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SF Beer Week: Sunday, Feb. 8 – The problem is what not to do

By William Brand
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 at 9:09 pm in what's on tap.

Moving on through the astounding maze of beer events during SF Beer Week, Feb. 6- 15, here are some highlights — from my perspective — on Sunday, Feb. 8,  I covered Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7 in the last post.  OK, here we go….

Sunday, Feb. 8

beer-to-brakers-2009Chuey Brand’s Beer to Brakers 2009, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., $10, 415-845-2032,   This looks like a hoot: The route includes, Gordon Biersch, 21st Amendment & Park Chalet There will be a picnic BRAKE in Golden Gate Park that will feature some craft brews from Thirsty Bear and Magnolia in addition to some delicious home brews and others beers from around the Bay.  One caution Chuey: you can get a DUI bust being drunk on a bike as well as in a motor vehicle.  Chuey Brand is not me. Go to the Web site to find out the details.

Mexican Fiesta: Marin Brewing, 11:30 a.m. – Midnight, Marin Brewing, 1809 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur, 415-461-4677. Arne Johnson’s powerfully hoppy beers paired with fiery Mexican food from chef Mario Gongora.

Lagunitas Beer Circus, 12 noon – 6 p.m. Lagunitas, 707-769-4495, 1280 N. McDowell Blvd.  Guess it’s a real circus with beer. But it’s sold out. No more tickets. Damn.

Brewer’s Sunday Tea, 21st Amendment, 563 2nd St., San Francisco, Noon – 3 p.m. $30, includes 10 tasting tickets and Fatted Calf Sausage, grilled outside at the 21st. This is part of the 21st and Magnolia’s Strong Beer Month. Twelve strong beers, six from 21st, six from Magnolia. The 21st is the place to be on Sunday for strong beer.

caltrain-stopsPeninsula Caltrain Pub Crawl with, Noon – 4 p.m. This event is way kewl. The idea is to take Caltrain from pub to pub. It starts at noon at Firehouse Brewery, Sunnyvale, which is a short block from the Caltrain stop, then onward to Palo Alto (Rose & Crown), Redwood City (City Pub) and at 4 p.m, Burlingame, for Steelhead-Burlingame Station across the street. This is a tour I want to make, but can’t because I’ve got too many other places to be. I recommend it. And look at it this way: You can do the whole crawl on one ticket, just get on and off again. Sweet. And you can connect with BART at the Millbrae stop.

All “Sour”-style barrel-aged beer tasting, Triple Rock Brewery, 1920 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 510-843-2739,  1 p.m. Admission: $20, pays for logo glass and two five-oz. pours, extra pours $4. This is going to be one fine event. Triple Rock head brewer Rodger Davis said he has perhaps 30 sours lined up from as far away as Jolly Pumpkin, Dexter, MI. Steve Altimari of Valley Brewing, Stockton will have contributions.

Book-signing and beer: Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head co-founder, City Beer Store, 1168 Folsom St, San Francisco, 1 p.m. Sam will sign copies of his two books, Brewing Up a Business and He Said Beer, She Said Wine. Buy a book, get a free pint of Dogfish beer.  City Beer will have Dogfish beers on ap and in bottle to taste, drink and purchase to take home.

Alembic Sunday Supper with Sam Calagione and Dave McLean, founder of Magnolia Gastropub and the Alembic ,  3 – 7 p.m. No reservations, no admission, pay for your food and beer pairings.  Alembic Bar, 1725 Haight St., San Francisco, 415-666-0822. If you’ve never visited the Alembic, put it on your list. Great little bar.

miss-pearls-jam-house-logoMiss Pearl’s Jam House Beer Dinner, Miss Pearl’s Jam House,  1 Broadway, Oakland, 6 – 9 p.m., $55, 510-444-7171. They haven’t posted the menu or beer pairings yet, but thie noveau New South restaurant and chef Robert Barker have earned lots of praise.  Promises to be most interesting, even if Jax beer sucks. No, I don’t think they’ll have Jax.  Does Jax still live other than in James Lee Burke’s novels? What? You never heard about James Lee Burke, the great detective fiction writer? Check him out.

A Beer Dinner with Hoembrew Chef Sean Z. Paxton, 21st Amendmenent, 6 – 9 p.m., $50. This is a big deal dinner with a lot of rare beers pulled from the 21st “library.

Meet Lost Abbey/Port Brewing’s Tomme Arthur, Toronado, 547 Haight St., San Francisco, Begins at 6 p.m. and goes onward into the night. Many, many specials on draft and in bottles. No admission, pay for your beer.

The Ol’ Factory Around the World in 8 Beers Dinner, ‘Ol Factory Cafe, 1725 Contra Costa St., Sand City (Monterey peninsula), 831-394-7336, $50.

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  • Ryan K

    So how crowded should I expect the Toronado to be for Tomme? I’ve never been to one of their special events, but its a Sunday night! Haha. Love the LA/Port beers.

  • William Brand

    I don’t want to scare you off, but usually, these events draw a lot of us. True there are a lot of other events going on at the same time, but yeah, a big crowd can be expected. Hint arrive on time or early, even if Tomme’s late, you won’t be.

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  • http:/// Mario (Brewed For Thought)

    Thankfully I have my tickets to the beer circus. Jo-Jo the Dog Headed Boy is sure to be a highlight.

  • Aaron

    By way of a warm-up, can anyone report a Pliny the Younger sighting in Oakland yet? It was tapped at RRBC Monday.

  • Rodger

    Just to clarify on the Triple Rock/Jupiter event…..$20 will get you a glass and four tastes. Also, for a shameless plug, we have a bunch of great rare sour beers coming in from Belgium as well as some American Wild Ales from Ithaca, Bethleham Brew Works, Russian River and many more….Hope to see you here!

  • Ryan K

    The Triple Rock/Jupiter event sounds pretty good to me, hopefully I can get some friends equally excited. The barrel aged event later in the week also sounds like a good time. Any word on those beers?

  • William Brand

    Thanks for the clarification Rodger. You said Jolly Pumpkin and Valley were also sending sours, right. Cannot wait.

  • William Brand

    Couldn’t find it in Oakland tonight, but Bobby G’s in Berkeley just tapped a keg.

  • Jinja

    Hey Bill, thanks for the shout-out! I really hope our Pub Crawl introduces some people to the fun places we can reach on the Peninsula. Looking forward to meeting you in person during one of the events… have you posted the schedule of the places you are hitting?

    Jinja Out

  • William Brand

    Honestly, I don’t know where I;m going. Anchor tonight, then the Trappist later on. Bistro DIPA tomorrow, then the Trappist later to see Rob Tod of Allagash. Sunday, there’s an event at Triple Rock.

    Down opn the peninsula, I plan to make it to Firehouse’s Beer & Chocolate dinner with Pete Slosberg.on Wednesday evening. Plan to take CalTrain

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