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We Love the Nightlife: Beer Festivals and Tiki Celebrations

Trappist celebrates sours; more than 30 breweries pour for Bay Area Craft Beer Festival in Martinez; Forbidden Island turns seven; and more nightlife happenings.

Raise your hand if you're ready for the weekend? Alright, I'll give you plenty of places to fill that hand with a drink. Check out Berkeley's new beer garden, one of my favorite beer festivals returns to Martinez, free rum tastings for Forbidden Island's seventh anniversary, and more weekend revelry. Just please, learn from me and remember your sunscreen.


Also, we got the scoop on the new beer Linden Street brewed for Pizza Antica. Check out our interview.


Moxy Beer Garden opens: I mentioned it was coming in this post, and it looks like Berkeley’s Moxy Beer Garden is making final preparations to open tonight, April 18. Stop by Sacramento Street for 14 draft beers, a selection of bottles, and grass-fed burgers. 3136 Sacramento St., Berkeley, moxybeergarden.com.

Trappist rare beer festival: Also tonight, the Trappist is kicking of its first annual rare beer festival with 20 kegs of hard-to-find sours from around the world. Yes, Cantillon is even rumored to make an appearance. Also expect Russian River Sanctification, Loverbeer D’Uva Beer, Borgo Caos, and more. 6 p.m., 460 Eighth St., Oakland, (510) 238-8900, event website.


The Bay Area Craft Beer Festival: Alright, listen. I had such an amazing time at this event last year, and this year I can’t go because I’m on antibiotics. But if you are not on antibiotics, you should definitely high tail your butt out to Martinez this Saturday for a beyond stellar beer event. More than 30 breweries will be pouring samples of their best suds, Lumberyard and Petty Theft will be providing the tuneage, and you can pick up food such as cheese zombies and fried pickles from local vendors. Brewery highlights include Ale Industries, which has been killing it with seasonal brews; Lost Coast, whose Apricot Wheat I am obsessed with; and Sierra Nevada, especially if you can get your hands on any of its beer camp brews. Also, I highly recommend taking the free shuttles from North Concord BART, which is not only smart, but also a lot of fun. They start at 11 a.m. and run approximately every 30 minutes. Tickets include a commemorative glass, entertainment, and as many tastes as you can drink responsibly. Drinkers: $35 in advance, $45 at the door; designated drivers $2 in advance, $5 at the door; Saturday, April 20, 12–4 p.m., Martinez Waterfront Park, Martinez, (925) 228-3577, bayareacraftbeerfestival.com.

Forbidden Island turns seven: If you aren’t pooped from weekend festivities, make time to drive out to Alameda on Sunday for Forbidden Island’s seventh anniversary party. The tiki joint will celebrate with cake, drink specials, free black barrel rum tastings, and a performance from Fisherman featuring Miss Kitty Chow, which is described as “bringing new life to classic exotica, Hawaiiana, and Tinpan Alley in spare yet lush arrangements.” Sunday, April 21, 4–11 p.m., 1304 Lincoln Ave., Alameda, (510) 749-0332, event website.

Raiders draft party: I’m strictly Niner Nation, but for all you members of the Black Hole, San Ramon’s Buffalo Wild Wings will host the official Raiders draft party. Next Thursday, April 25, stop by the sports bar for a live broadcast from 95.7 The Game hosted by Greg Papa, the voice of the Raiders, as well as appearances by Hall of Famer Rod Woodson and college announcer Roxy Bernstein. Buffalo will feature a live telecast of the draft on big screens throughout the bar, which means you can watch the team nab the third overall selection from any angle you please. Thursday, April 25, 4 p.m., 200 Montgomery St., San Ramon, (925) 380-6631, event website.  


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