Destination: San Francisco Beer Week, 2011
Snow still blanketed most of the country
Mission Pie: 25th & Mission Streets ( http://missionpie.com )
Mission Pie has pies to satisfy both the sweet and savory tooth.
Steak and Stout Pie made with Thirsty Bear's Koslov Stout.
at Mission Pie: fair-trade coffee, community meeting place, organically- and sustainably-produced foods, participant in SFBW '11
A rack of pies awaits the lunchtime crowd shopping for the weekend.
The message is simple: Eat More Pie!
The Mission Cultural Center along Mission Street celebrates the Latino Arts culture of the District ( http://www.missionculturalcenter.org )
The newer location of the Lower Haight's original: Rosamunde Sausage Grill ( http://rosamundesausagegrill.com/mission-street )
Humphrey Slocumbe:24th & Harrison Streets ( http://www.humphryslocombe.com )
at Humphrey Slocumbe: perhaps the most interesting ice cream menu you'll ever see
inside Humphrey Slocumbe
at Humphrey Slocumbe: the first four featured beer-inspired flavors of the first day of SFBW
Artist's work at Humphrey Slocumbe
non-stop flow of customers throughout the afternoon at Humphrey Slocumbe
the Palomar Hotel in downtown San Francisco played host to The Brew Lounge traveling headquarters during SFBW '11.
The SFBW '11 Opening Gala was held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts at 3rd & Mission Streets ( http://www.ybca.org )
An all-star panel of California brewers took the stage for a round of lively Q&A. From left: Vinnie Cilurzo (Russian River); Pete Slosberg (Pete's Wicked); Mark Carpenter (Anchor); Brian Hunt (Moonlight); Matt Brynildson (Firestone Walker); Shaun O'Sullivan (21st Amendment); Terence Sullivan (Sierra Nevada)
Jay Brooks, Meg Gill, and Rich Higgins get the festivities officially underway.
Mark Carpenter (Anchor) and Brian Hunt (Moonlight) share stories.
Brian Hunt (Moonlight), Matt Brynildson (Firestone Walker), and Terence Sullivan (Sierra Nevada) await the next question while Shaun O'Sullivan (21st Amendment) lines up the next photo op.
Matt Brynildson (Firestone Walker) caught stealing O'Sullivan's beer.
Brian Hunt (Moonlight) shares some his unique perspectives.
Shaun O'Sullivan regales the crowd with another story about a trip to Minnesota.
The space at the Center quickly filled to capacity after General Admission.
Steve Altimari (of the recently-opened High Water Brewing) and Chad Mosier (of The Brewing Network and E.J. Phair)
Steve Dressler (Brewmaster) and Terrell Lowe (On-Premise Manager, Northern California) , both of Sierra Nevada
Michael and Diane, ubiquitous beer lovers
Costumes were rare, but not unheard of, at the Opening Gala.
Blooming flowers in February quickly erased memories of snow.
Damian Fagan, of the new Almanac Beer Company, and Bryan Kolesar (The Brew Lounge)
Jesse Friedman and Damian Fagan poured very limited samples of beer from their recently opened Almanac Beer Company ( http://www.almanacbeer.com )
And the band played on to whip the crowd into full party mode after sunset.
Where's Waldo? Still at the Opening Gala.
Gail Ann Williams and Steve Shapiro of Beer by BART ( http://beerbybart.com ) and Bryan Kolesar ( http://TheBrewLounge.com )
Meg Gill (SFBW organizer) and Mike McDole (award winning homebrewer at Brewcaster on The Brewing Network)
Vinnie Cilurzo (Russian River) and Meg Gill (SFBW organizer)
The Russian River "dregs" at the end of the night
The crowd was comfortably thick, but not quite comfortably numb.
The tap lines for 30 of the roughly 60 highly-hopped beers almost resembled a work of art.
Crowds and lines were constant but tolerable at The Bistro's 11th Annual Double IPA Festival.
Fried Pickles and Beer, mmm.
Steve Shapiro (Beer by BART) and Derrick Peterman (Ramblings of a Beer Runner)
Infectious cover band kept the beer drinkers close by.
Terrell Lowe (Northern California On-Premise Manager) and Steve Dressler (Brewmaster), both of Sierra Nevada
Sean Paxton, cooking with heat.
Man's best friend is never far away from man's best beverage.
Sean Paxton (The Home Brew Chef) and Tom Dalldorf (Celebrator Magazine)
Cynthia Kralj (The Bistro) and Jay Brooks (SFBW organizer)
Bryan Kolesar (The Brew Lounge) and Jay Brooks (SFBW organizer) with the "official" Dead Chicken.
Pi Bar: at 25th & Valencia Streets ( http://pibarsf.com )
at Pi Bar: the crowds packed in for Sierra Nevada Tap Takeover
at Pi Bar: Pizza, Pasta, Beer, great staff — all highly recommended
Lucky 13: at 14th & Market Streets ( http://www.sfweekly.com/locations/lucky-13-667489 )
at Lucky 13: A Pitty Party for pitbulls and other rescue dogs
Very cool vibe at Lucky 13 with great beer and, yes, a stripper pole
Very cool and unpretentious vibe at Lucky 13
at Lucky 13: Pinups for Pitbulls, Chako Pit Bull Rescue, Speakeasy, and Ninkasi all came together for a great fundraiser event.
Dogs and beer ruled the night at Lucky 13.
Social Kitchen & Brewery: 9th & Irving Streets ( http://socialbrewsf.com ), host of many high-quality, well-attended events during SFBW.
Runners gather for the 2nd Annual SF Beer Week Beer Run at Social Kitchen & Brewery.
Runners return from their Beer Run through Golden Gate Park.
Brian Yaeger and Derrick Peterman, Beer Run coordinators, prepare to rehydrate after the 5-mile Beer Run through Golden Gate Park.
Beer Runners relax, refuel, and socialize at Social Kitchen & Brewery after their 5-mile Beer Run through Golden Gate Park.
The second-floor brewhouse at Social Kitchen & Brewery.
A wide variety of interesting and tasty beers at Social Kitchen & Brewery.
Brian Yaeger puts the beer in Beer Run.
Bryan Kolesar, Brian Yaeger, and Derrick Peterman — coordinators of the 2nd Annual SF Beer Week Beer Run.
At the edge of San Francisco (and the continent) sits the beginning of Golden Gate Park and the Beach Chalet/Park Chalet Brewery & Restaurant.
The 100+ year old Dutch Windmill on the north side of Golden Gate Park used to pump water into the Park.
Looking northward from Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant toward the Seal Rocks and Marin County
Beach Chalet/Park Chalet: Great Highway at the Pacific Ocean ( http://www.beachchalet.com )
Murals at the first floor interior of the Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant.
Inside the Park Chalet, facing the Golden Gate Park.
Looking back at the Park Chalet from Golden Gate Park.
A tasty beer at the Beach Chalet/Park Chalet.
Plenty of drinks to be found at Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant — plus, captivating scenery.
Grilled Lime & Cilantro-marinated Shrimp at Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant.
Sticky Pork Spareribs with Honey-Hoisin Sauce at Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant.
The Dutch Windmill at the Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Garden.
Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Garden.
Looking east from Alamo Square at the Victorian Painted Ladies just off Hayes Street.
live Flamenco performance every Sunday at Thirsty Bear Brewing Company at 3rd & Howard Streets ( http://www.thirstybear.com )
All signs pointed to a third consecutive successful San Francisco Beer Week.
Epic burritos at the legendary La Cumbre in the Mission District at 16th & Valencia Streets ( http://www.burritophile.com/place.php?id=35 )
a return to Pi Bar for 10 Russian River beauties on tap.
Triple Rock in Berkeley at Shattuck & Hearst Avenues
Cask-off at Triple Rock: Ballast Point's Sculpin versus hometown IIMAX
This Triple Rock patron's message seems pretty clear, I think.
Rebecca Boyles, co-owner, of Beer Revolution in Oakland, Ca. at 3rd Street & Broadway ( http://beer-revolution.com )
A revolution is brewing at one-year-old Beer Revolution in Oakland, Ca. ( http://beer-revolution.com )
A common disclaimer/warning found at all bars in California.
The picturesque setting of the Haight's Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery at Haight Street & Masonic Avenue ( http://www.magnoliapub.com )
Solid, well-rounded as always, tap list at Magnolia — with solid emphasis on quality cask-conditioned beer, too.
Strong Beer Month actually pre-dates SF Beer Week.
Oysters for lunch at Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery.
Charcuterie for lunch at Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery.
Our last day (Steve's midpoint) in San Francisco with Steve Shapiro ( http://beerbybart.com )
Anchor logos driving down the street a common scene in San Francisco.
Legendary Toronado, a must-stop for beer lovers traveling through San Francisco. At Haight & Fillmore Streets ( http://www.toronado.com )
Legendary Toronado at 547 Haight Street in the Lower Haight district.
Dog-friendly at the Toronado, as well.
A breweriana collectors heaven at Toronado.
Customers at the Toronado came dressed the part for 23 Russian Rivers due to be put on draft hours later.
East coast-representing friends from Philadelphia, Maryland, and D.C.
A dwindling list of draft beer was making way for Russian River.
The 23 Russian River drafts were poised and ready.
Sakana at Post & Taylor Streets: A personal favorite for sushi and sake in San Francisco near Union Square ( http://www.sfsakana.com )
11th Annual Double IPA Festival at The Bistro in Hayward, Ca.
Maverick the Director of Pet Relations at Hotel Palomar in downtown San Francisco ( http://www.hotelpalomar-sf.com/palsf_pet.html )