Winding down yet? Don’t worry, the sun is out and today is the day to visit some fine venues. There’s more fun to be had, and much of it can be done without your car.
The big marquee event is the Celebrator Beer Newspaper’s 23rd anniversary party at Trumer Brauerei at 1404 4th St. in Berkeley. As much beer as you want to taste from thirty breweries, and a chance to talk to a lot of beer industry pioneers and insiders will be the main attractions. Wonder how it was to launch a craft brewery back in the day? Find out by talking to the people who made it happen when there were no road maps. There will be a free shuttle from North Berkeley Bart this year (not the downtown station) if you don’t want to leave time for a brisk sunny stroll down from the station. 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, there are tickets at the door, and if you work as a beer seller, server, writer, supplier or you name it, show your business card for a discount. Here’s BART logistics and a map for Trumer.
There are still plenty of carefully crafted barleywines to try at the Toronado’s 18th Annual Barleywine Festival. Want to show you are one of the cool kids? Pick up the list of about 50 top barleywines, order by size and number, carry six small glasses to a table with a sixpack carrier you brought from home, tip the bartenders religiously and discuss your favorites with your friends. Memory lapses with barleywine flights so taking notes is always appropriate. It’s at 547 Haight St. in SF, and you can use BART and MUNI busses to get right there. They go until 2:00 AM, so this can always be your last stop.
21st Amendment Brewery hosts the Brewers Sunday Tea, an annual tradition. If sausages and fine 21A and Magnolia beers sound like about the best brunch in the world, this is your event. 10:30 am – 2:30 am, and you can hang outdoors, depending on your jacket. It’s sunny out!
Oddly enough, the Last Chance Tapping at Gordon Biersch, at the foot of Harrison St. in San Francisco, from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm may provide a very interesting and non-reinheitsgebot barrel-soured hefeweizen, if it is not all gone forever, along with German-style classics,some collaboration beers and live music.
Most likely sold out but worthy of mention (and a phone call if you are interested) are the 2nd Annual Dave the Butcher & La Trappe Cafe Belgian Beer Dinner at the La Trappe Cafe for meat eaters, and the Eric Tucker Beer Cooking Class at the Millennium Restaurant, for vegans and for omnivores who do not fear vegetables. Foodies diving into beer!
Beer Revolution, at 464 3rd St. in Oakland, a stroll down Broadway from 12 Street BART, recently tripled their number of tap handles so they can host fine beers and specials from Lagunitas, Ale Industries and Upright Brewing all at once.
Go forth, Beer Weeklings! There’s more… choose something and enjoy. This is the grand finale.
Explore Beer By BART; use our list of the San Francisco Bay Area’s best beer places with detailed transit info, so you can get out there to enjoy without driving.