Bottoms Up

Beer and wine in the Bay Area and beyond

Weekend Update 10.9

By Jay Brooks
Thursday, October 8th, 2009 at 10:43 am in On Beer.

There’s plenty of beer events this weekend. The only problem will be picking which ones to go to, they all look so good.


Thursday, October 8

Tonight at San Francisco’s City Beer Store there will be a Black Xantus release party beginning at 6:00 p.m. “Only 500 cases were produced of this rare bird of a beer, coffee infused Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels created by Firestone Walker’s Nectar Ales brand. Bottles will be for sale, and Nectar Ales will be poured on draft. The name refers to a genus of hummingbird found in Mexico; who perhaps has an affinity for tasting the nectar of coffee plants.”

Saturday, 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.


Saturday, 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.”

Saturday, 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.


Saturday, 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.”


Friday, October 16-Saturday, October 17

Oakland’s oldest modern brewery, Pacific Coast Brewing, will celebrate their 21st anniversary this weekend, beginning on Friday, October 16 with a Block Party from 5:00-11:00 p.m. The festivities also include the music of Kevin Cadogan. All day Saturday, the brewpub will offer roll back pricing and have live music. Come down and check out their wonderful beer, now that they’re “Legal At Last.”


Friday, October 16

The 3rd annual WhiskyFest is coming to San Francisco on Friday, October 16, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Put on by the good folks from Malt Advocate magazine. Tickets are $110 or $155 for a VIP ticket. While that may sound like a steep price, but you can taste a whole lot of pricey whiskies and meet with the makers themselves. If you love single malt scotch, you should not miss this great event.

Saturday, October 17

Saturday will be St. Feuillien Night at the Trappist in Oakland, where you can meet fourth generation owner Dominique Friart. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., for $12 you can try all four beers (5 oz. each) from the brewery that will be served that evening: the 2008 Noel, Tripel, Blanche and the Saison. Taking place at the back bar, there will also be free Charcuterie for all (meat & cheese, the good stuff).

Sunday, October 18

Dean Biersch’s Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol will be hosting a beer dinner featuring the beers of Brasserie St. Feuillien. Fourth generation owner Dominique Friart will be on hand to talk about his beers. The four-course dinner costs $50 per person and you can see the menu online.

Friday, October 23

On Friday, October 23, the last beer dinner at the Cathedral Hill Hotel will take place. The Beer Chef, Bruce Paton, will cook the final dinner featuring the beers of Allagash and brewer/owner Rob Tod will be on hand, as well.


October 31-November 1: Rubicon, in Sacramento, will hold their 4th annual Hoptoberfest. Rubicon has been collecting their favorite hoppy IPAs and Double IPAs. At the fest they’ll be pouring 21 IPAs on tap.

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.


November 15: The first BevMo! Holiday Beer Fest will be held at Fort Mason’s Herbst Pavilion in downtown San Francisco on Sunday November 15th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The event will feature 50+ Holiday, Seasonal & Special, “soon-to-be-released beers. Tickets are $35 in advance, and can be purchased online, or $45 at the door the day of the event.

November 18: New Belgium beer dinner at the Hopmonk Tavern.

December 2: Dogfish Head beer dinner at the Hopmonk Tavern.

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  • Mario (Brewed For Thought)

    Jay, you forgot a beer dinner in Santa Rosa next week.

    Jack and Tony’s Barrel-Aged Beer Dinner
    October 15th @ 7pm ($60 per person – Reservations recommended)

    * Blackened tiger prawns with cajun remoulade – Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale
    * Mushroom stuffed chile relleno with smoky tomato coulis – Deschutes Brewing Mirror Mirror
    * Roast pork loin with sun-dried tomatoes and white cannelini bean stew – Russian River Brewing Consecration
    * Chocolate three ways: stout float, mini pot de creme and bourbon soaked chocolate cake – Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

    For reservations, please contact Jack and Tony’s at (707) 526-4347