Store shelves are starting to fill up with fall and winter beer releases, while festivals are starting to move indoors. The first half of October will continue to revolve around Oktoberfest celebrations that give way to a series of Meet the Brewer nights, the Lupilin for Lupus Fundraiser and Schmaltz Brewing’s Freaktoberfest just in time for Halloween.  Keep in touch with us throughout the month as breweries, restaurants and bottle shops announce last minute events that you can find over on our main calendar.

October 1, Saturday

Nor Cal GABF Brew Tour 
9:30am – 5:00pm, San Francisco.

“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. Great American Beer Festival (GABF – It’s the SuperBowl of beers!) is going on at this time, so we want to celebrate. We’ll be theming our tour to make sure that we taste many of the entries this year from Nor Cal and you’ll also have an opportunity to be the judge of the best beer!
Note: this tour’s price is a bit more — we’ll be bringing in more craft beers to sample from SF breweries as well. Cost is $104.99. Pickup location will be at the Civic Center in San Francisco.”

Oaktoberfest Beer Festival
11:00am – 6:00pm, Diamond District Neighborhood, Oakland. (map)

“Oakland’s family friendly craft beer festival. Rootbier garden, great food, live music and dancing. See link for participating breweries.”

1:00pm – 5:00pm, Lafayette Park Hotel, 3287 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. (map)

“When fall leaves are ablaze and the air is rich as amber ale, it’s time for “Parktoberfest” at the LafayettePark Hotel & Spa. Just as is celebrated in cities and towns across the country in America and in Germany, our own “Parktoberfest” will bring together the best of Bavaria and California… beers, brats and entertainment!
Join us as we feature local craft breweries such as EJ Phair, Ale Industries, Heretic Brewing, Speakeasy, Drake’s and Triple Rock, plus the home brewing organization DOZE (The Diablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts) for this extraordinary event! “

October 3, Monday

Beer Tasting: Firestone Walker
6:00pm – 8:00pm, Wine Affairs, 1435 The Alameda, San Jose. (map)

“$12/person or FREE for all members”

October 5, Wednesday

Meet the Brewer: Bison Brewing Belgian Night
6:00pm – 10:00pm, Beer Revolution, 464 3rd Street, Oakland. (map)

“It’s been many a year since Bison has had 3 different belgian style ales on at once! so come on down, hang out with Daniel Del Grande and the folks from Bison, and enjoy some of his fine beverages. More details TBA”

October 7, Friday

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

“On the First Friday of every month, we here at Drake’s open our doors to friends, family and our local community to benefit a worthy local cause. This month’s edition will benefit the Assumption School in San Leandro.$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 from local food trucks (or our fundraiser group) available for purchase. From BBQ to Korean to Paella, there’s something different (and delicious) every month.”

Lupulin for Lupus Fundraiser
5:00pm, Tied House Brewing Company, 954 Villa Street, Mountan View. (map)

“The fundraiser is incredibly simple: buy a beer and help the cause. Tied House holds a regular “First Friday Firkin” in which they tap a cask of real ale on the first Friday of every month. Just buy a pint of the beer from any of the donated firkins and you’ll be doing your part to help find a cure for lupus. All proceeds will benefit the Lupus Foundation of America.”

October 15, Saturday

Wet Hop Festival
The Bistro, 1001 B Street, Hayward. (map)

Peninsula Oktoberfest
10:00am – 8:00pm, Courthouse Square,2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. (map)

“This second annual Peninsula Oktoberfest is a one-day community event of beer, food and music. We invite you to join beer lovers from around the SF Bay Area. Centrally located in City of Redwood City, and
adjacent to public transportation, Courthouse Square is easily accessible to everyone from San Francisco, San Jose, the East Bay area and everywhere in between.
Peninsula Oktoberfest is a community event hosted by Bullfrog Media. We have chosen to donate a portion of the proceeds from this event to a local charitable organization.

The Redwood City Education Foundation (RCEF) is an all volunteer, community-based foundation. They are the only organization raising funds district-wide to support education programs for the students in the Redwood City School District. They work closely with the district to ensure that the programs they support meet the needs of the children and will better prepare them for high school, college, the work force and life. The RCEF is a 501(c) nonprofit organization (Tax ID# 94-2903141).”

October 19, Wednesday

Meet the Brewer: Ballast Point
6:00pm – 10:00pm, Beer Revolution, 464 3rd Street, Oakland. (map)

“Ahoy! The folks from Ballast Point will be shipping in for an evening of Great Beer! The grog that’ll be a-flowin will include:

1. Sculpin IPA
2. Barrel Aged Piper Down Scottish Ale
3. Indra Kunindra Curry Lime Export Stout
4. Dorado DIPA
5. Sour Wench
6. Big Eye IPA
7. Navigator Dopplebock
8 Brother Lovonian Saison”

SF Brewer’s Guild Meet the Brewers
6:00pm – 9:00pm, Thirsty Bear Brewing Company, 661 Howard 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.”

October 22, Saturday

Bay Area Craft Beer Festival
1:00pm – 5:00pm, Historic Cannery District, Martinez. (map)

“Join us in the Historic Cannery District at the picturesque Martinez Waterfront Park, located at 333 Ferry St. in beautiful Downtown Martinez. 30+ Top Microbreweries West of the Mississippi! ROCKIN’ LIVE MUSIC! FABULOUS FOOD available for purchase! NO ONE UNDER 21 ADMITTED. I.D. required. Tickets are $45 in advance online only. No door sales.”

October 26, Wednesday

Meet the Brewer: Auburn Ale House
6:00pm – 10:00pm, Beer Revolution, 464 3rd Street, Oakland. (map)

“Join us comrades as welcome the fine folks from Auburn Ale House!”

October 28, Friday

Beer Friday
6:00pm – 11:00pm, Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company, 111 Industrial Road #7, Belmont. (map)

“On the last Friday of the month we open our doors to the public at 6pm (Beer Club Members: 5:30pm) and have 2 or 3 live bands. There is no cover charge. Your first drink of the night is $10.00. You get to keep the Devil’s Canyon pint glass and bring it back to future events (Reduce, Reuse!). After that, drinks are $6.00 from 6pm-9pm, $5 from 9pm-11pm, and $6 from 11pm till close. Food, Root Beer and Water is also available.
$1.00 of every beer sale goes to our “Cheers! For Charity” program recipient for that month.”

October 30, Sunday

Freaktoberfest Boutique Beer & Music Festival
12:00pm – 5:00pm, Beer Revolution, 464 3rd Street, Oakland. (map)

A party with Schmaltz Brewing. Details TBD.

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