We'll just say it: Friday night we got really bloated and blitzed at the S.F. Beer Week kickoff event down in SoMa, and we tasted a whole bunch of really swell beers. Highlights, for us, included a barrel-aged Scotch ale by Devil's Canyon Brewing Co. down in Belmont; an incredible Imperial IPA by Anderson Valley Brewing Co.; a richly textured collaborative brew by multiple San Francisco Brewers Guild members; and some complex yet low-alcohol, English-style brews by Dying Vines of Oakland. (They were what the beer geeks call "very sessionable," as in you can drink a lot of them and not get hammered.)
And, of course, once again, there were long lines for cult brews like Russian River Brewing's Pliny the Younger, which they ran out of pretty fast. Below, our slideshow of the scene.