The SF Beer Week is celebrating its 11th Annual Anniversary and the San Mateo County/Silicon Valley area is joining in the fun! For those that may not be aware, SF Beer Week is a collection of events spanning multiple days, celebrating craft beer and the craft beer community. This year, Beer Week will take place from February 7-16, 2020, and it is loaded with special events, fun times and, of course, great beer. Breweries, venues, and distributors from across the entire San Francisco Bay Area are participating, so we’ve listed some top events featuring some of our local partners to help you better plan your celebration!
SF Beer Week Opening Gala
Location: Pier 35, San Francisco
The grand celebration kicks off on Friday, February 7th with the SF Beer Week Opening Gala at Pier 35 in San Francisco. The gala is the largest gathering of the Northern California craft beer community and it’s the start of the nine-day craft beer festivities. This year’s gala will feature 120 Northern California breweries and will include some of our local favorites such as Half Moon Bay Brewing Co., Freewheel Brewing Co., Ghostwood Beer Co., Pedro Point Brewing, among others! Tickets are still available but are sure to sell out - so make sure to purchase yours now.
Freewheel Brewing Company
Location: Redwood City
If you happen to be in Redwood City during SF Beer Week, then you have to visit Freewheel Brewing Co. The brewery has lots of events planned for this week, most notably their 5th Annual Firkin Friends Fest on February 15th, where they invite some of their local brewery friends to take over their Beer Engines for one-night only. This is a mini Cask Ale festival with some of the Bay's best breweries such as Alpha Acid Brewing Co., Hop Dogma Brewing Co., Armstrong Brewing Co., among others. Freewheel is also hosting Beer Week Trivia Night on February 12th and their 3rd Annual Battle of the Brew Clubs on February 18th - both events promise to be great fun! In addition, in case you can't make to the brewery, Freewheel will also be releasing their new Chestnut Brown Ale on February 13th at Hops & Hominy in San Francisco and will also be part of the 9th Annual Meet the Brewers Beer Festival on February 17th at Hermitage Brewing Co. in San Jose.
Ghostwood Beer Co.
Location: Redwood City, CA
With a large, relaxed taproom in downtown Redwood City, Ghostwood Beer Co., brews and serves an always-fresh mix of craft beers to a loyal following of local beer lovers. And, for SF Beer Week, Ghostwood is going big!
Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
Location: Half Moon Bay, CA
If you’re looking for a coastside brewery, then Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. is the perfect place for you! Start the celebration with kegs of the brewery's favorite beers and delicious beer-infused brunch specials at their Kegs & Eggs Beer Brunch on February 9th. They will be featuring the perfect rise-and-shine beer; Calf-eine, a Coffee Milk Stout brewed with Ritual coffee, paired with Stuffed French Toast with mascarpone and a Calf-eine syrup. Not a breakfast person? Mark your calendars for their Beer and Appetizer Pairing and Trivia Night on February 11th or celebrate all things baseball with the special release of their IPA series at their Night at the Ballpark Beer Release Party on February 13th!
SF Adventure Tours
Location: San Francisco, CA
Lastly, if you want to take part in the celebration but aren’t sure which breweries to visit, then SF Adventure Tours has you covered! Their “Dogpatch Plus” Opening/Closing Weekend Brew tours offer the perfect opportunity to experience some of the best of San Francisco Beer Week in style. The tour will be led by Certified Cicerone Eric Schaefer, and will take place on February 10th and 17th. The tour includes tasting flights at three breweries, a private facility tour at one of them, unique local food pairing and a special gift. Make sure to purchase your tickets soon since space is limited. So, head out there, meet their open-sided “woody” bus near Powell Street BART and bring your thirst for the best beers in the City on this adventure!