Greetings from the Great Beer City of San Francisco
We invited you along on the Lagerheads' last grand beer adventure when we traveled to Colorado for the 2009 Great American Beer Festival. This week I invite you to join me (virtually) as I represent the "better half" of D.C.'s beer loving duo at this year's Craft Brewers Conference in San Francisco.
Like most of my travel, breweries and beer bars replace tourist attractions on the list of must-see (or drink, rather) spots. My beertinerary includes visits to San Francisco breweries Anchor, 21st Amendment, and Speakeasy, and if I can make it beyond the Golden Gate, Russian River and Lagunitas. For beer bars, I am foaming at the mouth to throw some back at the great Toronado Pub, Monk's Kettle, and Public House, to name a few.
As excited as I am about my hands-on learning about the San Francisco beer scene, the real reason for the trip is the conference. The annual brewing education and networking event is put on by the Brewers Association, a professional group for small and independent American brewers. The event schedule is full of seminars and panels on a wealth of topics, from how current federal and state laws affect the craft beer industry to what goes into making Belgian-style barrel-aged sour ales. The list of speakers includes some of the biggest names in craft beer. In other words, it's heaven for a beer geek like me.
If the geek, or perhaps just the vicarious beer traveler, in you wants to come along, keep an eye on the Lagerheads' feed on Facebook or Twitter this week. And let me know if there is a Bay area beer destination I should not miss.
Photo courtesy of the Brewers Association