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Peninsula Beer Week

Uploaded: Feb 4, 2014

OK, so that's not what it's called. This year's SF Beer Week is about to descend on the Bay Area, with brew-related events all over from Feb. 7 through 16. Though the official name might lead one to think otherwise, there's a slew of beer week events worth checking out on the Peninsula in the coming week.

Saturday, Feb. 8

Mexican cuisine and craft beer pairing: Starting Feb. 8 and running through Feb. 16, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Estrellita Mexican Bistro & Cantina at 971 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. Go to estrellitarestaurant.com.

Palo Alto Brewing Co. Swig-a-thon: The Rose & Crown Pub will be pouring favorites from Palo Alto Brewing Co., 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. at 547 Emerson St., Palo Alto. For more information, go to roseandcrownpa.com or follow the bar's Twitter for updates.

Left Bank Brasserie Menlo Park Beermaster event: From 6 to 10 p.m., Left Bank will be serving a four-course prix fixe menu paired with 21st Amendment beer samples. The San Francisco brewery's brewmaster, Shaun O'Sullivan, will attend. 635 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Cost: $55. Go to leftbank.com.

Sunday, Feb. 9

Sour Sunday in PA: This annual sour beer event will go from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Rose & Crown, 547 Emerson St., Palo Alto. For more information, go to roseandcrownpa.com or follow the bar's Twitter for updates.

Walkers Wild Ride: For the second year, the Rose & Crown Pub will be one of three stops on "Walkers Wild Ride," with one special sour beer from the Firestone Walker barrel program to be "hand delivered by Mr. Walker himself." 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Rose & Crown, 547 Emerson St., Palo Alto. For more information, go to roseandcrownpa.com or follow the bar's Twitter for updates.

Molly Magee's featuring 10 unique IPA's: Taste 10 "unique" IPA's starting on Feb. 9 and through Feb. 13, 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., at Molly Magee's, 241 Castro St., Mountain View.

Monday, Feb. 10

Faction Brewery Limited Release Party: Local brewer Rodger Davis will be pouring a few beers, plus some from Faction, Ballast point, Triple Rock, Kern River, Stone and more, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Rose & Crown Pub, 547 Emerson St., Palo Alto.

Brother's and Barrels, Rare Beers from Widmer Bros: Check out a long list of barrel-aged beers from Portland-based Widmer Brothers Brewing Company including BA Old Embalmer vertical, BA Brrrbon variants, sours and some "one-offs." Flights are available for tasting 5 to 11 p.m. at Harry's Hofbrau, 1909 El Camino Real, Redwood City. Go to harryshofbrau.com.

Kern River Brewing Company at GHS: Representatives from Kernville-based Kern River Brewing Company will be on hand, with a selection of beers, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Gourmet Haus Staudt, 2615 Broadway St., Redwood City. Go to gourmethausstaudt.com.

Tuesday, Feb. 11

The Bruery Tap Takeover: Orange County brewery The Bruery will take over 14 of Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant's taps from noon to closing (11 p.m.) at 895 Villa St., Mountain View. For more, go to Steins' Facebook page.

CaliCraft Brewing Beer Tasting: Taste beers from Calicraft Brewing Co. from 4 to 8 p.m. at Whole Foods Los Altos, 4800 El Camino Real, Los Altos.

Ballast Point Entire Tap Takeover: Ballast Point, a San Diego brewery, will be taking over all of Harry's Hofbrau's 28 taps from 6 to 11 p.m. at 1909 El Camino Real, Redwood City. The owners and brewers will also attend.

Hop Dogma Takeover: Hop Dogma Brewing Co. from El Granada, Calif., will take over Gourmet Haus Staudt's guest taps from 6 to 10 p.m. at 2615 Broadway St., Redwood City. A brewer will also attend.

Scott's Seafood Brewmaster Dinner: Scott's Seafood Mountain View has teamed up with San Jose's Hermitage Brewing Co. to host a brewmaster dinner. Four Hermitage brews will be paired with each course of a four-course special menu, served 7 to 9 p.m. at 420 Castro St., Mountain View. Brewer Greg Filippi will attend. Cost: $40. Go to scottsseafoodmv.com.

Beer Geek Trivia Night: Test your beer knowledge – and drinking abilities – at this trivia night, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Freewheel Brewing Co., 3736 Florence St., Redwood City. Go to freewheelbrewing.com.

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Pliny the Younger/IPA Day: The Rose & Crown Pub hosts its fifth annual Pliny the Younger event in honor of this heavily sought after Russian River Brewing Co. beer. The bar will also be pouring other IPAs from Russian River, Palo Alto Brewing Co., Drakes Brewing Company, Auburn Ale House, Bear Republic and more. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. at 547 Emerson St., Palo Alto. For more information, go to roseandcrownpa.com or follow the bar's Twitter for updates.

Goose Island Tap Takeover: For Feb. 12 and 13, The Refuge in Menlo Park will celebrate Goose Island Brewery, which first opened in Chicago in 1988, with seven dedicated taps pouring from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at 1143 Crane St., Menlo Park. Go to refugesc.com.

Crux Fermentation Brewery Debut: Beers from Crux Fermentation, a relatively new Oregon Brewery, will be featured from 5 to 11 p.m. at Harry's Hofbrau, 1909 El Camino Real, Redwood City.

Hermitage Brewing Beer Tasting: Whole Foods in Los Altos will be pouring Hermitage Brewing Co. beers Maltopia, Ale of the 2Tun, Ale of the Imp, Single Hop Citra and Single Hop Simcoe. Tastings will be accompanied by cheese pairings selected by the market's beer buyer. 5 to 7 p.m. at 4800 El Camino Real, Los Altos.

Beer Ice Cream: From 5 to 8 p.m., Smitten Ice Cream in Los Altos (4800 El Camino Real) will be serving ice cream infused with beer from local breweries such as Palo Alto Brewing Company, Gordon Biersch Brewing Company, Strike Brewing Company, Knee Deep Brewing Company and Almanac Brewing Company. Cost: $15. Purchase tickets at eventbrite.com.

Eclipse Night with FiftyFifty Brewing Co.: Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City will be serving beers flights from Truckee, Calif., FiftyFity Brewing from 6 to 10 p.m. at 2615 Broadway St., Redwood City.

Thursday, Feb. 13

Take a Walk with Clown Shoes Brewery: Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant in Mountain View will serve 11 Clown Shoes beers, 11 a.m. to closing. For more, go to Steins' Facebook page.

Sierra Nevada Tasting: Check out a special tasting with Sierra Nevada at Whole Foods Los Altos, 4800 El Camino Real, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Local Food & Firkins: Freewheel Brewing Co. will be serving its cask ales, paired with small plates from Chef Nick Rappoport of Luke's Local. Rappoport and brewer Malcolm McGinnis will attend to speak about the pairings. Pairings can be purchased individually or as a set. 6 to 10 p.m. at 3736 Florence St., Redwood City. Go to freewheelbrewing.com.

Friday, Feb. 14

Moa Tap Takeover: For Feb. 14 and 15 from noon to 10:30 p.m., The Refuge in Menlo Park will be pouring six draught selections from Moa, a New Zealand brewery, with tasting portions available. 1143 Crane St., Menlo Park. Go to refugesc.com.

Saturday, Feb. 15

'Wet Your Whistles' Caltrain Pub Crawl: This year's Caltrain pub crawl will start at 1 p.m. Crawl participants will stop at three locations: Bierhaus in Mountain View, the Rose & Crown Pub in Palo Alto and a third yet-to-be-announced. RSVP for one of the 40 spaces here.

Firestone Walker Barrel-Aged Event: Harry's Hofbrau Redwood City will be pouring a slew of barrel-aged beers from Firestone Walker, 2 to 11 p.m. at 1909 El Camino Real, Redwood City.

Almanac Beer Co. Tasting: Sample beers from this San Francisco brewery from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Los Altos Whole Foods, 4800 El Camino Real, Los Altos.

Sour Saturday: Beer buyer Brian Brick from K&L Wine Merchants will be manning the guest taps at Gourmet Haus Staudt, following a sour beer theme for the evening. 5:30 to 10 p.m. at 2615 Broadway St., Redwood City.

Sunday, Feb. 16

Ruhstaller Tasting: J-E Paino, owner of Ruhstaller brewery in Sacramento, will be
at Whole Foods in Los Altos from 5 to 7 p.m. pouring a selection of beers. The market's beer buyer will also choose a selection of cheeses to pair with the beers.

Comments

Posted by Strange but True, a resident of Palo Alto High School,
on Feb 6, 2014 at 12:15 am

Even the Palo Alto Library had an event called "Brew University." Never too early to prepare to become an alcoholic.
Yes, I know, they concentrated on process and taste. Right. Just wondering which bright light in that department approved it.


Posted by Steve, a resident of Menlo Park,
on Feb 6, 2014 at 10:49 am

@Strange -
That's an odd take you have on this celebration of craft brews. The library is there to educate it's community, not to limit information to that approved by its more prudish members.
Kudos to the bright light who's behind Brew University, whether it's a staff member or someone from the community.


Posted by Diane, a resident of Menlo Park,
on Feb 6, 2014 at 1:44 pm

@Strange but True,

Seriously- most beer drinkers don\\\'t become alcoholics. Perhaps you also believe we should limit cookbooks in the library to prevent people from becoming obese?


Posted by Home cook, a resident of Old Mountain View,
on Feb 6, 2014 at 2:16 pm

Diane -- Shhhhh!

You risk giving ideas to the Mountain View City Council, already on a spree of banning things for our own good (as Jim Neal pointed out in a recent MV-Voice "Town Square" posting). And I actually use cookbooks from the city's library.


Posted by Strange but True, a resident of Palo Alto High School,
on Feb 6, 2014 at 5:45 pm

I have been surprised to see how many cookbooks the library buys, I use them myself but so, so many!
You cannot deny the connection between the incredible interest in food, and the scary increase in obesity. The word obsession comes to mind. Even this Town Square has 3 blogs about food.


Posted by Jay Park, a resident of Jackson Park,
on Feb 11, 2014 at 10:34 am

Discussing food is not an American phenomenon. It is a worldwide practice that permeates pretty much every single culture in world history. As a matter of fact, many other cultures are even more "obsessive" about discussing food than the United States, yet show markedly less obesity.

The increase in heart disease and obesity has largely paralleled the consumption of refined sugar (particularly high fructose corn syrup) in a population's diet.

Note that obesity in America is more prevalent in lower income households. It is not DIY brewing or home cooking that is creating obesity. It is the modern abundance of inexpensive fast food (which are often loaded with hidden sugars) as well as sodas.

Basically, spending $50 at a nice restaurant will not make you fat. Going to a $5 fast food restaurant ten times will.


Posted by Jen, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown,
on Feb 12, 2014 at 5:06 pm

The Wet Your Whistles Caltrain Pub Crawl on Saturday now has a 3rd location. We'll be starting at Bierhaus in Mountain View, heading by train to the Rose & Crown Pub in Palo Alto, and finishing at Marvin Gardens in Belmont. Hope to see you there!


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