Get out there to the Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) public events!

The brewers are coming to town, and that means excellent beers pouring for all of us.

The annual Craft Brewers Conference, an industry conference and trade show for craft beer professionals, has come to San Francisco this year. This sold-out professional gathering features technical and business sessions in tracks such as Brewery Start-Ups, Government Affairs, Selling Craft Beer, Quality, Sustainability and more. Many of us have heard our favorite brewers, pub owners and beer salespeople excitedly talking about being the host city.  There’s a lot to be excited about. CBC attracts brewers from all over the world and many of them will be out and around the Bay Area sampling the beers offered in our part of the world.

The benefit for the rest of us is that our local breweries, tap houses and brewpubs get to show off their best offerings.  Below is a list of the public events we are aware of. The list of no-badge events is growing as venues alert their fan lists. Check for public events posted there, watch our FB page, or our tweets and ask around at your favorite pubs. (If you do have a conference badge, there are also some attendee-only events including receptions, a private concert at the Fillmore, a chocolate and beer reception at Tcho and more, listed on the CBC page, but this public lineup is looking pretty amazing.)

Late Additions

Added 3/22:
Another one for Thursday 3/24

CBC Happy Hour: Oskar Blues “Canned Beer Appocolypse” Happy Hour with Oskar Blues Brewery
“Oskar Blues Brewery Can Apocalypse Night featuring Head Brewer Dave Chichura pouring cans of:
Mama’s Little Yella Pils, Dale’s Pale Ale, Old Chub Scotch Ale, G’Knight Imperial Red, Ten FIDY Imperial Stout, GUBNA Imperial IPA and the limited run of One Hit Wonder Imperial IPA.” Happy hour.

Urban Tavern, at The Hilton, 333 O’FARRELL ST, San Fransisco

Added 3/21:
Another for Wednesday 3/23

New Belgium Comes To Toronado

New Belgium will be bringing several of their rare beers to The Toronado to ramp up the CBC Week fun. 6:00pm-Close

Toronado, 547 Haight St (Between Fillmore and Steiner), San Francisco

Another for Friday 3/25

Speakeasy Brewery Special CBC Open House Firkin Friday

In addition to the usual Friday music, food and beers they will release a new beer, Snatch Racket India Pale Lager. Snatch Racket – named for the surge of kidnappings and ransoms in 1920’s during prohibition – is a unique blend of styles, a 6.5% full bodied lager dry-hopped like an IPA with all German hops. They’ll also be pulling a few rare aged beers from the cellar just for the night. House opens at 4:00 closes 9:00
Free tickets and details here

Speakeasy, 1195 Evans (at Keith)


No Badge Needed CBC Special Event List

Tuesday 3/22

Deschutes Collaboration Beer Dinner

“Deschutes Brewery Chef Matt Neltner and Monk’s Kettle Chef Adam Dulye collaborate to deliver a menu made for beer. The special menu, from which anyone visiting the restaurant can order, takes the expertise of these two chefs to create food and beer pairings that will kick of the week just right. On tap will be a large variety of Deschutes beers including: The Abyss 2010, The Abyss 2009, Black Butte XXI, Hop Henge Experimental IPA, Red Chair NWPA, Mirror Mirror, Jubel 2010, Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Green Lakes Organic Ale. Visitors will also have a chance to discuss the beers and brewing processes with Deschutes Brewery brewer Robin Johnson. Open to all patrons that evening.”

Monk’s Kettle, 3141 16th Street, (at Albion) San Francisco

Deschutes Brewery Night at The Hop Yard Featuring Woody

Sample many of the Deschutes Brewery’s special beers dispensed from their traveling kegs in the famous Woody-mobile. 5:00 PM-Close

Hop Yard, 3015 Hopyard Rd., Pleasanton   (a significant walk from the BART Station)

Saison Night at Beer Revolution

The good folks at Beer Rev will feature as many fine examples of Saison style ales as they can get their hands on and will pair them with “some very fancy stinky cheeses.” The saisons start pouring at  6:00PM

Beer Revolution, 464 3rd St (Between Broadway & Washington), Oakland (12th Street Oakland BART Station)

Wednesday 3/23

East Bay Brewers Tasting

Barclay’s Pub and Restaurant features beers by the growing number of East Bay brewers; OBC (Oakland Brewing Company),  Ale Industries, Drakes, Triple Rock,  Linden Street Brewing,  High Water Brewing and more!

Barclay’s, 5940 College Ave. (at Harwood), Oakland (Near Rockridge BART Station)

Drake’s Brewing CBC Limited/Barrel Aged Beer Week

“Porky’s Pizza Palace will feature some limited, barrel aged & some of our favorite Drake’s offerings from the past & present with a twist added!”

1. Jolly Roger-Imperial Brown Ale, 2009

2.Bourbon Barrel Aged 2009 Jolly Roger

3.Bourbon Barrel Aged Drakonic Imperial Stout

4.Exclusive CBC I.P.A.1/2 Brewed for CBC attendees and in limited release-we have just 1 keg! Not a double IPA with a just right balance of malt and hops!

5.1500 Hoppy Pale Ale(Nitro-Dispensed)adds a creamy body to one of our favorite beers from Drake’s!(think hoppy Boddingtons)

6.Hop Salad-8% Agressively Hopped Limited Double IPA, a limited release from mid-January, saved for this event, Cheers.

7.Hopocalypse Imperial IPA – Bronze Medal Winner at this years “The Bistro” Double IPA Fest, 3rd out of a field of 56 other professional judged Double  IPA’s

8.Alpha Sessions-American Session Ale-Lighter session ale with a big hop character just 3.8% & 75IBU’s.

Event continues through the weekend or as long as the beers last

Porky’s Pizza Palace  1221 Manor Blvd.( at Farnsworth), San Leandro

Deschutes Brewery Black Butte XXII California Debut

The Republic hosts “a very rare appearance of last year’s coveted Black Butte XXII, which never released to the public. What we can tell you is that this imperial bourbon-aged version of our popular Black Butte Porter, brewed in 2010 with chilies, dark chocolate and orange peel, is well worth a taste during its California debut. You may be familiar with Black Butte XX and XXI which were released to celebrate the Brewery’s past anniversaries, but because XXII was not available outside of our brew pubs, most have not had the pleasure of tasting this spectacular beer.”   8:00-11:00 PM

The Republic, 3213 Scott Street (at Lombard), San Francisco

San Diego Beers at Public House

“The Craft Brewers Convention is coming to San Francisco and we’re celebrating opening night with special beers from San Diego brewers Ballast Point, Green Flash and Stone. Not only will we have the beers at PH, but we will also host some of the owners and brewers from these small craft breweries giving you a chance to hobnob with them over your tasty San Diego beer.”

Public House, 24 Willie Mays Plaza (3rd and King Sts.)

Deschutes Joins the Revolution

Beer Revolution welcomes the good folks from Deschutes Brewery.  20 taps will be devoted to these Oregon revolutionaries.  6:00PM-Close

Beer Revolution, 464 3rd St (Between Broadway & Washington), Oakland  (12th Street Oakland BART Station)

Thursday 3/24

Deschutes Brewery Night at The Englander, Featuring Woody

There will be 5-6 Deschutes Brewery beers on tap from 5-8 PM.

101 Parrott St. (between Washington & E. 14th St.), San Leandro  Not far from BART.

“Northeast Night” at the Monk’s Kettle

“Two breweries not usually found in this area, Pretty Things Ales, and Cambridge Brewing Company.  Pretty Things, from the East Coast, will soon be available in this area; we will be pouring the first keg of their saison Jack d’Or to be found on this coast.  We will also be pouring two drafts from Cambridge Brewing, Project Venus and Blunderbuss.  Dann and Martha, owners of Pretty Things, and Will Myers, brewmaster of Cambridge, will be on hand for the evening.”   (Beer By BART has learned that “Project Venus,” the collaboration beer by women brewers from Cambridge, Victory and Stone and will be on tap, and that Megan Parisi will be there.  Pull on your pink boots and go enjoy a pint.)

Monk’s Kettle, 3141 16th Street (at Albion), San Francisco  (16th Street BART)

Sierra Nevada & Russian River CBC Collaboration Beer Event

“Public House will be hosting a party to announce a very special collaboration beer from Sierra Nevada and Russian River breweries.  In celebration of this event we will be offering vintage, limited edition and other hard to find beers from both breweries!  This is a good chance to try some great brew that won’t be available anywhere else, so plan on stopping by PH to have a pint or two and let us know what you think. This collaboration is part of the Craft Brewers Convention and sure to be a highlight of the week.” 6:00 PM – close

Public House, 24 Willie Mays Plaza (3rd and King Sts.) San Francisco

Deschutes Brewery Night at The Toronado

(No Woody, after all, how could you park it in the Lower Haight?) From 8:00 PM-close

Toronado, 547 Haight Street (between Fillmore & Steiner) San Francisco. (MUNI 71 and N-Judah)

Friday 3/25

East Bay and North Bay Brewing Revolutionaries

Beer Revolution will turn over all 47 of its taps to beers created by brewers located in the East Bay and North Bay.  This is a great opportunity to taste the great varieties of beer being brewed in our back yard. 6:00PM-Close

Beer Revolution, 464 3rd St (Between Broadway & Washington), Oakland (12th Street Oakland BART Station)

Deschutes Beer Tasting at City Beer Store

City Beer Store will be serving up “…some small appetizers from Fatted Calf to bring out the flavors of the beer as we host a casual beer tasting evening for the Friday night crowd. We will be bringing in some favorites and specials such as The Abyss, Jubel 2010, Mirror Mirror, Hop Henge Experimental IPA and Red Chair NWPA. Meet Deschutes brewmaster, Larry Sidor, along with three other Deschutes brewers as they discuss this wide variety of beers.”  6pm to close

City Beer, 1168 Folsom St # 101 (Between 7th & 8th Sts.)  Near Civic Center BART.

Deschutes Brewery Day at Whole Foods in San Ramon featuring Woody 3-7 PM

Whole Foods, 100 Sunset Dr. (between Bollinger Canyon Rd. & Bishop Dr.), San Ramon

Marrón Acidifié Kick-Off

Celebrate collaboration!  “The Bruery and Cigar City Brewing are psyched to release the fruit of their collaborative efforts during the Craft Brewer’s Conference. Join the brewers at Rosamunde Sausage Grill’s Mission location for the first public tapping of Marrón Acidifié.  Over a year in barrels has left this 8.5% ABV “imperial oud bruin” layered with notes of cranberries, tropical fruits, leather and aged balsamic vinegar, balanced by wood tannins and roasted malt.”  7pm-close.

Rosamunde Sausage Grill, 2832 Mission Street (at 24th), San Francisco. Near 24th Street BART.

Shelton Brothers Presents: Citizens of the World Gathering at The Trappist

In attendance will be Jean Van Roy from Cantillon, Yvan de Baets from De La Senne, Jens from Haand Bryggeriet, Kjetil from Nogne-O, and Stephane, JP, and Luc from Dieu du Ciel! Your chance to meet some of the top brewers, innovators from five of the best breweries in the world!

Here is the preliminary tap list for this night:  From Cantillon: lou pepe, St. lamnivus, fou fone. 

From de La Senne: Zinnebir, Equinoxe. 

From Haand: Norwegian Wood. 

From Nogne-: NogneHavre stout, #500 Imperial IPA, Sunturnbrew. 

From Dieu Du Ciel: Corne du Diable, Rosee d’Hibiscus, Route d’Espices. 


From Pretty Things: Jack D’Or. 

From Russian River: Supplication, Mortification. 

From De Dolle: Oerbier, Mad Bitch.

The Trappist, 460 8th Street, Oakland  (12th Street Oakland BART Station)

Plus some special All Week  offerings:

Vintage Beers at The Monk’s Kettle

Throughout the week, The Monk’s Kettle will also be featuring a very special selection of beers on draft and on the vintage list.  The drafts will include Cantillon Fou Foune (August 2009), Haandbryggeriet Smoke Without Fire, Stone Brewing’s Lukcy Bastard, Abbaye de St Bon Chien, Dulle Teve and a few beers from our local favorite Moonlight Brewing; five beers on draft will be from 2009.  The vintage list will include selections from Cantillon, Allagash, Russian River, Stone, BFM (Abbaye de St Bon Chien), Orval and others, dating as far back as 2006.

Monk’s Kettle, 3141 16th Street (at Albion), San Francisco.  (16th Street BART)

East Bay Beers

Barclay’s Pub will be pouring beers made by East Bay breweries throughout the week.  A great opportunity to sample the great variety of locally brewed beer in one great beer-drinking location.

Barclay’s, 5940 College Ave. (at Harwood), Oakland.  Near Rockridge BART.

Whew!  We’ll see you out there.

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  1. Excellent. Now I get to be really lazy when I write my own post and just point to yours 😉 Look forward to running into you both several times this week.


  2. great list.. going to spend the final night in Sydney reading and analyzing my time before flying out to San Fran tomorrow.


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