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Spring Is Sprung, Beer Is Drunk

By asoglin
Friday, March 20th, 2009 at 9:03 am in what's on tap.

The latest from beer blogger Jay Brooks, who is guest blogging on What’s On Tap this week: Today is the Vernal Equinox, the first day of Spring. And as you know, in the spring a young beer lover’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of beer festivals. That’s right, beer festival season is upon us, with much good weather and great beer to look forward to enjoying. Here are few festivals and other beer events taking place around the Bay in the coming weeks.

Friday, March 20

The Beer Chef’s Oskar Blues Beer Dinner, Cathedral Hill Hotel, 1101 Van Ness Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94109, 415 674-3406. $70. The menu has been posted, and reservations may be made online. But hurry, it may already be sold out. If you miss this one, don’t worry. There’s another one coming up April 10. See below for details.

Saturday, March 21

Mission Street Food: Beer & Nosh Night at Lung Shan Restaurant, 2234 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110, 415 863-5710. The beer dinner will feature the beers of Shmaltz Brewing. Cash only. Check out the menu at Beer & Nosh. No reservations ‹ first come, first served, from 6:00 pm-midnight. When you arrive, please come in and put your name on the host’s list. No need to wait in a line ‹ you can go for a drink and return. They’ll call your name.

Saturday, April 4

Triple Rock’s Bay Area Firkin Gravity Festival 1920 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704, 415 843-2739. This is the sixth annual Firkin Festival that Triple Rock has hosted, and it’s quickly become of the best small festivals in the area.

Over twenty California breweries will be pouring cask-conditioned ales. $20, which includes a logo glass, 6 one ounce pours and one full pour. Additional samples are $1, or 6 for $5. Doors open at 11:00 am. Triple Rock is two blocks from the Downtown Berkeley BART station.


Friday, April 10

The Beer Chef’s Rogue Brewery Beer Dinner, Cathedral Hill Hotel, 1101 Van Ness Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94109, 415 674-3406. The menu and price has not yet been posted, so keep an eye on the Beer Chef’s website.
Reservations may be made online.

Saturday, April 11

The Bistro’s Hop Rhizome Festival, 1101 “B” St., Hayward, CA 94541, 510 886-8525. The Bistro will have on hand “several varietals of Hops for purchase and a plethora of Hopilicious beers on tap for your enjoyment alongside great live music and BBQ.”

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  • Jesse

    Here is the link to the dinner menu and beer list for the Mission Street Food Event:

    All of the details can also be found on the MSF blog:

  • Mario (Brewed For Thought)

    Battle of the Brews is next Friday in Santa Rosa as well. Music and beer.

  • Arnas

    According to the flyer, admission to the Triple Rock even will get you 6 FOUR oz pours + a full pour.

  • Gail Williams

    Any way to get these local announcements emailed, as Bill once did for one of his posts each week? I did remember to look here, but getting that in my inbox was of value to me and undoubtedly to others.

  • Jessica Yadegaran

    Good idea. Once there is a blogger in place, I’m sure they will arrange that.