Bottoms Up

Beer and wine in the Bay Area and beyond

Weekend Update 5.1

By Jay Brooks
Thursday, April 30th, 2009 at 2:05 pm in On Beer.

One of the best Bay Area beer events is coming up this weekend and many more are in the near future. See you there!


Saturday, May 2

The 13th annual Boonville Beer Festival will be held again at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville. Camping is recommended and available at the fairgrounds for just $12 per night. The festival begins at 1 p.m. and lasts until 5 p.m. $40 in advance/$50 at the gate gets you “admittance to the festival, a snazzy wristband, a sampling glass, music and all the samples you care to enjoy during the four hours the taps are open.” As the website promises, it’s “The bahlest steinber hornin’, chiggrul gormin’, tidrick in the heelch of the Boont Region!”


Thursday, May 7

The Trappist in Oakland will be hosting a Chouffe Night next Thursday from 6:00 p.m. until midnight. The event will feature the Belgian beers of La Chouffe on draft on the back bar, including la Chouffe, Mc Chouffe, N’ice Chouffe and Houblon Chouffe. According to their website, the “first 50 people get a stupid chouffe hat” and BBQ will be served. You can either buy 4 beer tokens for $22 or pay as you go.

Saturday, May 9

The Raley Field Brewfest in Sacramento will return May 9 for its third year, put on by the Northern California Brewers’ Guild. Over 30 local and regional craft brewers will be pouring their beers, beginning at 1:00 p.m. and continuing until 4:30. Tickets, which can be purchased online, are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the festival. Admission includes 10 five ounce tastings. There are also V.I.P. tickets available for $40, and these include an exclusive early tasting (one hour earlier) and 18 five ounce tastings.

Raley Field Beerfest 2009

Tuesday, May 12

Lagunitas Brewing will host a tasting of their beers Tuesday night at The Toronado in San Francisco. The event and the Sierra Nevada event the next night will celebrate American Craft Beer Week and will include draft specials all night. 6-9 p.m.

Wednesday, May 13

Sierra Nevada Artisan Ale Experience at The Toronado in San Francisco. Five Sierra Nevada beers will be served, including their Limited Release Chico IPA, Brown Saison, Bigfoot Barleywine-style Ale, Summerfest and their new Kellerweis Bavarian Hefeweizen. 6-9 p.m.

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  • Mario (Brewed For Thought)


    For those North Bay residents, we have Lagunitas in Santa Rosa at Toad in the Hole on the 12th. There will be a fresh cask and drafts available. You can get 10 oz samples of all three selections for $10. Plus, we’ll have owner Tony Magee in attendance. More details on the specific beer pouring to come.

  • Tom Meyer

    Just got home form Drakes and they were loading a few kegs and a few cases for Boonville. Enjoy everyone who is lucky enough to be going

  • craig

    miller park sacto may 16th…excellent location…unlimited tastings…amtrak from martinez is 34$ round trip and takes 45min…i’m going to uase ti for the raley field fest…santa rosa and davis both have fests on the 6/6…