SF Beer Week Includes Oakland

Beery events are happening at Ghost Town Brewery, Starline Social Club, and beyond.


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Image: Stefano Giovannini, courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery

SF Beer Week isn't just in SF. (It also isn't just a week. It spans more than ten days.) 

The annual brew-fest, organized by the Bay Area Brewers Guild, also includes some East Bay events next week.

For instance, next Monday — Feb. 4 — Brooklyn Brewery founder Steve Hindy and brewmaster Garrett Oliver (depicted above) will be at Oakland's Starline Social Club to answer questions, tell sudsy stories, and potentially end the comics-driven Great Cape Debate. The event is free, but an RSVP is required. 

As the nation's eleventh largest independent craft brewer, New York City-based Brookly Brewery sells its suds in thirty states and over thirty countries worldwide. 

“At long last, we are beginning to sell our Brooklyn beers in California,” Hindy said. “California is the Garden of Eden of the craft beer revolution, and we look forward to making new friends with the craft beer community on the left coast."

“Californians and transplanted New Yorkers have been asking us when we’d make it to the West Coast for years,” Oliver said. 

“I love California beers, and our beers have a unique range of flavors that I’m looking forward to combining with the legendary food that chefs are creating out there."

Brooklyn Brewery's line includes its flagship Brooklyn Lager as well as Defender IPA, Bel Air Sour, and the seasonal Summer Ale. Its distributors include San Leandro-based partner brewery 21st Amendment. 

"California is the spiritual home of craft beer and modern American cooking," Oliver added. "It just makes sense for us to finally be a part of this exciting scene. We’re going to have fun!”

The pair will also do appearances Dobb's Ferry and Greens Sports Bar, both in San Francisco.

Also as part of Beer Week, on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3, 4505 Burgers & BBQ will be at West Oakland's Ghost Town Brewery, serving ribs and brisket by the pound along with classic sides. By emailing bbq@4505.com, guests can even pre-order food to take home. Ghost Town Brewing will feature some Beer Week exclusive specials along with its usual classics. 

And on Friday, Feb. 8, co-founder Justin Catalana and creative director Dina Dobkin of San Francisco's Fort Point Beer Company will lead a design talk at the Oakland Museum of California. Following this talk, attendees can visit the museum's current exhibit celebrating the furniture of Charles and Ray Eames. Tickets can be purchased here

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