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Events coming up this Friday…

By William Brand
Tuesday, September 25th, 2007 at 8:43 pm in Uncategorized.

There are a whole lot of events coming up in the Bay Area in the next couple of weeks. Here’s a few for starters; when I have time, I’ll add more.

Friday, Sept, 28, 4 – 6 p.m. Puccini and Pinetti, 129 Ellis St., San Francisco; also 4-7 p.m., Beverages and More, 3678 North Freeway Blvd., Sacrmento. Free tasting of two new Sam Adams beers. One is a Dunkelweizen Dark Wheat Ale, the other’s an Irish Style Red Ale.
I’ve sampled them both and they’re absolutely excellent. The Dunkel’s a rich copper color with a creamy head and a tannic, roast malt flavor with a rush of mild hop bitterness.
The Red Ale is a stunner, thick creamy head with lacework trailing down the glass, clean malty nose. Taste has lots of malt sweetness with a bit of hops in the follow in a drying finish. Very drinkable.

If you’re in the city Friday afternoon, they’re worth a trip to sample. Boston Brewing, which makes Sam Adams, has been testing both beers across the country, asking samplers to pick their favorite.

The winner, the company says, will be bottled in January and distributed nationwide. Personally, I think they should bottle both. More info: www.samadams.com.

If you miss the Sam Adams tasting, get on over to the Toronado, 547 Haight St., San Francisco and try Moonlight Brewing’s fresh hop ale. Brewer Brian Hunt calls it Weak in the Knees. It was made Sept. 16 with hops from his own field.

Also this Friday, Sept. 21, 4-9 p.m., the second annual Rock the Dock Festival will be held at Pillar Point, Princeton-by-the-Sea, which is just north of Half Moon Bay on Hwy. 101. alf Moon Bay Brewing Company’s Mavericks Amber Ale and Harbor Light Ale and wines from Half Moon Bay-based La Nebbia Winery. Benefits Half Moon Bay Fisherman’s Association.

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