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Beer and wine in the Bay Area and beyond

Weekend Update 6.12

By Jay Brooks
Thursday, June 11th, 2009 at 8:43 pm in On Beer.

It’s a quiet weekend, beer-wise, I’m sorry to say. Unless you’ll be in the South Bay Friday night, you’ll have to wait until next week for some beer infused fun.


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.


Wednesday, June 17

From 7:00 p.m. until 11:00, Oakland’s new Linden Street Brewery will host the 4th annual anniversary party for The Brewing Network , the Bay Area’s own beer radio and podcast. There will be BBQ for purchase, as well as both commercial and homebrewed beer available. (Marin, Drakes, 21st Amendment, Triple Rock, Stone, Lagunitas, Linden Street and more). Just buy the commemorative BNA4 glass gets, which gets you in and served. There will be live music throughout the evening. And perhaps most importantly, it will be the official release of Linden Street’s flagship beer, so come down and show your support for Oakland’s newest brewery.

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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  • Rob

    There’s also an organic beer and wine tasting this weekend in Fairfax as part of Eco-Fest, a sort of festival nestled within the larger Fairfax Festival. A list of the beers and wines being served can be found here.

  • craig

    i go to alot of beerfest and reno’s is one of the best…i only have two reasons to visit reno…one is the beerfest…the other is the “reno santa crawl”…over 2000 santa’s and santa’a helpers…pub crawling through reno…it is a blast…check out their web site…the mammoth fest is fun…but it is over crowded and the actual day of the fest is the only day worth paying for…cheers