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Half Moon Bay Brewing Company at SF Beer Week 2018

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company has hit the ground running in the New Year. With SF Beer Week just around the corner, there is much brewing and planning to be done.

Brewmaster James Costa is involved in a number of exciting projects while Pacific Standard Taproom is preparing to host a number of events, including the prestigious Battle of the State IPA Challenge!

SF Beer Week 2018 Collaborations

One of our favorite things about SF Beer week is the opportunity we have to collaborate with our favorite Bay Area brewers. When great brewmasters come together, amazing things tend to happen.

The entire bay is home to world-class brewing operations, but some of our favorite collaborators are located right here in our humble coastside community of Half Moon Bay. We are looking forward to getting together once again with the highly acclaimed brewers at Hop Dogma along with our newest neighbors and friends in brewing, Sacrilege Brewery. Our town’s best brewmasters are working together this year on a milkshake IPA, with rye, fresh blackberries and whole vanilla beans. We’re looking forward to seeing how these local masterminds bring these unique flavors together!

Outside our cozy-yet-thirsty town and across the Golden Gate, brewmaster James Costa is teaming up with our North Bay friends at Marin Brewing Company to create a funky farmhouse-style Saison. He’s also working with Independent Brewing Company in the East Bay on a New England style IPA with a super tropical Special Yeast Blend. This is a style that James has nailed in the past, so we are eagerly awaiting the result of this trans-bay collaboration!

MB Brewing 2018 SF Beer Week Specials

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is preparing to celebrate SF Beer Week with some big and bold beers! We’re brewing up some of our all-time favorite hop-forward IPAs and opening some casks that have been aging special brews to perfection.

Swing for the Fences XXIPA

This double IPA is carefully crafted to showcase the piney-citrus character of its Amarillo, Simcoe and Centennial hops. A light amount of Vienna malt creates a nice malt backbone for this generously dry-hopped delight. Swing for the Fences is an exceptional double IPA.


The Bat Flip Triple IPA is back again by popular demand. This beer is a celebration and appreciation of hops in the form of a masterful brew with Eukanot, Citra, and Hercules hops and whole-cone Simcoe and Centennial hops. Whole-cone hops bring out the brighter, more resinous and piney characteristics that we love about these hops strains. The Bat Flip Triple IPA also features lupulin powder, collected from the lupulin gland found in hops flowers. This beer is double dry-hopped, creating an aroma that jumps right out of the glass.

Barrel Aged Damage Inc. Imperial Stout

Our Damage Inc. Imperial Stout is well known as a big, bold stout, with a heavy body, malty sweetness, and suggestions of dark fruit flavors. Columbus, Chinook and Ahtanum hops balance the dark-roasted maltiness of this stout, producing a complex nose and delightful finish.

This limited, small-batch release of the Damage Inc. has been aged for fourteen months in Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrels, which adds depth and complexity to this beer by mellowing out the alcohol esters, replacing them with vanilla notes. The aging process imbues this stout with the enriching charred characteristics of the bourbon barrels and brings this imperial stout to 12% ABV.

Pacific Standard Taproom Events

Making SF Beer Week possible requires a combined effort between an impressive number of breweries, taprooms, restaurants, event centers, volunteers, and of course, dedicated beer enthusiasts. We are honored to be able to contribute by hosting a number of events at our very own Pacific Standard Taproom in Berkeley. Stop in for a brew and join in on the festivities!

SFBW Kick Off! Steal a Pint Night: Friday, February 9th, 6pm

For those who want to celebrate the beginning of SF Beer Week with us, we are hosting Steal a Pint Night. Order any of the Half Moon Bay Brewing beers on tap and you can take home the Pacific Standard pint glass it’s served in! The celebration will be Friday, February 9th starting at 6:00 pm at PST.

Cinnamon Roll and Calf-eine Coffee Milk Stout Brunch: Sunday, February 11th 12 - 5pm

The Calf-eine Coffee Milk Stout is a great pairing with brunch food. It’s too bad we can’t start every day with a beer at breakfast. Fortunately, we are providing the perfect excuse to appreciate this fantastic breakfast beer at a Sunday brunch February 11th! Brunch will be served from 12:00 to 5:00 pm at PST.

Everything East! Tuesday, February 13th, 6 - 10pm

The East Bay is home to a lively craft brewing scene worthy of much recognition. To celebrate our favorite breweries on the East side of the bay, we’re hosting a special tap night featuring specialty brews from Faction, Temescal, Altamont, Novel, Benoit Casper, and Fieldwork. Come in to PST between 6:00 to 10:00 to appreciate these awesome East Bay brewers!

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Pretzel Pairing: Wednesday, February 14th 4 - 10pm

Beer and Chocolate go together like you and your special someone. We’ll be showcasing our Damage Inc. Imperial Stout, aged for 14 months in Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrels with chocolate covered pretzels at this indulgent event! It’s an opportunity to appreciate the finer things with the one you love on this special evening. From 4:00 to 10:00 pm at PST.

HMBBC Tap Night, Meet the Brewer, and Live Comedy: Thursday, February 15th 5 - 10pm

This showcase event is an opportunity to try all the excellent specialty beers we’ve created for SF Beer Week this year as well as our classic lineup of world-class standards. Visitors will have an opportunity to try the exciting coastside collaborations with Hop Dogma and Sacrilege Brewery with an opportunity to meet some of the masterminds behind these beers. We’ll give out a free Half Moon Bay Brewing Company 16oz. tulip glass to everybody who orders an HMB brewing beer and we’ll have live stand-up comedy starting at 8:00! From 5:00 to 10:00 pm at PST.

Battle of the State IPA Challenge: Friday, February 16th 6 - 10pm

Pacific Standard Tap Room is proud to host the inaugural Battle of the State IPA challenge, a competition that pits the very best breweries from Southern California against the best in Northern California. Come see which half of the state dominates the IPA scene in 2018! Our town’s very own Hop Dogma and Half Moon Bay Brewing Company will join forces with Seismic Brewing Co., Alvarado Street Brewery, Altamont Beer Works, and Barebottle Brewing Co. to represent NorCal. SoCal’s Modern Times Beer, Kern River Brewing Co., Belching Beaver Brewery, Left Coast Brewing Co., and others TBA will come to show us what they have to offer. No matter what happens, you can expect some amazing IPAs at this showdown! From 6:00 to 10:00 pm at PST.

Cinnamon Roll and Calf-eine Coffee Milk Stout Brunch: Sunday, February 18th 12 - 5pm

If you miss the first brunch on Sunday, February 11th or just can’t get enough of the outstanding combination of cinnamon rolls and the brunch-able Calf-eine Coffee Milk Stout, you might want to consider joining us for yet another Sunday brunch on February 18th! Brunch from 12:00 to 5:00 pm at PST.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company at SF Beer Week 2018

SF Beer Week involves hundreds of events all across the bay. Look for Half Moon Bay Brewing Company at these ones:

SF Beer Week 2018 Opening Gala: Friday, February 9th 6 - 10:30pm at Pier 35

The official SF Beer Week 2018 opening gala will be hosted at Pier 35 from 6:00 to 10:30 pm. Considered the most prestigious gathering of the Northern California craft brewing community, this is an event for those truly dedicated to the craft. Make sure to purchase a ticket from SF Beer Week in advance if you plan to attend!

Double IPA Festival: Saturday, February 10th 11am - 4pm at The Bistro, Hayward

The hop-heads will be gathering from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm for the 17th annual Double IPA Festival at The Bistro in Hayward.

Barrel Strong Brews Day: Sunday, February 11th at Beer Revolution, Oakland

With over a decade of barrel-aging experience, we are excited to show off some of our favorite barrel-aged beers at a celebration of these deep, refined, strong, and complex flavors. Barrel Strong Brews Day at Beer Revolution in Oakland will be from noon until 9:00pm on Sunday, February 11th.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Takeover: Monday, February 12th 5 - 10pm at Taplands, Santa Clara

Come to Taplands in Santa Clara and try some Half Moon Bay Brewing beers made especially for SF Beer Week at this tap takeover event. From 5:00 to 10:00 pm.

Coastside! Tuesday, February 13th 5 - 10pm at Hopwater, San Francisco

Celebrate Half Moon Bay’s vibrant brewing community at Hopwater in San Francisco. We’re proud to join Hop Dogma and Sacrilege Brewery as we present our community’s impressive lineup of brews for Beer Week. From 5:00 to 10:00 pm.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Tap Takeover: Wednesday, February 14th 5 - 9:30pm at TAP’T Beer and Kitchen, Sunnyvale

Join us at Tap’t Beer and Kitchen in Sunnyvale for an HMB Brewing tap takeover featuring some SF Beer Week brews. From 5:00 to 9:30 pm.

Meet the Brewers: Saturday, February 17th 1 - 5pm at Hermitage Brewing, San Jose

Come meet the artisans behind your favorite beers at the 9th Annual Meet the Brewers event at Hermitage Brewing in San Jose. This is the biggest SF Beer Week celebration in the South Bay, with over thirty brewers from the region, food trucks, and live music! Secure your tickets here if you plan to attend!

4th Annual Bay Area IPA Face Off: Saturday, February 17th 9:30am to 6:30pm at Richmond Republic Draught House, San Francisco

Come see the competition at the 4th annual Bay Area IPA Face Off at the Richmond Republic Draught House in San Francisco. This is both a fierce competition and a celebration of the IPAs we all love so much! Voting closes at 1:30.

Celebrator 30th Anniversary Party: Saturday, February 17th 4 - 8pm at Trumer, Berkeley

Join in as we celebrate 30 years of Celebrator, the beer news magazine. The party will be taking place at Trumer in Berkeley on Saturday, February 17th from 4:00 to 8:00 pm.

See You There!

SF Beer Week 2018 is shaping up to be huge for everybody involved. Take a look at the SF Beer Week information page and the official schedule of events for more information about the experience. If you’re planning on participating, make sure you register and consider signing up for the official mailing list on the SF Beer Week website.

We at Half Moon Bay Brewing are busy preparing for this big week, but there’s always time for a cold one at the end of the day. Join us at our restaurant and brewery in Half Moon Bay or at the Pacific Standard Taproom in Berkeley. We’ll see you there!