NightLife debuts first signature craft beer with Magnolia Brewing Company

SAN FRANCISCO (February 2, 2015)—NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences and Magnolia Brewing Company have teamed up to debut Magnolia Aliciella Bitter, the museum’s first signature craft beer. Brewed with plant types found on the Academy’s iconic Living Roof, including yarrow, rose hips, sage, and honeysuckle, this English-style golden ale will be served on tap at the Academy’s weekly NightLife events starting Thursday, February 12.

Magnolia Aliciella Bitter is inspired by daring Alice Eastwood, the Academy scientist who heroically risked her life for her craft. In the chaotic aftermath of the 1906 earthquake and fire, Eastwood raced through the still-simmering ashes of a severely damaged Academy building to rescue precious plant specimens, recognizing that their value was far too great to risk losing. The genus Aliciella was named to honor this bold scientist and barrier-breaking botanist who laid the groundwork for the Academy’s world-class scientific collection and whose resilience embodies the spirit of San Francisco.

To celebrate SF Beer Week, Magnolia Aliciella Bitter will debut at Feel the Chemistry NightLife on Thursday, February 12, featuring music by Go BANG! and The BeDazzlers, a pop-up craft beer hall, brewing talks, and displays of Eastwood artifacts and botanical specimens from the Academy’s collection. For the full event schedule, visit:

About NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences

Every Thursday night, the California Academy of Sciences transforms into San Francisco’s most popular cultural night spot—a lively venue filled with provocative science, mingling, music, creatures and cocktails—as visitors ages 21+ get a chance to explore the museum from 6-10 pm. For more information, visit

About Magnolia Brewing Company

Magnolia Brewing Company was founded in 1997 at the corner of Haight and Masonic and still operates its pub and basement brewery there today. Magnolia opened a new production facility across town in the Dogpatch in 2013 and an adjacent new restaurant, Smokestack, last year. The brewery specializes in English-influenced ales but brews a wide range of styles that can be found throughout the Bay Area. For more information, visit

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