This spring, summer and fall, the Conservatory of Flowers, a beloved SF cultural institution that showcases rare and unique tropical plants from around the world, is bringing back its popular after hours public programs, Botanicals and Brews. Hosted at the iconic wood-and-glass greenhouse on Friday evenings, the program presents the institution as rarely seen – after dark when nightfall shows the living museum in a striking new light.
This beer garden party — the third Friday of each month — brings in craft brewmasters from around the Bay Area to tell tall tales of botanical brewing. On select nights, host brewers will serve up special brews inspired by the Conservatory. All you need do is to grab a ticket, claim a picnic table and sip the night away as you soak up the breathtaking Conservatory views and take in the galleries.
This year’s series includes a new experience, an exclusive tasting featuring acclaimed host breweries. Perfect for novices and experts alike, a guided flight by expert craft beer makers will explore the varieties and flavors of craft beer.
Scheduled Breweries for the 2018 Season
Thursday, April 19
Harmonic Brewing, Barrel Brothers Brewing Co.
Friday, May 18
Local Brewing Co., Gilman Brewing Co.
Friday, June 15
ThirstyBear Organic Brewery, Faction Brewing
Friday, July 20
Sonoma Springs Brewing Co., Benoit Casper Brewing Co.
Friday, August 17
Ferment Drink Repeat, HenHouse Brewing Co.
Friday, September 21
Barebottle Brewing Co., Cooperage Brewing Co., Humboldt Cider Co.
Friday, October 19
Social Kitchen and Brewery, Temescal Brewing
Friday, November 16
New Bohemia Brewing Co., Standard Deviant Brewing
For tickets or information and to purchase tickets, visit the Botanicals and Brews page, or call 415-595-6950.
Our friends at Drake’s Brewing know how to throw a party, and this festival was an instant classic. Presented with Bike East Bay, Session Fest returns to Oakland’s Jack London Square on May 26 with over 40 craft breweries, as they share a range of carefully crafted, full flavor, and super-refreshing session beers — perfect for kicking back on a warm summer day.
Attendees receive a commemorative tasting glass and ten tickets, each redeemable for a 5oz pour. Session Fest is a great opportunity to meet a variety of your favorite brewers while they serve the best low-ABV beers California has to offer. There will be live music from Stu Tails, lots of food vendors, games and prizes, a homebrew demonstration by the Bay Area Mashers, plus free Bike Valet. Ticket proceeds benefit Bike East Bay in their local advocacy efforts to bring about better, safer biking for all in the East Bay. Get tickets here.
Mark your calendar! The 5th Annual Builders & Brewers will be Thursday, June 14th, from 6-9PM at SOMArts. This is a time to celebrate the volunteer efforts of the city’s construction industry and to raise funds to support this noble nonprofit’s work of creating safe, healthy homes for people in need in San Francisco. Enjoy local brews with food pairings, games, a photo booth, and a silent auction and raffle. Featured breweries include Laughing Monk Brewing, Magnolia Brewing, San Francisco Brewing and ThirstyBear Organic Brewery. Get tickets now! Early bird pricing ends May 31.
Meet the Brewers
Nothing says summer like June, and for us that means a trip to the Sunset…
This month’s Meet the Brewers host, Social Kitchen and Brewery (1326 9th Ave.), is home to Great American Beer Fest medal winning head brewer Kim Sturdavant, who, aside from raking in more than a few medals over the years, is also inventor of a new beer style — Brut IPA — which began making appearances during SF Beer Week and has since taken off:
How Brut IPA became San Francisco’s newest beer style – Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Brewing accolades aside, Social Kitchen is know as a great place for a bite and a party, so you know this will be a fun night.
Of course, starting at 6:30pm, the monthly Drink SF Beer shuttle will begin doing its thing, with multiple shuttles looping nonstop between Social Kitchen and Beach Chalet, Woods Outbound, Seven Stills Lawton and Sunset Reservoir. Just hop on, hop off at any stop.
#DrinkSFBeer shuttles are FREE, stopping every 10 minutes at each venue and running through 10:30pm. NOTE: Woods Outbound closes at 10pm due to permit requirements; please plan accordingly! See the complete 2018 shuttle schedule at: drinksfbeer.com
There’s never been a better time to visit this neighborhood, with all the beer making at all these breweries dialed in and the route an easy-going one, providing plenty of time to visit and enjoy fresh craft beer and great food.
Plus, did we mention, it’s SUMMER (or at least summer’s eve)?
Come see the sunset in the Sunset and relish the start of this wonderfully playful season.
Meet the Brewers
This month’s Drink SF Beer shuttle route includes a hop over to Portola-based Old Bus Tavern (3193 Mission St.), bringing a full-restaurant option to the Bayview Line in addition to fulfilling the role of July’s official Meet the Brewers host.
But, of course, it’s about the beer, and Old Bus has earned its laurels. In short order after opening two years ago, a creative list of favorites emerged showing head brewer Bennet Buchanan‘s range: Lemon Basil Saison featuring Meyer lemon zest and frech basil; Into the Mild, a classic English Mild and lovely low ABV option; and Chile Porter with both roasted and fresh Poblanos (mild heat and fruitiness, respectively) plus cocoa nibs for chocolatey richness.
We can’t guarantee each of these yummy brews will be pouring the night our shuttles will be looping nonstop between Old Bus and these Bayview breweries — Ferment.Drink.Repeat, Laughing Monk Brewing Co., Seven Stills Brewery & Distillery and Barebottle Brewing Co. — but let’s hope.
So hop on the bus — both of them! The FREE Drink SF Beer shuttle service means buses will be looping nonstop from 6:30-10:30pm, making it easy to hop on, hop off at any of these breweries and taste their wares.
For the complete 2018 Drink SF Beer Schedule, visit drinksfbeer.com.
September is a special time for California craft brewers as they come together to celebrate the industry at one of the top state-level events in the country — The CA Craft Beer Summit.
Join California craft brewers in Sacramento, and experience a one-of-a-kind craft beer extravaganza, including education sessions, trade expo, networking and tastings, Sept. 6-7, and culminating with the state’s largest craft beer festival on Sept. 8, featuring 160+ California craft breweries, including these confirmed Bay Area breweries — all 45!
CA Craft Beer Summit Festival – Confirmed Bay Area Breweries
21st Amendment Brewery
Alameda Island Brewing Company
Almanac Beer Co
Altamont Beer Works
Alvarado Street Brewery
Barebottle Brewing Company
Bear Republic Brewing Company
Benoit-Casper Brewing Company,
Berryessa Brewing Co
Danville Brewing Company
Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company
Drake’s Brewing Co.
East Brother Beer Company
Eight Bridges Brewing, Inc.
Faction Brewing Company
Five Suns Brewing
Fogbelt Brewing Co.
Fort Point Beer Co.
Golden State Brewery
Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
Heretic Brewing Company
Hop Dogma Brewing Company
Iron Springs Pub & Brewery
Laughing Monk Brewing
Magnolia Brewing Company
Novel Brewing Co.
Ocean View Bew Works
Peter B’s Brewpub
Redwood Curtain Brewing Co.
Russian River Brewing Company
Santa Clara Valley Brewing
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
Seismic Brewing Co.
Shanty Shack Brewing
The Rare Barrel
Thirsty Bear Organic Brewery
Woods Beer Co.
Don’t wait to get early bird tickets on sale now.