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The SF Beer Week Schedule Is Live; Napa's Santa Express Wine Train Is Back

Plus, The Barrel Room has a special wine tasting and it’s Cleophus Quealy Beer Co.’s first anniversary.

Napa Valley Wine Train

SAN FRANCISCOSF Beer Week returns on January 22, the annual brew extravaganza that includes more than 100 Bay Area breweries, and the first round of events went live today. Check out the full schedule and get tickets here. [EaterWire]

NAPA — The (now) controversial Wine Train is trying to return to its more wholesome roots with the seasonal return of Santa Express, when the train transforms into the Polar Express with a real live Santa on board. The festive journey runs through December 17; get your ticket here. [EaterWire]

FINANCIAL DISTRICT — Taste Freemark Abbey wine at the Barrel Room this Friday, December 4 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The brand is bringing cabernet sauvignon from 1987, 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2005, plus a 2004 Bosche cabernet sauvignon. Email for reservations. [EaterWire]

SAN LEANDRO — Happy first birthday to Cleophus Quealy Beer Co., which is celebrating with barbecue, bluegrass and its first "named" beer — Sweet Henrietta, a coffee milk stout that earned its name through its popularity, and thus a permanent place in the roster. It all goes down at a party this Saturday, December 5 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. [EaterWire]