This year's San Francisco Beer Week (Feb. 10–19) offers hundreds of events at beer-minded locations throughout the Bay Area. Here are five events in North Bay particularly worth checking out; more are listed on the SF Beer Week website.
Bear Republic Winter Beer Dinner The Bottle Room's chef Tony Alcazar joins Bear Republic's Brew Team for a special five-course pairing dinner in Healdsburg. Feb. 11, 6–9pm. $65.
Ratebeer: Taste the Top Awards Beer Dinner Santa Rosa–based website Ratebeer.com hosts an evening of aperitifs, five courses and hard-to-find brews with chef Billy Reid (above). An "unprecedented tasting" of beers from breweries recognized in the Ratebeer Best 2012 awards. Hopmonk Sonoma, Feb. 12. 6pm. $100.
Craft Beer Dinner with Napa Smith Brewery Napa Smith's flavorful brews are highlighted in this three-course pairing event in Napa's Oxbow Public Market. Kitchen Door Restaurant, Feb. 13, 6:30–8:30pm. $65.
Ales for Autism presents the Black & White Beer Ball This unique fundraising ball in Windsor offers up black and white beers only, from Northern California and beyond. Cocktail attire encouraged. Mary Agatha Furth Center, Feb. 17, 6–10pm. $35.
Barrel Aged Cellar Release Sip cellared, barrel-aged and specialty brews in one of the area's most comprehensive beer spots. This ongoing event offers plenty of opportunities for "grocery shopping." Whole Foods Coddingtown Tap Room, Feb. 11–19, noon–9pm daily.