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Weekend Update 7.31

By Jay Brooks
Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 8:29 am in On Beer.

Things are starting to heat up, at least as far as beer events go, and there’s quite a lot coming up in the next few weeks, beginning with tonight’s Russian River beer dinner.


Friday, July 31

The Bistro at the Park, part of the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa, in Lafayette is hosting a beer dinner featuring the beers of Russian River Brewing on Friday, July 31 beginning at 6:30 p.m. The five-course dinner (including appetizers) costs $75 (exclusive of tax & gratuity) and reservations can be made by calling the hotel & spa at 925.283.7108. Thanks to Rod Santos at Wine Thieves for passing this one along.

Russian River Brewing

Friday, July 31-Saturday, August 1

If you feel like getting out of town this weekend, you could do no better than heading off to Mammoth for the 14th annual Mammoth Festival of Beers & Beerapalooza. It’s a bit of a trek to Mammoth Lakes, but worth it. The natural beauty of the surrounding area is awe-inspiring and watching music in a cathedral of trees while enjoying some great craft beer is one of the best things you can do for your soul.


Wednesday, August 5

Come down to the Trappist in Oakland to meet the brewer from North Coast Brewing, Pat Broderick, at 7:00 p.m. in the back bar.

Wednesday, August 6-9

The SF Chefs. Food. Wine. (where’s the beer?) event will tale place in Union Square over four days and is billed as San Francisco’s premier culinary weekend event. Actually there will be beer events. I’ll be leading a panel discussion on Saturday at 3:30 with the San Francisco Brewers Guild and on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Bruce Paton (The Beer Chef) and Craig Wathen (City Beer Store) will also give a presentation. Both events will be held at Kuleto’s Italian Restaurant.

Saturday, August 8

Mark your calendars, this is one not to be missed. The 12th annual Bistro IPA Festival at The Bistro in Hayward and it promises to be another great one. I spoke to Vic Krajl, Bistro co-owner, and he gave me a list of IPA’s that are confirmed to be served at the festival. One exciting thing to watch for is Russian River Brewing will be debuting their newest beer at the IPA Festival. It’s called Hopfather and I’ll have more about the beer itself later today.

The Line-Up (So Far) For the Bistro IPA Festival

Santa Cruz
Fat Heads
Big Dogs
Sierra (specially filled keg of Torpedo)
Russian River (debut of Hopfather)
Iron Springs
Triple Rock
Devils Canyon
Ballast Point
Blue Frog
EJ Phair
Dogfish Head
The Bruery
21st Amendment
Big Sky
Green Flash
Lost Coast
Mad River
Six Rivers


August 15: The 7th annual Russian River Beer Revival & BBQ Cook-Off at Stumptown Brewery in Guernville.

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

August 28-30: The Eat Real Festival will take place at Jack London Square for three days, emphasizing local and regional breweries, street food vendors, and farmers. It was also feature a beer pavilion hosted by Dave McLean, from Magnolia, with 40-something regional microbreweries from Northern California.

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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