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Beer and wine in the Bay Area and beyond

Weekend Update 6.5

By Jay Brooks
Thursday, June 4th, 2009 at 5:11 pm in On Beer.

Two big fests coming up this weekend, both north and south. Either one would make for a terrific Saturday afternoon tasting beer.


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.

Friday, June 12

This is a good trend, the COOF, an organic certifier and advocate for organic farming methods (they fund research for farmers), is sponsoring a the CCOF Inaugural Pruneyard Organic Beer and Wine Tasting. The Pruneyard is an outdoor shopping center in Campbell down in Silicon Valley. There will be at least four all-organic breweries along with some organic wineries, too. “Tickets are $20 for 10 tastes or $15 for 5 tastes, which includes a commemorative wine glass. Proceeds from the event will help fund CCOF’s nonprofit education, advocacy and outreach programs. For more information and to buy tickets online visit the CCOF website.

Thursday, June 18

Downtown Hayward Street Party including beer specials at The Bistro, which the Chamber of Commerce describes as one of “the biggest parties of the summer in downtown Hayward! Merchants, community and civic organizations, bands, food vendors, as well as classic, antique and hot rod cars line B Street from Foothill to Mission Boulevard from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. The Chamber features a beer, wine and soda garden where folks can have frosty cold refreshments while listening to hot music.”

Thursday, June 18-Saturday June 20

If you want to hone your homebrewing skills or learn what all the fuss is about, the American Homebrewers Association is coming to town, and will be hosting its annual National Homebrewers Conference in downtown Oakland. The Marriott City Center will be the place to be for “Sippin’ On the Dock of the Bay.”

A's Beer Festival 2009

Saturday, June 27

The 13th annual A’s Beer Festival will take place during a game against the Colorado Rockies, with the BeerFest from 4:05 p.m. to 6:05 p.m. For those two hours, enjoy over 30 different breweries, live music from Wonderbread 5, and other festivities at the Oakland Coliseum. The Oakland A’s Beer Fest will take place in the East Side Club. Tickets will be $10, which includes a special acrylic souvenir beer mugs and and 2 tastings, with additional tastings available for purchase. “Mugs and tasting sales end at 5:30 p.m., last pour is at 6:00 p.m. Admission is free with a game ticket.”

Saturday, June 27-Sunday June 28

If you ever needed or wanted an excuse to visit Reno, Nev., this is probably the best reason I know of. The Eldorado Hotel & Casino will again be hosting the 14th annual Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival. With world-class blues musicians, tasty barbecue and great beer, what more do you want? Oh, and you can gamble, too, if you like that sort of thing.


July 10: The Rate Beer Invitational beer dinner by the Beer Chef, Bruce Paton, at the Cathedral Hill Hotel in San Francisco.

July 20: The Beer Chef, Bruce Paton, will host a beer dinner featuring the beers of Lagunitas Brewing and The Chefs Association of the Pacific Coast at the Cathedral Hill Hotel in San Francisco.

July 31-August 2: The 14th annual Mammoth Festival of Beers & Beerapalooza. It’s a bit of a trek to Mammoth Lakes, but worth it.

August 8: The 12th annual Bistro IPA Festival at The Bistro in Hayward.

August 28: Brewfest at the California State Fair in Sacramento.

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