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SF Beer Week and New Beer Releases

February will be a hoppy month indeed as we gear up for SF Beer Week! This month we will release a number of enticing new IPAs, including a double and a triple IPA, featuring some of our tried-and-true favorite hop strains as well as a new and exciting experimental ingredient: Lupulin Powder. We will continue our Ocho Barril Sour series with the release of our third installment, the Red Sails in the Sunset, a Flanders red ale.

hopsWe are eagerly awaiting brewmaster James Costa’s newest hopped-up creation, the Bat Flip XXXIPA, which will feature Eukanot, Citra, and Hercules hops in the traditional pelletized form as well as Simcoe and Centennial hops in whole-cone form. Our brewers find the whole-cone hops lend a brighter, more resinous and piney character that complements our beers best. The Bat Flip triple IPA will also feature the experimental Lupulin Powder, which is collected from the lupulin gland found in hops flowers, giving this creation an extra helping of the bitter hops flavor we love.

With Valentine’s Day coming up, we are working on a delightfully sweet porter for all the sweethearts out there. The Crazy for Coconuts Porter will feature toasted coconut, chocolate, and vanilla: perfect for the dark beer lovers and coco-nuts alike. Bring your sweetheart to our restaurant on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, for a complimentary tasting of this sure-to-please Valentine’s Day treat.

We are proud to announce our release of the Red Sails in the Sunset Flanders red ale. Aged over 18 months in oak wine barrels with organic tart cherries from Michigan, this is a truly special release for the sour fanatic. This classic brewing technique imparts that funky farmhouse character we love about sours. Our craft sour beer will only improve with time, making it the perfect bottle to keep in the cellar for a special occasion. Another bottled treasure to look forward to is our Papa Juice Old Ale. Aged in Redemption Rye whiskey barrels, this old ale will be a bold beer with notes of whiskey and oak.

SF Beer Week is all about breweries and beers coming together, and collaboration is the best way for us to celebrate our favorite craft with our favorite brewers. James is collaborating with a longtime friend and Beer Supply Group (BSG) representative Peter Hoey in the making of the I Need a Miracle XXIPA, featuring Citra and El Dorado hops pellets and Mosaic and Cashmere whole-cone hops flowers. In collaboration with Benoit Casper Brewing Company of Richmond, CA, we are producing a crisp and refreshing Belgian White. Along with our favorite Coastside brewery Hop Dogma Brewing Company of El Granada, CA, we are working on the Lost in the Fog New England Style IPA.

Perhaps our most intriguing project of 2017’s SF Beer Week is our double collaboration with EJ Phair of Pittsburg, CA and Hop Dogma. We are eagerly awaiting this modern IPA with an ancient heritage: featuring revived heritage malts provided by Country Malt Group. The malts used in this exciting creation are produced from classic grains that would have been used to make beer hundreds of years ago. We are very excited to see such talented brewers and quality ingredients come together in what could be the ultimate craft beer!

Opportunities to taste these new creations abound in the coming SF Beer Week:

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company SF Beer Week 2017 Schedule of Events

Friday, Feb 10
SF Beer Week Opening Gala: 6-10 pm at Pier 48, 3rd street, San Francisco
Select beers will be poured for tasting at the SF Beer Week Opening Gala.

Saturday, Feb 11
Bottle Release Party: 7:00 pm at Pacific Standard Taproom. 2055 Center Street, Berkeley
We are holding a bottle release party for any and all who’d like a taste of our third Ocho Barril sour, Red Sails in the Sunset. We’ll also crack open our Papa Juice Old Ale for tasting.

Monday, Feb 13
Baby Brewery Night: 7:00 pm at Pacific Standard Taproom. 2055 Center Street, Berkeley
A chance to check out some of the Bay Area’s newest breweries, including Alvarado Street Brewery, Benoit Casper Brewing Company, East Brother Beer Company, Fieldwork Brewing Company, Gilman Brewing Company, Hop Dogma, Morgan Territory Brewing, and Temescal Brewing.

Tales from the Dankside: 4-7 pm at Stuft Pizza. 1462 Dempsey Road, Milpitas
Stuft Pizza in Milpitas, CA will be pouring our I Need a Miracle XXIPA, Lost in the Fog IPA, and The Bat Flip XXXIPA, in celebration of SF Beer Week.

Tuesday, Feb 14
Valentine’s Day Crazy for Coconuts Porter Tasting:
11am to close at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. 390 Capistrano Road, El Granada
All couples over 21 will be offered a complimentary tasting of the Crazy for Coconut Porter. Stay for a complete date night with our Pampered by the Chef complimentary special creations from 5-7 pm in the bar area, as well as a special Valentine’s Day edition of our Geeks who Drink trivia night.

Wednesday, Feb 15
Tap Night: Until 11:00 pm at Brews and Brats. 1061 B Street, Hayward
Brews and Brats will be pouring our Bat Flip XXXIPA, Crazy for Coconuts porter, Red Sails in the Sunset sour, our collaborative I Need a Miracle XXIPA, and Belgian White ale.

Thursday, Feb 16
Beer & Comedy Night: 8:00 pm at Pacific Standard Taproom. 2055 Center Street, Berkeley
Our first annual Beer & Comedy night will feature local comedians and, of course, excellent local craft beers in celebration of SF Beer Week.

Tap Night: 5-9 pm at Taplands. 1171 Homestead Rd #110, Santa Clara
Taplands of Santa Clara, CA will be pouring our specialty beers for SF Beer Week at this specialty tap night.

Tap Night: 5-11pm at Wine Affairs. 1435 the Alameda, San Jose
Wine Affairs is featuring some of our specialty beers at their location in San Jose, CA.

Friday, Feb 17
Bay Area IPA Challenge: 7-10 pm at Pacific Standard Taproom. 2055 Center Street, Berkeley
We are honored to host the highly-anticipated Bay Area IPA Challenge, a SF Beer Week mainstay, at our very own Pacific Standard Taproom in Berkeley! Participants will include Altamont Beer Works, Benoit Casper Brewing Company, Cellarmaker Brewing Company, Drake’s Brewing Company, Faction Brewing Company, Fieldwork Brewing Company, Fort Point Beer Company, Heretic Brewing, Hop Dogma Brewing Company, Independent Brewing Company, Magnolia Brewing Company, Social Kitchen & Brewery, ThirstyBear Organic Brewing Company, and 21st Amendment Brewery.

Saturday, Feb 18
Meet the Brewer Festival: 1-5 pm at Hermitage Brewing Company. 1627 S 7th Street, San Jose
Rub shoulders with some of the Bay Area’s best brewers at this event. Two of our specialty beers will be poured in honor of SF Beer Week.

Half Moon Bay and Hop Dogma Specialty Tap Takeover:
6-8 pm at Hopwater Distribution. 850 Bush Street, SF
Join us for this exciting tap takeover! We will be pouring specialty beers from our friends at Hop Dogma Brewing Company and from our own brewery.

Sunday, Feb 19
IPA All Day: 12 pm – 2 am at Zeitgeist. 199 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA
As the name suggests, Zeitgeist will be pouring a selection of Bay Area IPAs, including two of our very own SF Beer week specialty IPAs, all day long. Come finish SF Beer Week the right way with other San Francisco IPA fanatics!

Stand by as more Beer Week events will be announced soon. For more information and events, take a look at https://www.sfbeerweek.org.

Thanks for reading and we’ll see you celebrating SF Beer Week with us soon!

by Michael Klear, Beer Blogger