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SF Beer Week

The Super Bowl was just a warmup... In addition to diving head first into Strong Beer Month, for the first time ever, we're set to celebrate SF Beer Week—ten hop-filled days of dinners, pairings and demos. Below, our list of sudsy highlights...

Brewer's Sunday Tea at 21st Amendment
BRATWURST IN THE BIERGARTEN

Brewer's Sunday Tea at 21st Amendment

Venture to 21A's beer garden, grab some Fatted Calf sausages off the grill and wash it all down with a few pints of 21A's Double Trippel. Think of it as a bit of Oktoberfest in February.

$30, noon-3pm, Feb 8, 21st Amendment, 563 2nd St (between Bryant and Brannan), 415-369-0900

Alembic Sunday Supper
BICOASTAL DISORDER

Alembic Sunday Supper

The brewers of Delaware's Dogfish Head and SF's own Magnolia are going head to head, with five courses of beer paired with Crispy Duck Rolls and Chicory-Braised Pork Cheeks. It's five courses and (at least) ten pints of beer—in other words, the odds are in your favor.

3-7pm, Feb 8, Alembic Bar, 1725 Haight St (between Shrader and Cole), 415-666-0822

Russian River 'Tion Night at Toronado
MEET THE (BREW) CHEF

Russian River 'Tion Night at Toronado

Meet the guy behind some of your favorite barrel-aged beers and Belgian-style ales, and, more importantly, throw back a few pints of just-released Pliny the Younger, as well as Damnation, Temptation and Rejection—we're still talking beer, but you knew that.

6pm-midnight, Feb 10, Toronado, 547 Haight St (between Steiner and Fillmore), 415-863-2276

Beer and Nosh Dinner at Scala's
TIP THE SCALA'S

Beer and Nosh Dinner at Scala's

Each of Jen Biesty's (of Top Chef fame) seven courses—like Coffee and Malt Rubbed Beef Short Ribs and Shrimp & Scallop Beignets—will be paired with a craft beer from breweries like Triple Rock and Drakes. Proceeds go to SF Food Bank, so in the spirit of philanthropy, order a few more rounds.

$100, 6:30pm, Feb 11, Scala's Bistro, 432 Powell St (at Sutter), 415-395-8555, RSVP here

City Beer's Sour Beer and Chocolate Night
THE BELGIANS ARE COMING

City Beer's Sour Beer and Chocolate Night

Tell her you're shopping for Valentine's gifts and head to City Beer for a few sour Flemish reds, each paired with a lineup of locally made TCHO chocolates. Or bring her in for a pre-V-Day night out that may get you off the hook for Saturday.

5-9pm, Feb 12, City Beer Store, 1168 Folsom St, Suite 101 (between Rodgers and Rausch), 415-503-1033

Barleywine at Magnolia and Toronado
RED, WHITE OR BARLEY

Barleywine at Magnolia and Toronado

Magnolia's brewmasters will pour at least five vintages of their potent Old Thunderpussy Barleywine (much preferable to New Lighteningcock Stout). And if that's not enough, there's the original beer week event—Toronado's six-day Barleywine Festival—where you'll have your fill of 50 barleywines.

5-9pm; Feb 12, Magnolia, 1398 Haight St, 415-864-7468; Feb 14-20, Toronado, 547 Haight St, 415-863-2276

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