July Beer Event Calendar

The mercury is rising alongside the number of beer tastings piling up each month. There are thirty-five featured events this month that should satisfy everyone’s palate. Keep tabs on our main calendar throughout the months as breweries, bars and restaurants announce last minute shindigs. Have a great summer everyone!

July 1


Drake’s First Friday
4:00 pm – 8:00pm, Drake’s Brewing, 1933 Davis Street, San Leandro. (Map)

“Drake’s First Friday Events are fundraisers for local schools & non-profits and this event will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of San Leandro. The band Backbeat will also be on hand playing Beatles covers.

General Info:

$5 per person voluntary donation, to the non-profit organization we are supporting, at the gate. (Children with their parents free)
$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)
Great food available for purchase.
Please park in the main West Gate Center lot, in front of Walmart & Sports Authority, and walk back to the brewery. There is no parking at the brewery.”

Amsterdam Cafe 2nd Anniversary Party with Schmaltz Brewing
6:00 pm, Amsterdam Cafe, 937 Geary St., San Francisco. (Map)

“Enjoy a variety of Shmaltz’s delicious and award-winning HE’BREW Beers and Coney Island Craft Lagers, including:

Coney Island Albino Python
Coney Island Sword Swallower
Coney Island Mermaid Pilsner
HE’BREW Genesis Ale
HE’BREW Messiah Bold
HE’BREW Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A.
PLUS, the official San Francisco launch of CONEY ISLAND BARREL-AGED HUMAN BLOCKHEAD, a complex, rich and luscious Imperial American Bock, aged in bourbon barrels (10% ABV.)

Zak Davis, Shmaltz’s Western Regional Sales Manager will be hanging out to answer your beer geekiest questions and to enjoy a brew.”

July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Speakeasy’s Firkin Fridays – Open House
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, 1195 Evans Avenue, San Francisco. (Map)

“Fresh pints and free tours starting at 4:00pm.”

July 2

Hop N’ Barley Festival
Skypark, 361 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley. (Map)

See website for more details.

The Breastfest Beer Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Festival Pavilion Fort Mason, 38 Fort Mason, San Francisco. (Map)

“A Breast Cancer Benefit for Charlotte Maxwell Clinic. $45 in advance, $50 at the door.”

July 4

English Ale Fest
12:00 pm, Beer Revolution, 464 3rd Street, Oakland. (Map)

July 5

Brewery Night: Dogfish Head
6:00pm, Toad in the Hole, 116 5th St., Santa Rosa. (Map)

July 6

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

July 7

Healthy Spirits Presents Almanac Beer Co
6:00 pm, Fat Angel, 1740 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco. (Map)

“Summer 2010 will be on draft. The Fat Angel kitchen will be preparing food specials.”

Trumer Brewer’s Night
6:00 pm, Petaluma Taps, 205 Kentucky St., Petaluma. (Map)

Local Brewing Kickstarter Midway Point Celebration
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Rosamunde Sausage Grill, 2832 Mission Street, San Francisco. (Map)

July 9

Party with Lagunitas
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Beer Revolution, 464 3rd Street, Oakland. (Map)

“Beer & BBQ!”

July 10

Sunday Beer Skool
12:15 pm, Beer Revolution, 464 3rd Street, Oakland. (Map)

“Dubbel vs Tripel! Email eastbaybeer@gmail.com to RSVP. $15.”

July 11

Beer Dinner with Craftsman Brewing
Monk’s Kettle, 3141 16th St., San Francisco, CA. (Map)

Owner and Brewer Mark Jig will be on hand to answer any questions about his Pasadena brewery. For more info go to the Monk’s Kettle website.

Beer Tasting – Double Trouble (IPA/Stouts)
6:00 pm – 8:00pm, Wine Affairs, 1435 The Alameda, San Jose. (Map)

“$10pp, Beer Club free.”

July 12

Brewery Night: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
6:00 pm, Toad in the Hole, 116 5th St., Santa Rosa. (Map)

July 13

Meet The Brewer: Christian Kazakoff from Iron Springs
6:00 pm, Beer Revolution, 464 3rd Street, Oakland. (Map)

July 14

Utopias Pouring
5:00 pm, City Beer Store, 1168 Folsom St Suite 101, San Francisco. (Map)

“Taste the elusive Sam Adams Utopias from 2007 and 2011.

Almanac Pop Up
6:00 pm, Shotwell’s, 3349 20th St., San Francisco. (Map)

Draft release party for their Summer 2010 release along with a limited sour barrel version while supplies last. Shotwell’s will also be hosting Wise Sons Deli, Kitchen SideCar, and Nosh This who will serve up delectable food pairings.

Deschutes Black butte XXIII Release Party
6:00 pm, Petaluma Taps, 205 Kentucky St., Petaluma. (Map)

Brewery Night: Drake’s Brewing
6:00 pm, Amsterdam Cafe, 937 Geary St., San Francisco. (Map)

July 16

California Beer Festival – Santa Cruz
12:30 pm – 5:00 pm, Aptos Village Park, Santa Cruz. (Map)

“The California Beer Festival (CBF) is coming to Santa Cruz County! With over 60 craft brews on tap, four live bands, mouth watering food and bocce ball. CBF will be the event of the year for any beer enthusiast! CBF’s main goal is to shine a light on the craft beer movement and celebrate great beer!

For one low price, you will receive a souvenir tasting cup to sample some of the best craft beers from around the state, play bocce ball and listen to amazing music. This event will sell out, space is very limited. Purchase your tickets today to ensure a great time!

Proceeds will benefit the Gen Giammanco Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides financial support to student athletes to assist in their pursuit of both scholastic and athletic success in Santa Cruz County.”

July 19

Brewery Night: Thornbridge Brewing
6:00 pm, Toad in the Hole, 116 5th St., Santa Rosa. (Map)

July 20

Brewmaster’s Dinner at Social Kitchen
Social Kitchen & Brewery, 1326 Ninth Ave., San Francisco. (Map)

“Social Kitchen & Brewery celebrates the anniversary of its Brewmaster’s Dinner Series with a meal prepared by Guest Chef Tyler Morrish, of Osteria Coppa. The “Hot Summer Sun” dinner, the twelfth beer dinner in SKB’s monthly Brewmaster’s Dinner Series, takes place on Wednesday, July 20, 2011.

The meal will be SKB’s twelfth multi-course food-and-beer-pairing dinner. Morrish is a Sous Chef at Osteria Coppa, the acclaimed Italian restaurant in San Mateo. To give fog-weary San Franciscans a taste of the bright, clean flavors of summer, the theme of Brewmaster’s Dinner XII is “Hot Summer Sun,” pairing Morrish’s fresh, local, market ingredients and with Higgins’s craft beer.

The menu will include:
• wild arugula, pluots, toasted hazelnuts, ricotta salata, Social Kölsch vinaigrette paired with L’Enfant Terrible, a Belgian-style table beer
• chilled white gazpacho, toasted barley, herb oil, dill flowers paired with Simon Saison, a Belgian-style farmhouse ale
• seared skin-on chicken breast or market ratatouille, marinated zucchini, hop-scented braised butter beans
paired with Easy IPA, an American-style ale
• lemongrass panna cotta, White Thai Affair sabayon, fresh stone fruit paired with White Thai Affair, a Belgian-style golden ale spiced with lemongrass and galangal

The Brewmaster’s Dinner Series embraces cuisine à la bière, the idea that beer has a place in the kitchen as well as at the table. While the July dinner takes place on the third Wednesday of the month, the dinners are typically held the second Wednesday of each month. They are always omnivore- and vegetarian-friendly, and each course is paired with a Social Kitchen & Brewery beer. The dinner price is $40, which includes the beer pairings. Reservations can be made by calling 415-681-0330 after 4 PM.”

Brewery Night: Dogfish Head
6:00 pm, Beer Revolution, 464 3rd Street, Oakland. (Map)

SF Brewer’s Guild Meet the Brewers
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Pi Bar, 1432 Valencia St., 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.”

July 21

Local Brewing Kickstarter & Brewer’s Night
6:00 pm, Petaluma Taps, 205 Kentucky St., Petaluma. (Map)

July 23

Blues & Brews Festival 2011
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Pleasant Hill Park, 147 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. (Map)

“Enjoy a day of live blues music and draft brew tasting. Live performances by The Tommy Castro Band, and others (details to follow). Co-sponsored by Pleasant Hill Recreation & Park District and the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce.” $40

July 26

Tuesday Night Showdown
6:00 pm, Toad in the Hole, 116 5th St., Santa Rosa. (Map)

“Every last Tuesday of the Month, Toad will introduce a new showdown pitting two beers against each other. Battle out between styles, countries, or whatever happens to pique our interest.”

July 30

A’s RateBeer.com Luxury Suite
4:05 pm, McAfee Coliseum, Oakland. (Map)

“If you love baseball and beer, there is only one event you need to attend this summer. Join us in the RateBeer.com Luxury Suite on Saturday, July, 30th for the premier beer and baseball event of the year. Start the day by attending the Oakland A’s 15th Annual Beerfest in the Eastside Club. Follow up with a fully catered luxury suite along the first base line to watch the A’s take on former MVP’s Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau and the Minnesota Twins. Game time is at 6:05 but gates open at 4:05 for the Beerfest and batting practice.

With you ticket you have access to the following treats and luxuries:

Commemorative A’s Beerfest glass and 3 tokens.
Ticket for entry to the RateBeer.com Luxury Suite
Fully catered suite: hot dogs, nacho bar, popcorn, peanuts, artichoke dip and sodas
Select beer from some of the leading and most sought after breweries in the country.
Enjoy the game with beer and baseball lover like yourself.

Breweries that will be represented in the suite include:
Anchor Brewing
Block 15
Cigar City Brewing
Drake’s Brewing
Epic Brewing*
Firehouse Grill & Brewery
Hill Farmstead*
Stillwater Artisan Ales*
Stone Brewing
And more

*Named to RateBeer’s “Top New Brewers In The World 2011” list
Tickets are $150 per person and extremely limited, so get yours today before they are gone. For tickets contact Mario Rubio at Mario -at- brewedforthought -dot- com.”

July 31

Firestone Walker Firkin & BBQ
12:00 pm, Beer Revolution, 464 3rd Street, Oakland. (Map)