Bottoms Up

Beer and wine in the Bay Area and beyond

Weekend Update 7.3

By Jay Brooks
Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 at 6:58 am in On Beer.

It’s Backyard Beer & Barbecue Days this weekend, as summer beer season kicks into high gear.


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.

Monday, 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. The price of the beer dinner is $75. Reservations can be made online.


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.

If you know of an upcoming beer event, please let me know about it so I can share it here. Let me know at

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  • Andrew Alden

    Your column today was so appetizing, I reread it over lunch with a Sierra Nevada Kellerweis (a standout belgian wheat!). Do you recommend particular sellers to find the beers you named? My own local grocer is very good but has less than half of them. I know your predecessor Bill Brand used to have a list, but sadly I never asked him for it.

  • Ethan

    Here is the list for the K&L tasting. According to the email I received, the cost will be $10. The theme is Great American Beer.

    AleSmith Brewing Company IPA
    Victory Brewing Company Wild Devil IPA
    Hair of the Dog Brewing Company Blue Dot DIPA
    North Coast Brewing Company Old Rasputin XII Russian Imperial Stout
    Allagash Brewing Company Confluence Wild Ale
    Deschutes Brewery Red Chair IPA
    Maui Brewing Company Bikini Blonde Lager
    Stone Brewing Company 13th Anniversary Imperial Amber
    Avery Brewing Company 16th Anniversary Saison

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  • Scott B.

    Andrew –
    What is your email address? I can send you Bill’s comprehensive retail beer store list which was last updated in 2008.