100+ Northern California Breweries Showcasing the Region’s Finest Craft Beers at SF Beer Week 2016’s Opening Gala

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SFBW Opening Gala
Friday, January 22, 2016
Pier 35, 1454 Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA

Monday, January 11, 2016
Exclusive Press Preview Happy Hour
ThirstyBear Organic Brewery
661 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, CA — Monday, December 14, 2015 — The San Francisco Brewers Guild announced today a line-up of more than 100 breweries participating in this year’s SF Beer Week Opening Gala at Pier 35 (1454 Embarcadero, San Francisco, Jan. 22, 2016). The Opening Gala is the largest, most-anticipated, and prestigious annual gathering of the Northern California craft beer community. 100+ breweries unite to serve beer enthusiasts the region’s most creative and compelling brews including their latest new releases, rare selections and classics all at one incredible launch to 10 days of festivities throughout SF Beer Week 2016. Join 3,000+ beer geeks at the kick-off party to SF Beer Week (Jan. 22 – 31, 2016), and grab your tickets soon as the Gala is close to selling out!

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The Opening Gala proudly spotlights the remarkable quality and innovative spirit flourishing in one of the foremost craft beer regions in the country. Below are the confirmed breweries for 2016’s ultimate tasting celebration:

San Francisco:
21st Amendment Brewery, Almanac Beer, Anchor Brewing, Barrel Head Brewhouse, Bartlett Hall, Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant, Black Hammer Brewing, Black Sands Brewery, Cellarmaker Brewing, Fort Point Beer, Harmonic Brewing, Holy Craft Brewery, Laughing Monk, Local Brewing, Magnolia Brewing, Old Bus Tavern, Pine Street Brewery, Pizza Orgasmica & Brewing, San Francisco Brewing, Social Kitchen & Brewery, Southern Pacific Brewing, Southpaw BBQ, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, Sunset Reservoir Brewing, ThirstyBear Organic Brewery, Triple Voodoo Brewing & Tap Room, and Woods Beer.

East Bay:
Alameda Island Brewing, Ale Industries, Altamont Beer Works, Auburn Alehouse, Benoit-Casper Brewing, Berryessa Brewing, Bison Brewing, Buffalo Bills Brewery, Calicraft Brewing, Cleophus Quealy Beer, DasBrew, Inc., Diving Dog Brewhouse, Drake’s Brewing, Dust Bowl Brewing, Eight Bridges Brewing, Elevation 66 Brewing, Epidemic Ales, Federation Brewing, Ghost Town Brewing, Heretic Brewing, High Water Brewing, Hoppy Brewing, Knee Deep Brewing, Hew Helvetia Brewing, Ol’ Republic Brewing, Pacific Coast Brewing, Rubicon Brewing, Ruhstaller Brewery & Taproom, Schubros Brewery, Tahoe Mountain Brewing, The Rare Barrel, Track 7 Brewing, Triple Rock Brewing, Trumer Brauerei, and Working Man Brewing.

North Bay:
101 North Brewing, Anderson Valley Brewing, Baeltane Brewing, Bear Republic Brewing, Cooperage Brewing, Eel River Brewing, Fogbelt Brewing, HenHouse Brewing, Iron Springs Pub & Brewery, Lost Coast Brewery, Mad River Brewing, Marin Brewing, Mendocino Brewing, Moonlight Brewing, Moylan’s Brewing, Napa Smith Brewery, North Coast Brewing, Petaluma Hills Brewing, Russian River Brewing, Sierra Nevada Brewing, Sonoma Springs Brewing, St. Florian’s Brewery, Third Street Aleworks, and Woodfour Brewing.

South Bay:
Alpha Acid Brewing, Armstrong Brewing, Devil’s Canyon Brewing, Discretion Brewing, El Toro Brewing, Faultline Brewing, Firestone Walker Brewing, Freewheel Brewing, Gordon Biersch Brewing, Half Moon Bay Brewing, Hermitage Brewing, Highway 1 Brewing, Hop Dogma Brewing, Palo Alto Brewing, Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, Strike Brewing, Tied House Brewery & Cafe, and Uncommon Brewers.

Singular food purveyors will be onsite at the Opening Gala offering delicious Bay Area bites that perfectly pair with the exceptional craft beers available for tastings. Local food vendors include: Alicia’s Tamales, Bacon Bacon, The Boneyard, The Chairman, Del Popolo, El Sur, Good Foods Catering, Rosemunde, and Whole Foods Market.

Every year since the San Francisco Brewers Guild launched one of the country’s first beer weeks (2009), the celebrated Bay Area institution has upped the ante in curating standout Northern California craft beer events featuring the 25 Guild breweries and additional Northern California-based breweries. SF Beer Week has evolved into a top international destination with hundreds of events hosted by renowned breweries, acclaimed restaurants, bars, and retailers spanning the greater San Francisco Bay Area from Santa Cruz to Santa Rosa. A few early event highlights from the SF Beer Week 2016 schedule include: Crack Capone’s Vault: Vintage & Barrel-Aged Beer Day (Jan. 25, 1pm – 10pm), 21A Strong Beer School (Jan. 26, 7pm – 10pm), CollaBREWtive Beer Dinner with Anchor Brewing (Jan. 30, 6pm – 9pm), and Belgian Brunch with Cleophus Quealy (Jan. 31, 11am – 3pm). The schedule of confirmed events is now live on sfbeerweek.org, and please regularly visit the site as events will be added on a daily basis.

Exclusive Press Preview Happy Hour — January 11, 2016
For members of the media, the San Francisco Brewers Guild hosts an Exclusive Press Preview Happy Hour for SF Beer Week 2016 at ThirstyBear Organic Brewery on Monday, January 11, 2016 (6:30pm – 8:30pm). The San Francisco Brewers Guild is thrilled to invite select media to a special sneak peak of what’s to be the best SF Beer Week yet. Come meet renowned brewers, taste their latest releases, and hear all about their featured events happening during SF Beer Week 2016. The following SF breweries will be onsite:

21st Amendment Brewery
Almanac Beer Co.
Anchor Brewing Co.
Barrel Head Brewhouse
Bartlett Hall
Beach Chalet
Black Sands Brewing Co.
Cleophus Quealy Beer Co.
Drake’s Brewing Co.
Fort Point Beer Co.
Headlands Brewing Co.
Local Brewing Co.
Magnolia Brewing Co.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Social Kitchen & Brewery
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
Sunset Reservoir Brewing Co.
ThirstyBear Organic Brewery
Woods Beer Co.

Don’t miss out on this media-only event for the inside scoop on all things SF Beer Week 2016! Small bites will be provided by ThirstyBear Organic Brewery. If you’re interested in attending the Exclusive Press Preview Happy Hour, please RSVP directly to me at jesse@jpcutlermedia.com (RSVP’s are due by Jan. 8 at 12 pm PST).

SF Beer Week is brought to you by a large number of generous sponsors, including these Official Sponsors:

Whole Foods Market
21st Amendment Brewery
Anchor Brewing Co.
Cleophus Quealy Beer Co.
DBI Beverage Inc.
DPEM / Dominic Phillips Event Marketing
Drakes Brewing Co.
Magnolia Brewing Co.
Matagrano Inc.
Morris Distributing
Santa Rosa Visitor & Convention Bureau / Visit Santa Rosa
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
ThirstyBear Organic Brewery
Trumer Brauerei

See the complete list of sponsors at: sfbeerweek.org/sponsors

About San Francisco Brewers Guild
The San Francisco Brewers Guild formed in 2004 as a non-profit 501 (c)(6) during a renaissance in American craft brewing. Our mission is to restore and preserve San Francisco’s brewing heritage and unite those who make local beer with those who love it. The Guild achieves this by educating the public about craft beer, organizing and hosting events such as SF Beer Week, Brews on the Bay and Meet the Brewers, advocating for the craft beer industry in city government, donating services and product to local charities, and partnering with artisan producers in the food, beverage, hospitality and agricultural industries.