So this was pretty much the coolest thing ever.
Even after plans fell through and I had to go by myself, it was awesome. For those of you that don’t know, this week is beer week in SF and the opening ceremonies is the crown Jewel. You pay 70 bucks and they give you an awesome beer week glass chalice with this logo on it and there are like 60 breweries from within the bay area with their best brew on tap and they fill your glass as many times as you want.
Let me simplify this for you: Pay 70 bucks, get unlimited beer. And not bullshit beer. Like, really really good beer. Also, there was pretty good live blue grass music, sweet games for people to play like sand bag toss (or whatever the hell that game is called) and lots of good food. It’s like a convention showroom floor but instead of nerds and toys it was hipsters and beer. I had 3 different sausages and probably 20 different types of beer. And I made lots of new friends/enemies in the enormous bathroom lines. (I overheard one guy say “nobody likes yelp”, almost whipped out my schlong and peed on his shoes.)
Out of all the beer I drank, most of which I unfortunately do not completely remember, these were my top 3 breweries in no particular order:
Linden Street Brewery, Oakland: These guys had 3 really good beers, the lightest of which was my favorite. If I recall, it had a very roasty flavor that went well with the sausage sandwich I was eating. Also, the guy running it was on my rugby team so he filled my glass a little more than any other spot; naturally, I visited this booth the most.
Pacific Brewing Laboratories, San Francisco: This was my first beer of the night and it was a good one. Their squid ink beer, a dark IPA, is what they seem to be most well-known for but I tried the lighter one because I prefer light beer and drinking something called squid ink didn’t sound particularly great, although I regret not going back for it a little now because their light one was so tasty. Also, they were wearing lab coats and science goggles which was neat or whatever.
Two Rivers Cider, Sacramento: I’m a sucker for alcoholic cider so I was pumped to see these guys. I usually get pear cider but they had apple so I went for that and shit balls it was good. It was towards the end of the night so I was drunk enough for it to taste just like Martinelli’s which was fantastic. Also, I was on my third sausage (a home-made garlic cheddar-wurst on a stick that was just about the best thing ever.) and the sweetness of the cider paired well with the savory of the sausage.
The entire night I only had one or two beers that I didn’t like and only one of them that I didn’t finish. I can say with confidence that, as long as I live in the bay area, it is unlikely that I will miss this event. Neither should you.