Calendar of Events

The days are getting shorter, fall beer is hitting the shelves and Oktoberfest celebrations are in the works. Sadly, summer is over, but we have a calendar full of fun for your consideration. This month brings a few big annual events such as Brews on the Bay and Biktoberfest.  Sprinkled in-between those two festivities you’ll find some great brewery nights at local bars and events geared towards foodies. Throughout the month keep tabs in our main calendar since new parties are sure to pop up at the last moment.

September 1, Thursday

Thirsty Thursdays: Belukus Premium Imports from Belgium, England and Germany
4:00pm – 7:00pm, Artisan Wine Depot, 400 A Villa St., Mountan View. (map)

“This is a walk-around tasting event, you may come by anytime between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Early Bird Ticket Price: $15.70 (Early Bird pricing ends at 2:00PM on September 1st). Regular Ticket Price: $20.32 (if space permits)”

Brewery Night: Crispin Cider
6:00pm, Petaluma Taps, 205 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. (map)

Pint Night: Uinta Brewing
6:00pm, Harry’s Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose. (map)

Featuring: TBD. Pay for what you drink with an opportunity to keep the brewery branded pint glass.

September 2, Friday

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

“Drake’s First Friday is here again! To kick off the Labor Day weekend right we decided to have a good ole’ fashioned BBQ. What could be better than to send off what’s been a pretty damn awesome summer than with smoked meat, Drake’s beer and good friends? Answer: to send off summer with smoked meat, Drake’s beer and good friends for a great local cause.
This month we are hosting the San Leandro Scholarship Foundation, which works to provide graduating high-school seniors with the scholarships they need to put higher education within reach.

So, come out this Friday and join us with a pint, some pork and some friends to have a great time and help the students while we’re at it.
– $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)

Eric’s Choice Beer Tasting: Featuring Deschutes’ Stoic
6:30pm – 8:30pm, Jug Shop, 1590 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco. (map)

“Join us tomorrow night as we sample a dozen new beers including Deschutes’ new Stoic Quad, Speakeasy’s new Butchertown Black Ale and Stone’s 2011 Vertical Epic. Those who purchase their tickets by 8pm this evening can take advantage of the pre-sale price of $12. See you all tomorrow.”

September 6,  Tuesday

Stone Brewing 15th Anniversary Party
6:00pm, Toad in the Hole, 116 5th St., Santa Rosa. (map)

September 7, Wednesday

Brisketfest
6:00pm – 10:00pm, Shotwell’s Bar, 3349 20th Street, San Francisco. (map)

Presented by Sodacraft with food from Wise Sons Deli, Good Foods Catering, and Bryan Ostler. No RSVP required and it’s cash only. More details at the link.

September 8, Thursday

Brewery Night: Highwater Brewing
6:00pm, Petaluma Taps, 205 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. (map)

Pint Night: The Bruery
6:00pm, Harry’s Hofbrau,390 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose. (map)

Featuring: TBD. Pay for what you drink with an opportunity to keep the brewery branded pint glass.

September 10, Saturday

Nor Cal Craft Beer Tour (3 breweries, 7 hours)!
9:30am – 4:30pm, San Francisco, CA

“Come hop on our bus and experience the San Francisco craft beer movement with us. We’ll show you some of the best breweries in San Francisco. We’ve crafted a special brewery bus tour that visits three breweries that include: Thirsty Bear, Social Kitchen & Brewery, and Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant.
We pick up at the civic center at 1:00 p.m. and drop you off at 5:00p.m.
The tour includes round-trip transportation, beer samples at each brewery, a behind-the-scenes brewery tour, a specialized (and ridiculously fun!) tour guide, and an experience you won’t forget! Tickets are $54.99.”

Brews on the Bay, hosted by the San Francisco Brewers Guild
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien, Pier 45, San Francisco. (map)

SOLD OUT. Join the San Francisco Brewers Guild on the deck of the historic SS Jeremiah O’Brian for the 8th annual Brews on the Bay! It’s a day of great beer, food, music, and fun on one of the most unique settings around for a beer festival. The O’Brien is one of the last remaining World War II Liberty Ships and is docked at Pier 45 near Fisherman’s Wharf. Joining us dockside this year are food trucks from Off the Grid!

Ticket price includes unlimited tastes from all 8 of San Francisco’s craft breweries:

21st Amendment Brewery
Anchor Brewing
Beach Chalet
Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant
Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery
Social Kitchen & Brewery
Speakeasy Ales and Lagers
Thirsty Bear Brewing Company
Plus: live music, food trucks, and brewery merch for sale!
Advance online sales only – no tickets available at the gate.”

Beer in the Plaza
3:00pm – 7:00pm. Healdsburg Plaza, Healdsburg. (map)

Organized by Soroptimist International of Healdsburg. See link for details.

Octoberfest Party
4:00pm, Gourmet Haus Staudt, 2615 Broadway, Redwood City. (map)

September 12, Monday

Ballast Point Beer Dinner
Time: N/A, Monk’s Kettle, 3141 16th Street, San Francisco. (map)

“Join Monk’s Kettle on Monday, September 12 in hosting a Beer Pairing Dinner with San Diego’s famed Ballast Point Brewing. Featured Beers include: Sour Wench, Smoke Screen, Even Keel, Sculpin, Black Marlin, and Victory At Sea. $95 per person.”

September 13, Tuesday

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

September 15, Thursday

Brewery Night: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
6:00pm, Petaluma Taps, 205 Kentucky St., Petaluma. (map)

September 17, Saturday

Zwanze Day 2011
Time: N/A, Russian River Brewing Co., 725 4th St, Santa Rosa. (map)

Cal Brewers Festival
1:00pm – 5:00pm, Discovery Park, Sacramento. (map)

September 18, Sunday

Beerunch
11:30am – 2:30pm, Public House, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco. (map)

“MateVeza & Friends cordially request your presence at Beerunch, a beer and food pairing brunch featuring MateVeza and other morning-friendly brews.

Featured Beers (may be subject to change):

MateVeza & Mill Valley Beerworks – Morpho
Dogfish Head & Sierra Nevada – Life & Limb
Iron Springs – Fairfax Coffee Porter
The Bruery – Autumn Maple
Stillwater Artisanal Ales – Stateside Saison
Ballast Point – Sculpin IPA
MateVeza – Black Lager

Pre-sale $39 per person, regular $49.”

September 20, Tuesday

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

September 21, Wednesday

SF Brewer’s Guild Meet the Brewers
6:00pm – 9:00pm, City Beer Store, 1168 Folsom St Suite 101, 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.”

September 22, Thursday

Brewery Night: Hofbräuhaus
6:00pm, Petaluma Taps, 205 Kentucky St., Petaluma. (map)

September 23, Friday

Drake’s Flocktoberfest
6:00pm – 9:30pm, Drake’s Brewing Barrel House, 1933 Davis Street, Building 177, San Leandro. (map)

“This year in honor of the annual Bavarian Festival, we are throwing an Oktoberfest Haus Fest in our very own Barrel House (or Barrel Haus if you will) on Friday, September 23 from 6pm- 9:30pm.

Tickets are $55 and include:

Happy Hour: 6pm- 7pm- Open Taps (excludes Barrel-aged beers)

Authentic German fare from Speisekammer in Alameda including: Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, German Potato Salad, Bavarian Pretzels with Mustard, Variety of German Salads, Cheese Spätzle, and Apple Strudel.

Drake’s Flocktoberfest T-shirt (Sweet logo up top on the back. $20 value)

Three beer tickets to use for Barrel-aged beers during happy hour and any beer afterwards (cash bar available after).”

September 24, Saturday

New Belgium Brewing Tour de Fat
Details TBD. Check link.

Eat Real Fest: Something’s a-Brewin Contest
12:00pm, Jack London Square,Oakland. (map)

“Live to brew? Show off your best homebrew in our second annual Eat Real Homebrew Competition. A panel of professional brewers will select the gold, silver, and bronze brews, so come and BYOHB – bring your own homebrew! Each person or group must submit 60 oz of bottled beer. Every bottle must be in brown or green glass, and free of any brand name labeling on the glass or bottle cap. Limit two entries per category. Make sure you follow the guidelines above!

Categories:Farmhouse beer

Hoppy beer
Strong beer
Session beer
Best Doggone beer (best hot dog beer)”

September 25, Sunday

Biketoberfest Marin 2011
11:00am – 6:00pm, Fair-Anselm Plaza, 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. (map)

“A highly-anticipated annual festival, Biketoberfest Marin attracts cyclists and West Coast brewers alike in a combined bicycle expo and stellar brewfest! Held in Fairfax—the birthplace of the mountain bike—Biketoberfest is not only Marin County’s premier bicycle event but is also a fundraiser for and presented by the Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC) and Access4Bikes (A4B). Last year the event drew over 5,000 beer and cycling enthusiasts from all over Northern California and raised $20,000 for MCBC and A4B. Biketoberfest will be held at FairAnselm Plaza in downtown Fairfax, one of the most popular gathering places for both on and off-road cycling in Marin County and the home of MCBC and Iron Springs Pub and Brewery. The event takes place Sunday, September 25, 2011 from 11am to 6pm and will feature celebrity rides, live music, great food, family activities, a Cargo Bike Jubilee, dozens of bicycle, component, nutrition and athletic attire vendors, and 25 West Coast brewers serving over 40 beers! It’s a great way to have fun while helping a good cause. The fee for the tasting is $25 in advance ($30 day) of and includes a commemorative Biketoberfest 8oz. glass.

Biketoberfest Events:

Celebrity Ride with “Fast” Freddie Rodriguez
Cargo Bike Jubilee
Live Music from noon to 6pm: WTJ Squared, Miracle Mule, Beso Negro and Tom Finch Group
Family Activities
Celebrity women’s mountain bike skills clinic with Team LUNA Chix’s Catharine PendrelThe Biketoberfest beer tasting features over 30 beers from 20 West Coast brewers.

Full List of Participating Brewers (as of 8.21.11):

21st Amendment
Anchor Brewing
Anderson Valley Brewing
Bear Republic
Bison Brewing
Broken Drum
Deschutes Brewing
Iron Springs Brewing
Lagunitas Brewing
Luckyhand Brewing Company
Marin Brew Co
Santa Cruz Ale Works
Sierra Nevada
Speakeasy
Triple Rock
Weed Ale
Pizza Orgasmica
Moonlight Brewing Company
Petaluma Hills Brewing Co.
Beltane Brewing Company
Ninkasi
Van Houten Brewing Company
New Belgium
Pine Street Brewery
Tieton Cider Works
Peloton Cellars (WINE)
Clif Family Winery”

September 27, Tuesday

Oktoberfest Showdown
6:00pm, Toad in the Hole, 116 5th St., Santa Rosa. (map)

September 29, Thursday

Oktoberfest
6:00pm, Petaluma Taps, 205 Kentucky St., Petaluma. (map)

Calendar of Events

This month’s featured events calendar is focused on IPA’s, a Wet Dream, art, and a few pint nights among other things. Bay Area breweries will also start rolling out their GABF entries for you to try before the big event later this September. As always some restaurants, stores and breweries will be announcing last minute events throughout the month so check back with our regular calendar for the latest parties.

August 3

Meet the Brewer: Old Hangtown Brewing
6:00pm, Beer Revolution, 464 3rd Street, Oakland. (map)

August 4

IPA Day Napa Celebration
5:00pm – 8:00pm, Napa Marriott, 3425 Solano Avenue, Napa. (map)

“$10 per person with IPA’s from more then ten breweries. All proceeds will be donated to V.O.I.C.E.S. Napa, which serves under-served youth in the community.”

IPA Day San Francisco Celebration

5:00pm, Rosamunde Sausage Grill 2832 Mission Street, San Francisco. (map)

“Special hoppy hour: From 5pm to 6pm all IPAs on tap will be $2 off.
Eight IPAs will be available on tap:
Ninkasi Total Domination IPA
Green Flash West Cost IPA
Russian River Blind Pig IPA
Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA
Houblon Chouffe Belgian-style IPA
Plus three more, stay tuned for details.
Three IPAs will be available in bottles:
Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
Flying Dog Raging Bitch Belgian-style IPA
Mateveza Yerba Mate IPA”

IPA Day San Jose Celebration
Wine Affairs, 1435 The Alameda, San Jose. (map)

$1.50 off drafts of Sculpin, Hop Crisis & Double Jack.

Pint Night: Port Brewing
6:00pm, Harry’s Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose. (map)

Featuring: (TBD) Pay for what you drink with an opportunity to keep the brewery branded pint glass.


August 5

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

“Drake’s First Friday Events are fundraisers for local schools & non-profits. This month’s event will benefit the San Leandro Education Foundation.

$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.”

August 5, 12, 19, 25

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

Every Friday Speakeasy opens the doors of the brewery for three dollar pints and tours.

August 6

IPA Fest
11:00am, The Bistro, 1001 B Street, Hayward. (map)

August 9

Evil Twin Brewing Night & U.S. Release of Wet Dream
7:00pm, The Trappist, 460 8th Street, Oakland. (map)

“Meet Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso from Evil Twin Brewing of Denmark and be the first to sample Wet Dream made for The Trappist. Wet Dream label artist John Casey will also be in attendance. T-Shirts will be available. We will Have the following Evil Twin Beer on Draft and Bottles:
Before, During, After Xmas
Soft DK
Ryan & the Beaster Bunny
Ashtray Heart
Katz Pis
Biscotti Break
And of course WET DREAM”Evil Twin Brewing Night & U.S. Release of Wet Dream»

August 10

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

“Join us as welcome the return of Derek Smith of Black Diamond Brewing! details tba!”

Social Kitchen Brewmaster’s Dinner Series
Social Kitchen & Brewery, 1326 9th Ave.San Francisco, CA. (map)

“The dinner pairs American Classics with internationally-inspired beers and a beer cocktail. The meal will be prepared by Guest Chef Tyler Morrish, of Osteria Coppa in San Mateo. The theme of Brewmaster’s Dinner XIII is “American Classics,” pairing Morrish’s fresh, local, market cuisine with Brewmaster Rich Higgins’s craft beer. The beer pairings will be presented and explained table-side by Higgins, a Master Cicerone.The menu will include:
• Chicken wings with horseradish cider sauce and dill slaw or fritto of fennel and green tomatoes with preserved lemon emulsion paired with Simon Saison, a rustic Belgian-style ale.
• Little gem salad, candied walnuts, blue-cheese-buttermilk dressing, and house-smoked bacon or pickled cherries paired with Old Time Alt, a toasty German-style ale.
• Pulled pork slider or roasted portobello, oven-dried tomato, and black garlic aioli slider, plum relish, cumin fries, and house-made ketchup paired with Plummer’s Crack, a beer cocktail with L’Enfant Terrible, plum, brandy, and port.
• Apple and huckleberry pie with lemon verbena whipped cream paired with Double Doozy IPA, a citrusy, malty American-style ale.

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. The dinners are 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.”

August 11

Pint Night: Green Flash Brewing
6:00pm, Harry’s Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose. (map)

Featuring: TBD. Pay for what you drink with an opportunity to keep the brewery branded pint glass.

 

August 13

Explore Your Craft: The Art of Beer
6:00pm – 9:00pm, The Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco. (map)

“DRAFT has partnered with Widmer Brothers Brewing to create Explore Your Craft, an experience where connoisseurs of beer and culture are immersed into the world of Widmer Brothers and their passion for craft beer alongside a showcase of local artisans who will display their wares and talents in art, food, and music for an intimate gathering near you. You will get to taste and learn about Widmer Brothers hand crafted beers in the presence of the Widmer Brothers and enjoy Limited Releases as well as your long time favorite brands being poured.
– Local chefs will create delicacies specifically meant to pair with the beers on hand.
– Local artisan cheese expert to host Widmer Brothers beer and cheese pairing stations.
– Live artist demonstrations will showcase at least one local artist creating their craft on site.
– Local musicians will fill the atmosphere with great sounds to create the perfect ambiance for a memorable evening.
– Patrons receive commemorative, souvenir glass and event guide beer diary for the Inaugural Explore Your Craft series of events.
$50. Tickets are limited”

August 17

SF Brewer’s Guild Meet the Brewers
6:00pm – 9:00pm, Zeitgeist, 199 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.”

Meet the Brewer: Firehouse Brewing
6:00pm, Beer Revolution464 3rd Street, Oakland. (map)

Stephen Donahue will be on hand.

August 18

Luminesce Tripel Release Party
Iron Springs Pub & Brewery, 765 Center Boulevard, Fairfax. (map)

“Iron Springs Brewery is pleased to announce our first ever Pro-Am Beer brewed for the GABF. This is where an amateur home brewer teams up with a commercial brewer to brew a batch of beer to enter into the GABF. We have joined forces with Alan Atha of the Sonoma Beerocrats to brew a Belgian Tripel called Luminesce. Cone down to the brewery for the official release.”

Pint Night: Rogue Ales
6:00pm, Harry’s Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose. (map)

Featuring: TBD. Pay for what you drink with an opportunity to keep the brewery branded pint glass.

August 20

Russian River Beer Revival and BBQ Cookout
SOLD OUT, Stumptown Brewery,15045 River Road, Guerneville. (map)

Meet the Brewer: Steve Altimari
2:00pm – 6:00pm, Beer Revolution, 464 3rd Street, Oakland. (map)

Come on down this saturday as steve Altimari will be here pouring some tasty Highwater beer including a special keg of secret ingredient Cherry Pom

August 25

Pint Night: Shipyard Brewing
6:00pm, Harry’s Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose. (map)

Featuring XXXX IPA and Smashed Blueberry. Pay for what you drink with an opportunity to keep the brewery branded pint glass.

August 27

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers 14th Anniversary Party
2:00pm – 7:00pm, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, 1195 Evans, San Francisco. (map)

Beer, food trucks and local bands.

August 28

3rd Annual Bear Republic GABF Cellar Party
3:00pm – 6:00pm, Bear Republic Brewing Co., 345 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg. (map)

“With less than three months to go before the Great American Beer Festival, the Bear Republic would like to invite you, our loyal customers, to taste the best beer we have to offer. Come join us for an afternoon of food, fun, and, of course, beer, at the 3rd Annual Bear Republic Cellar Party. Tickets are $60 and limited to the first hundred people, so don’t miss out on this once a year opportunity.
The 3rd Annual Bear Republic Cellar Party is your chance to sample the exact batches submitted for judging at this year’s festival and competition in Denver, CO. Guests can participate in mock judging and ask the brewers questions about the different beer styles. The afternoon will include beer sampling, hors d’oeuvres and a commemorative glass to take home. Please join us for a fun and educational beer gathering.”

August 31

Celebrate John Martin’s Brewing Success
6:00pm, Beer Revolution, 464 3rd Street, Oakland. (map)

“With Big Time Brewing (Seattle, WA.), Drake`s Brewing (San Leandro, CA.), Triple Rock Brewing (Berkeley, CA) and Jupiter Brewing (Berkeley, CA.)”

Calendar of Events

 

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*
Lagunitas
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)

Calendar of Events

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.

June 1

Speakeasy Betrayal Bottle Release
5:30pm, City Beer Store, 1168 Folsom St Suite 101, San Francisco. (Map)

June 2

Brewery Night: Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Amsterdam Cafe,  937 Geary St., 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!”

Firestone Walker Parabola Release
6:00pm, Petaluma Taps, 205 Kentucky St., Petaluma. (Map)

June 3

Drake’s First Friday
4:00pm, Drake’s Brewing , 1933 Davis Street, Building 177, San Leandro. (Map)

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.
-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.

Better Brew Tasting
6:00 pm, SOFA District, San Jose. (Map)

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).

Participating Breweries:
Ale Industries
Campbell Brewing
El Toro Brewing Company
Hermitage Brewing/ Tied House Café & Brewery
Lagunitas Brewing
Uncommon Brewers
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.”

June 4

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.

Meet the Brewer: Oude Beersel
6:00 pm, Gourmet Haus Staudt, 2615 Broadway St., Redwood City. (Map)

“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.

June 6

Hail the Pale Ale
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Wine Affairs, 1435 The Alameda, San Jose. (Map)

Tasting. $10 per person.

June 7

Real Ale Night: Brasserie d’Achouffe
4:00 pm, Toad in the Hole, 116 5th St., Santa Rosa. (Map)

June 8

Bay Area Beer Bloggers Meetup
7:00pm, Gordon Biersch Brewery, 2 Harrison Street, San Francisco. (Map)

“Come say hello to the regions beer writers and photographers. We’re always welcoming new members.”

Meet The Brewer: Peter Hoey of Sutter Butte
6:00 pm, Beer Revolution, 464 3rd Street, Oakland. (Map)

June 9

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.”

Brewery Night: Stone Brewing
6:00 pm, Petaluma Taps, 205 Kentucky St., Petaluma. (Map)

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”

June 11

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.”

June 12

Mostly Python 3
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Toad in the Hole, 116 5th St., Santa Rosa. (Map)

“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.

June 14

Real Ale Night: Rubicon
4:00 pm, Toad in the Hole, 116 5th St., Santa Rosa. (Map)

June 15

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

Tap takeover.

SF Brewer’s Guild Meet the Brewers
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Gordon Biersch Brewery, 2 Harrison Street, 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.”

June 18

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.”

June 20

Samuel Adams 2011 Utopias Tasting
6:00 pm, Wine Affairs, 1435 The Alameda, San Jose. (Map)

“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.”

June 21

Real Ale Night: Sierra Nevada
4:00 pm, Toad in the Hole, 116 5th St., Santa Rosa. (Map)

June 23

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:

Drakes Brewery
Sunce Winery
Ispiri Wines
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”

Brewery Night: Goose Island
6:00 pm, Petaluma Taps, 205 Kentucky St., Petaluma. (Map)

June 28

US vs UK Showdown
4:00 pm, Toad in the Hole, 116 5th St., Santa Rosa. (Map)

June 30

Almanac Beer Summer 2010 Bottle Release
TBD

San Francisco release. “Details for launch parties & events coming soon!”

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.”