Event showcases sudsy gems 

Baseball and beer have finally come together in San Francisco.

While it may not be the first time someone has sipped a cold one at a ballgame, Saturday will be the premier of Brewfest, a $20 tasting of local microbrews in an AT&T Park parking lot.

It also comes with a ticket to the 6:05 p.m. game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The event is being put on by the San Francisco Brewers Guild, which has been around for about seven years. It includes The City’s major breweries minus the largest one, Anchor Brewing Co. All seven guild members are bringing two beers.

Nico Freccia, founder of 21st Amendment Brewery and “chief watermelon officer,” said the South of Market beer maker will be offering its Hell or High Watermelon wheat beer.

“We’re really excited,” he said. “It’s a screaming deal.”

Rich Higgins, brewer at Social Kitchen and Brewery, said he expects there to be a lot of German- and Belgian-style wheat beers at an event that showcases the artisan brews of a city that has been making quality beer for more than 150 years.

“San Francisco has been the golden brewery city of the West Coast,” said Higgins, alluding to the famous Gold Rush-style steam beers.

So will unlimited beer tasting lead to a drunken mess? The Giants aren’t expecting people will get too drunk before coming into the stadium, according to team spokeswoman Staci Slaughter.

“The cups we’re giving out are pretty small,” Slaughter said. “It’s kind of like a wine tasting.”



Who: San Francisco Giants and local beer makers

What: Craft beers from seven breweries, music and a Giants game

Where: AT&T Park, Lot D

When: 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday; game starts at 6:05 p.m.

Cost: $20, includes tasting and game admission

Details: www.sfgiants.com/specialevents

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