2/7/15 – 2:30pm – 4:00pm Societe Saturday at The Hog’s Apothecary #SFBW2015

Saturday, February 7th, 2:30pm – 4:00pm

“Societe Saturday” Meet The Brewer(y) with Societe Brewing from San Diego, CA

Kick off your SFBW with an afternoon talk and tasting through the catalog of one of the country’s most highly regarded new breweries.

Societe is a smaller brewery in the Kearny Mesa area of San Diego. Founders Travis Smith and Doug Constantiner are both veteran brewers with resumes that include world-renown breweries like Russian River and The Bruery.  Though the guys demonstrate a masterful way with everything they brew, Societe is best known for hop-driven West Coast Pale Ales and fermentation driven Belgian Style brew.

At Hog’s we will officially be kicking off SFBW 2015 with a tasting and talk that will be guided by Corey Esoldi, Certified Cicerone and Pintsman at Societe and myself.  We plan to explore the different ways that hop-driven and fermentation driven beer styles achieve balance and drinkability, as well as the varied flavors and aromatics contributed by different beer ingredients and brewing practices.  We hope that those who attend with leave with a better understanding of how to talk about and navigate these two very crowded corners of the craft beer world.

There will be a total of six beers to taste, three hoppy and three Belgian style.  The beers will be available in separate flights of three, as one discounted flight of six, and of course, as individual full size draft pours. The beers will be available all night long. 

2/8/15 and 2/15/15 – 2:30 – 4:00pm – Sierra Sundays at The Hog’s Apothecary #SFBW2015

Sundays, February 8th and 15th, 2:30pm – 4:00pm

Hog’s Apothecary is very proud to be working with perhaps the most important brewery in the country, Chico CA’s legendary Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. With Sierra we have planned a pair of tasting events to be held separately on each of the Sunday afternoons during SFBW – Sundays with Sierra. 

 

“Sundays with Sierra pt. 1: Nooner Launch and Pilsner Exploration

Over the first 25 or so years of the American Brewing renaissance, many of the best brewers seemed content to cede the production of pale lager beers to the large, faceless, corporate brewers.  Recently however, there has been a trend toward the classic Pilsener style among some of our areas very best breweries.  Perhaps the greatest  evidence that this trend is here to stay than the fact that Sierra Nevada, a brewery who’s Pale Ale was at the vanguard of the hop-centric shift in beer taste, will be adding “Nooner,” a German Style Pils to their core catalog.

Joins us on the afternoon of Feb. the 8th at 2:30pm when I will be joined by Ryan Tovey, a fellow Certified Cicerone and the manager of Sierra’s “Torpedo Room” in Berkeley, CA, for a deep dive into the world of Pilsner and its related styles. Ryan and I will lead a talk and tasting designed to showcase the ingredients and process used to produce quality Pilsner style beer as well as other closely related styles.

“Nooner” will be available on its own or in a flight of Pilsner style beers.  There will also be a flight of related styles, such as Kolsch and Dortmunder Export, and American Pre-Prohibition Style Lager.  

“Sundays with Sierra pt. 2: The Bigfoot Vertical

Bigfoot Label

Once again I will be joined by Ryan, this time for a talk and tasting designed to develop your understanding of how beers age.  What makes a beer suitable for aging? What happens to a beer’s flavor, aroma and body as it is stored.  Guests will be offered a flight of Sierra Nevada’s stalwart yearly release “Bigfoot” American Barleywine.

We will present a flight will be of five consecutive releases of “Bigfoot” that will span from 2011 to the just released fresh version.  Individual bottles of each year will also be on sale for on-site consumption.

2/9/15 – 2:30pm – 11:00pm Craftsman Fest 2015 at The Hog’s Apothecary #SFBW2015

Monday, February 9th, 230pm – 11:00pm
“Craftsman Fest 2015” Flight Night and Meet The Brewer(y) with Craftsman Brewing Company, Pasadena, CA
If you are reading this chances are you already know my high regard for Craftsman Brewing Company and its Founder/Brewer, Mark Jilg. In fact over the first year of business here at Hog’s Apothecary only one brewery, San Francisco’s Cellarmaker, has sent more of their beer through our draft lines.For me, what makes Craftsman so extraordinary is the masterful touch demonstrated across their extremely eclectic catalog. Craftsman offers everything from classic American style lagers and ales, to a variety of wheat beers, to Belgian style ales, to a sour beer program that in my opinion is among the best in the country. This remarkable breadth of skill is what we have chosen to highlight with here at Hog’s on Monday February 9th.
The night will feature nine different Craftsman brews, three core brands, three beers that feature atypical ingredients, and of course three oak barrel-fermented sour ales.
We will start things off with a more intimate and focused talk and tasting with Craftsman Founder/Brewer Mark Jilg from 2:30 – 4:00pm.  The beers will be available as individual draft pours, as tasting flights or thee or as a discounted tasting of all nine!10% of all proceeds from this night will go to benefit http://www.oaklandedfund.org/

2/10/15 5:30pm – 10:00pm Beer Pairing Dinner with Ben Johnson of Faction and Midnight Sun at The Hog’s Apothecary #SFBW2015

Tuesday, February 10th 5:30pm – 11:00pm 
Brewmaster’s Dinner with Faction Brewing (Alameda, CA) and Special Guests Midnight Sun (Anchorage, AK)

Faction Brewing sold their first kegs right around the time Hog’s sold our first pints. Started by Bay Area Brewing legend Rodger Davis and his wife Claudia, Faction has quickly become a fixture on draft lists all over the Bay Area.  Shortly after opening Faction hired Ben Johnson as ab assistant brewer. Ben comes to Faction from Midnight Sun, a legendary brewery in Anchorage, AK  currently celebrating the 20th anniversary of its founding.

On the night of Tuesday the 11th Hog’s Apothecary will host Ben for a tasting dinner menu designed to pair with beers from both of his most recent employers.

From Faction:

  • Winter Pilsner
  • 2 (Polaris & Amarillo)Hop Pale Ale
  • “Penny Packer” Scotch Ale
  • “Monstrous Cabal” Triple IPA (Collab with Gigantic)

From Midnight Sun

  • “Kodiak” Brown Ale
  • “Snow Shoe” Wit
  • “Fallen Angel” Belgian Style Golden Ale
  • “Gluttony” Triple IPA

The night will feature a three course prie fixe menu designed to pair with beers from both breweries.  Pick the brewery of your choice or double up and do both.  Costs is $42 with the Faction pairings, $45 with Midnight Sun and $55 for dinner and all eight brews.  

2/12/15 – 2:30pm – 4:00pm The Importance of Style: Meet The Brewer(y) Talk and Tasting with Ol’ Republic, Nevada City, CA #SFBW2015

Thursday, February 12th 2:30 – 4:00pm

“The Importance of Style” Meet The Brewer(y) with Jim Harte of Ol’ Republic

Please join me and Jim Harte Founder of Ol’ Republic Brewing at 2:30pm on the afternoon of Thursday the 13th of February for a talk and tasting designed to explore the role that the established classic brewing styles have in today’s craft beer scene.  Much more than most of their contemporaries Ol’ Republic seems to brew their beers with great respect for the classic style guidelines.  Often these are styles that are under-represented in today’s craft beer bars.

We will pour a flight of three of Ol’ Republic’s wonderful brews sip on them as we “chew” on the following questions.  Why would a brewery choose to brew in accordance with classic styles?  Why brew styles that are potentially unfamiliar to your potential customers?  Why are the classic styles important to a brewer, to a publican, or to a beer-drinker?

10% of proceeds will go to benefit “Swords To Plowshares”

2/15/15 5:30pm – 11:00 pm The Return of Cactus Pete and The Fruity Rebels with Berryessa Brewing #SFBW2015

Sunday February 15, 5:30 PM to 11 PM

A Honky-Tonk dance party with fueled by beers from two of the country’s top two new breweries

Please join us in celebrating the close of SFBW 2015 with our favorite DJ and two of the best young breweries in all of the US.  Last year we were honored to host the release party of “Fruity Rebels.”  This “Citrus IPA” was brewed as a collaboration between Beryessa Brewing Company, Winters, CA and Cellarmaker in San Francisco.

The night featured a number of rare and wonderful from both breweries but DJ Cactus Pete and his 78s certainly stole the show.  When we learned the Cellarmaker and Berryessa were hooking up once again to brew “Fruity Rebels” we insisted on hosting the same party once again.

On the night of Sunday Feb. 15th we will welcome brewer Chris —– and the whole Berryessa Brewing team to do it all again.

“Sumac Summer” Release Pt 2: Dinner with Craftsman Brewmaster, Mark Jilg – Sunday August 11th

…In March of 2013 I was invited to do a week long stage at Craftsman as part of my continued study for the Master Cicerone Exam, which I will taking this October. As we were planning my visit Craftsman Owner/Brewmaster, Mark Jilg asked if I had any particular style I would like to explore. I mentioned to Mark that I had always wanted to brew a Belgian Style Witbier with Sumac in hopes that replacing the style’s traditional spices (curacao and grains of paradise) with Sumac would result in a summer beer that reads a bit more fruity and tangy or tart than fruity and spicy…

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Craftsman “Sumac Summer Ale” Release Party pt.1 – “Summer Sour Saturday Wit Brunch”

In March of 2013 I was invited to do a week long stage at Craftsman as part of my continued study for the Master Cicerone Exam, which I will taking this October. As we were planning my visit Craftsman Owner/Brewmaster, Mark Jilg asked if I had any particular style I would like to explore. I mentioned to Mark that I had always wanted to brew a Belgian Style Witbier with Sumac in hopes that replacing the style’s traditional spices (curacao and grains of paradise) with Sumac would result in a summer beer that reads a bit more fruity and tangy or tart than fruity and spicy…

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Hey, Remember Bavaria?

…It was not that long ago that Bavaria was thought to be to beer what Burgundy or Barolo is to wine. Since Bavarian breweries had the most developed practices and most stringently enforced beer quality standards in the world, it was simply a matter of course that they would produce the best beers. Today as consolidation has seen some of Bavaria’s most celebrated brands swallowed by conglomerates and the rise of craft brewing throughout the US has shrunk our reliance on imports, excitement around Bavarian imports is as muted as it has been at any time during my beer career. Looking over the the menus of “taste-making” craft beer bars today, we see plenty of local beers and Belgian beers, even Italian and Scandinavian breweries are well-represented. Meanwhile Bavarian-brewed selections are often scarce or even forgotten altogether.

So why is this happening…?

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