Bottoms Up

Beer and wine in the Bay Area and beyond

Weekend Update 5.8

By Jay Brooks
Thursday, May 7th, 2009 at 3:55 pm in On Beer.

There’s a growing number of beer events around the Bay Area coming up this weekend and beyond. See you there!


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

Sunday, May 10

The E.J. Phair Alehouse in Concord will host a Mother’s Day Brunch all day, beginning at 8:00 a.m., if you’re looking for a great place to treat your beer-loving Mom. Their brunch menu includes eggs Benedict, omelets, pancakes and their bottomless mimosas.

The Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol will also have a special Mother’s Day Brunch in their outdoor beer garden from 11:00 to 3:00 p.m., and live acoustic music from Noon until 6:00 p.m. You can also download a pdf of the special brunch menu.


Monday, May 11

The Magnolink Simul-Dinner at the Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery in San Francisco. See my previous post for all the details.

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.

Also taking place on Wednesday the 13th is a beer dinner at Mission Beach Cafe in San Francisco. The five-course dinner (plus Amuse Bouche) will feature the beers of Shmaltz Brewing, both the He’Brew and Coney Island line of beers. The all-inclusive price is $60 per person. You can also see the full menu and beer pairings at Beer & Nosh. Reservations can be made by calling 415-861-0198 ext. 2.

Saturday, May 16

Pacific Coast Brewing in Oakland will be holding their annual Spring Beer Tasting on the 16th. As of today, beers confirmed for the tasting include Pacific Coast Ultra Yellow Double Maibock Style Ale, Russian River Pliny the Elder Double IPA, Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, Celebrator Doppelbock, Dogfish Head Aprihop, Klokke Roeland Belgian Dark Ale, and Firestone Walker Reserve Porter. More will be added later. The sit-down tasting begins promptly at Noon and ends at 4:00 p.m. Tickets for the tasting must be purchased in advance and cost $50 per person.

The 10th annual West Coast Brew Fest in Sacramento’s Miller Park will be held next Saturday from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Over 60 breweries will be pouring beer along the Sacramento River with live music, food and even a V.I.P. Session.

Monday, May 18

On Monday, Pete’s Brass Rail and Car Wash in Danville will tap the first keg in California of Lost Continent Double IPA from the Grand Teton Brewery in Victor, Idaho. In addition, the last two kegs in existence of 20th anniversary Cellar Reserve XX Bitch Creek will be on tap.

Friday, May 22

The Beer Chef, Bruce Paton, will host a beer dinner featuring the Classic and Contemporary Beers of Duvel Moortgart at the Cathedral Hill Hotel in San Francisco. The dinner will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. and the cost per person is $80. Call 415.674.3406 for reservations by May 14. You can see the menu for the four-course beer dinner online, and also make reservation there, as well.

Saturday, May 23

The 15th annual Sudz in the City will be held in Fresno’s Chukchansi Park from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. The festival will feature “dozens of familiar and not so familiar craft brews, great live music from some of the Valley’s top bands on two stages, plus a wide range of food vendors from barbeque to tacos.” Advance tickets are $25 and $30 at the door (designated drivers are $10).

Sudz in the City


June 6: Beerfest, Santa Rosa

June 6: Monterey Beer Festival

June 18: Downtown Hayward Street Party including beer specials at The Bistro

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