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Awesome SF Beer Week Events 2023!

Updated: Feb 10, 2023 08:36
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Tis the season to eat, drink, crawl, and make merry all around the Bay Area with new, delicious, and oftentimes exclusive beers!  “Why?” You ask, because The San Francisco Beer Week starts on Friday all across the Bay Area!   That means the finest independent craft brewers will flock to the Bay to serve up hundreds of new beers, pales, pils, ales, IPAs, Hazy’s, Sours, Saisons, stouts, and even ciders.

There are food and beer pairings, beer tastings, beer competitions, beer parties, and beer busts at awesome venues in San Francisco, the East Bay, North Bay, Coast, and South Bay.   Henhouse has a fresh double IPA called ‘Big Chicken’ that is rumored to be better than Pliny Younger, so keep your eye out for that.  Ballast Point is opening a tap room in Mission Bay, and the fellows who first began making those strange (and incredible) West Coast Hazy IPAs using East Coast ingredients (Barebottle Brewing Co), are hosting the big opening party this year at their NEW tasting room in Salesforce Park.

You can see ALL the SF BEER WEEK events right here:

And if you want to see the events we think will be dope, check our SF Beer Week favorites below!

2023 SF Beer Week Kick Off Party @ Salesforce Park with Barebottle

Five official Kick Offs return this year, one in each of the Bay Area Brewers Guild’s five official chapters: San Francisco, North Bay, East Bay, Silicon Valley and the Coast.

For those in San Francisco, ground zero is going to be sky-high, as Barebottle Brewing Co. hosts at its newly opened tasting room central to the sprawling 5.4-acre urban rooftop that is Salesforce Park. It’s a stunning and spectacular location, made all the more special by the terrific company and great brews, as the Barebottle team invites locals plus some friends from afar, and curates a special mix of SF Beer Week releases, including an always stellar lineup from San Francisco’s craft brewers.

Six members of the Bay Area Brewers Guild’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee and their breweries: Drake’s Brewing Co. (host), Hella Coastal Brewing, HenHouse Brewing Co., Humble Sea Brewing Co., Dokkaebier and S27 Alehouse & Brewery made a collaborative beer called “This Beer Creates Opportunity”, it’s a Hazy Double IPA brewed with London Tropics yeast, Simcoe, Bru-1 and HBC 586 hops, just for the 2023 SF beer week. 

The Official 2023 SFBW Collaboration Beer will be poured at each of the five Kick-Off events.

Featuring 20+ breweries, live music, local food vendors, & majestic views of downtown San Francisco, grab tickets, add to your itinerary and be ready for this special day.

SF tickets

All other kickoff parties: here

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Battle of the Bay IPAs

1038 Polk St., San Francisco, CA

Pay As You Go  

The econd annual Battle of the IPAs, Bay area edition. Morris Distributing presents this epic battle to claim the title of best IPA in the bay featuring rare releases from Faction Brewing, Moonlight Brewing and Laughing Monk Brewing. Guests will order a blind-tasting flight of the four beers and then vote for their favorite. Tshe winner takes all and gets a trophy. Guests get free swag for participating. Everyone has fun.


Dim Sum Beer Brunch with Fort Point

WHEN: Saturday, February 18th, 1:30-4:30pm

WHERE: Hong Kong Lounge, 5322 Geary Blvd.

WHAT: A favorite Beer Week tradition – dim sum and beer – is back!! Join us at Hong Kong Lounge for lazy susans flush with soup dumplings, Peking duck, coffee pork ribs, and other dim sum classics served alongside plenty of cold, fizzy Fort Point.

TICKETS: $75 per ticket, all inclusive, available on Eventbrite here


Superbowl Watch & Hella Jalapeno Release Party


1525 Cortland Ave., San Francisco, CA


Free / No Reservations or RSVP

The big game party where we’ll be offering a special house-made Michelada made with our Hella Jalapeno pepper lager! Spicy game, spicy beer, happy life.

info :


Beer, Soul & Cheese: A Celebration with Marin & Moylan’s

The Church Key

1402 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA


Pay As You Go  

We are thrilled to continue the tradition of Beer, Soul, and Cheese. This time, we are adding Marin Brew Co’s sister brand, Moylan’s Brewing Company into the mix!

Brewmaster and legend Arne Johnson will be in attendance, sipping fresh draught favorites paired with yummy cheeses from near and afar. DJ Booker D will also be in the house, spinning soul and r&b favorites on wax 45s.


Arne Johnson

Brewmaster, Marin Brew Co.

Divine Origins Vertical with World Beer Cup Gold Medal Winner

Woods-Island Club

1 Avenue of the Palms, San Francisco, CA


Pay As You Go  

Divine Origins is our genre-bending odyssey into the unexplored worlds of natural wine, spontaneous fermentation, and co-fermentation. After long, collaborative work with local vintners and months hidden away in our Treasure Island barrel room, these special wine-beer hybrids blink into the daylight. We’ll be sharing flights with selections from our 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021 vintages. We’ve even saved a couple of cases of our World Beer Cup Gold Medal Winner — Divine Origins: Carignan.

South Bay

The Refuge – San Mateo

Temescal, Russian River, & Alvarado St Tap Takeovers

66 31st Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403, San Mateo, CA
Pay As You Go  

If you like West Coast pales, IPAs and Hazy’s, then you can’t miss any of these 3 Tap takeovers.  Temescal, Russian River, & Alvarado St all have events at the Refuge.  So if you live in South Bay, you are set for delicious beer and BBQ.

More info here: More From The Refuge – San Mateo

9th Annual West Coast Craft Can Invitational, San Carlos

Join 25+ of the best breweries on the West Coast for tastes of 75+ styles of all craft, all cans.

Taste all the best canned craft from around California at Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company. The West Coast Craft Can Invitational (WCCCI) returns February 11th, 2023 for the ninth time! From 2pm – 5pm, the brewery is full of 25+ craft breweries from around the state pouring over 75 different styles of beer. Need an extra hour? This year, VIPs get in an hour early, at 1pm, for specialty tasting and early access to all the breweries.

Check in at the front door, get your commemorative 16oz can-style pint glass and get tasting!

The WCCCI brings breweries together to show off their canned brews. Chat with brewers and industry professionals in the spacious Devil’s Canyon Tasting Room, Barrel Room, and Beer Garden and learn about new and new-to-you styles and flavors, discuss craft beer industry topics and meet new friends. Also enjoy live music, food trucks, games and more.

East Bay

Brewer V Brewer: Collaboration Beer Dinner with Drake’s & HenHouse

Drake’s Dealership

2325 Broadway, Oakland, CA


Tickets / RSVP

It’s a battle of the brewers! We’re pitting Drake’s Brewing Brewmaster DeVonne Buckingham against HenHouse Brewmaster Collin McDonnell for an epic Valentine’s Day beer dinner battle royale. Join us at Drake’s Dealership in Oakland as these friends/foes duke it out over delecatble dishes and debut their newest collab creation. YOU will determine which brewer wins ultimate bragging rights by best pairing their beers to Chef Emily and her Dealership crew’s six-course prix fixe menu in this evening of cutthroat camaraderie. Since it’s Valentine’s Day, Chef Emily is focusing on edible aphrodisiacs to sprinkle a little love on this epic showdown.

The event will begin with a casual schmooze fest starting at 6:00pm, seating and dinner service will start at 6:30pm sharp. As you eat your way through a ridiculous array of dishes, the brewers will present their beer pairings and explain why they chose what they chose, allowing you to ask questions, engage in friendly discourse and ultimately cast your vote. Who will take home the title? That’s entirely up to you!

Ticket price includes a 6-course meal, 11 beer pairings, a private dining experience and an open discussion session with the brewers. Tax and 20% gratuity are included. Must be 21+ to attend. Limited seating available!

Celebration of Craft Beer Festival


1404 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA


$85 / $75 early bird thru 1/31   Tickets / RSVP

Trumer Brewery and the California Craft Brewers Association are proud to present the 2023 Celebration of Craft, an annual invitational beer festival celebrating the finale of San Francisco Beer Week. The festivities will be held at Trumer Brewery in Berkeley with more than 650 beer lovers and industry professionals attending the party, and thirty California breweries pouring their favorite beers and Beer Week special releases. Unlimited tastings and dinner included with entry.

Pliny the Younger Pouring

3891 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA

Pay As You Go  

Cato’s Ale House is proud to serve Russian River’s annual IIIPA release: Pliny the Younger! Token sales will begin at 11:30 am when our doors open. Pouring will begin around 12:30 pm so that everyone can join us for a hearty lunch in anticipation of this mighty 10.25% beer. One Younger per person until initial distribution has concluded. We hope to see you there!

north bay

Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating Class w. Megan Nunez

HenHouse-Palace of Barrels
1333 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, CA

$50   Tickets / RSVP

Wow you sweetheart(s) this Valentine’s Day by producing some personalized sweetness just for them! In this class, you will design three custom cookies guided by Cookie Extraordinaire, Megan Nunez. A fellow Petaluma, Megan is an amazing culinary artist and self-proclaimed cookie monster who rose to prominence on Food Network’s Christmas Cookie Challenge, which she won in 2019. Her custom cookies can be specially ordered at

See you all out there, happy drinking!

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See you out in the bars fellow intrepid adventurers.

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