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We Love the Nightlife: September 13–19

Shred during a guitar competition in the Tri-Valley; try keeping your fantasy team straight during a football brunch with unlimited mimosas; local breweries are starting to release their Oktoberfest brews; and more nightlife happenings.

Logsdon Farmhouse Ales


Don’t have plans tonight? Good, because there’s a fun event going down in Livermore. In fact, clear your whole weekend: We’ve got you covered.

Photo from Bay Area on Tap

San Ramon's Schubros Brewery just released Festbier, “a refreshing classic style German lager that boasts a rocky white head, pronounced malt aroma, and subtle sweetness.” It’s the brewery’s first beer available at grocery and liquor stores in the East Bay, as well as the first packaged in bottles instead of the company’s typical cans. Suggested pairings include sausage, pretzels, walnuts, chestnuts and almonds. The brewery only produced 120 cases and less than 100 kegs, so grab a bottle or glass before it’s too late. schubrosbrewery.com.

Speaking of Schubros, Head Brewer Mike Johannsen will be stopping by Livermore’s Tap 25 tonight, from 6–9 p.m., to celebrate the new beer’s launch. If you can’t make it tonight (late notice, I know!), the tap house will host Black Diamond Brewing Company’s Derek Smith tomorrow, and feature seven of the Concord brewery’s beers on tap, including the new Fractus Red Ale. You can also stop by this weekend when Blacksmith Square will be a stop for a few Guitar Festival events. Look for an acoustic stage on Saturday, guitar competition on Sunday, and live music throughout the weekend. They keep busy in that square! 25 S. Livermore Ave., Livermore, taptwentyfive.com.

Also this weekend is the Lafayette Art and Wine Festival, which features more than 275 fine arts and crafts booths. Admission is free, but if you’re drinking (and with BART so close, why not?), you have to purchase a festival glass and drink tickets. Also, make sure not to miss the food truck area (you’ll probably find me there on Saturday), music on three stages, and Diablo’s booth—come say hi! And bring along the pooch: The event is dog friendly. If you decide to  bike in, look for free bike valet parking at 82 Lafayette Circle, and continuous shuttle service will be available from the Lafayette BART station. Saturday, September 15, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Sunday, September 16, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., downtown Lafayette, website.


Over in Oakland, I just got wind of Hopscotch’s happy hour. The upscale diner offers $2 beers, select wines for $5, and $2 off any cocktail. Can’t wait to stop by when I’m back on the booze. 1915 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, hopscotchoakland.com.

Speaking of cocktails, this Saturday is a fun little cocktail fest called Oakland Block Party. You’ll move between a number of downtown Oakland establishments, with a complimentary cocktail at each location, including Hawker Fare, Make Westing, and Plum. The number of stops depends on the ticket option you purchase: $20 for four venues, $30 for six, or $40 for eight (which leaves you one short of hitting all participants). But who really needs nine cocktails, right? You’re drinking for a good cause, because proceeds benefit Oakland public schools. Saturday, September 15, 5–8 p.m., begins at Ozumo, 2252 Broadway Ave., Oakland, website.

My go-to football brunch used to be Concord’s E.J. Phair, but it nixed its mimosa pitchers (albeit, for good reason) and I’ve been on the hunt for a new Sunday morning unlimited deal ever since. East Bay Dish brings news of an all-you-can-eat NFL Sunday brunch and bottomless mimosas at Liege in Oakland. The spread includes football fare such as chicken wings and biscuits and gravy, mixed in with some brunch offerings like bacon and an omelet station. If bloody Marys are more your thing, they’ll cost you $3 a pop, but you heard me about those bottomless mimosas, right? Just $10. 481 9th St., Oakland, liegeoakland.com.

Photo of the Trappist's interior from Better Beer BlogLooking forward to next week, when football hangovers have subsided, head into Oakland on Wednesday for a meet the brewer night at the Trappist. David Logsdon, the brewer and founder of Logsdon Organic Farmhouse Ales, will be on hand to answer questions, and the beer bar will have kegs of the brewery’s Seizoen, Kili Wit, and the rare Far West Vlaming on tap. Bottle tastings of the Cerasus (a Flanders Red aged in oak with 45 pounds of local cherries per barrel) will also be available. Wednesday, September 19, 6 p.m., 460 8th St., Oakland, thetrappist.com.


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