Bottoms Up

Beer and wine in the Bay Area and beyond

Weekend Update 5.29

By Jay Brooks
Thursday, May 28th, 2009 at 5:16 pm in On Beer.

After the three-day Memorial Day weekend, it’s more of a slow week, beer-wise, a chance to recharge the batteries at home and maybe pick-up something at the store to try with the backyard barbecue.


Saturday, May 30

At Sudwerk Brewery in Davis, the third annual Citizens Who Care BeerFest 2009 a.k.a. “A Celebration of All Things Beer” will take place on Saturday, May 30, 200 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are believed to be $25.


Tuesday, June 2

The second Meet the Brewer event at Rogue Ales Public House in San Francisco, on June 2nd will feature Lars Larson from Trumer Brauerei in Berkeley.

Saturday, June 6

The emphasis on food along with beer makes the Beerfest at Santa Rosa one of the best fests around. Beerfest is a festive microbrew and food tasting extravaganza with more than 35 of Northern California’s best microbreweries and a matching number of exceptional gourmet food purveyors. Your ticket includes all food and beverage tasting and a souvenir glass! Music provided by the THE THUGZ (Cosmic Americana style music) while you enjoy wonderful brews and outstanding food. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.

Santa Rosa Beerfest

Also taking place on D-Day is the Monterey Beer Festival, on the opposite side of the Bay Area. The festival will take place at the Monterey Fairgrounds from 12:30 to 5:00 p.m. According to their website, it will include “the greatest assortment of Beer ever assembled on the Central Coast. Sample varied styles of Ales, Lagers & Ciders from over seventy breweries with hundreds of beers to taste. On hand will be the best of beer from around the world, including America, Belgium, Germany, England, France, Australia, Thailand, Italy, Asia, Ireland, Jamaica & California.” This year it will be hosted by Chris Nelson and Merideth Canham-Nelson, who write online at The Beer Geek. They’ll also be hosting several other events throughout the week leading up to the festival. In addition, this year’s theme will feature Tribute Bands including WEEZER (Little Bitches), STING & THE POLICE (Stung) and TOM PETTY (Petty Theft). Tickets are $30 and may be purchased online.

Sunday, June 7

Sunday morning beginning at 11:30 a.m. and running until at least 4:00 p.m., Peg returns to the Toronado for a Belgian Inspired Beer Dinner. The brunch will be five courses paired with American-made, Belgian-inspired beers, including Russian River Toronado 20th Anniversary, Lost Abbey Cable Car, and beers from Cascade Brewery, New Belgium, Allagash, Green Flash, Ommegang, and more. Tickets are $95, and are available at the bar at 547 Haight Street in an Francisco.

Tuesday, June 9

The third Meet the Brewer event at Rogue Ales Public House in San Francisco, on June 9th will feature Derek Smith from Black Diamond Brewery in Walnut Creek.


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

June 18-20: The American Homebrewers Association will be hosting the National Homebrewers Conference in Oakland.

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