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San Francisco Beer Week 2020 | Opening Night Gala Recap

February 12, 2020 |

San Francisco Beer Week is underway and us on the Pacific Regional team are finally rested up from the Opening Night Gala, ready to attend other upcoming events during the week, and are ready to share all the delicious beers and fun times we had. The Opening Night Gala was thrown by the Bay Area Brewers Guild and, boy, did they bring it this year! Here are some of the stand outs from the night.

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San Francisco Beer Week | Galentine’s and Valentine’s Day Events

February 11, 2020 |

San Francisco Beer Week usually has it’s opening gala the first Friday in February, which in its 10-day duration, usually aligns with Galentine’s/Valentine’s Day. Providing a choice of romantic, clever, and fun beer events that you can enjoy with any of the myriad of ‘ships that exist in your life: friendships, partnerships, mentorships, acquaintanceships, self-care-ships.

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Karl Strauss Changing of the Barrels | Event Recap

February 11, 2020 |

Every year that a brewery makes a thriving success of brewing more amazing beers, it is an accomplishment not only for themselves, but also for the industry and their patrons. Karl Strauss Brewing Co in San Diego, California, celebrated its 31st anniversary with their Changing of the Barrels event. This anniversary party not only features their flagship lineup but of course also highlights some superb beers that have been sleeping in barrels, awakened specifically for this moment

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Libertine Brewing Company | Pacific Ocean Blue Gose

February 7, 2020 |

A beer is only as good as its water: It is the starting point and foundation from which all else grows and changes. Libertine Brewing Company wanted one of their staple beers to evoke the essence of the place they call home—the central coast of California—so they decided to use local, Pacific Coast salty sea waters to add the traditional brininess in a Gose.

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San Francisco Beer Week 2020 | Can’t Miss Events

February 6, 2020 |

We here on the Pacific Team are hella stoked on San Francisco Beer Week 2020 and enjoyed both the San Francisco and Berkeley media previews. Now that SFBW is knocking on our door, what better way to get pumped then finding some killer events to attend?! The first night, February 7th, is a no brainer – SFBW Opening Night Gala on Pier 35, put on by the Bay Area Brewers Guild. Our Team has combed through the massive amount of events being put on over the 10 day craft beer week, and honestly still looking cause wow there is a lot happening, and found some can’t miss events for ya’ll!

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Event Preview | 2020 Brewbies Festival

February 6, 2020 |

Of all of the beer events that are out there today, only a handful are as important and meaningful and well as educational as Brewbies. Started just about 11 years ago by Melanie (Mel) Pierce, it was the idea to help the community become more educated about breast cancer and checking for early signs while you get to support research foundations fight against the big C. (while of course drinking some rad brews!)

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Karl Strauss & Pure Project Brewing | Murky Poetry

February 6, 2020 |

When it comes to beer collaborations, Karl Strauss Brewing has been killing it in the past year. With collaborations like Russian River and Alesmith, not to mention the many others, Pure Project was a welcome addition to their Collaboration Line up with Murky Poetry, a Hazy IPA.

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San Francisco Beer Week Event Recap | San Francisco Media Preview

January 31, 2020 |

San Francisco Beer Week, February 7th through the 16th, spans much larger than the name might suggest. So when the Bay Area Brewers Guild threw media events this year, they decided to split them into two. One that took place on January 21st, with a write up found here. The second taking place this last Tuesday, January 28th with representatives of their Coastal, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley chapters of the guild.

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Cleophus Quealy Beer Company | Frambozenbier

January 27, 2020 |

Barrel-aged, sour and fruited beers seem to intimidate people. And Cleophus Quealy Beer Company conjured up a magical elixir of all three: Frambozenbier.

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Beer School | An Overview of the Country’s Best Beer Education Programs

January 16, 2020 |

Beer School is officially in session. To ease your nerves on the first day, I’d like to remind you why you’re here – for the love of beer, of course. No matter how technical beer school can get, just keep that in mind.

Today is about answering some questions about yourself. What do you want to do with beer? Why are you here? Is this something that you’d like to use as a future fun fact about yourself during an awkward work ice breakers or would you like to use beer school as a stepping stone for your future in beer? Let’s get started.

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OpenTap | A Beer App That Breaks the Mold

January 13, 2020 |

For nearly every beer nerd or active barhopper, they have at least one type of beer-based application on their phone. In most cases, it’s Uptappd, as it’s easily the most downloaded and widely used beer application. But there are others worth taking note of, including another big name, Taphunter. And with the influx of so many craft breweries, it’s hard to keep track of everything. This is where the OpenTap app is trying to change the game a bit. This particular application focuses on only California breweries, so we reached out to the founder to learn more about his unique perspective.

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PorchDrinking’s Best in Beer 2019 | Pacific Region

January 6, 2020 |

With the enormous multitude of breweries in California, not including some of our other states in the Pacific region, it comes as no surprise this was a hard list to compile. Our staff reached back into its collective memory to … Read More

Russian River’s Pliny the Younger Going into Bottles For the First Time

December 24, 2019 |

Christmas has come early for fans of Russian River Brewing’s wildly hyped Pliny the Younger Triple IPA. Last night as beer fans around the world were hanging their stockings with care, the Santa Rosa-based brewery announced that this February along … Read More

Anchor Brewing | Christmas Ale 2019

December 17, 2019 |

Few breweries have the storied past of Anchor Brewing in San Francisco, California. Brewing beer since 1896 and bought by Fritz Maytag in 1969, Anchor has been a staple in brewing history for more than a century. One of their longest-running beers is the seasonal Christmas Ale, available from November to early January.

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Christmas Classics | Sierra Nevada Brewing Celebration Fresh Hop IPA

December 13, 2019 |

As I was using a plastic snow shovel to chip away at the glacier-sized chunks of hardened ice in my driveway the other day, I was reminded of just how much I loooove the holiday season. And what’s not to love? Dry, cracked hands that look like a relief map of the Mojave Desert? Check. General sense of terror every time I walk in public because no one got the memo about covering their coughs and sneezes? Double check. But at least there’s good beer.

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Anderson Valley Brewing Company Sold to the McGee Family

December 4, 2019 |

The holiday shopping season is underway, and it seems that breweries are a hot item. In a matter of weeks, we’ve witnessed the acquisition of New Belgium Brewing by Kirin’s Lion Little World Beverages and, just yesterday, the stunning story … Read More

Kings & Convicts Brewing Co-Founder on Today’s Ballast Point Acquisition

December 3, 2019 |

When Ballast Point was sold to Constellation Brands in 2015 for $1 billion it made big news. It made even bigger news this afternoon when tiny Chicagoland brewery, Kings & Convicts Brewing announced they had purchased the San Diego-based brewery.

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BREAKING | Small Chicago Brewery Acquires Ballast Point Brewing

December 3, 2019 | 1

Well it seems the billion-dollar Ballast Point experiment with Constellation Brands is over. The maker of Corona and Modelo which first purchased the California-based brewery in November 2015, announced today, that it has sold Ballast Point Brewing, along with several … Read More

BareBottle Brewing | Secret City IPA

November 14, 2019 |

BareBottle Brewing Company has quickly risen to one of the trendiest breweries in Northern California. Opened by three friends that started as homebrewers, BareBottle pushes the limit with super popular hop combos and beer styles. One very unique aspect of BareBottle is that they give a nod to their homebrew experience by providing a 5-gallon recipe for all of their packaged beers directly on the bottle or can. That way you can take a shot at brewing any of the beers that you enjoy from them. Truly an ingenious idea!

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Firestone Walker Brewing | Coconut Merlin and Molé Merkin Milk Stout

November 13, 2019 |

The seasonal transition from summer to fall not only means a shift to shorter days and cooler weather but can also be seen by many of our beloved milk stouts hitting the shelves. This fall, Firestone Walker released two milk stouts created from the base of their seasonal Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout that yielded two very different and phenomenal beers.

Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout was originally created in 2004 under the name Velvet Merkin. The name was rebranded as Velvet Merlin years later when the beer was packaged for distribution. Velvet Merkin resurfaced in 2013 as the barrel-aged version of Velvet Merlin. In 2015, Velvet Merkin was tweaked again with the incorporation of milk stout.

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