This is one of my favorite times of year.  The weather is chilly, I can curl up by the fireplace, and sip…cold beer!  That’s right, even the Wine Brat loves some beer from time to time.

On Sunday, November 15th, beer lovers from the Bay Area will converge on Fort Mason to celebrate with the BevMo Holiday Beer Fest.  Over 50 holiday, Sesasonal & Special, and soon to be released brews will be poured, and all of the beer will be available for purchase at BevMo.

Seasonal brews go back as far as the art of brewing itself, where these big bold sippers were made to celebrate the coming of winter.  The Medieval Monks, the first professional brewers, added special ingredients to create warming beers to get us through the long cold winter.  Today, brewers use these old methods and add new techniques and flavors like fruits, herbs, coffee and chocolate.  Mmmm chocolate!

Join me and The Beer Wench for this special event!  Tickets are $35 adn can be purchasd HERE, which includes all of your beer tasting.  Food will be available for purchase as well.

Next door to the Beer Fest, the SF Vintners Market will be the first and only wine tasting and buying event in the Bay Area.  On November 14th and 15th at Fort Mason Center over 300 wineries from Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Russian River Valley and beyond will be pouring their favorite wines including new releases, special collections and hard to find vintages for you to taste.  The fun part about this event is that you can actually buy the wine after you taste it, something that hasn’t been done until now due to licensing issues and legal tangles.

The brainchild of Cornelius Geary and Jeff Player, founders of Wine 2.0 and RadCru.com, this event promises to be a good time.  WIth the economy still in the dumper, smaller wineries struggle to get their wares of there.  These event will get the winemaker closer to the customers, and allow us to buy what we like without searching out after a tasting.  In addition to the winemakers at many of the winery booths, we’ll be hosting a special section for “Major famous” winemakers and wine industry celebs where you can get a few minutes of personal time and a quick picture with the winemaker!

Tickets for the SF Vintners Market are $15 each day for General Admission, or $50 for a VIP ticket which allows you access to a special VIP section each day.  You can buy tickets HERE.

I hope to see you there!

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