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Spring Beer Tasting This Saturday At Pacific Coast

By Jay Brooks
Thursday, May 20th, 2010 at 4:21 pm in On Beer.

This Saturday at Pacific Coast Brewing in downtown Oakland, the annual Spring Beer Tasting will be held. The all-inclusive price is $50, and you’ll need to pick up tickets in advance, but it will be worth it.


Here’s what you can expect:

The Beers


  1. Firehouse Maibock: Maibocks are light-colored bocks. The sweet malty character should come through in the aroma and flavor. A lightly toasted and/or bready malt character is often evident. Roast or heavy toast/caramel malt character should be absent. Body is medium to full. Hop bitterness should be low, while noble-type hop aroma and flavor may be at low to medium levels. Bitterness increases with gravity. Fruity esters may be perceived at low levels. 6-8% ABV, 20-38 IBU
  2. Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock: Originally brewed at a monastery in northern Italy, “double bock” was quickly introduced by Bavarian brewers to compete with bock. Doppelbock names end with the suffix “-ator.” Celebrator Doppelbock is a rich, classic Bavarian specialty lager traditionally consumed as a celebration beer. This “double bock” is a profoundly dark beer, full-bodied and velvety from half a year’s aging. Despite its richness, it has a faintly smoky dryness in the finish. A rich, dark elixir with cascading layers of malt complexity balanced by elegant hops. Notes of toffee, caramel, elegant dark-malt roastiness, and pure malt. Pinpoint conditioning and semi-dry finish. IBU: 24 ABV: 6.7%


  1. PCB Imperial Red: Dry, malty and hoppy with a smooth finish. Brewed with dark malts and dry hopped with Horizon hops, this flavorful ale is very food friendly. 50 IBU 7.3% ABV
  2. Stone Vertical Epic: The Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale is a bit of departure from the last two Stone Vertical Epic Ale editions, which were golden in color. The newest one can best be described as a Belgian style Imperial Porter. The beer is deep brown, with intense roasted character provided by chocolate malt.
  3. Dogfish Head Burton Baton: Burton Baton is a blend of an English-style Old Ale and an Imperial IPA. After fermenting the separate beers in stainless tanks, the two are transferred and blended together in one large oak tank. Burton Baton sits on the wood for about a month. When enjoying the Burton Baton, you’ll find an awesome blend of the citrus notes from Northwestern hops melding with woody, vanilla notes from the oak. The wood also tends to mellow the 10% of the beer – so tread cautiously!
  4. Sierra Anchor 30th Anniversary Fritz & Ken’s Ale: Fritz Maytag, owner of San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Company, is regarded as the founding father of the craft brewing movement. Fritz agreed to guest brew this very special ale with Sierra Nevada in honor of their 30th anniversary. As a nod to the dark ales and stouts that seduced both Fritz and Ken in the early years, Sierra Nevada brings you this pioneering stout, a rich and roasted ale, perfect for aging, and worthy of your finest snifter. 9.5% ABV
  5. Sierra Nevada Bigfoot 2004: The award-winning barleywine boasts a dense, fruity bouquet, an intense flavor palate and a deep reddish-brown color. Its big maltiness is superbly balanced by a wonderfully bittersweet hoppiness. 9.6 ABV, 90 IBU

Barrel Aged

  1. Drake’s Tripod: Over the top Imperial Stout Aged in Wine barrels. 1/3 was aged in Port barrels, 1/3 was aged in Port barrels with cherries added, and the last third was aged in a Pinot barrel. We will soon see what 2 years of aging does to this big beer.
  2. Lost Abbey Angel’s Share: Angel’s Share is a barrel aged burgundy colored ale infused with copious amounts of dark caramel malt to emphasize the vanilla and oak flavors found in freshly emptied bourbon or brandy barrels. Each batch spends no less than 12 months aging in the oak. This beer is brewed for sinners and saints alike. 12.5 ABV
  3. Speakeasy Scarface Stout: Speakeasy Ales and Lagers is happy to introduce Scarface Imperial Stout. A complicated brew – behind its fiercely black exterior is a mélange of subtly different roasted malt flavors that add nuance and depth to a style of beer that is too often heavy and one dimensional. To add a bit of roundness to the flavor we diverted about 20% of the brew into our Heaven Hill bourbon barrels, one of which we topped up with cacao nibs from our friends at local San Francisco organic chocolate makers, TCHO, for a period of oak-aging before blending it back into the primary batch. This is a special beer that reveals a little something different about itself every sip. Malts: American 2-row, Belgian Dark Caramel, French Coffee Malt, Chilean Black Malt and English Roasted Barley Hops: Columbus, 10.5% ABV, 70 IBU
  4. North Coast Old Rasputin 12: For the past few years, barrel-aged Old Rasputin has been released in such limited quantities that it has been available only at the brewery retail shop. NCBC produced enough Old Rasputin XII to put into broader distribution. It is amazing stuff. Aging in oak whiskey barrels adds a level of complexity that amplifies the espresso/chocolate notes in the flavor profile and takes this unique beer to new heights. 11.2% ABV

Imperial IPA

  1. Avery Maharaja 2009: Maharaja is derived from the sanskrit words mahat, – “great” and rajan – “king”. Much like its namesake, this imperial IPA is regal, intense and mighty. With hops and malts as his servants, he rules both with a heavy hand. The Maharaja flaunts his authority over a deranged amount of hops: tangy, vibrant and pungent along with an insane amount of malted barley – fashioning a dark amber hue and exquisite malt essence. 10.2% ABV, 102 IBU
  2. Port Brewing Anniversary Ale: A massively hopped strong pale ale brewed to celebrate Avery’s anniversary each year. Anniversary Ale is light gold to pale orange in color and offers a potent aroma of fresh pine and citrus with some warming alcohols present. The taste is a thick, chewy hop presence only barely contained by balancing malts. The finish is pure hop expression with a moderate warming alcohol sensation. 10% ABV
  3. Russian River Pliny the Younger: Pliny the Younger was Pliny the Elder’s nephew, in the case of this beer, the “Younger” is a triple IPA. Pliny the Younger is hopped three times more than our standard IPA, and is dry hopped four different times. 11.0% ABV, GOBS of BUs.

Food Menu

  • Crab Cakes with Red Pepper Cream Sauce
  • Jambalaya
  • Pizza with Brie, Pear & Caramelized Onion
  • Prime Rib with Scalloped Potatoes
  • Smoked Salmon Wrap with Cucumber, Red Onions, Capers and Cream Cheese
  • Antipasti with German Sausages
  • Cheese Board
  • Lamb Curry over Rice
  • Cheese Cake

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