I missed out on some of the "whales" at SF Beer Week's 2015 Opening Gala, but I did appreciate the SF Brewers Guild's special smoked pale, Swept by Fire, made in commemoration of the many San Francisco breweries devastated by the old 1906 earthquake. The dark one is Anchor's Our Barrel Ale, a good showing from a big name jumping on the barrel-aged bandwagon.
The original Budvar Budweiser, from which our massive American brewery hijacked its name. To my palate, there wasn't much difference from what I was used to. Interestingly, one Brit I encountered was under the impression that “all American beer” was like a watered down version of this. Despite the major influence the American craft beer market has had here and overseas, it’s still a seemingly small piece of the beer pie.