It does seem like you can hardly turn around without bumping into a good craft brew festival these days, but what a problem to have.
A couple of events are looming for Beer Country fans, starting this week with Davis Beer Week, starting on Saturday. That involves a bunch of events at individual breweries, pubs and shops, climaxing with the Bike and Brew fest on Aug. 24 in Central Park in Davis. The events in the leadup week don’t require a ticket specifically, but check the website to make sure your particular event don’t require reservations. The Bike and Beer Fest, however, will set you back $35 in advance and $45 at the door. Local brewers committed to show up so far include 101 North, Anderson Valley, Lagunitas, Mendocino, and North Coast. There will be some good Sacramento and Davis-area breweries as well, including Ruhstaller, Track 7, and Berryessa Gap from Winters. The complete lineup includes 50 brewers, though several are pushing mass market brews such as Stella Artois and Blue Moon.
Locally, the Farm to Fermentation Festival happens Sunday the 18th at the Finley Center in Santa Rosa, with classes and demonstrations of everything fermented, from beer and mead to kimchi and kombucha. The beery part of it comes when you sign up for the VIP ticket ($50 in advance, $55 at the door, $20 of which goes the charity Ales for Autism), which will get you in the “Libation Lounge.” Inside will be pouring beers from Hen House, 101 North, Russian River, Tilted Shed Cider Works, Sonoma Springs Brewing, Ruth McGowan’s and maybe more.
On Aug. 25, meanwhile, San Francisco will play host to the first-ever Bacon and Beer Festival at The Fairmount. Bay Area restaurants will serve up food, presumably bacon related. The food lineup includes Sonoma’s The Girl & the Fig and Napa’s Oenotri. The all important beer lineup includes our local friends 101 North, Anderson Valley, Iron Springs, and Lagunitas along with beers from around the state and the West. The sponsor is Bison Organic Beer. Tickets to the afternoon festival are $50 each.
– Sean Scully
UPDATE – some beer fans have inquired why I so unjustly left out the 11th annual Russian River Beer Revival on Saturday in Guerneville, featuring music, food, and beer from 30 breweries. Well, the answer is easy – it’ s sold out. No pointing in teasing you.