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We Love the Nightlife: November 1–8

More news on an upcoming Berkeley brewery specializing in sour beer; Dia de los Muertos in Oakland; a new release from Ale Industries; and more nightlife happenings.

I’m keeping this week’s nightlife column short and sweet, mainly because most people I’ve talked to burned themselves out this weekend and can’t bear the thought of another night of partying, much less reading about booze. For those of you who paced yourselves, enjoy!


Berkeley’s new brewery

I got a hold of The Rare Barrel’s Alex Wallash to get more information on the new Berkeley brewery I mentioned in mid-October. When we spoke, he mentioned construction should be starting soon on the brewery’s Parker and Ninth Street address, and they plan to start brewing in early 2013 if everything stays on schedule.

The idea for The Rare Barrel first hatched when Wallash and business partner Jay Goodwin, who worked for Orange County’s The Bruery doing barrel aging and blending, noticed a dearth of options for sours in the Bay Area.

The new space

“It’s our favorite style of beer, but it’s tough to find. You have to go to specialty bottle shops and bars,” says Wallash. “There wasn’t really a whole lot of options out there for it, so it was a combination of our interests and backgrounds, and a need that could be filled.”


While Berkeley’s mild temperatures made it an ideal location for aging sour beers (which they plan on aging anywhere from six to 36 months), the weather wasn’t the only factor for the Bay Area Natives.

“Berkeley has such a cool and diverse community, and interest in sour beer is growing,” Wallash says. “We think it will be a really good fit for a sour brewery, and it’s a great area for our barrels to call home.”

Name Switcheroo

According to What the Fork, Emeryville’s Honor Bar is now Honor Kitchen and Cocktails. Writer Luke Tsai mentions it’s to avoid confusion with an LA Honor Bar, but I also think the change better fits with a place dishing out some pretty superb bar grub. Everything else should be same ol’ same ol’.

Noche de los Muertos

According to East Bay Dish, Oakland’s Linden Street Brewery will host a Noche de los Muertos party at its Linden Street location. Tonight’s event, which benefits San Francisco Women Against Rape, will include brews from Linden (naturally), cocktails from SomaR Bar, and food from such diverse purveyors as Big Wheel Cookie Co., Boffo Cart, Fist of Flour, Oaktown Jerk, and Tina Tamale. In addition to the impressive food and drink lineup, stop by for a silent auction, locally made crafts, and live music from Oakland’s Carne Cruda. Organizers encourage you to bring photos of departed loved ones to place on the Day of the Dead community altar, and Alana Dill will be providing sugar skull face painting. Free admission, Thursday, November 1, 5–9 p.m., 95 Linden St., Oakland, event website.

New beer!

I’m not sure the crew at Ale Industries sleeps much, because the brewery is celebrating another new release. I mentioned the Fall Down Brown, brewed with house-smoked sugar pie pumpkins, a few weeks ago, but this Saturday heralds the arrival of Dueling Pipers. The Imperial version of the brewery’s flagship Rye’d Piper is aged in rye whiskey barrels, and will soon be available in special edition 22-ounce bottles around the Bay Area. Taste it fresh from the source at Ale Industries monthly First Saturdays party, which features local artists, live music, and food. Saturday, November 3, 4–9 p.m., 975 Detroit Ave., Unit E, Concord, event website.

Party time

Speaking of Ale Industries, Handles Gastropub in Pleasanton will be throwing a party this Friday to celebrate the release of the brewery’s Fall Down Brown. Celebration kicks off at 5 p.m., and I think it’s safe to assume there will be beer there. Friday, November 2, 5 p.m., 855 Main St., Pleasanton, event website.

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