Two Events Raise a Pint for Charity in the East Bay Saturday

Spend your dollars on great beer and a pair of good causes this Saturday, April 7, at two events just miles apart in Berkeley. Triple Rock Brewery kicks off the day at 11:30am with their 10th Annual Firkin Fest benefiting the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. Expect the bar to be littered with firkins from breweries all over the Bay Area. Then after 1:00pm, head over to the Pyramid Alehouse to taste a stellar lineup of new beers and returning seasonals. The proceeds will go to help Ales for Autism.

Here’s all the details from the event hosts:

Triple Rock Brewery’s 10th annual tribute to real ale is back! Starting at 11:30am and going till 5pm, we will fill the pub with firkins of real ale. $20 gets you a commemorative glass and 4 pours of real ale. $4 for additional pours.

Each year, we highlight the simple joy that is real ale as well as brewers’ modern takes on these classic ales (often infused with natural flavors like fruits, cacao nibs, & spices). This year our own firkins will be joined by ales from Marin Brewing, Moylan’s Brewery, Iron Springs Brewery, Firehouse Brewery, EJ Phair Brewing, Oakland Brewing Company, Pizza Orgasmica, Beach Chalet Brewing, Speakeasy Brewing, Pyramid Brewing, Dying Vine Brewing, Black Diamond Brewing, Thirsty Bear Brewing, 21st Amendment Brewery, Drake’s Brewing and more.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation, friends of our neighbors, the Berkeley Fire Department.

The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF) is a California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing burns and fires and providing services to those who have been affected by a burn injury. AARBF brings together health care providers, firefighters, emergency workers, burn survivors and others to enhance the quality of life for burn survivors and to make burn injuries a thing of the past.

For more information, feel free to contact GM Jesse Sarinana at 510-843-2739 or at jesse.sarinana@gmail.com.

 

Drink Beer, Cure Autism. For $20 enjoy unlimited samples of Pyramid’s new beer releases and food-pairings for each beer created by our award-winning chef from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. 100% of the proceeds benefit Ales for Autism.

This event has a limited number of tickets and is expected to sell out. Purchase tickets at: http://www.fanfueled.com/alesforautism

Exclusive Release Tasting Menu

New Beers

• Wit: A light white beer of Belgian origin brewed with chamomile, coriander, curacao (bitter orange peel) and sweet orange peel (ABV: 5.1% IBU: 13)
• Dunkel: A Pyramid twist on the German Dunkel Weisse. (ABV: 5.6% IBU: 24)
• Wheaten IPA: A boldly hopped IPA designed to provide a pleasant citrus and aromatic hop experience. (ABV: 6.5% IBU: 66)
• Pale Ale: Stylistically more in line with a traditional English pale, the sweet and malty flavor compliments its floral hop aromas. (ABV: 5.4% IBU: 38)
• Uproar Imperial Red Ale: A complex, ruby-hued ale. Punctuated with notes of citrus and herbs, Uproar has a velvet texture with pleasing hints of roasty chocolate. (ABV: 7.3% IBU: 60)

Returning Seasonals

•Curve Ball Blonde Ale: A deliciously drinkable golden summer seasonal. ABV: 5% IBU: 18
•Full Bloom, MacTarnahan’s: A notably Northwest spin on a Bohemian Pilsner with a refreshing hop aroma and a gloriously smooth bite. (ABV: 6.3% IBU: 40)
•Grifter IPA, MacTarnahan’s: A criminally delicious surprise that’ll steal your allegiance and con your thirst into leavin’ town. (ABV: 6.2% IBU: 54)

Give Some Beer Money to Charity During SF Beer Week

We’re one day away from SF Beer Week and right about now your itinerary is probably packed. Dinners, rare beer tastings and many other tempting festivities will have you zig-zaging across the Bay. The ten day marathon can be taxing on your body and bank account. Your hard earned money supports the growing craft beer movement, but could also help a local charity or non-profit during SF Beer Week thanks to the generosity of a few brewers and event organizers.

Here’s some events you should consider that are giving back to the community. You can have fun, try the latest and greatest beer, and feel like your making a difference at the same time.

2nd Annual Small Batch Big Thirst Beer Tasting Fundraiser 

A posse of brewers and food trucks will gather together to form a beer garden on February 11 from 12-4pm. All proceeds will benefit charities supported by the Night Train Swimmers.

3rd Annual Chocolate & Beer Festival

Chocolate and beer is a fantastic combination. Expect to find a few Imperial Stouts on hand at this event taking place on February 11 from 2-6pm at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, CA. Proceeds will benefit the Children’s Learning Center, which is a “comprehensive alternative educational program for exceptional children, who, because of their intense behavioral, social, emotional and educational needs are temporarily unable to succeed in the public school system.” Breweries on hand will include the Elevation 66 Brewing Company, Drake’s Brewing, Anchor Steam, Moylan’s Brewing Company, Lost Coast, Trumer, Marin Brewing Company, Triple Rock, Linden Street, and more.

3rd Annual SF Beer Week Beer Run

Burn some calories before slugging back some beer at Social Kitchen & Brewery on February 12th at 11:00am. It’s a friendly, non-competitive affair, that stretches for 5 miles through Golden Gate Park and returns to the brewery where you’ll get a $1 off beers. It should be noted that there’s an “optional” beer stop at Magnolia Pub & Brewery for those who wish to rehydrate. Post run prizes will be doled out and a raffle will benefit the Contra Costa Food Bank and Ales for Autism in memory of the great beer writer Bill Brand.

Chocolate Making Contest and Benefit with Pete Slosberg

Legendary craft brewer and chocolate maker Pete Slosberg, former owner of Pete’s Wicked Ales, will be turning 21st Amendment Brewery into a candy factory on February 13 from 6-8pm. Bring a “random ingredient” from home and the get your hands sweet and sticky in a fun-filled competition that could garner you a $100 gift certificate to the host brewpub. A special cask beer has been designed for the event and proceeds will benefit cancer research. (SOLD OUT)

East Bay Brew Fest

The Pyramid Alehouse is hosting the first edition of the East Bay Brew Fest on February 16th from 5-9pm. For an affordable price of $20, guests will receive a glass and unlimited beer tastings from Ale Industries, Bison Brewing, Black Diamond Brewing, Buffalo Bill’s Brewery, Drake’s Brewing, E.J. Phair Brewing Co., High Water Brewing, Jupiter, Linden Street Brewery, Pacific Coast Brewing, Pyramid Brewing, Triple Rock Brewery and Trumer Brauerei. All the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Berkeley Food & Housing Project.

Ales for Autism Presents the Black & White Beer Ball

Drink beer and help raise money for autism care in Windsor at the Mary Agatha Furth Center on February 17 from 6-9pm. For $35 per person, Ales for Autism will be offering up “endless pours” of black and white beers from Third Street Aleworks, Russian River Brewing Co., Firestone Walker, Widmer Brothers, Lost Coast, Speakeasy, and Hoegarrden in a complimentary tasting glass. Food will also be available from Santa Rosa’s BBQ spot while live music from the Nate Lopez Trio fills the air.

Head Brewer for a Day Dodgeball (S)Mashdown

Stretch your arm and prepare for battle if you want to be head brewer for a day at Pyramid Alehouse in Berkeley. The showdown begins on February 18 at high noon and goes till 4:00pm. All you have to do to enter is bring some items on the Berkeley Food & Housing Project’s wish list, which can be found on the Facebook event page (click “see more”). We expect this to be a highly popular event.