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We Love the Nightlife: October 5–October 11

Two more local Oktoberfest celebrations; baseball playoff viewing tips for the weekend; and more nightlife happenings.

photo from Lodi Wine

New Brewery in Oakland

Eater SF tips that Oaklandites should expect a new beer joint in the near future. According to its Facebook page (super official, I know), the new spot will be named Ghost Town Brewing, but its website says Ghost Town Brewery, so color me confused. The brew-whatever signed a lease in early September, and will be located at 2640 Union Street in Oakland.

Art Murmur returns

Also in Oakland, don’t forget tonight’s First Friday. In addition to the usual array of galleries, street performers, and fun events, the Great Wall of Oakland will host Behind the Pixar Screen, a never before seen collection of the personal works of several artists from Pixar Animation Studios. You’ll find the wall between Broadway and Valley Street, facing West Grand Avenue. Free, Friday, October 5, 8–11 p.m., greatwallofoakland.org.


Wait, we’re not done with you yet, Oakland. On Saturday, the city’s Dimond District transforms into Oaktoberfest, a family-friendly craft beer festival. For $20, you’ll receive a festival stein and four pours of craft beer, but you may as well throw down $40 and spring for unlimited four-ounce tastes. In addition to more than 20 breweries, there will be samples from area wineries, root beer floats (for kids and teetotalers), local food, craft booths, and live entertainment. But back to the beer: This year’s event will once again feature a German-style homebrew competition, as well as a people’s choice booth, where you can vote for your favorite brew of the day. Saturday, October 6, 11 a.m.–6 p.m., MacArthur Blvd. at Fruitvale Ave., oaktoberfest.org.

Oktoberfest in Danville

And one final (?) Oktoberfest event. Head over to Norm’s Place in Danville this Saturday for a tented Oktoberfest party, complete with German beer and food, music, drinking games, and bounce house for the kids. Lederhosen encouraged. In other Norm’s news, the restaurant plans to start up a bowling league on October 10, and still have a few spots left for teams. Give them a call if interested. Saturday, October 6, 3 p.m., 356 Hartz Ave., Danville, (925) 552-6676, normsgrill.com.

Cool new pairing alert

Oakland’s new Hopscotch has been getting plenty of food-related buzz, but those in search of a buzz should also check out its Hops & Scotch pairings menu. Chef Kyle Itani has carefully paired an ounce of scotch with a bottle or pour of craft beer, and they go as follows:

  • Caol Ila 12 year single malt and Drake's IPA: “The spice of this peaty Islay scotch plays really well off the hoppy bite of the local IPA (San Leandro).”
  • Suntory Yamazaki 12-year single malt and Asahi Kuronama black lager: “It's like they were made for each other.  Both have a lot of complexity, but are so smooth. Your palate is excited but completely at ease.”
  • Templeton Prohibition Rye and Coedo Beniaka (sweet potato lager): “An unlikely pair makes an incredible impression. Caramel and spice and a little bit of funk in the oh-so-good way. Drinking one makes you want to go back to the other, then back again, over and over, every time discovering something new.”

You can try all three for $10. 1915 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, hopscotchoakland.com.

Orange Kush gets shushed, permanently

As Ale Industries’ signature Orange Kush expands to new markets, the brewery has decided to give it a bit of a name change. Starting this December, the beer will be labeled Golden State of Mind. I’m a little sad to see the original name go, but really excited about the new labels: Ale Industries will be changing them every season, tapping local artists for the artwork. You can pick up bottles of Orange Kush Golden State of Mind anywhere from Oregon to San Diego, or in its Concord tap room. Stop by this weekend for “First Saturday,” a monthly hybrid of local artists, live music, food, and craft beer. The party runs from 6–9 p.m. Why do I always have Saturday plans? 975 Detroit Ave., Concord, event website

Playoff Viewing Tips

I actually thought about getting into the city for the Niners game before I heard about all of the madness this weekend. With San Francisco expecting a whopping one million visitors, I’m staying on this side of the bay, thank you. But if you’re a braver soul, Paul Cardinale, general manager of the Golden Bear Group (and the guy behind Momo’s, Pete’s Tavern, Pedro’s Cantina, and Mission Rock Resort) has a few tips for ensuring you can snag a table at an AT&T-adjacent restaurant for the playoff games.

  • “If you are using cash, make sure to line up at the outside patio bar to get your drinks. Since this is a ‘cash only’ bar, it is the fastest way to get your beverages.”
  • “Arrive 4 hours prior to the first pitch in order to avoid lines. Pete’s and Pedro’s do not accept reservations and are a ‘first come, first serve’ establishment.”
  • If you do decide to drive, the best thing to do is valet your car at Momo’s, which is the least expensive in the neighborhood and guaranteed if you have a reservation. There are also four parking meters on King Street in front of Pedro’s Cantina that allows up to six hours of parking time for a total of $18.” Paulie advises that there are also several “sacred” free parking options if you look closely. On Second Street as well as King Street and Brannan, you can find a few spots that are ‘false driveways’ and therefore overlooked by most.

Giants play the first two games against the Reds at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7.

*While I don’t have any playoff viewing tips specific to the Oakland Athletics, who start the post season away, make sure you catch the team as it takes on the Tigers at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 6, and 9 a.m. on Sunday, October 7 before heading home on Tuesday. 

Island Wine:

If you end up getting stuck in Bay Bridge traffic, consider detouring over Treasure Island. This Saturday, the island plays host to LoCA Uncorked, a festival for California’s Lodi wine region. The festival will feature 35 wineries pouring more than 200 wines, artisan cheese and olive oil, and a performance from the Blue Angels. $55 in advance, $65 at the door, Saturday, October 6, 12–5 p.m., 291 Avenue of the Palms, Treasure Island, website.


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