Gala Beers Across the Bay
Missed going to the SF Beer Week Opening Gala where you could learn about and try many of the great releases Bay Area brewers were issuing for beer week?
We did too. So we took a quick survey, asking members of the Bay Area Brewers Guild what one beer they would have liked to put in front of you for Beer Week. We then added other Triple IPAs (TIPAs) we came across, knowing these are special releases for this time of year.
Here are those release highlights. Not a comprehensive list -- but, oh my, mighty tempting to try to pick up at least a few of these beauties while they're available...
Learn about the five Official SF Beer Week Collaboration Beers
Alameda Island Brewing Co.
The Fox and the Ham
WC Imperial IPA
Brewed in honor of former head brewer Matt Fox and his son, this West Coast Imperial IPA is chock full of Galaxy, Simcoe, and Comet hops. 9.5% ABV
Almanac Beer Co. - Collab w. HenHouse
Oslo Hot Chicken
DDH Hazy DIPA
This dank mother clucker of a beer was fermented with Kveik, a Norwegian yeast that ferments at hella high temps (like 100°F!) before being double dry-hopped with Centennial, Motueka, and El Dorado. Delight in the huge citrusy notes of lemon zest, mandarin orange, and mango. 8% ABV
Altamont Beer Works - Collab w. Ghost Town
Forged in alliance with our co-conspirators at Ghost Town Brewing to expand the cult of clear beer. This agitator has an intense profile of oranges, melons, and over-ripe tropical fruit. 6% ABV
Altamont Beer Works - Multi-Party Collab
Brewed with Shadow Puppet, Pennyweight, Rivers End and Homegrown Hops. IPA hop’d up with an explosive blend that will have all us morons thirsting for more! 6.8% ABV
Altamont Beer Works
Dissipating Fog West Coast IPA brewed with our friends at Ghost Town Brewing to expand the cult of clear beer. This Citra, Simcoe, and Enigma hopped 6% ABV agitator has an intense profile of oranges, melons, and over-ripe tropical fruit. 11% ABV
Alvarado Street Brewery
One Giant Leap
DDH Hazy TIPA
An imperial IPA with an enormously complex fruit character, balanced bitterness, and palate weight as soft as a feather for extraordinary drinkability. 10% ABV
Alvarado Street Brewery
The oiliest of the oily hoppy beers we make... "Hop Bomb" would be cliche to describe this beer. It goes way beyond that - pungent, intense aromas of pineapple, freshly crushed gooseberry, orange pith and the whole spectrum of DANK blast through the glass. 11% ABV
Armistice Brewing Co.
DH WC TIPA
Lord Vorlauf has always had the worst of intentions. He’s a nefarious mage who will conjure visions that will send your shrieking through haunted hopyards until you find yourself on the wrong side of oblivion. 10.5% ABV
Armistice Brewing Co.
Hazy DH DIPA
Guava-rich, milky-smooth juice bomb made with milk sugar. 8.8% ABV
Barebottle Brewing Co.
This mouthwateringly delicious IPA gets its flavor from a heavy helping of Mosaic, Azacca and Citra hops. Don't worry, no fruit was harmed in the making of this beer 10.3% ABV
Buck Wild Brewing - Collab w. Fox Tale Fermentation Project
Saison with hibiscus, rose petals, and damiana 4.7% ABV
Canyon Lake Golf Course and Brewery
Turkeys on the Green
An extremely drinkable golden DIPA with just the right amount of malts to balance the aggressive hop profile. Additions of Citra, Amarillo, Simcoe and Centennial create beautiful flavors of citrus and pine with loads of tropical fruit aroma. 8.6% ABV
Cellarmaker Brewing Co. - Collab w. Anchorage
Double Barrel Batch 1000
BBA, Rye BA Blended Barleywine
Anchorage Brewing collab aged in Savage and Cooke Lip Service Rye and The Burning Chair Bourbon barrels for 8 months. Then double barrel-aged in Weller Reserve Bourbon barrels for an additional 11 months. 17.2% ABV
Cellarmaker Brewing Co.
Triple Mt. Nelson
Ripe aromas of dieselly sauv blanc grapes, designer weed and Hawaiian fruit stands. The flavor follows suit with mouth coating hop nectar and sticky oils. Just enough sweetness keeps all the angular flavors in check and develops a smooth finish of Meyer lemon curd and eucalyptus oil diffusion. 9.5% ABV
2020 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Dopplebock 8.2% ABV
Danville Brewing Co.
DH Tiki Inspired IPA
Inspired by tiki cocktails, this beer has a base of oats and rye, giving richness and a touch of spice. We added the zest of lime and grapefruit, pineapple and a hint of “tiki spices”. Balancing everything out, we dry-hopped with Sabro and Amarillo hops which adds coconut and bright citrus flavors. Finishing bright and dry, this beer will have you fantasizing of digging your toes in the sand, and listening to the waves crash. 7% ABV
Devil's Canyon Brewing Co.
Red Hot Black Ale
A welcoming, sweet vanilla and cinnamon aroma with roasted malt and marshmallow flavors. Cinnamon spice and finishing heat complete your ex-beer-ience. Brewed with roasted malt, marshmallow, cinnamon spice, and vanilla. 8.6% ABV
Flanders Sour Ale
A lemony nose leads into tart cherry character on a good malt backbone, with oak notes from the barrels mingling with a suggestion of almonds. 8.2% ABV
Drake's Brewing Co.
Hopocalypse: Black Label
Probably the most challenging beer we make every year, exceeding our basic operating thresholds through the brewhaus and cellars. By using too much malt and too many hops, this TIPA delivers a ridiculous hop bomb with a clean backing malt flavor. The combination of Mosaic, Amarillo and Idaho 7 hops produce deep aromas of dark fruits and indica. Only available in 750ml bottles. 12.5% ABV
Drake's Brewing Co.
Hopocalypse: Green Label
This year’s Hopocalypse Double IPA (Green Label) release will feature a new hop called Talus (formerly HBC 692), which will add deep notes of citrus zest and pine resin to an already potent hopping of Simcoe and El Dorado. It’s always a pleasure to roll out a new hop into an established favorite like Hopocalypse DIPA, so look forward to an extra punchy version this year in 4-packs of 16oz. cans! 9.3% ABV
Epidemic Ales - Collab w. Sonoma Springs
2 ShawnZ - Double IPA
DH Hazy DIPA
This hazy DIPA is a thick, fruit forward brew brimming with stone fruit & bright pine.
Freewheel Brewing Co.
The Feldblume Bitter is a classic English Bitter with a local twist. This sessionable golden ale was brewed with 100% local malt from Admiral Maltings in Alameda. The cornerstone of this beer is their Feldblume base malt, which gives an appealing golden straw color, and the aroma of fresh hay and wildflowers. This is paired with a modest amount of English hops for a balanced bitterness. A perfect beer for drinking all afternoon in the California sun! 4.2% ABV
Gilman Brewing Co.
A fiesta of hops produce an exquisitely unbalanced hoppy beer that is crisp and dangerously drinkable. 10% ABV
Gilman Brewing Co.
DH Hazy TIPA
It's just nastay. Murky and green tinged...who knows what the depths of this can might hold? Your darkest nightmare? Your sweetest dream? Perhaps 10 pounds per barrel of some really killer hops like Citra, Amarillo and Idaho Seven? Perhaps. Dip a toe in and find out... 10% ABV
Harmonic Brewing - Collab w. Barebottle
Duet To It
Our annual DIPA collab with Barebottle. They finally convinced us to make a hazy. Still supremely balanced & drinkable, true to Harmonic's M.O. 8.5% ABV
Headlands Brewing Co.
DH Hazy IPA
This Hazy IPA has a backbone of 2-Row, Old World Pils, Admiral Feldblume, and Wheat for added body and head retention. The hops chosen for this beer add equal parts dank and citrus to the aroma and the Conan yeast makes these flavors pop on your palate. This medium bodied beer drinks easy and is perfect for the better days ahead. 7.5% ABV
Heretic Brewing Co.
A beer that is bold. A beer that is hoppy. A beer to share with your best friends. 11.5% ABV
Hop Oast Pub & Brewery - Collab w. SF Brewcraft
Breakdown Brown Ale
Collaboration with San Francisco Brewcraft using an enzyme for a lovely gluten-reduced brown. 6.6% ABV
Humble Sea Brewing Co.
Shrimp My Ride
Foggy DDH TIPA
DDH & fused w. Michigan Copper, Strata & Riwaka 10% ABV
Iron Ox Brewing Co.
This Quadruple Dry Hopped Beast is loaded with 7 different hops and is super Balanced with the massive dry hops holding up to the big 11.11% ABV. 11.1% ABV
Laughing Monk Brewing Co.
DH Hazy IPA ft. Nelson Sauvin, Strata
Tropical, pineapple forward flavors are scattered across the range with a finish as dry as the Llano Estacado! 6.5% ABV
It's a Sprint, Not a Marathon
This beer is bursting at the seems with flavors of ripe mango, pineapple, kiwi, stone fruit, and melon. 10.5% ABV
Novel Brewing Co.
A soft and chewy triple IPA that explodes with aromas of pink starburst, lemon, and tropical fruits. 11% ABV
Old Possum Brewing Co.
Tea, mango, and grapefruit peel aromas, our triple drinks easy and is supported by a structural bitterness that keeps you coming back, sip after sip, for more deliciousness. 10.2% ABV
Original Pattern Brewing Co.
BBA Imperial Stout
Dark chocolate, toffee, and bourbon all stand out in this nearly two-year bourbon barrel aged Imperial Stout. 12% ABV
Our inaugural beer, brewed with 100% malted rice making it clean, crisp, and naturally gluten-free 5% ABV
Parliament Brewing Co.
Big, clean, dry, super aromatic, and slightly bitter, jazz trio is exactly what we want in a triple. Simcoe, amarillo, and citra combine for a classic west coast profile of pine and citrus. 10.5% ABV
Pond Farm Brewing Co
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Brown Ale
A beautiful balance of vanilla, bourbon, and burnt sugar flavors with a light coffee finish. 10.7% ABV
Pond Farm Brewing Co
Hoo Koo E Koo
It's a whopper but still drinks like a balanced IPA. Triple dry-hopped and full of pomelo, tangerine, and meyer lemon flavors this is a dangerously tasty Triple. 10.7% ABV
Russian River Brewing Co.
Pliny The Younger
*** SOLD OUT *** We brewed Younger for the first time in 2005 as a winter seasonal beer, building upon the Pliny the Elder recipe while pushing the envelope with malt, hops, and alcohol just to see how far we could go! 10.3% ABV
Shadow Puppet Brewing Co.
Dank & resinous with a slight tropical underbelly, this Triple IPA is double dry-hopped with Simcoe, Summit, CTZ & Altus hops.
Sonoma Springs Brewing Co. - Collab w. Epidemic
2 ShawnZ - Triple IPA
Collab with Epidemic. Cracker and fresh bread maltiness, complemented by citrus and stone fruit hop aromas and flavor and a mild sweetness. 10.5% ABV
Strike Brewing Co. - Collab w. Touchstone
Hawaiian Shirt Day
DH Tropical Lager
Collab with Touchstone Brewing and ode to the Hawaiian Shirt Fridays. German Lager yeast and a big dry hop of Sabro and Citra create a refreshing, drinkable beer with wonderful tropical fruit and subtle coconut hop character. 6% ABV
Collectively nurtured by multiple member contributions, Wiki Wheat is a dark hazy Weizenbock sporting a bready wheat flavor that’s balanced with a toasty malt sweetness reminiscent of dark fruits. This rich, high-alcohol wheat ale is complex and inviting, with a light tan head that presents a blend of malty, fruity banana, and spicy clove aromas. Thanks to its low levels of bitterness, Wiki Wheat has a slightly sweet palate and a smooth, dry finish. 8.3% ABV