It's been a while (February?) since I've shared anything with you from the West Coast.
I found this exciting news posted in an e-mail from downtown San Francisco's City Beer Store, one of the Bay Area's premier craft beer retailers and tasting bars, owned by the husband-and-wife team of Craig and Beth Wathen.
Jesse and Damian are two great guys -- brewers, foodies, artists, all-around fun guys, and both fairly recently married to two wonderful and supportive spouses -- whom I've had the pleasure of getting to know in recent years visiting San Francisco. The Incanto/Magnolia dinner (Chris Cosentino/Incanto & Dave McLean/Magnolia) a couple of years ago was certainly a highlight, you may recall me writing about it.
Jesse and Damian got the ball rolling on their Almanac Beer Company last year and are ready to share their tasty creations with you.
I had my first opportunity to taste some of their first barrel-aged beers at San Francisco Beer Week (you can check back here for some of my words and pictures from SFBW '11).
Their excitement and anticipation for going to market was palpable and also evident in the beers. They warned me that likely by my next trip to the Bay Area, I'd be able to find some of their beers available commercially. Looks like that time has come.
They've got a philosophy of "farm-to-barrel" brewing in keeping with the four seasons of the year which should make discovering and re-discovering their brewing talents throughout the year a treat for Northern California beer fans.
Even if you're not reading this within 20 miles of San Francisco, be sure to put Almanac Beer on your to-find list during your next visit to San Francisco.
Here's the notice from City Beer Store.
Thursday, June 30: Almanac Beer Company Bottle Launch - 6:00pm
Almanac Beer Company was dreamed up by home brewers Jesse Friedman and Damian Fagan, both skilled in the fine art of barrel aging and blending. Drawing inspiration from the lush, plentiful farms in their neighboring towns, they sought to establish their own label.
Their first offering is the Summer 2010 Blackberry Ale, a delicate Belgian style golden ale brewed with fresh blackberries from Sebastopol Berry Farm. Further details you should know:
*Summer 2010 Blackberry Ale will be on draft as well as in bottles.
*Bottles limits will apply.
*A special draft only keg of 2010 Vintage Sour will be poured during the event.
*Hapa Ramen will be barside serving tasty morsels to enjoy with the Almanac selections.