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Where to drink unique, rare brews during San Francisco Beer Week

By Matt Charnock

It's time to belly up to the nearest bar—SF Beer Week 2018 is almost here! The week-long ode (Feb 9–18) to all things craft beer features dozens of events around the Bay Area including at-home brewing demonstrations and beer-inspired craft nights. But perhaps the main draw of beer week is the chance to diversify your palate with some truly unique brews (coffee beer, anyone?). Here’s where you can let you tastebuds run wild during SF Beer Week.

Wake and Break(fast) Coffee Beer Sampling

Kick off Beer Week with a hearty breakfast! Taplands in Santa Clara will serve tasty breakfast foods (think donut breakfast sandwiches and breakfast burritos) paired with breakfast and coffee beers. 

February 10 at 10am; 1171 Homestead Rd #110, Santa Clara; free admission. 

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Nitro Oatmeal Stout Release

Where do we even begin to explain this beer? It's an oatmeal stout (that much is standard enough), aged in a blend of Four Roses and Lost Republic bourbon barrels and poured from a nitrogen tap. If that wasn't enough to entice you, Standard Deviant brewery is also hosting a chili cook off on February 11th! 

February 10 at 1pm; 280 14th St; free admission. 

Mexican Craft Beer Night

The Trappist hosts their second annual Mexican Craft Beer Night, showcasing over twenty craft beers from all over the country. Try a Fortuna if you’re looking for a lighter brew or chug a Loba to enjoy a darker beer. El Taco Bike will also be there, so you can wash down those brews with some tasty tacos. 

February 11 at 2pm; 460 8th St, Oakland; free admission. 

SF Beer Week Nightlife

Hold your beer tight and get down to some sick beats at Cal Academy’s beer-inspired NightLife! Local breweries like Four Point and Black Sands will be on tap, and be sure to grab a glass of Academy’s very own beer—the Aliciella Bitter, brewed by Magnolia with plant types found on the Academy’s living roof!

February 15 at 6pm; 55 Music Concourse Dr; $12–$15.  

Barrel Aged Port Tasting

Anchor Brewing is releasing its first ever barrel-aged porter! Anchor Porter is stowed in emptied Old Potrero Rye Whiskey barrels for a span of 3 to 18 months, letting fermentation take its course, and giving it unique notes of cherry and chocolate. Want to try? A ticket gets you a taste of the aged port beer, limitless food tastings and other beer samplings. 

February 15 at 5:30pm; 1705 Mariposa St; $29. 

For more beer events, check out the entire SF Beer Week schedule here

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