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For beer lovers in the Bay, this is the sweetest week of the year, where over 100 craft brewers from all over Northern California roll their kegs into the Bay for tastings, parties, parings, and any other excuse to come together and drink some the finest brews in the world.

The Craft Brewing movement started in San Francisco in the 1960s (thank you Fritz Maytag), and the West Coast style has grown and spread throughout the world like a fine vine of hops in the springtime.   Starting Friday, February 9th with the Beer Week gala, and continuing around the Bay with dozens of delicious drink-ups.  Below are just a few amazing events to hit this week.

I happen to be a West Coast IPA lover with a penchant for a crisp pilsner, I also live in SF so below are some of my favorite events in SF and Oakland during SF Beer Week, but there are events ALL OVER THE BAY AREA, and you can see them all on the great SF BEER WEEK calendar here.

The SF Beer Week Opening Gala is the most anticipated and prestigious annual gathering of Northern California’s craft beer community. Join 100+ craft breweries and guests for the greatest celebration of regional craft beer in FOUR years!

It’s the singular official kick off for SF Beer Week — a must-attend directly supporting the local craft beer community and providing exclusive and pre-release access to hundreds of new and special releases from indie craft brewers across the Bay, all under one roof.

SF Beer Week Opening Gala
February 9, 2024
Pier 35, San Francisco

feb 10th, 10am

We’ll be enclosing our parklet and sidewalk seating, and making a place for our 4 legged friends to meet and play with each other. We will be pouring 12 taps of Russian River Brewing Company’s best core and special release beers, offered in flights and as single pours. Sorry, Pliny The Younger will not be on, but it will be poured when we get it delivered, at some point before beer week. Check our Instagram for the announcement. Please only bring well-behaved pooches. We’ll have water and treats for the pups, and great beer for the puppy parents. Doggy Social ends at 6pm, flights poured all day and night. Hope to see you then!

Russian River Tap Takeover & Doggy Social
At Venue / In Person
Richmond Republic
642 Clement St, San Francisco, CA

feb 11 sun 12pm

Game starts at 3:30pm so show up early for a seat! We will be serving chicken wings all day or until we sell out. Alvarado St. will be providing refreshing brews to keep you hydrated.

Alvarado – Super Bowl Chicken Wing Watch Party
At Venue / In Person
2832 Mission St, San Francisco, CA

feb 11 sun

The Annual Standard Deviant Chili Cook Off is back! Professional and amateur chefs compete for prizes and try to avoid ridicule by a jolly MC who has had too many bowls of chili and just the right amount of beer. Chili is free for everybody- to get a spoon you just need to buy a beer! What better way to prep for the 49ers inevitable Super Bowl win?!? (no way we just jinxed that)

6th Annual Chili Cook-Off + Czech Pilsner Release+ Super Bowl
At Venue / In Person
Standard Deviant
280 14th St., San Francisco, CA
Cost Free / No Reservations or RSVP

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feb12 mon 3pm

We’ll be featuring beers from Half Acre Brewing, one of Chicago’s best breweries, and serving up classic Chicago.

Sip on some brews brought to you exclusively for SF Beer Week by Half Acre. Experience flavors that will transport you to the heart of the Chicago brewing scene while enjoying a Chicago Dog and some classic American bar snacks .

Windy City Brew & Bite
At Venue / In Person
Degrees Plato
4251 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA

feb12 mon 6pm

Portland Night w. special Pub Trivia

At Venue / In Person
The Sycamore
2140 Mission, San Francisco, CA

feb13 tue 6pm

We are tapping a 15g keg of Pliny! It will sell out within an hour most likely. We will be selling tickets for the Pliny starting at 4 pm for Mug Club Members, and 5 pm for the general public. The tickets are just intended to keep the line moving smoothly. Most likely you can show up at 6 and still get a pour, but we’d suggest showing up at 5 to guarantee. If you’re not a mug club member, take a look at the perks! 10% off all food and drink for you and your party, as well as one $7 beer every Monday on the house. And you get your mug up on the wall! The membership works at either our Balboa or Irving Street locations and costs $200 for the year. It also includes entry into the mug club party at the end of the year.

Pliny The Younger Keg Tapping
At Venue / In Person
Foghorn Taproom-Irving
534 Irving St, San Francisco, CA
Pay As You Go  


feb14 wed 3pm

We’re hosting a special event to celebrate love, friendships, and our passion for beer & candy. Join us at the taproom for our Slow Jams and Sweethearts Event, where we’ve hand-selected candies to complement four of our very own craft beers. You’ll receive four 5 oz pours that will be perfectly paired with sweets for your plus ones, your hunny bunnies, or just you! All are welcome. Fur babies are always welcome, too! We will have special treats for them.

Slow Jams & Sweetheards w. Your Lovers & Friends Beer Pairing
At Venue / In Person
Oakland United
262 2nd St, Oakland, CA
$20   Tickets / RSVP

feb 15 thu 4pm

Our signature event this year – we will tap 18 of the best lagers we can get our hands on, including beers from some of the best lager brewers in the country. Breweries include Cohesion, Wayfinder, Heater Allen, Living Häus, There Does Not Exist, Wondrous, Sante Adairius, Urban Roots, Cellarmaker, Alvarado St., Fieldwork, Humble Sea, Original Pattern, and Tenma!

LagerfestAt Venue / In Person

4239 Park Boulevard, Oakland, CA

feb 16 fri 4pm

We are pairing our brews with Smokin’ D’s BBQ Brisket Bao for one night only! As featured in the San Francisco Chronicle — this dish brings Smokin’ D’s and Mrs. D’s cultures together and is truly a labor of love. Texas-style smoked meats stuffed inside traditional, fluffy Chinese milk bread. Freshly baked every morning, it’s a sweet and savory flavor bomb in every bite!

Live Tunes by Todd Bugbee’s Dead Roses (@dead_roses_music) from ~7-10 PM.

Brews & BBQ ft. Smokin’ D’s BBQ
Harmonic-Thrive City
7 Warriors Way, San Francisco, CA

feb17 sat 12pm

We’ll have a bunch of pilsners on tap — some from us, and some from our pals at Olfactory Brewing & Blending and Break Even Beermakers. We three breweries have also teamed up to brew an Italian-style Pilsner just for the occasion. We call it — Pilsner Napoletana!

And Lucia’s Pizza will be on-site with their mobile pizza oven, serving up a delectable array of wood-fired pizzas and fried pizzas.

Pizza & Pils Fest
4115 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA
Pay As You Go   Tickets / RSVP

feb 18 sun 11am

We’ve got 10,000 square feet of asphalt canvas waiting for your artistic talents. Prizes, drink/food specials and chalk all provided. Bring your friends, bring your family, bring your smile, leave your mark!

First Inaugural Chalk Art Festival

At Venue / In Person
651B W Tower Ave., Alameda, CA

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