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A Beery Calendar for the Rest of the Year…

By William Brand
Sunday, December 17th, 2006 at 11:17 pm in Uncategorized.

Everything hasn’t stopped, just because Christmas is coming. And after Christmas – get ready for the post-holiday roarrrrrr.

Wednesday Dec. 20, Toronado Holiday Bash, Toronado, 547 Haight St., San Francisco. In truth, every night is Christmas at this amazing pub. But Wednesday, proprietor David Keene, opens the cellar door. Lots of specials, lots of people. A beery holiday party indeed.

Thursday Dec. 21, The Mission Holiday Throwdown, Amnesia, 853 Valencia St. All the He’Brew beers . Music by the Shut-Ins. $5 cover; music starts at 9 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 31, Luka’s Taproom & Lounge, 2221 Broadway, Oakland, CA., (510) 451-4677, is rolling out the carpet with a special menu, including:
––“Seared foie gras with orange-vanilla poached quince and savory beignets,
–– American black caviar and vodka-cured sturgeon w/ buckwheat blinis, crème fraiche, sieved egg & finely minced red onion
–– Surf & Turf grilled filet mignon, half a butter poached lobster, potato gratin, asparagus & béarnaise sauce. They hadn’t figured out menu price tonight, but I’m guessing about $25 per person, maybe a bit more.
Oh yeah, Champagne and a very large beer menu, including a number of Belgians, Westmalle, Orval, Duchesse de Bourgogne. And balloons. Doors open 7 p.m. Cover charge $10 before 9 p.m., $15 after. DJ music.

Dec. 31. Beach Chalet Restaurant & Brewery, 1000 Great Highway, San Francisco,(415) 386-8439 founded in 1997 by co-owners Lara and Greg “Gar” Truppelli and Timon Malloy, celebrates its 10th anniversary New Year’s Eve with dinner and live music. $50 includes a midnight champagne toast a poster and an evening of music by the Mermen. Food and beer (or wine) is extra.

This has to be the brewpub with the best view in America. It’s on the edge of Golden Gate Park,just across from Ocean Beach with a sweeping view of the Pacific. It’s the place to take your out-of-town guests. Here’s something important. You can now make reservations on line here. If you intend to do more than wrangle a seat at the bar, reservations are important, essential for New Year’s Eve.

Monday, Jan. 8, “Dinner with the Brewmaster”, Cathedral Hill Hotel, 1101 Van Ness Ave.,San Francisco. Executive chef Bruce Paton begins his 2007 beer dinners, featuring the beers of Urthel with Hildegard van Ostaden. Paton notes she’s one of only two female brewers in Belgium. She attended the Great American Beer Festival in Denver this past fall and, to put it mildly, was a total hit.

She’s co-owner (with her husband, Bas) and brewer of the De Leyerth Brouwerijen in Ruiselede, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. She brought her Hop-It Belgian Double IPA, strong (9 percent) and hoppy with a trademark, Belgian fruity nose: grapefruit, fresh oranges. About the name: the Beer Advocate says Urthel refers to the gnomes on the brewery’s beer labels.

To sign up call (415) 776-8200 x 7785 or e-mail Bruce at

Photo of Hildegard van
Ostaden from
Glenn’s Belgian Beer Site.

PS. Bruce is planning his third annual Beer and Chocolate Dinner on Feb. 16. Check out his web site for details later or stay tuned.

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