Love beer but can't wait until February for the next Beer Week tasting blowout? Well, the SF Brewer's Guild, who actually put on Beer Week, are doing their 13th Annual Brews on the Bay event on September 17 aboard the S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien, which is docked permanently at Pier 45. And it's like a mini Beer Week kickoff in that there will be 28 breweries offering tastings aboard the ship — the most ever at the event — serving up samples of 89 different beers.

As Speakeasy brewmeister David “Zambo” Zamborski puts it, “To drink locally hand-crafted ales and lagers aboard an historic American ship, floating on one of the most famous bays in the world… who the hell wouldn’t want to do that?”

Per SFGate, there will be some special debuts as well some returning favorites, including Cellarmaker's Imperial Coffee and Cigarettes stout, and the Farmer's Reserve Raspberry from Almanac, which, excitingly, is set to open a tap room in SF this fall.


Anchor will roll out its new (high ABV!) Odeprot IPA, Laughing Monk will break out its Mango Gose, Cellarmaker will debut its Double Moonage DIPA, Speakeasy will bring its California Love Imperial Red Ale, and Local Brewing will premiere a Belgian tripel with coffee so new it doesn't have a name yet.

The event regularly sells out, and it's three days away, so I'd suggest grabbing a ticket now — it's $55 general admission, but the way these things go, if you have the means, you might want to splurge on the $95 VIP ticket which gets you in and drinking an hour early, ahead of the beer-thirsty throng.