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Beer and wine in the Bay Area and beyond

Weekend Update 6.26

By Jay Brooks
Friday, June 26th, 2009 at 5:09 pm in On Beer.

Unless you’re in Reno, it’s a quiet weekend, beer-wise, I’m sorry to say. But there’s certainly some fun events on the horizon.


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.


Tuesday, June 30

The last June Meet the Brewer event at Rogue Ales Public House in San Francisco, on June 30th will feature Daniel Del Grande from Black Bison Brewery, who now brews at Mendocino in Ukiah.

Friday, July 3

On Friday, July 3rd from 5-6:30pm in the Tasting Bar at the Redwood City K&L Wines (3005 El Camino Real) will be holding their 3rd Beer tasting of the year. The cost of the tasting will be a bit more expensive somewhere between $8-10, as they’re still putting together the list of new beers they’ll be opening at the tasting, though it’s likely there may be new releases from the Lost Abbey, Port Brewing, Avery, Allagash, Victory and The Bruery. They may also include some old faves from De Glazen Toren, Cantillon, De Ranke and Corsendonk.

Friday, July 10

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

Saturday, July 18

In mid-July it will be time once more for the 9th annual Fermenting Change: Microbreweries Battling Breast Cancer at Marin Brewing in Larkspur, a great opportunity to take the ferry over from San Francisco. 25 breweries will be pouring their beer from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.


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 25: The Sierra Brewfest, a.k.a. Music in the Mountains will be held at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.

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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  • J

    July 3rd:
    Mountain View, Tied House; Firkin Friday

  • easong

    The A’s Brewfest was extraordinarily well-attended. I was there in the crush, arriving a few minutes before the scheduled start at 4 PM Saturday. There were no signs whatsoever pointing to the event once parked. A gate staff member directed us around the stadium to the Eastside Club. We waited in a long line to get in, only to find that at the last minute the line forked into 2 lines, with 3/4 of the people heading into a stadium entrance, and the minority paying their way into the Brewfest. Only 2 people handling ticket sales to the ‘fest. We got a respectable 12 oz. plastic beerglass, two beers for $10 (and no option for additionsal refills unless a friend didn’t use a ticket). Once inside we found the interesting brewers quickly: 21A, Bear Republic, Mt. St. Helena, Lagunitas. Most people were lined up for a Blue Moon or a Bud Lite so short lines for the good beer. But that was at 4:30. By 5:30 the place was so crowded moving positions was like a Rubik’s cube. My friends who had waited in the entry line for an hour found most kiosks out of beer before 6, certainly all the good ones.

    All in all, the A’s ran it like a typical A’s event — second rate and poorly coordinated. And the A’s lost (but the day was nice). I wish the Giants would have a brewfest.

    Once inside, we quickly surveyed the scene and started at 21A with the IPA.

  • craig

    they are messing up the reno fest!!…not as many beer vendors…which caused long lines…they also spread it it out too much…and since it was expanded to two days..most stopped pouring early to save beer for sunday…i guess i shouldn’t complain …besides having a blast…i’m still using my mug and tokens from 2 years ago…!!! i can hardly wait for the “santa crawl”…in dec..