Posted By Lauren
On Saturday I made my way to San Francisco for the Bevmo Holiday Beerfest. A few of my college friends got together for a day of good beers, good fun, and reindeer sweaters. Before the 5:30 PM beer festival, we assembled on Krish’s roof to sip mimosas, make pretzel necklaces, and play bean bag toss. The usual.
All but Krish and myself stayed at a hotel down the street. We stopped there for a mini photo shoot – and so Clay/Tyler/Aubree could grab their festive sweaters!
Then we walked to Fort Mason for the beer festival!
- 200+ brews
- 100+ breweries
- holiday, seasonal, and special beers
- live band!
I sampled quite a few brews, but only snapped photos of the ones I wanted to mention on the blog. Ass Kisser Ales won me over with their catchy name and localness – they hail from San Jose! I love their story (via website):
Mission: “In every bottle we put our effort and desire to provide high quality ales that have flavor, style and depth while providing a fun and share worthy experience.” … We strive to have uncompromising professionalism and respect for the craft. Our process adheres to the Reinheistsgbot. This obviously German word translates as “Purity Order.” By following this order, we use only four basic ingredients in our brewing process: water, malt (malted barley and malted wheat), hops and yeast in our traditional style craft ales.
I also had the pleasure of sampling the “farm to table” Honey Saison from Almanac Beer. Almanac is basically the creme de la creme of California craft beers (or at least that’s what I think). Their honey saison is described on their website as a “beer for all seasons”:
Brewed with Bay Area honey from Marshall Farms, wheat, California two-row barley, French oak and fresh, local ginger root for a hint of spice. Balanced with earthy Mount Hood and Saaz hops, this is a refreshing brew enjoyed best with your favorite seasonal fare.
Can’t wait for the next opportunity to wear my Christmas vest and/or go to a beer festival with these folks, whichever comes first!