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Summer in the Bay Area is Tasty

By Jay Brooks
Thursday, September 10th, 2009 at 10:36 pm in On Beer.

Today it’s time once more to delve into the mind of Tom Dalldorf, the publisher of the Celebrator Beer News, the nationally distributed “brewspaper” that’s headquarted in northern California.

Tom Dalldorf

Celebrating Beer with Tom Dalldorf

Summer in the Bay Area is Tasty

Bay area beer lovers are blessed with an embarrassment of great beer venues and events. This summer has been off the scale even by bay area standards. If you’ve yet to avail yourself of the cornicopia of beery delights here’s a short list of events not to be missed coming up in the near future.

Saturday and Sunday, September 12–13, the San Francisco Brewers Guild is is hosting its sixth annual Brews on the Bay beer festival. All seven of San Francisco’s artisan breweries be pouring their best beers from noon to 5pm on Saturday and from 1pm to 5pm on Sunday. What makes this tasting unique is the event takes place aboard the Jeremiah O’Brien, an historic WWII Liberty Ship located at Pier 45 on the SF Embarcadaro. The event helps raise funds for the restoration and preservation of this link to our past. 40 remarkable beers, live music and great food. Check it out or buy tickets at

A short hour and a half from the bay area puts you in another great California beer town, Sacramento. If you go Saturday, September 19, you be there for the 15th annual at the beautiful Discovery Park located at the confluence of the Sacramento and Amreican Rivers. The festival hosts microbrewers from all over the US and some fabulous imports too! Some 4,000 beer lovers are expected to attend. Food and music is included. For information go to

What happens when you distill beer? Whiskey (Whisky for you Scots) of course! And there is no better place in the world to taste great whiskey than in San Francisco on October 16, 2009 at the San Francisco Marriott Hotel. The Grand Ballroom will be the focal point of a gathering of single malts and other great distillates for your tasting and evaluation. The admission price will be recovered in just a few well chosen drams of some of the finest (and most expensive) whiskies in the world. Scotch, Irish, bourbon, Tennessee, Japanese, Welsh, Canadian and more will be offered. High-end rums, tequilas beer and other spirits will be represented as well. Seminars by top whisky experts run throughout the evening. Attendees will also enjoy an expansive gourmet buffet all evening, plus coffee, tea, water and soda. Hint: Stay at the Marriott Hotel and take advantage of the special rate for attendees. Full details at

If you are looking for an excuse to get back to Reno, Nevada, how about planning to attend the CANFEST — Reno International Canned Beer Festival, the first international beer judging and tasting for canned beer, to take place at the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino, October 23, 2009. Buckbean Brewing Company, Nevada’s largest production microbrewery, is helping to sponsor this event. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Nature Conservancy and the Great Basin Bird Observatory. In addition to Buckbean Brewing Company, Big Sky Brewing Company, Oskar Blues, Ukiah Brewing Company, Maui Brewing Company, Surly Brewing Company, New Belgium Brewing Company, Uncommon Brewers, and Rochester Mills Brewing Company are among those that have confirmed to attend the event. Ticket prices are $35 per person and room packages will be available for attendees. For more information contact Constance Aguilar or by calling 775.323.2977.

The Bay Area is a wonderful place for beer lovers. Hope to see you at a good beer place soon!

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