Bottoms Up

Beer and wine in the Bay Area and beyond

Weekend Update 9.18

By Jay Brooks
Friday, September 18th, 2009 at 10:11 am in On Beer.

Two promising festivals this weekend, depending on whether you prefer being by a river or the ocean.


Saturday, September 19

Half Moon Bay Brewing will host a new festival, Oktoberfest on the Coast, on September 19 from Noon to 4:00 p.m. at Pillar Point Harbor.

Organizers expect to have more than 15 microbreweries in attendance, including Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, Bear Republic, Kona, Seabright, Steelhead, Speakeasy, Mad River, Los Gatos Brewing Company, Moylan’s, and, of course, the coastside’s own Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. The $30 admission fee will get you a commemorative pilsner glass and unlimited, delicious beer to fill it with. There will plenty of hearty food cooking on the grill including savory sausages and jumbo dogs.

There will be live music all afternoon by Catie Chase and the Getaways.


Saturday, September 19

The 15th annual California Brewers Festival will be held in Discovery Park in Sacramento. The festival features beer from over 50 breweries and takes place from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased online, but at the gate they cost $30. Music to my ears, kids under 12 are free. And speaking of music, three bands will be performing: Utz!, the Shuttlecocks and Velvet Tongue.

Sunday, 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.


Thursday, September 24

The Toronado will celebrate Oktoberfest all day September 24th with “Brats, Kraut, Ooompah band, and of course, great Spaten beers on tap with draft specials all night.”


October 3: The Bistro in Hayward will be hosting their annual Wet Hop Festival, which will feature beers made with fresh hops added to the boil directly from the field for the freshest tasting beer you’ll ever drink.

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.”

October 10: The Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at U.C. Berkeley will be holding a very unique event called 99 Bottles of Beer: Global Brewing Traditions 2500 B.C. — Present.

October 10: Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax will celebrate their 5th anniversary with a “special menu, food and beer specials, and dancing to local country music favorites Danny Montana & the Bar Association.”


October 10: This should be a fun one. Beer & Nosh is hosting Notoberfest, which they describe as “an epic feast prepared by Ryan Farr & the 4505 Meats Team, custom beer-infused ice creams & treats from Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream, and Reinheitsgebot-breaking beers from Valley Brewing.” The beer dinner will take place from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 at the Mars Bar (located at 798 Brannan St. in San Francisco). Tickets will be $50 in advance and $60 at the door. You can also view the menu at Beer & Nosh.

October 10: Oakland is throwing its own Oktoberfest, dubbed Oaktoberfest, on Saturday the 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. “Oaktoberfest in the Dimond 2009 will feature fresh brews from many of the best breweries in the Bay Area, served in a giant covered Beer Hall” named “The Bill Brand Memorial Biergarten.” There will also be an Eco Fair, a Kid’s Area with Root Biergarten, a homebrew competition, and vendors from around the Bay. “Celebrate Oktoberfest, Oakland style, in the Dimond at Fruitvale and MacArthur.”

November 14: The Bistro in Hayward will be hosting their annual Barrel Aged Festival, which will feature beers aged in various types of barrels, whether new or having previously held wine or spirits.

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