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Events: Junior League of Oakland benefit with great beer tonight in Walnut Creek

By William Brand
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008 at 12:22 pm in Uncategorized.

I’ll admit, I never thought it would really happen, that good beer would become so established in the American psyche that a solidly middle-America organization like the Junior League would commission a beer for a charitable fundraiser.

Well, it’s happened. The Junior League of Oakland-East Bay had done just that. Meet  “Make a Burger, Make a Brew, Make a Difference”  It’s happening from 6 – 10 p.m.,  tonight Wednesday, Oct. 22. The place is The Counter,  1699 N. California Blvd. in Walnut Creek. The Counter, a national chain where patrons make assemble their own hamburger trimmings,  provides the burgers. Black Diamond Brewing, of Concord, will provide the beer.

The public, you and I, buy burgers and beer and the money goes to the Junior League, which uses the money for a number of charitable works. The Junior League’s Dana Young says a large cut of the food and beer proceed go to the League.

Derek Smith, Black Diamond’s head brewer, says he’s bringing a Belgian Blonde and Black Diamond’s IPA.  The blonde’s easily my favorite Black Diamond Beer. It’s a 5.2 percenter, brewed with an “Antwerp” yeast (Think  De Koninck) , which gives it a delicious spicy, earthy note. It’s a blend of pale barley, Belgian aromatic malt, which adds color and a pronounced malt aroma and Cara 20, a kind of crystal malt, bringing a full mouth feel and color to the beer. There’s also a touch of malted rye with its characteristic dry, spiciness.
Hops are Hallertau and American Liberty hops.

The IPA is in the English style,  6 percent, emphasis on malt, which is Scottish Golden Promise malt,  with decent hopping from Styrian and East Kent Goldings  providing an earthy note and – Derek says – a touch of orange marmalade from the Goldings.

All that and good hamburgers, How can I resist. See ya’ there.

The Junior League chapter, by the way, was founded in Oakland in 1935 in Oakland. Members come from all over Alameda and Contra Costa County and the chapter is headquartered in Lafayette.

It’s an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities.

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