Cast Your Vote for BeerCity USA 2011

It’s time for Bay Area beer lovers to rally in support of our incredible craft beer scene by casting a vote for the Bay Area to claim the BeerCity USA 2011 title.  The race was announced this morning by Charlie Papazian, who described it as “a chance for local beer communities to express their enthusiasm and support for their local breweries, bars, restaurants, and stores.” Last year Asheville, NC, won the prize and it just doesn’t seem right.

The Bay Area is the cradle of the craft beer movement and is home to over sixty breweries. There is no reason why our region shouldn’t be at the top of the heap. Get out and vote!

Calendar of Events

The May calendar of events is a little light, but there are some big parties, including the Boonville Beer Fest and the Lagunitas Beer Circus. Hopefully some breweries, bars and restaurants will step up and schedule a few more. Just in case, keep your eye on the BACB calendar for late breaking events.

May 2

Linden St. & Dying Vines Beer Dinner
Monk’s Kettle, 3141 16th St., San Francisco. (Map)

“Join The Monk’s Kettle for a 6 Course Beer Dinner with two amazing local Oakland breweries: Linden Street and Dying Vines. Featured Dying Vines beers include: Dee’s Mild, Ol’ Brick Bitter, Hop Candy & Dee’s Wild. Featured Linden Street beers include: Burning Oak Black Lager, Urban Peoples Common Lager & Laden Swallow Tripel. Tickets are on sale for $90 per person. Email nat(AT)monkskettle(DOT)com for details.”

May 4

Brewery Night: 21st Amendment
6:00pm, Beer Revolution, 464 3rd Street, Oakland. (Map)

May 6

Drake’s First Friday
4-8pm, Drake’s Brewing, 1933 Davis Street, Buiding 177, San Leandro. (Map)

“Drake’s First Friday Events are fundraisers for local schools & non-profits, and are held at Drake’s the first Friday of every month, from 4pm-8pm. $5 per person voluntary donation, to the non-profit organization we are supporting, at the gate (Children with their parents free). This month its San Leandro’s Bancroft Middle School. $15 for a Drake’s tasting glass and 3 tokens for 3 full pours. Additional tokens can be purchased separately ($3.50 each, with net proceeds going to the non-profit).”

May 6, 13, 20, 27

Speakeasy’s Firkin Fridays
4-9pm, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, 1195 Evans Avenue, San Francisco. (Map)

“Every Friday is Firkin Friday at the Speakeasy brewery. Enjoy fresh pints, a tour that starts at 4:00pm, music and food.”

May 7

City Beer Store Fifth Anniversary Project Celebration
5:00pm, BAMM.TV Studio: Bricks and Mortar Media, 43 Norfolk Street San Francisco. (Map)

“We opened the doors of City Beer Store on May 2, 2006. For our five year milestone, we hatched a plan to brew five distinct beers with five breweries with whom we had forged a close relationship. These five breweries were generous and kind enough to donate their time and artistry to our collection: our hometown San Francisco Brewers Guild, the brewcrew from Midnight Sun, the pack from The Bruery, the Portland sourhouse Cascade, and the fellas from FiftyFifty. Several brews from the collection will be available in bottle format to take home and savor. The anniversary fever will be felt throughout the week, culminating in a celebration on Saturday, May 7. To participate in Saturday’s festivities, please read the details below.

* Tickets are purchased a the door and includes entrance to the event and (1) drink ticket.
*Once inside, you may purchase additional tickets for: food offerings to fill your belly and pours of the City Beer Fifth Anniversary Project brew collection while available.
*In addition to our brew collection, we will have offerings from other craft breweries.
*Live music will be playing to enhance your sipping pleasure.
*No one under 21 years of age will be admitted.
*You must have a valid ID to gain entrance to the event.”

May 11

Brewery Night: Mad River Brewing
6:00 pm, Beer Revolution, 464 3rd Street, Oakland. (Map)

May 14

15th Annual Legendary Boonville Beer Fest
Mendocino County Fairgrounds, 14400 Hwy 128, Boonville. (Map)

May 16

Lagunitas Beer Circus
12-6pm, Lagunitas Brewing Company, 1280 North McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. (Map)

“WHY: The event is a benefit for the nonprofit Petaluma Music Festival (keeping music in the schools)

WHO: Burlesque acts, music, trapeze artists, circus acts, snake charmers, contortionists, aerialists, sword swallowers, plate spinners, bed o’ nails, clowns, and general mayhem.

FOOD: Plenty of selections will be available for purchase from local restaurants.

BEER TASTINGS: There will be Craft Beer tasting from 8 local breweries”

May 18

SF Brewer’s Guild Meet the Brewers
6:00 pm, Toronado, 547 Haight, San Francisco. (Map)

“It’s always nice to put faces to names, especially those that craft the beer you drink. Raise a pint or two with local artisan brewers and learn more about San Francisco craft beer.”

May 25

Meet the Brewer: Arnie Johnson of Marin Brewing
6:00pm, Beer Revolution, 464 3rd Street, Oakland. (Map)

May 28

Road Trip: Russian River, Moonlight brewing, & Third St Aleworks
9:45am

“I’ve been working on this one for a long time and all of the pieces just came together! This should be an incredibly memorable day.
We are going to be driven to the three beer destinations, get three sets of samples, lunch, and then driven home; all for $75+Paypal fees.
Our first stop will be Russian River Brewing Company, home of so many favorite and famous beers, for an early lunch of pizza and salad (11:30) and samples of at least six of their beers. Next we will be going a short distance to Flavor Bistro for a sample set from Moonlight Brewing. They have six Moonlight beers on Tap including Death and Taxes, Twist of Fate, Reality Czech, ??Bombay by boat, lunatic Lager, and one surprise selection. The Last stop on the tour will be Third Street Aleworks for even more samples. I haven’t tried their beers but I’ve been hearing some buzz about them lately from all the right sources. Finally, I expect us to be back in The City by 5 PM
This is a private limited seating event. If you want to go you will have to follow the link and sign up there.”