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Deschutes Tasting Tonight

By Jay Brooks
Friday, April 24th, 2009 at 11:23 am in On Beer.

I just heard about a last minute event going on tonight at the Jug Shop on Polk & Pacific in San Francisco. They’ll be hosting a sampling session of beers from Deschutes Brewing in Bend, Oregon. The price is $10. [Thanks to Scott B. for sending that one in.]

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  • Davi

    Ever been to one of these tastings at the Jug Shop before? Are they crowded? Generous servings? Worth it?

  • Scott B.

    I think they’re worth it. It’s pretty much all you can drink for two hours (6 – 8 pm). Plus, it is only a couple blocks from where I live. Last week they had Moylans/Marin Brew Co with about 25 different beers to try. They are usually well attended, but not overcrowded. They will be pouring the usual lineup from Deschutes today, along with (I think) a keg of their barleywine, Mirror Mirror. Last time Deschutes came to the Jug Shop, they had a keg of the Dissident.

  • Steve Shapiro

    We went to this last nite. It was the 2nd of these events we have attended. They charge $10 per person, for, as Scott said, unlimited pours for 2 (actually 3 last nite) hours. They are relatively informal in that you go through the beer line-up at your own pace and in your own chosen order, though they will suggest the order if you ask. There is little in the way of a formal presentation but the servers are knowledgeable about the beers and available to talk with guests.

    It’s a small area in the store but hasn’t been uncomfortably crowded. It’s easy to talk to the servers, brewery reps and other beer lovers, which is always a plus for me.

    Finally, they offer a 10% discount on the beers from the featured brewery purchased that evening.

    As for transit options, the 27, 47, 49 and 19 Polk stop very nearby.

    From Civic Center BART:

    Walk to Ellis St & Jones St, San Francisco – (10 min walk)
    Muni – 27 – towards Van Ness Ave & Jackson St,… – Fare $ 1.50
    – Board, NW Corner of Ellis St & Jones St (next 12:11pm)
    – Off Board, NE Corner of Jackson St & Polk St (10 min ride)

    Walk to Market St & Hyde St, San Francisco – (2 min walk)
    Muni – 19 – towards Beach St & Polk St, San Fr… – Fare $ 1.50
    – Board, Market St & Hyde St (next 11:56am)
    – Off Board, NE Corner of Polk St & Pacific Ave (15 min ride)

    Walk to Grove St & Van Ness Ave, San Francisco – (9 min walk)
    Muni – 47 or 49 – towards North Point St & Van Ness … – Fare $ 1.50
    – Board, NE Corner of Van Ness Ave & Grove St (next 12:05pm) Off Board, NE Corner of Van Ness Ave & Jackson St (11 min ride)