SF Beer Week 2015

The San Francisco Brewers Guild Tees Up Two Collaboration Beers for SF Beer Week and an Opening Gala 'Beer Bowl'

For the 2016 SF Beer Week (Jan. 22-31), the San Francisco Brewers Guild and its members will be rolling out two collaboration beers for a playful competition pitting SF craft brewers from north of Market Street against those south of Market Street, the well-known dividing line that cuts through the heart of the city. All Guild members will be participating in this friendly face-off (current members listed): 

Team Noma

North of Market St.


Barrel Head Brewhouse

Bartlett Hall 

Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant

Black Sands Brewery

Fort Point Beer Co.**

Headlands Brewing Co.

Holy Craft Brewing Co.

Pine Street Brewery

Pizza Orgasmica & Brewing Co.

San Francisco Brewing Co.

Social Kitchen & Brewery

Sunset Reservoir Brewing Co.

Team Soma

South of Market St.


21st Amendment Brewery

Almanac Beer Co.

Anchor Brewing Co.

Cellarmaker Brewing Co.

Harmonic Brewing Co.

Local Brewing Co.

Magnolia Brewing Co.**

Old Bus Tavern

Southern Pacific Brewing Co.

Southpaw BBQ Brewing Co.

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

ThirstyBear Brewing Co.

Triple Voodoo Brewery

Woods Beer Co.

Each team is creating a standout collaboration beer to be released at the official SFBW Opening Gala on Friday, January 22, 2016, at San Francisco's Pier 35.

** Embracing the spirt of 2016’s football theme, the locations where collaboration beers will be brewed (indicated with ** above) was determined by coin toss.

See action-packed footage of
Dave McLean from Magnolia Brewing Co. and Kushal Hall from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers in a winner-take-all, toe-to-toe face off at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival to determine who will brew the Team SOMA collaboration beer. No brewers were harmed in the filming of this coin toss.



For these collaboration beers, each team will get to use ‘free agent’ base ingredients donated by Brewers Supply Group:  high-quality malt, yeast and hops. 

Then, on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at Woods Cerveceria on 18th Street, team captains Dave McLean from Magnolia Brewing Co. (Team Soma) and Mike Schnebeck from Fort Point Beer Co. (Team Noma) will kick off a special installment of the SF Brewers Guild's monthly Meet the Brewers night with an old fashioned Draft Day.

Promptly at 6pm, both captains will announce their team's pre-selected beer styles, flip a coin for first pick, then make their selections from a board of amazing local and artisan ingredients donated by Whole Foods Market.

Each team will alternate selecting up to four specialty ingredients and must use at least two in their collaboration beer. Once an ingredient is selected, like a real Draft Day, it will be removed from the board and no longer available for the other team to use.
List of Available Specialty Ingredients from
Grapefruit (Cocktail) – Central Valley, CA
Sweet Potatoes (Purple Stokes) – A.V. Thomas Produce, Livingston, CA
Chicory – Coke Farms, San Juan Bautista, CA
Yuzu – Central Valley, CA
Ginger (fresh)

Fresh Herbs
Rosemary – Maristone Farms, Watsonville, CA

Cinnamon sticks

Organic Patwin dry-farmed wheat, grown by Fritz Durst of Tule Farms, Capay Valley for Community Grains 

Chocolate Pu.erh Tea - Numi Tea, Oakland, CA
Sea salt - Allstar Organics, Nicasio, CA
Applewood Smoked Sea Salt - Allstar Organics, Nicasio, CA
Dark Chocolate (85% Black Out) - Alter Eco, SF, CA
Allegro Coffee (Espresso 924) - Berkeley, CA

With ingredients set, Team Soma and Team Noma will get to brewing their beers, with each beer being tapped at the SF Beer Week Opening Gala, then made available at partner venues throughout SF Beer Week.

Tickets for the SF Beer Week Opening Gala on Jan. 22 will go on sale at 10:30am on December 1.

Updates, play by plays, and news from the field will be forthcoming as this collaboration beer season unfolds. Join the mailing list on our website, follow us on Twitter, or Like us on Facebook to get updates and the latest news about the Gala, SF Beer Week and the SF Brewers Guild Team Noma & Team Soma Collaboration Beers.

SF Beer Week is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors:
21st Amendment Brewery
Anchor Brewing Co.
Cleophus Quealy Beer Co.
DBI Beverage Inc.
Drakes Brewing Co.
Magnolia Brewing Co.
Matagrano Inc.

Almanac Beer
Bartlett Hall
Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant
Brewers Supply Group
Burr Pilger Mayer
Cicerone Certification Program
Country Malt Group


Ale Arsenal
Barrel Head Brewhouse
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer Revolution
Best Label Co.
Black Sands Brewing Co.
City Beer Store
Diving Dog Brewhouse
Fat Angel
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Half Moon Bay Brewing Co.
Marin Brewing Co.
Pi Bar
With thanks to:
California Craft Brewers Association
Morris Distributing
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
ThirstyBear Brewing Co.
Trumer Brauerei
Visit Santa Rosa /
     Santa Rosa Visitor and Convention Bureau
Whole Foods Market

Eat Drink SF 
Local Brewing Co.
Maps & Taps
Public House
Pyramid Alehouse
Rosamunde Sausage Grill
The Ave Bar
Union Bank

Resolute SF
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing Co.
Schroeder's Restaurant
SF Adventure Tours
Social Kitchen & Brewery
Sudwerk Brewing Co.
Sunset Reservoir Brewing Co.
The Alembic
The Monk's Kettle
The Sycamore
The Willows
Visit Tri-Valley
Wendel Rosen Black & Dean
Woods Beer
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