Fall fun with wines, brews and views!

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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!

BreastFest 2008 is Saturday!

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No, it’s not an opportunity for you to see boobies. Officially known asMicrobreweries Fighting Cancer, this festival brings together good food, good people, of course, good beer, and a great cause. Take the ferry on over to Larkspur, and participate in the cause! Tickets are $35 at the door, and give you a commemorative glass as well as all the beer you can drink. Food is available for a small charge as well. Participating breweries include: Marin Brewing Company 21st Amendment, (one of my favorite brew pubs in the city) Anderson Valley Beach Chalet another of my favorites BJ’s Brewery Black Diamond Broken Drum Drakes Brewing Fox Barrel Cider Half Moon Bay Iron Springs Lagunitas Brewing Co Magnolia Pub Moon Light Moylan’s Mateveza Mount St. Helena North Coast Rubicon Russian River Santa Cruz Seabright Stone Brewery Third Street Aleworks Triple Rock Two Rivers Cider   Google

Happy Zindependance!

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It’s the last day of June, and as summer wears on, there are more and more wine events filling my calendar. Even though I try to pick events that are new and exciting, sometimes you just can’t resist. I am looking forward to the long weekend which is only…um four more days away. Now that the smoke has cleared and the fog is back, i can actually breathe and will probably be looking for a BBQ or two. As luck would have it, there are some new events to choose from so I won’t be bored. Pinot Days was nice, but I didn’t find anything new that knocked my socks off, sadly. Maybe I’m just becoming jaded? Or maybe it’s just that I didn’t swallow as much wine and I could / should have. There is something in the ceremony of spitting that loses some of that delicious pinot flavor. Other than the Urbano open house this weekend, Mounts Family Winery is also having an open house up in Dry Creek. This is a great opportunity to taste their small lot wines, since they are not open to the public every weekend. Mounts will be hosting a BBQ and Wine tasting on Saturday & Sunday, while they will be open for tasting on the 4th itself. If you’re in to beer, and let’s face it, who isn’t! Around the World in 80 Beers is having it’s July installment at O’Neill’s pub in Ghiradelli Square on Saturday. Goldstar hGoogleas half-price tickets if you are interested.   Google