SF Beer Week is here and the East Bay is representing in style this year. With anywhere between 5 and 15 venues hosting an event in the East Bay every night this week, there are plenty of reasons to get out of the house and go exploring.

The other fantastic thing about beer week is that many of the bars are donating at least part of their proceeds to different local charities. So, not only will the beer drinking be delicious, but your warm and fuzzies won’t only be coming from the alcohol.

There are so many awesome events to choose from that we’ve tried to narrow it down for you to a few highlights every day. Happy beer-ing and be safe out there!


Tuesday, February 10th (The events we chose for Tuesday are both ice cream related. Freaky and unplanned.)

SmittenBeer Ice Cream (6pm and 7pm seatings)

Marin Brewing Company and Smitten Ice Cream are partnering for an evening of beer infused ice cream goodness. Definitely bring your appetite for this one and watch your beer become ice cream right before your eyes!

$25- “I Remember My First Beer Ice Cream” 4 scoops of beer-infused ice cream. (One of each custom flavor)
$30- “Homebrewer” All of the above plus a Smitten pint glass and a beer float recipe.
$33- All of the above plus one pour of Marin Brewing Co.’s favorite beer of the night.

Rosamunde Sausage GrillBrat and Beer Floats (6-10pm)

Sausage and Beer floats. Need we really say more? Rosamunde’s sausages will be paired with beer floats from New Belgium Brewing.

Choose between:
– Cocoa Mole (Mexican Chocolate Ale) with cinnamon ice cream
– Salted Chocolate Belgian Stout with caramel ice cream
– Portage Porter with coffee ice cream
– 1554 Black Lager with vanilla ice cream.


Wednesday, February 11 

Lost and Found: HenHouse Tap Takeover  (4-10pm)

Petaluma’s Henhouse Brewing takes over 13 of Lost and Found’s 20 taps with great variety. The brewers will be there for chatting and sampling. A great chill night of beer drinking.

Rialto Cinemas: Come To Beer Camp  (5-10pm)

Go watch a movie and drink awesome Sierra Nevada Beer. Rialto Cinemas in El Cerrito is teaming up with Sierra Nevada for a night of beer and film. They will have three new Sierra Nevada brews on tap, the Nooner Pilsner, Beer Camp Hoppy Lager, and Hop Hunter IPA. Be prepared to film your video entry on why you should go to Beer Camp at Sierra Nevada in Chico.


Thursday, February 12

Hog’s Apothecary- The Importance of Style   (2-5pm)

Ol’ Republic Brewing Company’s founder Jim Harte and Hog’s own Sayre Piotrkowski host a talk and tasting showcasing the important role that classic brewing styles play in today’s beer scene.

WOODS Bar and Brewery– Cafe Van Kleef Greyhound Beer Release  (5pm-midnight)

WOODS Bar and Brewery are debuting their Greyhound Beer, inspired by their neighbors at Cafe Van Kleef. Head down to both establishments to compare and contrast.

Pyramid Alehouse- Berkeley- 4th Annual East Bay Brew Fest  (6-9pm)

$20- Includes unlimited beer tasting and specialty glass

With all the proceeds going to Project Open Hand, this is a great way to spend your Thursday night. Breweries from all over the East Bay come together to bring their more unique beers for an evening of fun and charity.

Breweries Include:

– 21st Amendment
– Ale Industries
– Bison Organic Brewery
– Calicraft Brewing Co.
– E.J. Phair Brewing Co.
-Federation Brewing
– High Water Brewing
– Independent Brewing Co.
– Linden Street Brewery
– Line 51 Brewing
– Lucky Devil Brewing
– Oakland Brewing Co.
– Pacific Coast Brewing Co.
– Trumer Brauerei
– Working Man Brewing Co.


Friday, February 13th

The Trappist- Trappist Classics (12-11:30pm)

Taps from as many ol’ Trappist beers as they can get, The Trappist is bringing it on monastery style. A great chance to taste some rare beers.

The Half Orange– Fieldwork Brewing Debut Party  (12-9pm)

Barry Braden is debuting his new Berkeley brews in Oakland on Friday at The Half Orange. You know you want to be cool enough to say that you tried his new brew on the day it debuted.


Saturday, February 14th

21st Amendment– New San Leandro Brewery Sneak Peek (11am-3pm)

Tours on the half hour of the new 21st Amendment Brewery. It doesn’t get any more romantic than that! Definitely a great opportunity to get a first look at the new digs and what 21st is cooking up down in San Leandro.

 Lost and Found- Barreled on V-Day  (2-11:30pm)

Lost and Found will be showcasing 14 taps of barreled beer all produced on the West Coast. Some of the breweries represented will be Deschutes, Almanac, The Bruery, Lost Abbey, and Iron Springs. Also, brewers will be mingling around talking about brewing and the barrel aging process.

Hotel Duant- Valentine’s Day for Bitches and Bastards  (6-11:30pm)

It’s bitches and bastards night at Hotel Duant for Valentine’s Day. Serving up 22 oz bottles of Arrogant Bastard for $12 and 12 oz bottles of Bitch Creek for $6, you can’t really go wrong. And if you buy one of each it’s $10.


Sunday, February 15

Barclays Restaurant and Pub- Beer Chef Brunch  (10am-4pm)

Bruce Paton, “The Beer Chef”, will be bringing his culinary skills to Barclays and using beers from Drake’s Brewing Company as his inspiration. A great excuse to have brunch and drink beer.

Brotzeit Lokal– It’s a Sausage Fest!  (2-8pm)

Celebrating the German festival of Fasching or Karnival, Brotzeit will be serving up sausages, live music, games, prizes, and $2 Fruh Kolsch. Drinking fantastic German beer on the water? We’re in.

Trumer Braueri- Celebrator Beer News 27th Anniversary Party (4-8pm)

With more than 30 breweries pouring their favorite beer and the Celebrator staff on hand to chat about the beer industry this is an event not to miss. All proceeds support the California Craft Brewers Association and it is sure to be a good time.

Ticket Prices: (Include dinner, beer, entertainment, and shuttles from N. Berkeley BART)

CCBA Members: $40
General Public Advanced Sales: $60
Tickets at the door: $80
Designated Driver: $15

Hog’s Apothecary– Cactus Pete and the Fruity Rebels (5-11pm)

Join in on Hog’s Apothecary’s 2nd annual “Honky-Tonk dance party”. Fruity Rebels is a collaboration citrus IPA between Beryessa Brewing Co and Cellarmaker. 10% of all beer sales will be donated to Chapter 510 which is an Oakland literacy non-profit. So a good cause, rare beer, dancing, and fun. A fantastic way to end Beer Week for sure.

We hope you all have a safe and fun week of beer drinking and adventuring!

Written by Lesley

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