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Oddbits…Oompah night at the Toronado, Duvel Green and Pilsner Urquell from Russia and Poland

By William Brand
Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008 at 4:14 pm in Uncategorized.

This opium poppy thing is spreading…Yesterday a Santa Cruz homebrewer was busted for making what they claimed was “morphine beer.”  Earlier this summer,  police uncovered opium poppy fields south of Morgan Hill…No brewers involved, thank gawd… (That’s south of San Jose for those of you outside the er-Golden State.)

EVENTS…The Toronado (547 Haight St., San Francisco) is doing an Oktoberfest party Thursday, (Sept. 25, 2008). Beginning at 6 p.m. they’re going to have a string of German and German-style beers on tap. It’s sponsored by Spaten, the big Munich brewer, which is providing bratwurst and oompah music by the Internationals. No admission; pay for your beer.

Beers on tap will include…Spaten Oktoberfest, Spaten Premium Lager , Spaten Optimator Doppelbock, Spaten Franziskaner Hefeweizen, Schneider Weiss, Schneider Edelweiss (organic wheat), Schneider Aventinus, Weizenbock (double wheat), Bitburger Pils, Raderberger Pils, Aecht Scherlenka Rauchbier (smoked beer), Weinhenstephan Weizenbock , Gordon Biersch Weizenbock, Bayrischer Bahnhof Leipzeiger Gose (spiced and soured wheat), Kulmacher Monchshof Kellerbier (unfiltered lager)

Special Bottles: Altenmunster Doppelbock, Fritz Briem’s 1809 Berlinerweiss (sour wheat).

Let’s see, the Berliner Weiss and Gose are fairly rare here in the Bay Area. Worth a try.

The fourth anniversary of Iron Springs Brewery
in Fairfax in Marin County is coming up Oct. 10 and properietor Michael Altman and brewer Christian Kazakoff are going full bore. That is, they’re even roasting a pig. They’re also releasing Grand Cru, a hopped up copper ale… Great poster too…

Event update: The  Dimond District Oktoberfest in Oakland on Saturday, Oct. 4, 11 am. – 6 p.m, MacArthur and Fruitvale,  is looking like a real beer blast. Sponsors tell me they’ve lined up a string of local breweries including Linden Street, Trumer Berkeley and others.

Want a chance to taste Budweiser American Ale? It’s apparenlty gonna’ be on tap Sunday, Oct 5, 1-5 p.m. at the Pleasanton (CA,) Downtown Association’s Hop & Vine Fest.  It’s going to be held in the parking lot behind the Cheese Factory building at 830 Main Street.  Admission is free. The new Sierra Nevada Harvest will also be on tap and Pleasanton Main Street Brewery will have their beer on tap, including Strawberry Blonde Hefe, Train Wreck IPA and Pleasanton Pale Ale (6.1%) – Dry hopped with their Estate  hops (cluster and Ken Goldings) and more.

While we’re talking about beer, the latest hot beer on the East Coast, in Philadelphia, at least is Duvel Green. It’s the first Duvel on draft. Duvel, the classic Belgian beer from Moortgat is bottle conditioned: fresh yeast is added to each bottle for a slow secondary fermentation in the bottle. The draft version is unfiltered, but there’s no secondary fermentation, so it has a somewhat different taste.  When is it coming here? Only God and Moortgat know that.  Get all the scoop in Philadelphia beer writer Lew Bryson’s blog.

And by the way, if you’re into bourbon, Lew just returned from a big annual bourbon tasting in Kentucky.

Did you know that Pilsner Urquell, the classic original pils from the Czech Republic is also brewed in Poland and Russia? Truth.  Evan Rail, who writes the Prague Monitor blog wonders how it can still be called Pilsner Urquell, since Urquell translates as original source…and no the three beers didn’t taste exactly alike…Read his post here. The Pilsner Urquell here come from the Czech Republic, by the way.

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  • Dave

    The Oktoberfest party at Toronado shouldn’t be missed! It was my favorite Toronado event last year.

    Be sure to know how to sing along with “Living Next Door to Alice”.