Each year the Brewers Association selects a different city in which to hold the Craft Brewers Conference. This year it was held right here in San Francisco, California. Thanks to the Brewers Association both myself and Liz were given media access to cover this craft beer industry conference. The whole event was kicked off with a welcome reception at the California Academy of Science.
The California Academy of Science is museum located in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco that has a huge aquarium, indoor rainforest, a planetarium, and more. It turned out to be an excellent venue to kick off the Craft Brewers Conference. We were sipping beer under the blue glow of the aquarium and discussing the industry next to an albino aligator. No food or beer was allowed in the rainforest exhibit but it was open during the first part of the event.
The food spread was quite appetizing and the selection of beer was extensive. The breweries that were pouring were as follows: 21st Amendment, Anchor, Anderson Valley, Beach Chalet, Bear Republic, Black Diamond, Drakes, Eel River, Firehouse, Firestone-Walker, Gordon Biersch, Half Moon Bay, Iron Springs, Lagunitas, Linden St., Magnolia, Marin Brewing, Moonlight Brewing, Moylan’s, Napa Smith, North Coast, Rubicon, Russian River, Santa Cruz Mountain, Seabright, Shmaltz Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Social Kitchen & Brewery, Speakeasy, ThirstyBear, Triple Rock, and Trumer. It was a veritable beer festival for the industry and very well attended too.