Beer is for Lovers: Guide to Day 4 of SF Beer Week

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Dear Russian River Brewing: We heart you.
Monday, Feb. 14

Hey there, Casanova. Sipping wine on Valentine's Day is played out. You don't want to be predictable, do you? This year, treat your date to one of these beery adventures, offered on Day Four of SF Beer Week.

​Sour beers, brewed with wild yeasts and other critters, are exotic and complex ― just like you. Show your date your wild side with a pre-dinner happy hour featuring one of the best sour beer producers around:

Russian River Brewing Night
Where: Pi Bar, 1432 Valencia (at 25th St.), 970-9670
When: 3 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
Cost: Pay per drink
What: Try a variety of Russian River offerings, including Consecration, a seductive sour ale aged in wine barrels with currants. If you're feeling hoppy, the highly sought-after Pliny the Younger Double IPA will be on tap. And if your date takes a turn for the worse, console yourself with a glass of the brewery's Valentine's Day beer, Rejection.

Once you're feeling peckish, head to Magnolia and show off your ravenous side at a nose-to-tail dinner:

Non-Valentine Beer Dinner
Where: Magnolia, 1398 Haight (at Masonic), 864-7468
When: 6 p.m. onward, while it lasts
Cost: $75
What: A three-course menu featuring various bits of a Devil's Gulch Ranch pig. Each course will be paired with a Magnolia beer, and your date's undying affection.

Now that you've introduced her (or him) to the addictive world of sour beer, finish scratching the itch at the Amsterdam Café:

Farmhouse, Saison, Gueuze, and Wild Ales
Where: Amsterdam Café, 937 Geary St. (at Larkin)
When: 7-10 p.m.
Cost: Free
What: Try over a dozen beers, all brewed with wild yeast. Samples poured from 7-9 p.m., no purchase necessary. Frugality is the new sexy.

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If you're looking for romance on Valentine's Day, the last think you want to drink is beer - any type of beer. Beer contains hops. Hops are a type of anaphrodisiac: http://foodiegossip.blogspot.c...

code von violetron
code von violetron

Pliny the Younger is a Triple IPA. :)

Jason Henry
Jason Henry

@ code von violetron

Thanks for commenting, and you bring up an interesting topic. Namely, do Triple IPAs exist? If you look to the BJCP style guidelines for beer judging, there is no such style. The only India Pale Ales that are formally recognized are "English" style, "American style", and Imperial (synonymous with "double"). So if Pliny the Younger was entered in the Great American Beer Festival or other competition, it would be in the Imperial IPA category. Of course, it is slightly higher in alcohol and more intensely hopped than most Double IPAs...but does that make it a different style?

All of that being said, Russian River does refer to the beer as a "Triple IPA" to distinguish it from its incredible Double IPA, Pliny the Elder. And, when Vinne from Russian River speaks, I listen! After all, the man invented the modern Double IPA back in the day. So, I probably should have just called it a Triple IPA to avoid confusion. This is how new styles become incorporated into our vernacular. An innovative brewer pushes the boundaries to critical acclaim, and others follow suit.

So, what is the "official" process by which a new style category becomes recognized? Good question, and one that I'd love to explore in a future article.


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