Spring Time & Shuttles in the Haight
Black Sands Brewery (701 Haight St.) will be master of ceremonies, as Meet the Brewers night moves to the Haight with buses looping nonstop between Black Sands, Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery and Barrel Head Brewhouse.
Haight-Ashbury is one of the most playful neighborhoods in San Francisco, and adding their own dose of fun are its local breweries. Black Sands is actually a mere babe in Haight years, yet has already earned a stellar reputation for its tasty, fresh beer and wonder, ecclective food.
Known for its SMaSH releases -- referring to beers brewed with a "single malt and single hop" -- Black Sands will not disappoint. They'll be releasing SMASH - Idaho 7 IPA, with the Idaho 7 hops lending tropical stone fruit characteristics with a bit of pine. As brewer Cole Emde puts it, "very juicy with a Southern Hemisphere flair."
This beer release will not be the only highlight. At 6:30pm, #DrinkSFBeer shuttles will start looping nonstop between Black Sands and two long-time Haight favs, Magnolia Pub and Barrel Head Brewhouse, each sporting pretty tasty brews of their own. Just hop on, hop off at any location you wish to visit.
Adding a "wow" factor to the route is Barrel Head's recent World Beer Cup win for Brother Harker Patersbier, a beer lovingly referred to as the "Lawnmower Beer of Trappist Monks." Winning a World Beer Cup medal speaks to the authenticity and caliber of the brews you'll find pouring there, and while Brother Harker hasn't been re-released yet, get excited to try Barrel Head's Luck of Roaring Camp Cali Common. Brewed with Admiral Pale and Caramel malts, hopped with Mt. Hood, fermented with SF lager yeast, and coming in at 4.6% and 27 IBU, this local style brewed with local malt is perfectly quenching.
Meanwhile, over at Magnolia, you'll find a brand-new New England-style IPA -- Ha-Z-Boy -- brewed with Galaxy, Citra and Simcoe hops, aromatic and juicy, with tropical fruit, citrus and peach notes.
Singel Seeking El Dorado, a new Belgian-style singel (sic) brewed exclusively with El Dorado hops, will make a showing, itself featuring wonderful tropical fruit flavors (think pineapple and mango) along with aromas of stone fruit, watermelon and pear. Lastly, watch for a new Baltic porter (name TBD) brewed with grains of paradise.
Shuttles run from 6:30-10:30pm, stopping at each venue roughly every 10 min., providing plenty of time to visit the neighborhood and enjoy great beer and food at each of these local breweries.