Appetite: Hoist your stein for Beer Week

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2/5-2/14 - SF Beer Week is going to be a big one this year

We've been buzzing awhile now about next week's SF Beer Week. This one, only the second, is slated to be huge with over 200 events going on in a 10-day span. There's a lot of beer sampling to be had, my friends! Celebrating craft beers at large, and the rich diversity of our local craft beers, the event is sponsored by local breweries in the SF Brewers Guild. There's an event to suit every beer lover, from meet-the-brewer nights, to tours, tastings and dinners, to special casks and releases. Navigating the sudsy waters is a bit daunting, but here are a few to consider:

**The big shindig, 2/5, is an Opening Gala at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, featuring 30 of Nor Cal's best (including some rare) brews, a tapping of the Brewers Guild collaborative brew (a barrel-aged Imperial Common), live music, commemorative stemware for each attendee, and food for purchase from the likes of 4505 Meats, Tacolicious, and Tataki Sushi. Get tix now as they're $45 but will be $55 after 1/31.

**Every day of Beer Week, kick-ass Humphry Slocombe, in collaboration with Beer & Nosh, is offering a variety of beer ice creams. If their boozy Laphroig, Secret Breakfast, Guinness Gingerbread-type flavors are any indication of what's coming, it'll be good.

** On 2/8, Bar Tartine, Chef Chris Kronner, and Chez Panisse chefs, Rusty Packer, Rayneil DeGuzman and Nico Monday, host a four-course dinner with beer pairings from Magnolia and Dogfish Head Breweries. Seatings are at 6 and 9pm; tickets at tartinebeerweek.eventbrite.com.

**I'm a fan of Allagash beers (particularly bourbon barrel-aged Curieux) from Portland, Maine. Just one of many brewers you could meet over the course of this week is Allagash brewmaster, Rob Tod. He'll be at Monk's Kettle on 2/7, Superbowl Sunday, from 6-9pm, and on 2/9 (6-8pm), he's speaking over Allagash beers, charcuterie and cheese at Oakland's The Trappist.

**On 2/14, it's a proper Valentine's Day at Beer Week's closing party (4-8pm) at Trumer Brauerei in Berkeley. There's BBQ, beers from 20 local breweries (like Anchor, Speakeasy, Sierra Nevada, Moylan's), music, silent auction and free shuttles from downtown Berkeley BART. Tickets are $40 pre-party (including unlimited 4 oz. pours, dinner, free shuttle) at www.celebrator.com. Or maybe you'd prefer to break down a whole pig for Valentine's? Then La Trappe's Porcine Valentine (3-11:30pm; $95), where Belgian beers and butchery meet, will be just your speed.

www.sfbeerweek.org

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