San Francisco’s only rock and roll beer festival, The Bay Brewed, is back for a fourth year of pairing outstanding local beer and local music! Taking place at The Chapel on March 29, 2015, this year’s festival offers performances by four great San Francisco Bay Area bands and unlimited tastings from eleven San Francisco breweries all day long thanks to the SF Brewers Guild. Between now and the festival, we’ll be previewing each of the participating breweries, giving a bit of history and talking about some of our favorite brews from all of these great San Francisco beer makers.


ThirstyBear is, most definitely, the only brewing company I personally know of that makes both delicious beer AND delicious paella. These two things are certainly difficult enough to accomplish on their own, so any place that can handle both so fluently deserves major recognition.

Not only that, but ThirstyBear offers a large restaurant space (especially great for big groups) in a convenient location, is a certified organic brewery and green business (that sources their ingredients locally), and according to their About page, they are the oldest brewery-restaurant in San Francisco (still going strong after all these years). If that’s not impressive, I don’t know what is.

Overall, the brewing folks of ThirstyBear are not afraid to play with flavors. Their Howard Street IPA is one of those IPAs that goes well past the bitter hops stage and right into the bright and citrusy stage (a trait I happen to adore in IPAs). Meanwhile, the Kozlov Stout plays around with espresso and chocolate, and the Panda Bear Ale successfully takes vanilla bean and TCHO cocoa nibs to make something truly unique. And there’s more where that came from.

You’ll have to taste for yourself (if you haven’t already) at the Chapel this Sunday, where ThirstyBear will be pouring samples at The Bay Brewed! Get your tickets now before it’s too late!