We Love the Nightlife: Beer Parties and New Cocktails
Sip new cocktails at Corners Tavern; check out Tribune Tower’s drink menu; Pyramid and Triple Rock throw parties; and more nightlife happenings.
If the warmer weather has you hankering from something cool, stop by tribune Tower or Corners Tavern for new drinks, sip wine at a new Oakland tasting room, or check out our roundup of fun weekend events.
Spring Drinks at Corners
I stopped by Walnut Creek’s Corners Tavern recently, where the bartenders just released a new spring drink menu. I highly recommend the shandy: a mix of Blanche de Bruxelles white ale, fresh lemon juice, and simple. Very refreshing on a hot day. You can check out the rest of the menu here.
Tribune Tower Opens
All the buzz in the local pubs seems to be about Tribune Tavern, which opened last night, April 10. As I mentioned last week, aside from an impressive food menu, Tribune will dedicate a section of its fridge to the bar program, and ‘tenders will make everything from sodas, to bitters, to things you probably didn’t even realize could be mixed. Needless to say, I’m pretty excited to check it out. Grubstreet has a shot of the drink menu, which includes ingredients such as kumquat bitters, almond milk foam, and cinnamon-vanilla cream. The restaurant will also offer 10 local draft beers and a selection of out-of-town bottles. 401 13th St., Oakland, (510) 452-8742, tribunetavern.com.
Loaded Hog Seeks New Home
Along with the Dome, Pleasant Hill’s Loaded Hog Saloon is getting the boot out of its current location in the Crossroads Shopping Center. Walnut Creek Patch reports that the bar, there for more than a decade, is hoping to relocate somewhere nearby, with Concord being thrown out as a possibility.
Berkeley Drinking Guide
If you ever wanted to figure out everywhere you could possibly drink in Berkeley, organized by establishment, Berkeleyside’s Nosh has you covered. It just put out its guide to drinking around Berkeley, and man is it thorough. Check it out here.
Oakland’s Tasting Room Addition
Due to a symbiotic relationship between Oakland’s Linden Street Brewery and Hopland’s Campovida winery, Campovida recently opened a new tasting room adjacent to the brewery. Both will share the outdoor space, and welcome food vendors and musicians for happy hour events. The tasting room will serve Campovida wines by both the glass and bottle, and also sell olive oil, honey, and other garden offerings from the winery’s organic farm. It will be open Thursday through Sunday afternoons, and Monday through Wednesday by appointment. campovida.com.
Saturday, April 13
Whiskey education at Barrel Aged: Sure, drinking whiskey is one thing, but wouldn’t you like to sound like you know what you’re talking about, too? For this month’s spirit education event, Barrel Aged in Martinez has invited Master of Whiskey Steve Beal to drop some knowledge about Kentucky bourbon on lucky attendees. I had the good fortune of attending a whiskey event at Hopscotch with Steve Beal, and he is an absolute wealth of knowledge without coming across as dry. Hope to see you all there on Saturday; I’ll be the girl pretending to know what she’s doing. Make sure to RSVP at (925) 228-7795. 3 p.m., 823 Main St., Martinez, (925) 228-7795, website.
Pyramid Beer Release Party and Fundraiser: Drink for a good cause this Saturday at Pyramid Alehouse in Berkeley, where the brewery will be throwing a summer beer release party to benefit Ales for Autism. Since April is Autism month, Pyramid is throwing a party to fundraise. It will release seven new brews, as 100-percent of the proceeds from ticket sales benefit Ales for Autism, a North Bay organization that supports autism research. Tickets include unlimited tasting during the event, food pairings, a photo booth, live music, and more. $20, 3–6 p.m., 901 Gilman St., Berkeley, (510) 528-9880, event website.
Triple Rock Firkin Fest: How do you feel about gravity? This Saturday, Berkeley’s Triple Rock hosts its 11th annual Firkin Fest, a celebration of gravity-poured, cask-conditioned real ale from the Bay Area and beyond. If you’re like me, and only have the vaguest (we’re talking real vague) idea of what a firkin is, head brewer Jeff Kimpe and other reps will be on hand to answer questions. $20 will score you five five-ounce tastings, and you can purchase additional tastings for $3 a pop. 11:30 a.m., 1920 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, (510) 843-2739, event website.
Monday, April 15
Birra Antica: In other Linden Street news, the brewery collaborated with Pizza Antica to release a special Birra Antica brew—a rustic, country-style ale, spiced with fennel, black pepper, and cumin. Sample the new beer during “release week,” which will include a meet the brewer event on Monday, April 15, from 5–7 p.m. And until April 21, every time you grab a $6 pour of the new beer, you’ll also be treated to a gourmet pretzel. Pizza Antica, 3600 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 299-0500, event website.
Tuesday, April 16
Ale Industries Tap Takeover: Concord's Ale Industries is storming the taps over at Pleasant Hill's Slow Hand BBQ. Next Tuesday, stop by to sample the brewery's East Bay IPA, Spring Fling, and the increasingly rare Unity, As in Edward sour blonde ale—one of my favorites from the Sour Sunday event during SF Beer Week. 1941 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 942-0149, event website.