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Weekend Update 11.6

By Jay Brooks
Friday, November 6th, 2009 at 3:45 pm in On Beer.


November 1-30

All November, the BRU/SFO Project will be going on at both 21st Amendment Brewery & Restaurant and Magnolia Pub & Brewery.


What is it? “It’s an excursion of Belgian-style and Belgian-influenced beers, six from each brewery. Grab a boarding pass and take a trip to Belgium via Magnolia and the 21st Amendment. The first three beers at each brewery hit the taps on Monday, 11/2 and then both breweries will release a new beer every Monday for the rest of the month. Try all 12 and get the special commemorative glass.”

The beers will be released throughout the month by the following schedule:

21st Amendment

  1. Via – Belgian Single 11/2
  2. St. Martin’s Abbey 11/2
  3. Noir de Blanc– Chocolate Wit 11/2
  4. Brew Libre! Ou Mourir – Belgian IPA 11/9
  5. Monk’s Blood – Belgian Dark Strong 11/16
  6. Baby Horse – Quadruple 11/23


  1. Deep Ellum Dubbel 11/2
  2. Tweezer Tripel 11/2
  3. Gris-Gris – Belgian Grisette 11/2
  4. Gordo – Pumpkin Wit 11/9
  5. Destiny Unblonde – Belgian Pale 11/16
  6. Paint it Black – Belgian Dark 11/23


Sunday, November 8

Dean Biersch’s Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol is hosting a benefit event Sunday afternoon from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to benefit the Institute for Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research (IMBCR). Guitarists Ottmar Liebert and Roy Rogers will play the 2 Guitars 4 The Cure event. Reunion Beer will also be served. Tickets are $75 and include brunch.


Saturday, 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.

Sunday, 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.


Monday, November 16

21st Amendment Brewery & Restaurant in San Francisco will host a beer dinner by Sean Paxton, the Homebrew Chef, and will debut the collaboration beer, Monk’s Blood. From the press release:

Sean and 21A’s Shaun (that’s two Shawns folks) and Nico collaborated on Monk’s Blood Beer this past February for Strong Beer Month, then took the recipe to Belgium  where they further collaborated with the West Flander’s brewery De Struisse Brouwers, the makers of old world style Belgian beers with a new world approach. They then brought the recipe back to San Francisco this past summer  brewing and refining it further before heading out to the 21A production brewery in Minnesota for wider release.

The cost for the five-course beer dinner is $95, including tax and tip. Call 415-369-0900 for reservations.


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

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

December 12: From Noon to 4:00 p.m., Pacific Coast Brewing in downtown Oakland will host their 21st annual Holiday Beer Tasting.

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  • thingsthatarebrewed

    the BRU/SFO Project – missing the Bay Area!