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Oddbits: 21st Amendment night at City Beer, Freaktoberfest, Pliny is a best-seller, a video on the GABF, Slow Food is deserting us, a Joe Sixpack votes for Obama video

By William Brand
Thursday, October 30th, 2008 at 9:12 am in Uncategorized.

Events. It’s late notice, I know, but City Beer, 1168 Folsom St. in San Francisco is holding a 21st Amendment night tonight, (Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008). 21st head brewer Shaun O’Sullivan says they’ll be pouring Fat Bavarian, Double Trouble IPA, Back in Black and Diesel Imperial Smoked Porter.  Hours 6-10 p.m. No admission. Buy your own beer.

By the way…if you’ve never visited City Beer,  I highly recommend it. Proprietors Craig and Beth Wathen  have an unusual off-sale, on-sale license and an extensive beer list. You can buy a bottle of any beer, share it with friends at the pub. If you like the beer, you can buy more to take home.

Another event… Shmaltz Brewing, makers of He’brew are unveiling their blood red beer (yes it’s a red lager) tonight (Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008)  9 p.m. Elixir Saloon
3200 16th St., San Francisco. No cover Cash Bar. They’re having a Halloween party Friday night at Amnesia, 853 Valencia St, San Franciaco, $10 cover.  The beer’s a 6.6 percent lager with a dry finish.

Moving on… Got this note from Ben Eksousian, who coordinates speciality beer sales for Whole Foods Markets in Northern California:

  • William, We are flying through Pliny (Pliny the Elder, Russian River Brewing) at all our locations that carry it..Last week it was in our top 10 best selling beers for the region. Amazing stuff…

To which I say: Amen.

Also got a note from Chris and Merideth Nelson that they’ve posted their latest video…on the just concluded Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Find it at

…Remember the Slow Food Nation expo at Fort Mason over Labor Day. They had a great beer pavilion, overseen by the San Francisco Brewers Guild, with craft beer from across America.. (Read our report here).  Did the expo draw a crowd? You betcha”

  • Slow Food Nation today announced that after analyzing all post-event surveys, they have found that the total number of unique visitors to the event was over 85,000. The new analysis also shows that the Marketplace on Civic Center Plaza vendors made a total of 48,000 individual purchases; that Californian family farmers sold $300,000 of product directly to the public during the event; and that the Slow on the Go vendors sold over $150,000. The event raised $45,000 through Slow Dinners for partner non-profit organizations in the Bay Area, including the Golden Gate Parks Conservancy, Greenbelt Alliance, La Cocina, Community Alliance with Family Farmers, City Slicker Farms, and People’s Grocery. Thanks to a collaboration with Fora.TV and Participant Media, the Slow Food Nation Food for Thought videos posted to the web site have been viewed by over 25,000 people, more than triple the number who attended in person.

Enough blah-blah-blah. The bad news: There won’t be an expo here next year.  Maybe Washington, Chicago or Des Moines. Drat.  Hey! Maybe we should do another Slow Food Beer Expo here next Labor Day on our own. How about it SF Brewers Guild?

There’s news about Fuller’s new whiskey-barrel-aged beer. It’s coming to the U.S. at some point in the next few months  and will be for sale in very limited markets, the importer Distinguished Brands Inc. says.  Gotta’ try this one.

Hi William– I think you’ll like my song, I’m Joe Six-pack and I’m voting for Obama: Here’s the YouTube link:
Thanks, Rita Abrams

Whoa. Stop the presses…Here’s news from MillerCoors:

MillerCoors is excited to announce the national launch of MGD 64 – the lightest beer on the market with just 64 calories and 2.5 grams of carbohydrates per 12 oz. bottle. The differences between MGD 64 and other light beers and alcohol beverages really add up – take a look:

·         A 12-ounce bottle of Bud Light has 110 calories
·         A 12-ounce bottle of Michelob Ultra has 95 calories
·         A 6-ounce glass of red wine contains 128 calories
·         A 6.5-ounce margarita contains 246 calories

Question: Why is drinking these beers like making love in a canoe?  You answer that one. This is a family blog.

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  • easong

    Still nary a drop of Pliny or anything Russian River being sold in San Mateo or Santa Clara counties. Yet we get all the best of San Diego county. C’mon Vinnie, please have mercy.

  • http:/// Mario (Brewed For Thought)

    Just packaged up 2 Plinys and a Pig to send to a friend in Georgia. When I checked Whole Foods Tuesday, all that was there was one Pliny, today, fully stocked.

  • William Brand

    About Pliny in the South Bay What about Whole Foods in the South Bay? Tried there. It’s supposed to be there,. I’ll ask Whole Foods.

  • craig

    what about “rubicon’s” 21st annerversay party??…they will have 21 hoppy ipa’s on tap…one for each year…last year it was 1$ for a decent size tumbler…a great deal…and a lot of alot of places in sacto (and drive home) to visit…happening fri & sat….

  • William Brand

    Just heard back from Whole foods. Answer is nope. Pliny is only at Whole Foods in the East Bay and San Francisco. damn. Have you tried Beltramo’s in Menlo Park or Draeger’s in San Mateo?