose the events you attend. So you can visit only the free ones, only the food paired ones, only the trivia throwdowns — you name it!
But with hundreds of official events from Sausalito to San Jose, it can be tough to narrow down your schedule. To help you on your craft brew journey, we rounded up 20 of the most interesting and exciting options for every day of Beer Week. You can see all the events listed here. Or, jump straight into our top picks below!
Friday, February 9th
6 – 10:30 p.m. | Pier 35 | Tickets
What’s SF Beer Week without the opening gala, right? Friday evening kicks off the festival with one can’t-miss event featuring 120 Northern California breweries all pouring unlimited samples of new, rare and classic beers. Come for the beer, stay for the local food vendors, and go home with a commemorative glass!
Saturday, February 10th
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. | The Bistro | Tickets sold at the door
As the original kick-off to SF Beer Week, the Double IPA Festival is the place to be on Saturday. The 17th annual event is a professional competition featuring over 60 double and 30 triple IPAs on tap, live music on two stages, and cheese tastings, grilled sausages and Frickles to eat!
12 – 6 p.m. | Lucky 13 | No purchase necessary
For the sixth year in a row, Lucky 13 and Fieldwork Brewing Co. are teaming up to share beer and help local pets. Bring your pooch to join in the fun while you sample five special beers, meet future best friends at the on-site adoption fair, and benefit local organization Rocket Dog Rescue! While supplies last, you’ll also get to take home a commemorative bandana for your pup.
1 – 10 p.m. | The Rare Barrel | No purchase necessary
Guests will be the judges at this competitive beer event! Throughout the day, participants will blind taste brews from more than 15 NorCal and SoCal breweries, including Northern California favorites Russian River Brewing Company, Cellarmaker Brewing Co. and The Rare Barrel. Come to cast your vote and finally decide which region reigns supreme.
1 – 4 p.m. | Downtown San Jose | Tickets
The Beerwalk brings together beer lovers, local shops and community members to celebrate the life and businesses of Downtown San Jose. Benefiting both the San Jose Downtown Association and The Bay Brewers Guild, your $35 early bird ticket includes beer samples, a custom glass and a passport. To see all the Beerwalk events held regularly and during SF Beer Week, click here.
Sunday, February 11th
1 – 5 p.m. | Laughing Monk Brewing | Tickets
Photo courtesy of Laughing Monk Brewing and Robin Knight
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will be at Laughing Monk Brewing all day for Sunday Funday! Bingo, Sister Twister and a Build Your Own Biscuits Bar are all on the schedule so come ready to eat, drink and have a great time. Your $35 ticket includes the BYOB meal, two pints of your choice, three bingo cards, and one raffle ticket.
Laughing Monk will also be offering Dragalicious Brewery Tours with Ginger Snap. You can buy your tickets for that here and get more details on Facebook.
3 – 7 p.m. | Pacific Pinball Museum | Tickets
For the fourth year in a row, you can play unlimited pinball on more than 100 historic pinball machines and sample more than 20 beers from 10+ of the Bay’s best brewers. Your $40 ticket includes a Pacific Pinball Museum tasting glass, unlimited tastings with all our brewers, pinball tournaments and unlimited free games on all the machines!
Monday, February 12th
5 – 8 p.m. | The Craneway Pavilion | Tickets
On Monday, Armistice Brewing Company is hosting one of the most elegant evenings of SF Beer Week 2018. Swill + Swell is a waterfront evening of inventive beers paired with some of the best food in the country, all while enjoying live jazz. For this all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink event, you’ll be joined by Sharon Li, executive chef at Press, a Michelin reviewed farm-to-table steakhouse in the heart of the Napa Valley.
6 – 9 p.m. | Drake’s Dealership | Tickets
This beer dinner battle royale includes four courses, seven beer pairings, a social beer hour, a private dining experience, and an open discussion with the brewers of both Drake’s Brewing Co. and HenHouse Brewing Company. At the end of the meal, you get to decide which brewmaster paired the best beers with Chef Taylor’s four-course prix-fixe menu!
Tuesday, February 13th
7 – 9 p.m. | SoMa StrEat Food Park | No purchase necessary
Photo courtesy of SoMa StrEat Food Park
If you’re a beer geek (and who isn’t these days?), make sure you stop by SoMa StrEat Food Park for Brews on the Brain Beer Trivia! Take advantage of the first four days of Beer Week then enjoy six rounds of Brainstormer Trivia covering everything from brewing history and beer styles to craft culture and more. The game starts promptly at 7 p.m. and it’s free to play — so we’ll see you there! RSVP on Facebook for event updates.
Wednesday, February 14th
6 – 9 p.m. | ThirstyBear Organic Brewery | Tickets
There’s no better Valentine’s Day activity than chocolate eating. Unless, of course, you get the chance to make your own! For this festive event, ThirstyBear Organic Brewery is pairing up with Berkeley’s TCHO Chocolate Company and Pete Slosberg of Pete’s Wicked Ale and Cocoa Pete’s to guide you through making your own unique chocolate bar. While you craft, you can sip a complimentary cask-conditioned Panda Bear Ale brewed with TCHO organic cocoa nibs, all of ThirstyBear’s other beers, a special SF Brewers Guild collaboration brew, and enjoy chocolate tastings.
Thursday, February 15th
6 – 10 p.m. | California Academy of Sciences | Tickets sold at the door
Cal Academy hosts a NightLife event every Thursday night from 6 – 10 p.m. but for SF Beer Week, they’re taking it up a notch. This special event will include a pop-up beer garden with dozens of local breweries, tips on the art of homebrewing, as well as talks and demos from local brewers. You’ll also get the chance to sip NightLife’s signature craft beer Aliciella Bitter, brewed by Magnolia Brewing Co. using plant types found on the museum’s living roof! Get full details on beer ticket pricing and more here.
4 – 8 p.m. | Cleophus Quealy Beer Company | No purchase necessary
Photo courtesy of Cleophus Quealy Beer Company
At this dog-friendly event, Cleophus Quealy will be hosting a featured brew and a tasty taco pairing for just $5. There will also be a pup photo booth, and you can meet adoptable dogs from Oakland’s only open admission shelter, Oakland Animal Services. A portion of all pint sales for the night will go to Friends of Oakland Animal Services.
Friday, February 16th
6 – 9 p.m. | ThirstyBear Organic Brewery | Tickets
ThirstyBear is celebrating three types of fermentation on Friday: Beer, cheese and bread! They’re teaming up with Janet Fletcher of Planet Cheese and The SF Baking Institute to offer unlimited tastings of 17 unique cask-conditioned ales from 16 different breweries — all paired with local and Spanish artisan cheeses and freshly baked breads.
Saturday, February 17th
8 – 10 a.m. | Smith Trailhead Parking Lot | Tickets
If you thought the only thing missing from SF Beer Week was a 10K trail run, then this is the event for you! Optimized to maximize suffering, the 6.2-mile trail winds through the Marin and climbs 1,400 feet. And when you reach the end, Sufferfest Beer Company and Early Bird Tacos will be waiting with cold beers and hot breakfast tacos.
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Comrades Beer Lab | Tickets
This is SF’s only class where you get to learn from a professional brewer and take home the beer you made! Over two class sessions at Comrades Brewing Co., you’ll brew and bottle your beer — so be sure you can come back Wednesday, March 7th.
If those days don’t work for you, check out the Brew It Yourself class during opening weekend which reunites February 22 for bottling! And you can check out the Brew It Yourself website here.
12 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Spark Social SF | Tickets
Spark Social SF is wrapping up Beer Week with an exciting charitable event. With the purchase of your beer passport, you’ll enjoy unlimited samples of new, rare and classic brews from a wide range of Sonoma County’s best craft breweries in your own commemorative glass! And, in classic Spark Social fashion, there will be more than 10 local food trucks so you can create your own street food pairings. Admission is free, but your beer passport is $35 – 40. Buy it online and a portion of ticket sales will support the United Ways’ Northern CA Wildfire Relief & Recovery Fund. You can also RSVP on Facebook for event updates.
1 – 5 p.m. | Hermitage Brewing Company | Tickets
Photo courtesy of Hermitage Brewing Company
Locally produced beer, live music and mobile eats come together for this one-of-a-kind beer festival. For around $50 admission, you’ll get tastings from more than 30 local breweries, all located within 150 miles of San Jose. Paired with local eats and lively dancing, Hermitage Brewing Company is the place to be on Saturday afternoon.
2 – 7 p.m. | SF Adventure Tours | Tickets
Covering San Francisco’s southeast side, this brew tour will bring you through GABF Award-winning Barebottle Brew Co., the innovative Harmonic Brewing, one of SF’s best chocolate shops for a beer and chocolate pairing! Buy your tickets, jump on the bus near Powell Street BART, and bring your appetite because each brewery stop will feature food pairings from local street food vendors. At one of the stops, you’ll get a private tour of a brewing facility as well.
Sunday, February 18th
3 – 8 p.m. | Wine Down | Tickets
Photo courtesy of Wine Down SF and Sunshine Shannon Photography
Thank you, Wine Down SF, for not overlooking Girl Scout cookie season. This San Francisco wine and beer bar is pairing four local Bay Area brews with four beloved cookies and $4 from every ticket will go directly to the Girl Scouts of Northern California!
Where will you be?
If your favorite SF Beer Week 2018 event isn’t on our list, share it in the comments below so we don’t miss it!