Drink Up, it’s Time for SF Beer Week

SF Beer week is one of my favorite times of the year; it’s my birthday and I get to enjoy copious amounts of amazing beers from all across the Bay Area and beyond. Beer week is an action packed week filled with beer dinners, beer pairings, educational seminars with brewers and brewery owners, sensory seminars with hops, tap takeovers at various bars and gastropubs throughout the Bay Area, and many events at the source- at the breweries. There are hundreds of options with over 100 breweries in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and the North Bay, we have a lot to choose from.

Drink up, it’s Sf Beer Week!
(Photo courtesy of SF Beer Week media kit)

So how do you pick what to do? As a seasoned beer traveler and planner, I highly recommend you sign up for the itinerary on sfbeerweek.com first. This will allow you to look at each of the events that brewers chose to list and what the San Francisco Brewers Guild are promoting. Find something you like, you simple click, “add to my itinerary”. It’s a great way to be able to check out what you’re interested in each day.

 

Secondly, these events fill up fast so if there is a need for a reservation or to purchase tickets, do it now. There are over 100 breweries out there and even more restaurants who will be hosting dinners and tap takeovers, but there are even more beer lovers who wish to attend. Get in where you want to get in.

 

Buy your tickets for the SF Beer Week Opening Gala NOW. Friday, February 10th at 6PM is quite possibly the best beer event in Northern California and you want to be there. This event is well attended by all of the breweries and they have saved their special brews to be showcased that night, for you. Don’t let them down! Get your tickets.

 

My beer week recommendations:

 

Russian River Brewing Co. – February 3rd. Well if I didn’t mention this then you would think I didn’t know anything about beer because anyone who knows beer, knows that Russian River Brewing Company is releasing the long awaited triple IPA, Pliny the Younger. It’s released once a year for two weeks and they do it in conjunction with beer week. They will be releasing this delicious beer on February 3rd at the pub. The brewers will be bringing it to the opening gala as well, so there should be plenty of chances for you try it.

St. Florian’s Brewery 4 Year Anniversary – February 11th from 12-8PM, they’ll be serving up great eats from various food trucks and vendors, as well as pouring new beers, and there will be live music. More information to come, but this is a good one to get on your list if you find yourself in the North Bay.

Social Kitchen’s Friday Morning Beer Brunch – February 11th from 10:30AM-2:30PM. I LOVE this place, I love the atmosphere, I love the food, and I love the beer. I also really love brunch, it’s my favorite meal of the day and I feel like it does not get the chance to make an appearance as often as it should, so why not indulge on a Saturday?!

Monk’s Kettle: United Sours of America – February 11th from 11Am-11PM.

The Monk’s Kettle is a super cool beer bar and I couldn’t think of a better place to spend a little time sipping on one of craft beers latest favored beer style.

Swann’s Oyster Depot Collaboration with Woods Beer Co. – February 11th

12-5PM. Have you ever been to Swann’s? It’s AH-MAZ-ING! It’s a hole-in-the-wall little spot that you squeeze into, sit at the counter, and are served by all men who have worked there for generations. They serve fresh food daily and when they run out, it’s out. It’s so worth it, and paired with beer, well, duh.

Ale Arsenal’s Alvarado Street Tap Takeover – February 11th from 3-8PM.

Alvarado Street is putting out some incredible brews, this is surely not going to be a disappointing way to spend some time.

Almanac Beer Co.’s Stonefruit Night – February 11th from 3-11PM.

They will be hosting a series of events throughout the week, enjoy a walk down memory lane with the folks at Almanac as you taste through countless vintages of their special sours.

The Good Hop and Smog City’s Bay Invasion – February 11th from 5-11PM

I have enjoyed many Smog City beers down in the smoggy city of angels and I cannot wait to try this lineup!

WHAT’S ON DRAFT: Little Bo Pils, Hoptonic IPA, Sabre-Toothed Squirrel, Coffee Porter, My Tai Hop-T IPA with Coconut, Chip Shot Coffee Porter, Cuddlebug, Bourbon O.E., Buzz Worthy, Benny And The Bretts, The Nothing, Infinite Wishes, AND MORE!

Alpha Acid Brewing Company IPA Day – February 12th 1-6PM.

Because, well, duh. Single, double, and triple IPA’s will be flowing. Nuf said.

Cellarmaker and the Rare Barrel Collaboration Release – February 12th from 1-8PM.

Join in on the fun at the Rare Barrel in Berkeley. These two breweries blow my mind on their own, I cannot wait to see what they’ve come up for this!

Social Kitchen’s Brett Fest – February 13th from 4-11:30PM.

6 bretty beers tasted side-by-side. Yes, please!

Here are the beers:

  1. Day Day’s Tripel Double: Belgian Tripel, brewed with rye, aged in red wine barrels for 6 months with Brettanomyces Trois Vrai. Further aged in stainless for 10 more months.
  2. Raps on Brett: Our beloved Belgian golden ale, Rapscallion, conditioned in keg with the Brettanomyces Amalgamation blend from Yeast Bay laboratories.
  3. Cloud Cover: Belgian wheat ale conditioned in keg with the Brettanomyces Amalgamation blend from Yeast Bay Laboratories.
  4. (name still TBD): Belgian dark strong aged in red wine barrels for 13 months with Brett Claussenii.
  5. The Rice is Right, Beersel Blend: Jasmine rice Belgian Tripel keg conditioned with the Brettanomyces Beersel blend from Yeast Bay Laboratories.
  6. The Rice is Right, Lochristi Blend: Jasmine rice Belgian Tripel keg conditioned with the Brettanomyces Lochristi blend from Yeast Bay Laboratories.

 

Dear Mom I love Calicraft – February 15th from 4-9PM.

This just sounds intriguing and I have not been here before, so I’m gonna check it out. Sours, IPAs and secret stuff.

Rare Barrel Jester King Tap Takeover – February 15th from 7:30-10PM.

If you have not yet tried the beers from this brewery out of Texas, then get here to try them.

Fogbelt Brewing End of Beer Week Brunch – February 19th from 10Am-2PM.

Brunch will be served until 2PM for those who need a little help with the beer week hangover. I can’t wait, they do a great job in the kitchen and have some killer beers coming out, so I will be parking myself there for the afternoon!  
So you have some official SF Beer Week events and my recommendations. There are many unofficial events going on in Sonoma County, so check back with me and I’ll keep you up to date with deets.

5 Beers to Have at Your Thanksgiving Table

On the hunt for new beers to enjoy with my classic Thanksgiving dinner, I asked Matt Fenn, local beer expert and co-owner of Beercraft bottle shop and taproom in Rohnert Park, what beers he recommends for Thanksgiving.

Check out the full article and what Matt recommends here on SonomaMag.com.

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I hope you enjoy these beers as much as I do!!

Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving!!

NORCAL BEER GEEKS FESTIVAL TOMORROW!

NORCAL BEER GEEKS FESTIVAL TOMORROW!

 

St. Florian's hops from "Fresh Hop on the Engine" beer. (Photo by Tim Vallery)

St. Florian’s hops from “Fresh Hop on the Engine” beer. (Photo by Tim Vallery)

Don’t miss the 3rd annual NorCal Beer Geeks Festival TOMORROW at the Petaluma veterans building. A fun beer event with a great cause. Here are the details on Sonoma Magazine. 

Hope to see you there!

Cheers,
Jess

It Takes a lot of Great Beer to make Sonoma County Wine!

A topic that is near and dear to my heart- with my new gig at Sonoma Magazine I was able to incorporate my passion for wine and beer all in the same feature. It’s harvest time for wineries and we all know that beer plays a huge role in the wine-making world; after a long, hard days, winemakers, crew, and everyone who works in the business likes to sit back with a cold one.

Here is the full article.

http://jessposhepny.com/category/beer-2/

Vineyard crews loading up grapes to bring to Trione Winery

SoCo Dog Friendly Breweries & Taprooms

Being a craft beer lover and a new dog mama, I have changed the way I travel and the places I go out to. It can be tough to find dog friendly places, even though now in Sonoma County, dogs are welcome on the patios of most places that serve food {though still, businesses can accept dogs or not on their patios so read the signs}. I have scouted out the best places to have a good, local beer, and be with my dog. We all want to go on a nice long hike, play with our pups and then enjoy a cold one, because let’s face it, we all want to see this face at the end of the day!   

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Here are my hot spots!

Lagunitas Brewing Company

They have a huge {Semi-covered} outdoor space with picnic tables and ample seating. Dogs are welcome and you’ll find water bowls scattered throughout the property. Fun times will be had by all humans and their dogs alike at this hip beer spot. Come for the beer, stay for the music and the dog friendly hospitality. This is on my top list of places to go because my pooch has a blast here. Enjoy the peanuts but careful with your pup around those shells!!

 

Fogbelt Brewing

Dog friendly outdoor space and they serve food. It’s a small place, both inside and outside, but they’ve got a nice variety of cold beers and their menu is seasonal and well thought out. It’s a great addition to the {near} downtown area.

St. Florian’s Brewery

This power couple has an awesome little spot just outside of the downtown area in Windsor. They recently expanded their seating space and built an outdoor patio. You can enjoy your beers inside or outside with your pup {Aron and Amy have their own dog too who can often be found in the tap room- he’s a dalmatian too!}. They have food trucks regularly and post all of the details on their facebook page, so check them out and give them a like!

Carneros Brewing Company

Well made beers from a wine family. This location is definitely the key- they have it made out there in the heart of the Carneros region in wine country, between Sonoma and Napa. A large industrial space houses their tanks and taproom, outside hops are planted alongside fountains and a small pond with flowers are grass. It’s a great setting for a nice cold brew with your dog.

Woodfour

I have been to Woodfour a few times, they have food and a huge variety of their own beers, as well as other beers on draft. Their patio overlooks the Barlow, allowing a nice afternoon of people watching.

 

Ausiellos 5TH Street Grill

Family owned and operated. Great food, cooked to order. Great local beers on draft and they have all of the sports games on, wherever you sit. Out on their patio, it’s covered with fans so is nice and pleasant during most seasons. There are TV’s at both sides of the patio to watch the latest game, and the atmosphere is great for a dog- it’s spacious and comfy for everyone.

 

Lemon Garlic Dandelion Greens

Lemon Garlic Dandelion Greens

Whole30 Approved

I love dandelion greens. I love the bitter taste and the grainy texture of the raw green. I have been trying experiment with creating a less bitter taste and this is not that… this dish is flavorful, but bitter. Serve with something creamy and rich.

You’ll Need:

  • 1 bunch dandelion greens, cleaned and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 5 cloves of garlic, mined
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground pepper

 

Method:

Coat a large sauté pan with oil, add the stems of dandelion greens first, let cook 2 minutes, then add in the remaining greens along with salt, pepper, and garlic. Cook 5 more minutes, add lemon juice, stir, and turn heat down to cook another 3-4 minutes.

 

Serve with mashed cauliflower and grilled pork.

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Lemon Herb Dressing

Lemon Herb Dressing

Whole30 Approved

You’ll Need:

  • ½ c Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp citrus salt {or kosher salt if you don’t have citrus}
  • Juice from 1 lemon

Method:

Whisk. Add more salt and pepper to taste. 

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Balsamic caramelized onions

Balsamic caramelized onions

Whole30 Approved

 

This is a must have in the kitchen. I love onions any way- raw, pickled, roasted, sauteed, caramelized… give me an onion any day of the week! But these are a necessity on whole30. They give that nice sweetness to a savory dish and you can cook them in advance and use them on many dishes.

You’ll Need:

  • 1 large red onion cut in half then sliced very thin
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ c balsamic vinegar

Method:

In a medium sized sauté pan, add 1 tbsp olive oil and all of the onions. Stir to coat all of the onions, add more oil as needed. Cook for 5 minutes while stirring occasionally. Turn heat to low, add balsamic, stir. Let cook until onions shrink and become soft, about 25-30 minutes.

Serve with roasted vegetables, mashed cauliflower, zoodles, eggs, or cauliflower “couscous”. Goes great with grilled pork and chicken. Options are endless!

Refrigerate unused product, keep up to 10 days.

 

Eat Clean, Eat Healthy, & Eat Well.

Cucumber Radish Spring Salad

Cucumber Radish Spring Salad

Whole30 Approved

You’ll Need:

  • 1 English cucumber, peeled and quartered lengthwise, then sliced
  • 10 radishes, sliced thin
  • 1 large avocado cut into chunks
  • 2 tbsp lemon herb vinaigrette 
  • salt & pepper to taste

Method:

In a bowl mix all produce with vinaigrette so everything is coated well. Add additional vinaigrette if desired. Serve immediately.

Serves two.
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Moxie’s Rich {All Healthy} Minestrone Soup

Moxie’s Rich {All Healthy} Minestrone Soup

Whole30 Approved

 

You’ll Need:

  • 1 pound smoked ham, cut into small cubes
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 8 carrots, peeled and sliced in ¼ inch rounds
  • 2 white sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed in 2cm cubes
  • 1 bunch rainbow chard, ends chopped, and greens sliced in thin ribbons
  • 4 zucchini, cut into quarters, then sliced in ¼ inch slices
  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms, cut in half then sliced
  • 1 head celery, sliced in ½ inch slices
  • Homemade vegetable stock
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can organic green beans
  • Salt and pepper to taste

 

Method:

In a large stock pot, sear the ham until golden, stirring regularly so that it doesn’t burn. Remove and set aside.

Deglaze the pot with stock, then add in the onions, cook for 5 minutes, then add in celery, carrots, and mushrooms. Stir and cook for about 15 minutes. Deglaze the pot with stock as needed. Add in the swiss chard stems, tomatoes, half of the sweet potatoes and green beans. Stir and cook for another 10 minutes. Cover with vegetable stock, bring to a boil, then simmer for 1 hour. Add in the diced ham,  zucchini, and chard leaves, and the other half of the sweet potatoes, cover and simmer for another 40 minutes.

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Enjoy!

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