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We Love the Nightlife: December 7–13

The holiday season brings a bevy of beer-related events, including holiday beer tastings, hop-centric Hanukkah celebrations, and brewery special releases.

Beer lovers rejoice! It’s the time of year to celebrate and drink those winter brews, and this weekend you can treat your taste buds to a bevy of hop-related events. Get in the holiday spirit and savor the various holiday suds these bars have to offer, including special release parties and tastings.


Jule ØL Fest 2012

Celebrate ØL’s first Christmas beer fest this Friday and Saturday. You’ll have the opportunity to taste Christmas beer from around the world, including the U.S., Denmark, Belgium, and Norway. A fest glass and four samples are $25, extra samples are available for $4, or you can purchase by the glass. Friday, December 7, 6 p.m. until last call, Saturday, December 8, 2 p.m. until last call. 1541 Giammona Dr., Walnut Creek, beer-shop.org.

A Tasting of Holiday Beers XXIV

This Saturday, join Pacific Coast Brewing Co. for its annual holiday beer tasting. The brewery will host a sit-down tasting of tasty brews such as Ommegang Duvel Rustica, Stone Verticle Epic, Firestone Velvet Merlin, alongside paired food items. Advance tickets available at the pub for $60.00. Saturday, December 8, 12–4 p.m. 906 Washington St., Oakland, pacificcoastbrewing.com.

Happy Chanukah! Shmaltz Brewing Co. Celebrates “Sweet 16”

Celebrate Shmaltz Brewing Company’s sweet 16 by lighting up the first night of Hanukkah at Beer Revolution. Every day for a week, two new special Shmaltz beers will go on tap, including Jewbelation 16, Hop Manna, Geektoberfest, and more. Saturday, December 8, 6 p.m., 464 3rd St., Oakland, beer-revolution.com.

Special Anchor Xmas 2012 Release

Since the polar bear party has been postponed, celebrate the release of Anchor Christmas Ale at Pete’s instead. You’ll also be rewarded for your visit with cioppino all day and night. If you can, check out an actual bottle of this year's Christmas Ale—label artist Jim Stitt has been involved with every label since the 1970s and draws a new tree each year. Saturday, December 8, 201 Hartz Ave., Danville, petesbrassrail.com.

Fifty/Fifty Eclipse Release Party

Beer Revolution is hosting the release of 50/50 Eclipse. Meet the people from Fifty/Fifty and be the first to taste Eclipse. Tuesday, December 11, 6 p.m, 464  Third St., Oakland, beer-revolution.com.


Note from Kristen (your usual nightlife writer):

Have you guys checked out the news on the upcoming San Francisco project from Chuck Stilphen (The Trappist and ØL)? It’s big, like 3,000 square-feet and 40 taps big. Check out all the excitement over at Dish.

He also has some news on FIVE’s 12 Cocktails of Christmas, which are themed after the ubiquitous song and priced at 12 bucks. You’ve got all December to try ‘em, so don’t go nuts on one visit. You can also get the recipes on Dish to make your own. My favorite is the Four Calling Birds:

Four Calling Birds

  • 2 oz Gin
  • ½ oz Lillet
  • ½ oz Lemon
  • ¼ Simple

Shaken with mint, served in martini glass.
Mint leaf garnish.


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