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We Love the Nightlife: August 23–30

Catch up on local alcohol and performance news; a mustache-sporting band brings yacht rock to Walnut Creek; a five-pound burger challenge; and more nightlife happenings.

Nightlife News:

A Berkeley institution gets its own beer…
As Ethan mentioned in Dish, Blaine Landberg of Calicraft has joined forces with Alice Waters to produce a Chez Panisse beer. The Panisse Pale Ale, brewed in honor of the restaurant’s 41st anniversary, will be a malty blend with strong citrus notes, and was designed to pair well with food. Naturally, the malt is California grown, and the hops were freshly picked and organic. The beer will primarily be available at Chez Panisse, with a few other kegs distributed locally, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Edible Schoolyard Project.

An Alameda heavyweight gets nominations, expands, and plans for a new release…
Over in Alameda, St. George Spirits has been busy. The craft distillers were the only West Coast nomination for Distiller of the Year by Wine Enthusiast, which honors outstanding achievement in wine and spirits over time and within a given year. Master Distiller Lance Winters credits the eau de vie making philosophy pioneered by founder Jörg Rupf. St George’s gins, whiskey, and rum have all received 90-plus point rankings from Wine Enthusiast. Aside from garnering accolades, St. George has also re-released its Agua Libre California Sugarcane Rum and expanded the tasting room so that it can now accommodate 150 people. This autumn, look for a small (715 bottle) release of its 30th anniversary whiskey, which was crafted from the distiller’s oldest single malt reserves, finished in a barrel once held pear eau de vie. When do they sleep over there?

A Lafayette legend gets the internet spotlight…
And Lafayette’s very own Diamond Dave made internet waves with an appearance on the popular Gawker website. The post, which features a video of Diamond Dave performing, has received close to 10,000 views and garnered comments such as “haters gonna hate, but that 55 year old man is rockstaring his a** off on the weekly, which is just about good as it gets. God bless him.” You can still catch his performances at Petar’s, where he plays every Thursday and Friday at 9 p.m.

A Livermore concert gets attention from the city…
Since San Francisco pubs and websites are notorious for using the East Bay suburbs as the punchline for whatever joke they’re planning, I was surprised to see SF Weekly give some (begrudging) respect to Wente’s Front Porch Festival. With acts like the Mountain Goats and the Dodos headlining, writer Ian S. Port ventures that “Livermore just might be getting cool now.” Thanks for the backhanded compliment?


Nightlife Events:

Looks like Thursday may be the new Friday. Danville’s annual Art & Wine Stroll is back tonight for its ninth year, and yacht rock sails into Dan’s over in Walnut Creek. But don’t count the weekend out just yet…


Art & Wine Stroll
You should know the format by now. Buy a ticket, grab your commemorative wine glass, and sample pours from wineries at local locations. The town will be offering free trolley rides between the Danville Livery, downtown Danville, and the Rose Garden shops, and participants can also enjoy live music and work from artists. $25, Thursday, August 23, 6–9 p.m. Pickup tickets at the Nest, Consignit Couture, or the Studio beforehand, or at the event from 5:30–7:30 (cash only), discoverdanvilleca.com.

Yacht Rock
Love the sweet sounds of Michael McDonald and pretending you’re out on the open seas with a bevy of babes in high cut bikinis? You’re in luck, because Mustache Harbor is sailing into Dan’s Bar tonight to rock you out with all the smooth jazz you can handle. Added bonus? As the band’s name suggests, the members (some of which also play with tribute band Tainted Love) all boast some pretty epic ‘staches. Thursday, August 23, 1524 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, event website.

Burger Challenge:
Since it happens in a bar and involves people doing questionable things, I’m filing That Bar’s burger challenge this Sunday under “nightlife.” Basically, That Bar is hosting a competition that involves shoveling a five-pound burger into your face faster than the rest of the contenders. Signups ended yesterday, but you can watch local businesses go head to head as they down the giant burgers. The first two-person team to consume the monstrosity gets showered in cash and wins the coveted Burger Challenge trophy. Sunday, August 26, 11:30 a.m., 148 E. Prospect Ave., Danville, event info.

What do you like to do on a Friday or Saturday night? We are out and about looking for best night on the town, because We Love the Nightlife. Send us your tips at d-mail@maildiablo.com.


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