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We Love the Nightlife: November 8–15

Dublin has a tap house in the works; the Trappist's new Rockridge location; Pyramid's Walnut Creek snow party; and more nightlife happenings.

Is it just me, or do all the events these days seem to be so beer-centric? Don’t get me wrong, I love a good pint, but why aren’t people opening up gin joints? Throwing bourbon bashes? C’mon, East Bay, I know you have it in you. And with that brief tirade, I bring you to this week’s nightlife news and happenings.


Dublin gets a new tap house

According to our intrepid Dish reporter Ethan Fletcher, there’s beer a brewin’ in Dublin. Specifically, a place called Caps and Taps, run by Gregory Lewis and his family. Look for the tap room, which will focus on craft beers from Northern California breweries, to open in the Shops at Tralee next month. Lewis modeled the tap room after one of my favorites, Livermore’s Tap 25, so I’m excited to swing by and check out the taps and take-home bottle selection.

The Trappist’s new joint

From Rockridge Patch, it seems that lovers of the Trappist and OL will have another beer bar to flock to. Trappist Provisions is scheduled to open a few weeks after Thanksgiving on Rockridge’s College Avenue. The tiny space will seat roughly 20 people, who can enjoy brews from nine taps or choose from 200 bottles.

Sip and Shop

As both the style and nightlife editor, my two coverage areas rarely overlap as perfectly as they will this weekend for Paragon Outlets Livermore’s Sunset Sip and Shop. This Saturday, from 5–8 p.m., 15 Livermore Valley wineries will be pouring tastes while shoppers peruse the outlet’s discounted wares. The $10 ticket also includes a commemorative wine glass.


This Saturday, swing by San Leandro’s Drake’s Barrel House for a swashbuckling good time. The brewery will release Drake’s Jolly Rodger, an American barleywine, to the thirsty masses. Try it on tap or in 22-ounce bottles (six per person limit). Also on tap? Staff plans to pull a selection of barrel-aged barleywines out of their barrels for a special barleywine flight. Fist of Flour will also be on hand, dishing out wood-fired pizzas. Saturday, November 10, 12–9 p.m., 1933 Davis St., San Leandro, event website.

It’s Snowing!

At least over at Walnut Creek’s Pyramid, where they’re throwing a Snow Cap party this Saturday. In honor of its winter warmer ale, the brewery will have a photobooth and DJ, encourage games of beer pong, and offer $3.50 pint specials. If you bring a winter coat donation, your first pint will only run you a penny. Saturday, November 10, 7–11 p.m., 1410 Locust St., Walnut Creek, event website.

It’s a crush

Hey, look! No beer. Instead, Berkeley is once again welcoming its annual crush festival, now in its 17th year. Some 25 wineries and 25 food vendors come together at the DoubleTree by Hilton for a day of delicious wines and bites. Participants include JC Cellars, Donkey and Goat, Rosenblum, Skates on the Bay, Caffe Venezia and more. $50, Sunday, November 11, 2–6 p.m., 200 Marina Blvd., Berkeley, berkeleycrushfest.com.

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