Toronado sent out an email to it’s minions today recapping all of the fantastic events coming to this most hallowed bar during SF Beer Week (2/6 – 2/15/2009).

SF Beer Week Kickoff – Friday, February 6th, 12:00PM

Join Napa Smith brewer Don Barkley as he taps the first keg of “Original Albion Ale” at High Noon. This beer is based on the recipe from the pioneering New Albion brewery, which was founded by Jack McAuliff in 1976. When New Albion closed in 1983, Don moved on to Mendocino Brewing company where he brewed Red Tail Ale, and one of the first “reputation” beers, Eye of the Hawk.

Port Brewing/Lost Abbey Night – Sunday, February 8th, 6PM+

Join Port Brewing’s Tomme Arthur for draft and bottle specials.

On Draft:
Judgment Day
Red Barn
Avant Garde
Hop 15
Midnight Sessions
Old Viscosity
Lost and Found
Phunky Duck
and more

Special Bottles:

Veritas 004
Saints Devotion
Cable Car (on premise only)
and more.

Allagash Brewing Night – Monday, February 9th, 6PM+

Join Rob Tod of Allagash.

On Draft:
Hugh Malone

Bottle specials.

Russian River ‘Tion Night – Tuesday, February 10th, 6PM+

Join Vinnie Cilurzo for a night of draft and bottle specials.

On Draft:
Redemption- “Single” Blonde Ale
Perdition- Biere de Sonoma
Damnation- Strong Golden Ale
Salvation- Strong Dark Ale
Rejection- Black Beer
Defenestration- Hoppy Belgian Ale
Benediction- Abbey Double
Mortification- Quadruple

Sanctification- 100% Brettanomyces Fermented
Temptation- Sour Blonde Ale Aged in Chardonnay Barrels (batch 3)
Supplication- Sour Red/Brown Ale Aged in Pinot Noir Barrels (batch 3)
Consecration- Sour Dark Ale Aged in Cabernet Sauvignon Barrels (batch 1)
Beatification- 100% Spontaneously Fermented Ale (batch 2)

Bottle specials including Toronado 20th Anniversary (on premise only)

Ommegang Beer and Cheese Night – Wednesday, February 11th, 6PM+

Ommegang Beers paired with a fine selection of cheeses.

Three Philosophers
Chocolate Indulgence
Grand Cru Rouge

Cheese pairings TBD

A Night of Ales – Thursday, February 12th, 6PM-9PM

Toronado, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, and the Homebrew Chef present A Night of Ales. Special beer pairings from the Firestone Walker cellar, commentary from brewmaster Matt Brynildson, and a six course tasting menu from chef Sean Paxton. Tickets are $95, available at the Toronado.

Check out the menu at

And then, the king, the biggest, the best, and the craziest event of the week. Honestly the reason the SF Beer Week even exists, the Barleywine Festival!

16th Annual Barleywine Festival – Saturday, February 14th, All Day – Friday February 20th

Over 50 barlywines from around the country. Judging on Saturday, February 14th.

My liver already hurts.

My mantra for the week — stay hydrated, stay hydrated, stay hydrated.

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Good luck, I’ll see you on the other side.