SF Beer Week gets bigger and bigger with each passing year, offering a dizzying, ever-growing array of events to boggle the mind and confound the liver. With opening night approaching on Friday, we've chosen 15 events in SF and the East Bay that we think are going to be really special, but that leaves out hundreds of others sure to delight beer geeks, especially given the insane number of breweries, beer bars, brewpubs, and beer restaurants that have opened in the past year. Even those who aren't confirmed members of the Church of Beer should consider checking out one or two events this week; it's a great way to get to know what beer's all about, meet the people who make it, and compare different styles, some of which aren't available in the Bay Area at all outside of this one magical week. Many of these gems will sell out quickly or draw huge crowds, so be prepared to fight the hordes for that special glass of suds.
· The 2013 Best of Beer Week Map [~ ESF ~]
· 27 New and Forthcoming Bay Area Beer Spots [~ ESF ~]