After 28 years, we’ve seen a lot of events come and go, but this SF Beer Week thing came out of the gate a lot stronger than most, and it’s only been getting stronger as the years go by. Never to be outdone by all the new upstarts out there, you know we’re gonna be all over it for the fifth incarnation. Here’s our full lineup:
Friday, February 7
Concourse Exhibition Center, San Francisco, 6-10pm
The Opening Gala’s been the kickoff for Beer Week each year, and it’s really never disappointed. We’ll be one of the 80+ breweries represented there, with IPAX, our Nod-n-Smile double IPA, and some other delicious brews. Alongside us will be Sante Adairius Rustic Ales, so you’ll be able to try both versions of our collaborative Cellarman Saison (see previous blog post) side-by-side.
Saturday, February 8
The Bistro, 1001 B St, Hayward, 11am-5pm
On Saturday, Brandon & head brewer Jeff Kimpe will be heading down (on BART) to Hayward for the Bistro’s Double IPA Fest… one of the best celebrations of a quintessential West Coast style. We’ll be there with double IPA Hop Salad (made in collaboration with Drake’s Brewing and Faction Brewing) and Nod-n-Smile double IPA.
Sunday, February 9
Jupiter & Triple Rock, Berkeley, 11:30am-5pm
As always, the 1st Sunday of SF Beer Week gets real sour in Berkeley. We’re gonna empty the joint and bring in the best imported sours the Bay Area can get its hands on at The Sour Sunday, while down the street, Jupiter will have the best American sour and barrel-aged beers. We will, however, have Sante Adairius’ sours here, including our collaborative barrel-aged Cellarman Saison. Also at Triple Rock: Fantome, Mikkeller, Strubbe, To Øl, and Drie Fonteinen just to name a few. Jupiter will feature the likes of Drake’s, Almanac, The Rare Barrel, Crooked Stave, and the Bruery. Tickets will be $30, which gets you the glass and five 3oz pours, and additional drink tickets can be purchased for $4. Tickets are interchangeable between Jupiter & Triple Rock. Buy yourself some Tums and get here for this one.
Monday, February 10
If you’ve been to Sour Sunday before, you know how important it is to take Monday off.
Tuesday, February 11
Triple Rock, Berkeley, 11:30am-4pm
If you’re reading this, you know how rewarding the simple act of getting together with old friends over beer is. With that in mind, we’re getting together with a couple familiar faces- our sister brewery Drake’s Brewing Co. in San Leandro, and our weird nephew Faction Brewing out of Alameda. We’ll be sitting down together with a flight of double IPAs, and we’re inviting you. We’re making Hop Salad, about which head brewer Jeff Kimpe has this to say: “That was me high-fiving you in the mouth with these hops.” Hop Salad has a lot of 2-row and just a touch of Munich malt, which will promise to make this a citrus experience. Faction’s making Hop Soup; and Drake’s is making Hop Sandwich On Rye, a double IPA brewed with spicy rye and stuffed full of Citra, Amarillo, and El Dorado hops. All three will be double IPAs, and all three will be available for this lunchtime event. Drink the beers and hang out with 2/3 of the mad fermentologists behind these brews- John Gillooly of Drake’s, and our own Jeff Kimpe.
Thursday, February 13
Triple Rock, Berkeley, 8pm
The monkey’s head stops for nothing, including SFBW.
Pyramid Alehouse, Berkeley, 6pm-9pm
We’ll also be at the East Bay Brew Fest at Pyramid for its third year, with all proceeds proceeds benefitting the Berkeley Food and Housing Project.
Friday, February 14
Triple Rock, Berkeley, 5pm
Don’t worry, beer lovers who regularly neglect their significant others all Beer Week. We have your solution already set up. Come on in Friday night for a tasting of our Dimmer Switch Chocolate Milk Stout, paired dessert featuring the beer, from of Jen Kenny Nguyen of San Francisco’s Native Baking Co.
Saturday, February 15
All the love we get during SF Beer Week really warms the cockles of our heart, so we want to make sure to get your cockles nice & warm, too. We’ll be doing that Saturday night with our imperial stout “Mister Stout,” a barrel-aged barleywine, and a tart version of our Ballyhoo Belgian dark strong ale. It’s like drinking a Snuggie, if that Snuggie had brettanomyces.
Sunday, February 16
Trumer Brauerei, 1404 Fourth St, Berkeley, 4pm-8pm
As always, we’ll be closing everything out at the Celebrator Anniversary Party, the unofficial official closing ceremony of SFBW. Back at Trumer Brauerei in Berkeley this year, 30+ breweries will be pouring the last of their SFBW specialties before they get the best night’s sleep they’ll have all year. Getcher ticket here.
And remember, drunkards- no drinking & driving. There are perfectly cromulent ways to get to all of these events via transit, and barring that, there’re always cabs, Ubers & their ilk, and other safe options.
Also, keep checking back here… we’ll be updating this post as needed as we get more beer & event details in.
Cast your mind back, dear drinker… back to the dim & distant past, back to SF Beer Week 2013, when we debuted our collaboration with Sante Adairius Rustic Ales that went by the name “Cellarman Saison“…
the classic Belgian-style saison, known for its light, hazy appearance, fruity notes and spicy yeast backbone. “We just want to make a nice, traditional saison with nothing added,” says [Triple Rock head brewer Jeff Kimpe]. The brewers named their creation “Cellarman Saison” as an ode to the hardworking, brewery cleaning, assistant brewers that make their lives easier. Expect this beer to be sharp, clean, and crisp, with most of the character coming straight from the yeast. But the collaboration won’t end with this brew…
Indeed. The collaboration continued later in 2013 with a Triple Rock field trip to Capitola, with Head Brewer Jeff Kimpe & then-Cellarman Reuben Gensler going down to re-brew a batch on SARA’s system, but instead of kegging it right away, we left the beer to the trusty hands of SARA brewers Tim Clifford & Jason Hansen, who tossed it into red wine barrels and introduced some of the souring bugs that have served Sante Adairius so well in the time they’ve been open. That’s been fermenting along in the SARA brewhouse since September, and the occasional stolen sip from the barrel has kept us all very optimistic for the end result.
On January 2nd, Tim returned to Triple Rock, this time to brew a fresh batch of the saison with Jeff and Triple Rock Cellarman Wade Ritchey. This barrel-aged saison will be available come SF Beer Week in bottles, as well as on tap at Sante Adairius, the Opening Gala, and a select few beer bars around the Bay Area. The fresh batch brewed at our place will be on tap at the Rock, as well as being poured alongside the soured version at the SFBW Opening Gala (Feb 7 in SF), and The Sour Sunday (Feb 9 at Triple Rock & Jupiter).
First things first: Triple Rock will be closing at 8pm this Sunday 12/15, so we can all attend our annual holiday party. Trust us, it better for everyone this way. And now, on to the blahg post.
It’s December. Normally we’d make some wisecrack about how awesomely mild winters are here, but it’s 46° right now so we’re a little introspective these days with regards to our taunting of Mother Nature.
More importantly, though, is the fact that December means Festivus is coming up. We got a lot of problems with you people, and now, you’re gonna hear about it. As always, the Festivus pole will be presented at 5pm sharp on December 23rd, which signifies the beginning of our Festivus celebration.
The night will, as always, feature the traditional Festivus events of the Airing of Grievances, in which we all get to explain to our friends, foes, and coworkers how they have disappointed us this year, and the Feats of Strength, in which people try to engage in physical activities between beers: keeping their hands in ice water, holding a stool out in front of them, stepping contests, etc.
Any special beers on tap for Festivus, you ask? Jeff Kimpe’s dutifully working on his own “feats of strength”- a host of highly-warming beers that’ll warm your cockles better than whatever dairy-free almond nog you were gonna pick up at Berkeley Bowl. They are as follows:
Every year at least once, we find ourselves in a room with a couple thousand other brewers listening to the Director of the Brewer’s Association, Paul Gatza, say the following, “If making quality beer is not your number one concern. Quit now.”
We agree wholeheartedly. Our beers stand out for their high-quality. Not for packaging innovations like blue mountains or punch out flow tops. Not for scantily clad womens’ affinity for them. Not for being “lower calories” or “less filling.” We make them to taste great.
Last week in Denver, we got to test our beers against the country’s best brewers, those whose ethos of “make great beer,” echoes our own. Turns out, we are doing things right.
At the Great American Beer Festival®, the Brewers Association’s grand poobah of American beer competitions sent us home with two medals this weekend. Red Rock, one of the original three Triple Rock beers, came home with a bronze, and Rye Smile, one of our newest creations under head brewer Jeff Kimpe, took home silver, bookending 27 years of directing all of our blood & sweat straight into the beer (uh, figure of speech).
Red Rock won silver in the “American-Style Amber/Red Ale” (a style swept by the Bay Area, by the way) and Rye Smile’s silver was in the “Rye Beer” category. Red Rock’s one of our standards, on tap almost all of the time (including right now), and while Rye Smile’s gone for now, it will be back. We’re just waiting for Head Brewer Jeff Kimpe to awake from his celebratory hangover to find out when. [ETA: next week, thankfully] Either way, Triple Rock & our kickass beers are here to stay (and dare we say, our other beers ain’t half-bad, either). For us, it always has been and always will be all about the beer, and some of the best beer drinkers in America just gave us props for it. Thanks.
And we did it without making any gd mountains turn blue.
Originally posted October 8th, 2013
Today we’re releasing Hazy Jane Saison out into the world. This one features 20% rye in the grist, so this one is going to especially be for you fans of the drier, spicier saisons. It’s soft, dry and perfumey, with subtle spiciness from the rye and pepper from the yeast strain. 6% ABV & 30 IBUs.
We’re not done there, though. Our ongoing Single Hop Experience continues in the Southern Hemisphere today with SHE Topaz hitting the taps today, featuring the Australian hop. This pale ale’s got a huge grapefruit aroma followed by grapefruit and lime zest flavors. 5% ABV & 55 IBUs.
Up next this week will be the return of Roll Another Number Rice Ale. You may remember this from May as our Longshot winner (and a mercifully refreshing beer under the hot Booneville sun). From May: The mash was 35% flaked rice, with rice hulls used for the mash bed. It was lightly hopped with Cascade & Mosaic, to let the subtlety of the rice shine through. It should clock in at about 4.5% ABV, which should make it a very light, crisp beer which’ll be great on our deck during the warm days this May. Man. Four months later and the East Bay weather hasn’t slouched a bit. If you want a taste right from the source, though, make sure you don’t slouch, as most of this batch is slated to hit the road, destined for taps all over the Bay Area.
Proper Lunch IPA is the next scheduled brew. The beer’s still doing its thing, but what we can tell you we’re working with the Berkeley Food Pantry to help make sure the less fortunate of Berkeley & Albany get a proper lunch of their own. More details about the beer & the Pantry are forthcoming… keep an eye out on out Twitter & Facebook feeds for that.
This week also marks the return of the Great American Beer Fest- the big gran’pappy of American beer fests, help every year in Denver, CO. We’ll be doing Berkeley proud in the Brewpub Pavilion in booth PUB32. As we mentioned before, we’ll be bringing:
Pinnacle (English-Style Summer Ale) Bug Juice (American Pale) IPAX (American-Style India Pale Ale) Red Rock (American-Style Amber/Red Ale) Black Rock (Robust Porter) Stonehenge (Foreign-Style Stout) Grisette Superieur (Other Belgian and French Ale) Rye Smile (Rye Ale or Lager with or without Yeast)
Longtime East Bay resident/GM Jesse & native Michigander/Head Brewer Jeff will both be repping the Rock, so go say hi. They’ll probably want someone to talk to, since after the A’s/Tigers ALDS, they won’t want to be speaking to each other.