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Beer and wine in the Bay Area and beyond

Weekend Update 8.21

By Jay Brooks
Friday, August 21st, 2009 at 2:25 pm in On Beer.

At first, it appeared it was going to be a quiet weekend. Happily, an alert reader let me know about a new festival taking this place this weekend in Newark.


Saturday, August 22

K&L Wine Merchants will host two Artisinal Beers beer tastings. At their San Francisco location, it will take place from Noon to 3:00 p.m. and in Redwood City from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Redwood City. The cost will be $8.00 per person to taste. You can look over the list of what will be tasted on their events page.

Saturday, August 22-Sunday, August 23

The Newark Summerfest will be held this weekend at the Newpark Mall. SummerFest is a new event, whose main theme is Microbrews and Music. The free festival will also include a motorcycle show, a car show, arts and craft vendors, food vendors and local commercial vendors along with a kids park. There will be free live music both days. The outdoor main stage will feature Ron Thompson and the Resistors, California Dreamin’ and many other great talents. Music will begin at 10:00 a.m. and last until 6:00 p.m. each day.


Wednesday, August 26

The Trappist in beautiful downtown Oakland, from 7:30-9:00 p.m. with hosting a chocolate tasting featuring TCHO Chocolate. Specials on recommended beer pairings and pairing flights will available, and they’ll be tapping Deschutes Black Butte XXI and Bockor Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge.

Friday, August 28

If you’re planning a trip to the California State Fair this year, you may want to take the day off and go on Friday, August 28. That way you can enjoy the day and look forward to a beer festival that begins there at 5:00 p.m. The 11th annual Brewfest will take place on the north side of the Miller Lite Grandstand and costs $10 over and above the fair admission price.

Friday, August 28 – Sunday, August 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 will also feature a beer pavilion hosted by Dave McLean, from Magnolia, with 40-something regional microbreweries from Northern California.


As a side note, RateBeer and the beer blog Brewed For Thought have teamed up and will be having a contest to give away free tickets to the Beer Shed at the Eat Real Festival. Check out Brewed For Thought for all the details.


September 3: Oakland’s The Trappist will host Pro Am Night beginning at 7:00 p.m. Taste several of the Pro Am entries that will be judged at the Great American Beer Festival. Pro Am beers are recipes created by homebrewers but made on commercial brewing systems at one of several Bay Area breweries.

September 12-13: The 6th annual Brews On The Bay will again take place aboard the old World War II Liberty Ship, the SS Jeremiah O’Brien. Hosted by the San Francisco Brewers Guild, all seven City craft breweries will be serving 40 beers, with food and music by Zepperella and Zoo Station.

Setpember 12-13: Beer School will return to The Trappist. Check out their website for details.

September 14: Beer & Baroque, a celebration of beer and Bach at Berkeley’s Pyramid Alehouse. The brass quartet Piston Horn Quartet, comprising the horn players from the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, will be performing from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Only 80 tickets will be sold for this event. Tickets are $20 in advance/$25 at the door and can be purchased by contacting Kenton Kuwada at (415) 252-1288.

September 20: The Bear Republic Brewpub in Healdsburg, Calif. will have a special cellar tasting of all 22 beers they’re entering in this year’s Great American Beer Festival. It will take place from 4-6:00 p.m. and will be limited to 50 people. “Guests will have judging sheets, modeled after the official forms used in the competition, and can ask the brewers questions about the beer styles as well as vote for party favorites. The afternoon will include beer sampling, cheese pairing as well as a buffet of pub fare.” The cost is $30 per person and tickets can be purchased online or at the brewpub.

October 3: It will be Meet the Brewer Night at The Trappist and Chris Bauweraerts From Brasserie d’ Achouffe will be on hand from 5:00-9:00 p.m., in the back bar. The evening will also include specials on four Achouffe Beers, including La Chouffe, Houblon, McChouffe & N’ice Chouffe.

October 7: The Albatross Pub’s 45th Anniversary Party will take place October 7, 2009 from 7:30-10:30 p.m. “The Whiskey Brothers Bluegrass Band will be playing with no cover charge and a buffet will accompany the pub’s fine imported and domestic draft and bottled beers.”

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