As if there weren’t enough fun beer things to do this weekend, what with the Sonoma County Harvest Fair on Saturday and the weekend-long Octubrefest at Carneros Brewing, here’s yet another outstanding option:
Almanac Beer from San Francisco will be taking over the tasting room at Rincon Valley Wine & Craft Beer, at 4927 Sonoma Highway in Santa Rosa, from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday. For $10 you get a souvenir Almanac pint glass, plus a fill-r-up of the new Almanac Biere de Chocolat Porter. The price also includes a tasting flight of several of Almanac’s bottled beers: the Honey Saison, the Extra Pale Ale, and the fresh-hopped IPA series. Tasting pours of the super-rare Farmer’s Reserve #3 will be available of an additional $4 each.
“That beer is not available anywhere at all; it’s all gone,” Rincon Valley co-owner Michael Scalet told me Tuesday, “but we held some back for this event.”
As we told you back in July, Almanac is an interesting outfit, specializing in locally-sourced farm products in their beers. Their Heirloom Pumpkin Ale, for example, featured gourds grown by La Tercera Farms in Bodega Bay. The fresh hopped IPA series features hops from Hops-Meister Hop Farm in Clearlake, and the Honey Saison is made with honey from Marshall Farms in American Canyon.
This is the first brewer-based event for Rincon Valley, which opened only about three months ago. Michael tells me they have some other great beer-oriented events on tap this month, including a Drake’s tasting on Oct. 10, and a really exciting-sounding one featuring some nearly impossible-to-get rarities from Heretic Brewing on Oct. 19. We’ll try to bring you some more details as they shape up.
In the meantime, visit the Rincon Valley website for info or call 595-5516.
– Sean Scully