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SF Beer Week: Rocking out at the Bistro DIPA fest

By William Brand
Sunday, February 8th, 2009 at 1:38 pm in what's on tap.


Part of the crowd at the Bistro Saturday.

bistro-dipa-2009-crowd1Did you make it to the Bistro’s Double IPA fest Saturday (Feb. 7, 2009)? What a great-kickoff to SF Beer Week. Bistro proprietors Vic and Cynthia Kralj hadn’t figured the gate, but they guessed the turnout would reach 1,500.

It was a great event and the Bistro crew had really transformed the festival area. The City of Hayward let them close the block of Main Street outside the pub.  They transformed the street into a large, long, enclosed arena with beer tap stations under canvas and actual wooden serving tables.

bistro-dipa-2009-glass-closeupSo participants could wander from the outside patio on B Street into the pub and onto the main street arenas. They wound up with 46 double India Pale Ales, plus New Albion Ale. I posted the winners of the professional judging here.

There were several entries from out of state including Avery Ale to the Chief, Boulder, CO., Oskar Blues Gordon, from Lyons, CO., Deschutes Hop Henge Experimental IPA, Bend, OR, Rogue XSIPA from Newport, OR, Shmaltz Bittersweet Lenny’s RIPA from Saratoga, NY,  Big Dog’s Hop Harvest Ale, Las Vegas, NV,  Dogfish Head 90-Minute IPA, 120-Minute IPA, Milton, DE, and Flying Dog Double Dog, Frederick, MD.

Besides the winners, I tried Stone Sublinely Self Righteous Ale, 8.7 percent, 85 IBUs.Very nice:  a dark brown with malt on the nose and a creamy head. Taste was malty with a dry, mildly hoppy finish.

Also, Pizza Port, Solana Beach, Lou P. Lin: 8.2 percent, 87 IBUs, A real hop bomb, aromatic nose, decent, balanced taste and a whoosh of hops in the finish.

Rogue XSIPA from John Maier was a surprise: 9.5 percent, 7 IBUs: Soft malty nose, a mildly sweet taste with lots of sweet malt and hops in the finish. Very drinkable.

Hats off to the Bistro.  And if you love the Bistro, check out two more upcoming events there this week:

  • The Bistro’s North County Cheese-Off, Tuesday, Feb. 10; 6:30 p.m., $45, Five cheeses paired with beers from Bear Republic, Lagunitas, Marin Brewing, North Coast and Russian River.
  • Thursday, Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m.  The Bistro Beer Mixology & Sensory Appreciation, $40. Hosted by Judy Ashworth (Americas Premier Lady Publican) & Terence Sullivan (of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.),   Judy one of the craft brew pub pioneers has long had a hobby of blending different beers together for some intriguing and tasty drinks.

Make reservations at: 510-886-8525.

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  • Bob Rogers

    Great event with a wonderful selection of Double IPA’s, good time enjoyed by all.

  • easong

    The Bistro did it, again. It was truly hop heaven.

  • AC

    I had an opportunity to try some great D-IPA’s and meet some good people and see Hayward for the first time. All around great event.