For ten days in February (February 8-17), beer lovers of all sorts flock to the Bay for the annual SF Beer Week. Starting with the Opening Celebration at the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco, the SF Beer Week features a wide range of beer events and tastings at breweries and bars throughout San Francisco. Each year, over 65 Northern Californian breweries take part in SF Beer Week. At the Opening Celebration, beer fans enjoy live music and specialty brews from places like Anchor Brewing Company, Russian River, Knee Deep, Drakes, Highwater, Uncommon Brewers, and Bear Republic Brewing just to name a few. In addition to the kick off event, SF Beer Week features a variety of activities like the several meet the brewer events, tap takeovers, and other fun themed happenings. It's impossible to catch all the events of SF Beer Week, but there's definitely a little something for everyone who loves great regional brews.
The winter season holds many gifts for beer lovers in the form of big, bold ales designed to fend off the cold chill of a long winter's night. Each year, the Holiday Ale Festival annually gathers up dozens of these winter warmers for a joyous five-day celebration. As a result, this quintessential Portland event has earned a reputation as the premier winter beer tasting venue on the West Coast. Held in the heart of downtown Portland, the Holiday Ale Festival keeps attendees warm and dry under a large clear top tent that covers Pioneer Courthouse Square while allowing for views of the city lights. Gas heaters create a cozy ambiance under the boughs of one of the region's largest decorated Christmas trees. More than 50 potent winter ales are featured at this year's event, all of which are created specifically to bring warmth and cheer to the holiday season. These aren't beers you'll find in the supermarket - our brewers have put together special recipes just for the Holiday Ale Festival. From Belgians and Barleywines to Stouts and Sours, these beers are rich, robust and full of complex flavors. From November 28th through December 2nd, 2012, come hoist a pint and toast to the spirits of the season. We look forward to seeing you at the Holiday Ale Festival...Cheers!
On Sunday November 11, 2012, Berryessa Brewing of Winters, CA celebrated their grand opening with a lot of awesome beers. Brewmaster Chris Miller and taproom manager Lori Miller were on hand for this fun event featuring live music, catered food, and some not to be missed barrel-aged treats.
8 Days of Spectacular Cascadian Beer. October 21-28, 2012. In celebration of our 4th year rejoicing regional craft beer, we threw a week-long party around Portland, Oregon. Known as KillerBeerWeek, 2012′s festivities spanned eight days at seven of our favorite craft beer establishments. Each night featured a new theme with some of the best beers by some of the best breweries in the Pacific Northwest. Thanks to Charlie @ The Beer Traveler for providing many of these photos!