Summer is upon us and that means sunshine, warm weather and more craft beer events popping up all over the Bay Area. The June calendar already has thirty-three events to keep you busy so plan wisely. As always, be sure to check our main calendar throughout the month so you don’t miss what the procrastinating breweries, bars and stores have planned at the last moment.
Speakeasy Betrayal Bottle Release
5:30pm, City Beer Store, 1168 Folsom St Suite 101, San Francisco. (Map)
Parabola Release in San Francisco
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Public House, 24 Willie Mays Plaza at AT&T Park, San Francisco. (Map)
“Firestone Walker is more than happy to release to you one our favorite (and limited) beers, Parabola. Come and join us for Parabola vintage 2011 and 2010 on tap as well as 14, our anniversary ale, which uses Parabola as one of the components. We will also have a Firkin of Unfiltered DBA, something that you can normally only get at the brewery. Get there early and get it while it lasts!”
Drake’s First Friday
4:00pm, Drake’s Brewing , 1933 Davis Street, Building 177, San Leandro. (Map)
-$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.
-Eight (or more!) Drake’s Beers will be available, including our present seasonal (when available).
-21 and over please, except children with their parents.
-Please, leave you pets at home. And kindly respect our neighbors and their customers in the West Gate Center.
-OK to use Drake’s tasting glasses from previous Friday events. Other glassware not accepted.
-We can no longer accept Friday tasting tokens from 2008, or any other past year. Thank you.
“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.
Part of the 4th Annual subZERO Festival, sponsored by Lagunitas Brewing Company. Drink tickets, cash only. The event is taking place in the SoFA district in downtown San Jose (on South First Street between San Carlos & Reed Streets).
El Toro Brewing Company
Hermitage Brewing/ Tied House Café & Brewery
more to be announced
June 3, 10, 17, 24
Speakeasy’s Firkin Fridays Open House
4:00pm – 9:00pm, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, 1195 Evans Avenue, San Francisco. (Map)
“Fresh pints and free tours at 4:00pm sharp.”
The BeerFest: A Benefit for Face to Face
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. (Map)
“Beerfest is a festive microbrew and food tasting extravaganza with more than 40 of Northern California’s best microbreweries and wonderful Sonoma County gourmet food purveyors. Proceeds will benefit Face to Face, the Sonoma County Aids Network.” See website for participating breweries and vendors.
“GHS will be transformed from a German beer garden into a Belgium beer bar. Flemish bar cuisine, lambics and meet the brewer from Oud Beersel.
Tasting. $10 per person.
“Come say hello to the regions beer writers and photographers. We’re always welcoming new members.”
Bridgeport Sipping Session w/ guest butcher Morgan Maki
5:00 pm, City Beer Store, 1168 Folsom St Suite 101, San Francisco. (Map)
“Taste selections from Bridgeport Brewing Company with selections from Bi-Rite’s butcher Morgan Maki.”
Algonquin’s Free Beer Tour
7:00 pm, Diesel Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland. (Map)
“Algonquin Books kicks off summer with a refreshingly smooth literary series that blends choice hops and literary chops with a stop in Oakland. The Free Beer Tour showcases three Algonquin authors introducing their incredibly entertaining new works which are perfect (especially for the dudes) for summer reading. Complementing the literary entertainment, there will be beer tastings featuring the esteemed Lagunitas Brewing Company of Petaluma, California. It’s an evening of pairing great books with great beer—and it sure as hell beats cutting the grass after work.
Algonquin’s Free Beer Tour Introduces:
Josh Wilker, author of the memoir Cardboard Gods: An All-American Tale
“A baseball-loving loner’ deciphers his complicated childhood through his old box of trading cards . . . Wilker’s book is as nostalgically intoxicating as the gum that sweetened his card-collecting youth.[Grade:] A.” –Entertainment Weekly
Pete Nelson, author of the novel I Thought You Were Dead
“I Thought You Were Dead, a novel about the bonds between dogs and humans, is heartfelt and nostalgic in tone . . . Stella’s wisdom set the luckless Paul on a brighter life path. It’s her nobility . . .
that gives the story its power.” –USA Today
David Anthony, author of the debut novel Something for Nothing
“A clever and surprisingly heartfelt debut . . . [Anthony’s] depiction of Martin as an
antihero succeeds because his ridiculous antics are laced with a yearning to belong that’s so intense it borders on deranged innocence, rendering him the most lovable drug smuggler in ages.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review”
Women’s Brew Day
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, The Beverage People, 840 Piner Road #14, Santa Rosa. (Map)
“The Sonoma Beerocrats Homebrewing Club invites you to Women’s Brew Day. Watch live homebrewing demos by women homebrewers, talk to local homebrew experts, taste a variety of homebrewed beer and learn about supplies, techniques and ingredients.”
Monterey Beer Festival
12:30 pm – 5:00 pm, Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey. (Map)
“Come to the Monterey Fairgrounds for the greatest assortment of Beer ever assembled on the Central Coast. Sample varied styles of Ales, Lagers & Ciders from over eighty (80+) breweries with hundreds of beers to taste. On hand will be the best of beer from around the world, including America, Belgium, Germany, England, France, Australia, Thailand, Italy, Asia, Ireland, Russia, Mexico, Jamaica & California.”
Bay Area Brew Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Festival Pavilion – Fort Mason, San Francisco. (Map)
“The 2nd Annual Bay Area Brew Festival follows last year’s sold out event and this year’s promises to be even bigger and better.
The event will feature dozens of international and domestic beers, SF’s best food trucks (food sold separately) and will take place at Fort Mason. Admission is $40 for general admission (2pm to 5pm) and $50 for VIP (1pm to 5pm) and includes unlimited beer.”
“Monty Python sketches performed by the ‘Toad in the Hole Playas’. 5th street in front of the bar is closed down for the stage, seating and beer station set up outside.” Rumor has it a BrewDog Paradox firkin will be in hand but it’s not confirmed.
“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.”
Who’s your Daddy Nor Cal Brew Tour
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
“All-inclusive Northern California brewery tour. Tour lasts seven hours and includes beer samples from three breweries, round-trip transportation, lunch, two tour guides, and a handy souvenir. Bring your Dad as an early Father’s day present. Show your dad you care and spend seven hours drinking great beer in Northern California!
$95 (includes all beer, lunch and more!) and pickup is at the Civic Center in San Francisco.
See link for more details or call 1 (800) 230-Beer.”
“I’m excited to announce that Wine Affairs will be hosting a very special tasting of Samuel Adams 2011 Utopias on Monday June 20th! For those of you unfamiliar with this beer here’s what you need to know. It’s only made every other year from liquids aged in barrels over 18 years. Also, it’s one of the most exclusive and expensive beers in the world at 27% ABV.
Tickets are $30 per person (1 ticket limit per buyer) which includes samplings of fine blue cheeses with your pour. This is a RSVP only event (credit card needed in advance, tickets will be charged before event) with a select number of slots open so call soon to reserve tickets before we are sold out! We will start the pouring at 6:00PM and we recommend arriving early as we expect a good turnout.”
Post Street Micro Beer & Wine Summer Solstice Festival
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Postrio Restaurant, 545 Post St., San Francisco. (Map)
“You are cordially invited to a very special event for a very special cause and purpose: to raise awareness and funds to further CASA of Contra Costa County and its devotion to abused and neglected children. The event is $75 per person and will feature Local Artisans:
Laura Zahtila Vineyards
with Postrio’s wood fired pizzas
and jazz by the Rudy Simone quartet
Auction of Large Format bottles, Private Dinners, Wine Tours and more
provided by VinUnderground.com”
San Francisco release. “Details for launch parties & events coming soon!”