Escaping the vortex of San Francisco on a gorgeous spring weekend can be difficult, but when there’s over 60 west coast craft brewers waiting for you in Mendocino, it’s a bit easier to slip out of town. This Saturday the 16th Annual Legendary Boonville Beer Festival will be held at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville.
This beer fest is sometimes overlooked by locals since the fairgrounds are an inconvenient 115 miles north of San Francisco. However, even aside from the scenic location, there are other unique features that make the Boonville Beer Fest an especially compelling weekend destination:
Twenty years after opening their 10,000 square foot brewpub at the site of the old Hills Brothers Coffee Building, Gordon Biersch is set to lock the doors of this popular San Francisco location on April 28. There’s still no official word about where the new site will be, only that they are scouting spots in the same area as the current location. But although we may be without a local branch of the brewpub for the foreseeable future, Gordon Biersch cofounder and master brewer Dan Gordon is in the final stages of prepping first of a series of limited
release craft brews which may be on the shelves starting next month.
The number of craft brews available in the US continues to skyrocket. Craft beer now accounts for over 10% of the beer sold in US supermarkets, double the share it had in 2006. And last year saw the total number of the nation’s breweries approach 2,000, a number not seen since before Prohibition began in 1920.
The Internet is a great tool for staying current on topics you are passionate about. But navigating it for information can also be a time vortex that sucks hours out of your life. You can lose the better part of an afternoon becoming an expert on the history of Las Vegas when you originally just meant to buy round trip tickets there for the weekend.
The harbingers of a spring in San Francisco are coming: The St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Market, Hunky Jesus in Dolores Park, Big Wheel Races down Vermont Street, NCAA basketball chatter and plum blossoms everywhere you turn.
And, of course, beer.
Hope you’ve caught a breather after SF Beer Week and Strong Beer Month
because this Saturday afternoon, March 3, is the Bay Area Brew Fest at Fort Mason. This is the third year for the San Francisco event which is hosted by Eat.Drink.Play, a West Coast group that’s tucked a lot of beer-related event experience under its belt.
Although we’re in the middle of SF Beer Week, we’re also near the midpoint of Strong Beer Month. To help you better plan your itineraries for both, it seemed like a good time to check in with the strong beer brewers to see how their supplies of the heavyweights are holding up.
Although the 49ers didn’t make it to the Super Bowl this year, we fans can still drink like champions while we watch the game. Because as far as beer goes in San Francisco, there’s no contest: Who’s got it better than us? That’s right, Nobody!
Chris Lawrence (former sales manager for Speakeasy) and Anthony LaVia (former owner of both Gestalt Haus and the Matador) partnered up to create Southern Pacific and brought Andy French (former brewer at Speakeasy) on board as brewmaster.
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