It’s time again for SF Beer Week to take over the city, and with so many events coming at you it can be difficult to pick out which ones to do. Might we recommend starting with Small Batch:Big Thirst, an event that proves there’s nothing better than mixing some delicious home brew with live music.

This Saturday at noon head over to the real truc stop at 580 brannan street to try some specialty batches of SF’s local favorite breweries and some of the up and coming small batch brewers. For $20 you get a taster glass, 10 taster tickets, and live musical performances from Scherbie, Chicken Paw, and Wil Blades.

Small batch will be the first of many beer garden style events driven by brewtruc. What’s Brewtruc? Watch this awesome video from Oct28 Productions:

More info on the musical artists:

12:30 – 1:30 Spherbie

An extremely rare performance by local jazz veteran Hugh Schick (of le truc and brewtruc).

Hugh will be accompanied by Marty Krystall, his sidekick in the cult band Thelonious led by Buell Neidlinger. Rounding out the group are JP Maramba on bass and trapmeister Sinclair Lott, of Zappa / Freddie Hubbard fame.

1:45 – 2:45 Chicken Paw

Primeval sounds from the future: Think Tom Waits meets saturn-era Sun Ra, with a little captain beefheart thrown in. Coolest gutbucket bass ever.

3 – 4

Wil Blades, local B-3 wunderkind, and Calvin Keyes, known for his work with Ray Charles and Ahmad Jamal, join the rhythm section of Spherbie for some serious hittin’.

tickets can be purchased in advance here