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Calendar: Beer Fests, Dinners, Coming Up

By William Brand
Sunday, July 8th, 2007 at 8:56 pm in Uncategorized.



July 14, noon to 6 p.m. It’s not too late to get tickets for the Second annual Washoes Tournament, Hosted by Drakes Brewing Co., 1933 Davis St., San Leandro. 510-562-0866. There will be at least 21 breweries supplying beer, each brewed with a hop called Bravo, from the S.S. Steiner Co. It’s noted for its high bitterness. What’s washoes? It’s a game played like horseshoes, only players toss heavy metal washers instead of horseshoes toward a peg. The tossing distance is shorter, about 10 feet.

Oregon Brewers Festival, Portland, 20007

• July 27 – July 29. 20th annual Oregon Brewers Festival, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, downtown Portland, OR. Thursday – Saturday, Noon – 9 p.m. Sunday, Noon – 7 p.m.
If you never go to another beer festival in your lifetime, this is the one to attend. It features selections from all the brewers in Oregon, plus a number of invited guest brews from craft breweries across the country.
This year, fest supporters won a protracted battle against the bluenoses (of which Oregon’s well-stocked) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and children can, as always, attend accompanied by parents or guardians. They wanted to ban kids.

I believe this is the largest beer festival in America. Last year, sponsors said, attendance hit 55,000.
The great thing is, the fest is over four days and it’s spread out for nearly a mile along the Willamette River. Downtown Portland’s just across the street.
There’s lots of music and many of Portland’s best restaurants serve food in tents with outdoor seating. This is one not to miss.


Wednesday, Aug 1, Meet Me at the Arch – Celebrating the 75th birthday of the Pleasanton Arch in downtown Pleasanton, CA. 6-9 p.m. Besides some home-grown stuff like a Pooch Parade, there will be a beer and wine garden on Main Street, featuring wines from the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association and beer from a number of local breweries, Main Street, Trumer and Anheuser-Busch. (Well, they are local…)
Main Street will be closed from St. John Street to Old Pernal Avenue from 5-10 p.m. Info:
What is the arch? Here’s a quote from the Pleasanton Downtown Association.
“The story behind the sign’s origin is one of shear determination on the part of a group of civic-minded women during one of the darkest eras of the twentieth century.
“Our town is sadly in need of some sort of sign and club members should consider something really worthwhile” so read the minutes of the Pleasanton Women’s Improvement Club. The date was April 11, 1930, approximately one year after the largest stock market crash in our nation’s history. Even the seriousness of the depression couldn’t dampen the community spirit that begged for some recognition for its city. This recognition was to eventually manifest itself in a neon proclamation spanning Main Street that spells out quite simply “Pleasanton”. “The thousand or so residents of the tiny agricultural hamlet were beginning to put the pieces of their lives back together.”

Friday, Aug. 10, 6 p.m. Dinner With the Brewmaster, featuring the beers of 21st Amendment Brewery-Restaurant, San Francisco, with food prepared by beer chef Bruce Paton and his crew at the the Cathedral Hill Hotel, Details, menu coming soon. If you’ve never tried the beers of 21st Amendment’s Shaun O’Sullivan or Cathedral Hill executive chef Bruce Paton’s food, put this dinner in your calendar, 415-776-8200 x 7785,

Bistro HaywardSaturday, Aug. 11, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Bistro 10th Annual IPA Festival, Bistro, 1001 B. St., Hayward, CA. Beers from more than 50 breweries, live music, barbecue. Professional judging, People’s Choice Award. Cost to be announced. INFO:, 510-886-8525. If you live for India Pale Ale, this is one festival you shouldn’t miss. Great beer, lots of fun. B Street will be closed for the festival.

Saturday, Sept. 8, Sunday, Sept. 9. noon – 4:30 p.m., San Francisco Brewers Guild Festival. A benefit for the World War II Liberty Ship SS Jeremiah O’Brien. All seven San Francisco craft breweries – San Francisco Brewing Company, Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, ThirstyBear Brewing Company,Jeremiah O’Brien 21st Amendment, Magnolia Pub & Brewery, Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant and Speakeasy – will be pouring beer at the fest, which is held aboard the Jeremiah O’Brien at Pier 45, near Fisherman’s Wharf. Live music, food from ThirstyBear.
Tickets $30 in advance, $40 at the festival. Admission free for kids under 12; $8 for 13-20-year-olds.
Info: Linda Liguori, 415.939.1943 or

SS Jeremiah O’Brien underway in San Francisco Bay in 1994.

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