This weekend we attended the Black & White Beer Ball put on by Ales for Autism. This is the third year and our second year attending and it is becoming one of my favorite San Francisco Beer Week events. A night of dressing up, drinking beer, and supporting a great cause. Yes, all great things.
There were over 25 breweries and 2 craft cideries to choose from. I was especially excited to see The Rare Barrel, Redwood Curtain Brewing and Prairie Artisan Ales attend because this was their first times pouring in Sonoma County. Prairie actually brewed a beer specifically for this event, Prairie Spectrum, a red farmhouse ale. It was a little light, but grew on me the next day when I tried it again at BeerCraft. The highlight of the night was Churchill’s Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing. A complete surprise to me. It was so aromatic with gorgeous hop notes and incredible smooth.
I love dressing up and was so impressed that the attendees did the same…well almost everyone. I am excited to see this event grow and get more people from the bay area to experience North Bay beer. For those that what to attend next year I would highly recommend the VIP ticket. For $15 more ($50 VIP, $35 General) you get in an hour earlier, complimentary coat check and passed hors d’oeuvres. Completely worth it!
Check out this great slow motion video from Sonoma County Wire of the event: