SF Beer Week is celebrating its 12th Annual Anniversary and the San Mateo County/Silicon Valley area is once again 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, 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 125+ Northern California breweries and will include some of our local favorites such as Ghostwood Beer Co., Half Moon Bay Brewing Co., Freewheel Brewing Co., 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

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 13th, 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 Ghostwood Beer Co., Triple Voodoo Brewery, among others. Freewheel is also hosting a special SF Beer Week Trivia Night on February 10th and their 5th Annual Battle of the Brew Clubs on February 9th - both events promise to be great fun! The fun doesn’t stop there because Freewheel will be hosting an Art Show and Beer Release on February 11th. Be sure to check out their Facebook page for more exciting events coming up!

Ghostwood Beer Co.
Location: Half Moon Bay, CA

Keeping it in Redwood City, Ghostwood Beer Co. is also hosting a number of events during SF Beer Week. Starting off with the release of their Clearly Dangerous IIIPA on Saturday, February 8th. Clearly Dangerous is a triple IPA, hopped with Strata, Galazy, and Citra. The fun continues on Tuesday, February 12th, when they will be releasing Darkvision, a beer that has been aging in a Buffalo Trace bourbon barrel for the past 6+ months and it is tasting fantastic. This next event is for all those looking to support a great cause. In partnership with Rocket Dog Rescue, Ghostwood's Taproom will be filled with furry four-pawed friends who are looking for a new home. This event will take place on Saturday, February 15th and will also feature some special beers throughout the day. Finally, Ghostwood Beer Co. ends SFBW with the release of their latest pastry stout at their Pastry Stout Variant Release Party on Sunday, February 15th.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
Location: Half Moon Bay, CA

If you’re looking for the perfect coast side brewery, then Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. is the place for you! If you happen to be on the coast the morning of February 9th, the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company will be throwing their Kegs & Eggs Beer Brunch from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. They will be having beer and brunch, with kegs of their favorite breakfast beers and delicious beer-infused brunch specials! On Tuesday, February 11th, they will be offering free apps to pair with their stellar lineup of SFBW beers and a fun trivia night later that night. While on Thursday, February 13th, the brewery will be celebrating all things baseball at their Night at the Ballpark Beer Release Party! Come and try their Full Swing IPA, Swing for the Fences Double IPA, and The Bat Flip Triple IPA - or hit for the cycle and grab a flight of all three!

Gourmet Haus Staudt
Location: Redwood City, CA

Restaurants and pubs are also celebrating SF Beer Week and Gourmet Haus Staudt is leading the charge! Starting things off with their SoCal Day on Saturday, February 8th, where they will be showcasing SoCal breweries that we don't normally see here. This event is followed by their Lambic Extravaganza the very next day. On Tuesday, February 11th, GHS will be taken over by Modern Times Beer, followed by a Mission-Trail Cider Company takeover on Thursday, February 13th. Finally, to close Beer Week off, Gourmet Haus will host The Vermont Experience on Saturday, February 15th, where they will be showcasing beers from Hill Farmstead and a side project coming out of Hill Farmstead called Wunderkammer.

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