by joanne... Oct 1, 2017

For October, the Drink SF Beer shuttle returns to the Mission, where beer and BBQ will be on hand at Southpaw BBQ. this month’s host for Meet the Brewers night who will be holding a Brewer Q&A at 7pm (topic details to come).

The FREE monthly #DrinkSFBeer shuttle will be running from 6:30-10:30pm, looping between these fine Mission venues:

Southpaw BBQ
Alamo Drafthouse‘s Bear vs. Bull for a San Francisco Brewers Guild Tap Takeover
Old Bus Tavern
Almanac SF
Woods Cervecería

At Bear vs. Bull, a San Francisco Brewers Guild Tap Takeover will be going down, featuring these member breweries:

Fort Point Beer Company
Headlands Brewing Company
HolyCraft Brewing Company
Pine Street Brewery
San Francisco Brewing Co.
Sufferfest Beer Company

(subject to change)

As host of this month’s Meet the Brewers night, Southpaw has some special treats lined up… They’ll be tapping an English Barley Wine aged in — get this — a Corbin Cash Sweet Potato Liqueur barrel, as well as a fresh batch of Gold Rush Lager, this version being one of the first local beers made from malt produced at newly launched Admiral Maltings in Alameda.

Southpaw will also be holding a cool Brewer Q&A at 6:30pm. First, some background…

Southpaw BBQ’s brewers have deep ties to the homebrew community. Ross Halligan and Phil Cutti helped co-found Sirwisa Brewing Collective, a nonprofit whose mission is to unite pro- and homebrewers for collaborations. The Collective’s most well known event, the Sirwisa Pro-Am Hops for Housing, matches pro-brewers with individual homebrewers to produce small batch releases tapped at an SF Beer Week fundraiser. Their 2017 event featured a host of Bay Area brewers and many award-winner homebrewers.

You don’t need to wait until 2018 to get a taste of these fine collaborations Sirwisa helps orchestrate. A new Sirwisa event, Beers, Bites & Bounty, arrives later this month — Oct. 26 at the Ferry Building — adding a food dimension and, appropriately, benefitting CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture).

On Oct. 18, then, in addition to enjoying the Drink SF Beer shuttle and great beer releases, you can join Ross at 6:30pm when he’ll talk about his homebrewing experience, about becoming a professional brewer at Southpaw BBQ, and the backstory behind the Sirwisa Brewing Collective and how it enriches the craft beer community.

** Other fun beers being poured that night **

In addition to Southpaw’s releases, Old Bus Tavern will be tapping a new dark and roasty brew, Chimera Hoppy Brown Ale, that’s also dry-hopped with Simcoe and Amarillo to add a danky citrus punch. Another new one, Rachel’s Fig & Honey Saison, will also be on tap. Brewed with peak-season figs and honey from Mendocino County, this wedding beer, tapped at brewer Ben Buchanan‘s recent nuptials. is worth crashing a party for.

Woods Beer will be getting funky, releasing both a sour and a mixed fermentation lager, the latter the brewery’s experiment with crossing pilsner and Brett. C. yeast strains. Dance Life Lager is a power-pop pilsner, shimmering with Citra hops, and intense stonefruit character — peach, plum, plus pineapple — a result of this wild yeast party (read about Brettanomyces Claussenni’s characteristics here). Hop on the shuttle and see what this 5% ABV “wild lager” is all about.

A second Woods release is Smooch, an American sour aged in oak with raspberries. This 5.3% ABV bright berry blonde ale, treated with over ten pounds of raspberries per barrel, delivers a spoonful of jelly on the nose with a clean, tingly tart finish.

Last, but definitely not least, Almanac will be releasing this year’s version of its Bourbon Barrel Pêche. Swapping out brandy barrels for Breckingridge and Four Roses bourbon barrels, the 2017 version of this mixed fermentation farmhouse ale was aged with 3 pounds per gallon of Blossom Bluff Orchard’s White Snow and Fay Elberta peaches. These immense quantities of macerated yellow and white peaches hung out in the barrels with Almanac’s house sour culture until the beer was laced with notes of sweet vanilla and rich bourbon on the finish.

Come hop on the shuttle and try these beers on October 18. Shuttles are FREE. They’ll run from 6:30-10:30pm and stop at each brewery appprox. every 10 minutes, so it’s easy to hop on, hop off at any stop. You can also download the Chariot app to track the shuttles the night of the event (reg. req’d).

Shuttles will be running, #SF brewers will be talking shop, great beer will be flowing. Get this on your calendar and come party in the Mission!

See the complete 2017 at:


The #DrinkSFBeer shuttle is FREE, and stops at each venue every 10 min. Just hop on, hop off anywhere on the route (no need to reserve a seat). Riders can download the Chariot app on iTunes or Google Play, register, then track the shuttle in real time, too.