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We’re Headed to the Great American Beer Festival

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Photo ©2010 Jason E. Kaplan

The beer has been shipped and we’re packing our bags for one the biggest and most highly anticipated beer festivals in theworld. The 30th installment of the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) takes place September 29 to October 1st in Denver, CO, and will host 466 U.S. breweries pouring beer for 49,000 thirsty attendees. The event also features one of the most important competitions of the year. Beer in 83 different style categories will be judged. Needless to say we’re pretty excited and hope you’ve made plans to join us.

Several members of the Guild will be pouring their finest brews at individual booths, but the Guild will also be united in the Support Your Local Brewery (SYLB) Pavilion. This is where you can find us during the course of the weekend pouring beer from each Guild member that you won’t be able to find anywhere else at the festival. Here’s what we’ll be offering.

Mo’ Tcho Risin’ by 21st Amendment Brewery. A blend of cocoa nibs from local chocolatier TCHO form a delicious marriage of dark flavors and spice with a fine citrus aroma from Centennial hops.

Humming Ale by Anchor Brewing. A bold hoppy ale with a pale golden color, mild maltiness and unique single hop character.

Kaiserliche Berliner Weiss by Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant. A very pale, slightly tart, light-bodied session wheat beer brewed with 60% malted wheat and fermented with a blend of German Ale yeast and their house strain.

Festbier by Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant. An amber lager with a slightly sweet toasted maltiness containing a bounty of rich Caramel and Munich malts balanced with Hersbrucker hops to form a classic Oktoberfest beer.

Blue Bell Bitter by Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery. A classic English ESB brewed with Maris Otter Malt, infused with Goldings hops and contains a hint of yeast driven orange marmalade.

Simon Saison by Social Kitchen & Brewery. A bright Saison with hints of lemon, grass, fennel, and white wine, that’s brewed with Vienna malt, wheat, and oats. The hop bill includes German Magnum, Perle, and Tettnanger hops, that’s all fermented with Wyeast’s French Saison strain.

Dolores Pale Ale by Speakeasy Ales & Lagers. A brew made for drinking while sitting in the park on a sunny day that uses a liberal amount of Nelson Sauvin hops.

Ryeison by ThirstyBear Brewing Company. A Saison brewed with rye to complement the spicy character of the Belgian yeast.

Thirsty? If you’re headed to GABF you can find us at booth 8 and 9 in the SYLB Pavilion, which also features other Guilds from around the country. If that doesn’t entice you enough, the American Cheese Society will be serving platters of cheese you can munch on while looking at displays of hops, malt and brewing equipment.

If you’re attending come on by and say hello to your local brewers. If not, wish us good luck!

Thanks for a Great Brews on the Bay

Friday, September 16th, 2011

It may have been brisk on the deck of the S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien, but that didn’t stop 1,200 craft beer lovers from coming aboard to sample over 60 different San Francisco beers last Saturday at the 8th edition of Brews on the Bay. The event was a big success and we want to thank everyone who attended, helped make it possible and run smoothly.

This year’s festivities brought a few notable changes. After joining the Guild back in June, Anchor Brewing came aboard for the first time to serve nearly their entire lineup. We also welcomed two food trucks on the pier so guests could nosh on great local fare. Special thanks to Ebbett’s Good to Go for serving up a selection of appealing sandwiches and Doc’s of the Bay for flipping delectable burgers. Next to the trucks we also united under one tent to pour beer from each member brewery.

Musical entertainment on the ship’s deck was provided by the country swinging Saddle Cats, whose infectious melodies were the perfect backdrop for stunning views and festive atmosphere. They churned up a mix of cowboy ballads, blues and honky-tonk that inspired quite a few people to jump and jive. Thanks gentlemen!

Last, but certainly not least, we want to thank the crew of the S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien. Their wonderful historic ship makes this event one of the most unique beer festivals in the world. Without their hard work and help it simply wouldn’t be possible.

Next year we’ll continue to fine tune the festivities and hope you can join us again.

Cheers and thanks for drinking local beer!

Photos © Brian Stechschulte

Brews on the Bay 2011!

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

It’s that time of year again: the 8th Annual San Francisco Brewers Guild BREWS ON THE BAY is right around the corner! Join us Saturday, September 10th, 2011 on the deck of the S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien at Pier 45 on the San Francisco Bay for 5 hours of great beer and great live music in the world’s best spot for a beer festival. Tickets are available now at

We’ll be pouring 50+ beers, all brewed in San Francisco — including special and limited releases. Come thirsty for both traditional beer styles and the new cask-conditioned-barrel-aged-sour-imperial juggernauts that help make American craft beer the most exciting in the world. Plus, chat up the Brewmasters and Cicerones that brew the beers.

Enjoy unlimited pours and live music while taking in unparalleled views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the lands beyond. The ship, one of the last remaining Liberty Ships, is a historical landmark of the World War II-era Merchant Marine, and the festival is a fundraiser for the National Liberty Ship Memorial.

Admission to the festival includes unlimited 8-oz. beer pours, access to the historic ship and its crew, and live music. Several food trucks will be on-site selling innovative, sustainable food. Ticket price for this one-day-only event is $45; tickets are available by advance online sales only through

So join us for the 8th time in as many years that the SF Brewers Guild celebrates the incredible beer brewed in this incredible city!

More information on Brews on the Bay and the Guild can be found at

The Right Way to Pour

Friday, October 1st, 2010