Craneway event to pair Napa fare with Richmond beer


By Zach Chouteau

Foodies and beer fans might want to mark the evening of Monday, Feb. 12 on their calendars. That’s the night proprietors of Richmond’s Armistice Brewery have slated for a festive pairing of fine food and tasty brews that they’ve dubbed Swill & Swell.

Set at the spacious Craneway Pavilion on Harbour Way South, the event’s name is drawn from the beer to be swilled and the neighboring ocean swells of the Bay. But the fine dining is bound to be ‘swell’ as well, with acclaimed chef Sharon Li of the highly rated Napa Valley steakhouse Press catering the affair. The all-you-can-eat-and-drink event will pair Li’s unique culinary approach showcasing ‘nose-to-tail’ cooking and pickling techniques with an array of Armistice Brewing Company beers.

“We’re really excited to team up with our longtime friend Sharon Li, who is one of the best chefs in the country, and our neighbors at the Craneway,” said Alex Zobel, who runs Armistice Brewing along with her brother Gregory. “This is going to be an event that really celebrates the best Richmond has to offer. The venue is world-class and the food and beer pairings will be out of this world. Most people think of wine when they think of pairings, but we believe that beer—with its broader flavor spectrum—is the best beverage for pairing with food from around the world. We’re looking forward to showing folks how food and beer can make each other shine, and it doesn’t hurt to do it with the most beautiful views in the Bay as a backdrop.”

Adding to the brews, bites and views will be live jazz tunes and an elegant keepsake drinking glass; cocktails will also be available.

The function is slated to run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and tickets are $75 in advance or $90 at the door; tickets are available at a 15 percent discount for groups of six or more.

Find out more, including how to purchase tickets, at the Armistice Brewing Company website.


  1. $75 is a great deal if you want to drink and eat all night long. Will they be offering a more affordable option to taste a hand full of beers?