Oddbits… Just talked with Nat Cutler at Monk’s Kettle, the neeat Belgian-style cafe at 3141 16th St. in the Mission in San Francisco. Yes they have Dogfish Head Punkin (yes Punkin, not Pumpkin) Ale on tap: $3.75, in a 10-oz. tulip-shaped glass. They also have Dogfish 90 Minute IPA in bottles and a wild assortment of craft and Belgian beer on tap. If you’ve never visited this cozy, friendly, neighborhood bistro, make it a stop, its an excellent place.
Details are emerging (and the poster above) on the Oakland Oktoberfest being held next Saturday, Oct. 4 from 11 a.m. -6 p.m. in the Dinond District at MacArthur Boulevard and Fruitvale Avenue. The beer garden will feature brews from Pacific Coast, Linden Street, Trumer, Berkeley and Triple Rock and most likely many more.
The district once had four beer gardens so in an effort to reclaim history, there’s going to be a beer garden (and a root beer garden for kids).
Entrance to the beer garden is $10, which buys a commemorative glass stein and one full pint or four, four ounce tastes. This is going to be a way cool event. People who live in the Dimond neighborhood are really attached to it and lots of things are happening.
...Haven’t seen it yet, but Don Russell, who writes the Joe Sixpack column in the Philadelphia Daily News has a new book coming out: Christmas Beers: The Cheeriest, Tastiest and Most Unusual Holiday Brews (Universe, 2008)
It’s due out sometime this fall. Here’s blurb from the press release:
- Christmas Beers ranks the “50 Best Christmas Beers,” with Harrisburg, PA brewery Troeg’s “Mad Elf” coming in number one; offers reviews of 150 plus Christmas brews; and provides home brewing recipes for ambitious readers who want to try their hand at the winter warmer brewing tradition.
The book also shines a spotlight on cultural reactions to mixing Christmas and beer, examining how advertising has adapted to regulations forbidding the inclusion of children’s characters, such as Santa Claus, on beer labels. Beers that have been banned in some American states, including the English import “Santa’s Butt,” are also explored.
Great idea for a book, huh. But Troeg’s as the best Christmas beer? Hmmm, sounds Philadelphia-centric too me.
Have you heard about AB 1245, the bill now on the governor’s desk, passed over the stringent opposition of craft brewers, that greatly increases how much money and how much product brewers can give away to boost their beer?
The gubinator may be about to sign the damn thing, but riding in like the Lone Rangers at the 11th hour and 59th minute is the California Coalition on Alcopops and Youth, an ad-hoc, non-profit that includes the Girl Scouts, the California Council on Alcohol Problems and many others with similar feelings.
AB 1245 would increase the industry’s marketing and promotional item limits for “freebies” by 1200 percent, the coalition says. It’s one thing if the bill becomes law that Anheuser-Busch could give out free samples of Bud and all the many Bud-like accoutrements in vast quantities. But when one starts thinking about “alcopops,” those sugary sweet, fermented drinks laced with alcohol.
The bill, coalition attorney Fred Jones, would allow boozemakers to target youth markets in a big way and that’s something the coalition (and most of the rest of us) oppose. Remember Joe Camel? He didn’t say that, I did.
If you agree, do this: Send Arnold an e-mail. Tell him to veto the damn thing.