Wednesday, February 15, 2012

This Week Only: Nine East Bay Spots Pouring The Best Beer In The World

By Will Butler
Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 3:12 PM

It’s SF Beer Week! And they don't get to have all the fun! Over the years, the loosely-associated event has extended in all directions, and there’s plenty of fun new beers to try this week in the East Bay. As a proud Santa Rosa, CA native, I’m delighted to point you toward what has become the biggest attraction of the almost two-week long festivities: Russian River Brewing Company’s annual, extremely-limited-edition, ultra-double-IPA, Pliny The Younger!

You can find the North Bay brewer’s Elder version (also an exquisite hop-heavy beverage) in pubs and even Whole Foods stores around the country, but it’s younger offspring — which only makes an appearance once a year — is so good, Beer Advocate has basically called it the best beer that America has to offer.

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So, there are plenty of places in SF, but where to find the smooth, sweet Imperial in the East Bay? After some serious sleuthing, I’ve thrown together what I think is a pretty good registry of who’s pouring this week (some right now!). Get there early, expect lines, and beer bragging rights will be yours:

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Alameda:
Lucky 13 (1301 Park Street) is pouring right now. They expect it’ll be gone by tomorrow.

Berkeley:
Bobby G’s Pizzeria (2072 University Avenue) is pouring Pliny at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17. Expect this to be a hotbed for beer-heads.

Hayward:
Bistro (1001 B Street) is tapping their one and only keg at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16. Last year it ran out in three hours.

Livermore:
First Street Alehouse (2086 1st Street) tapped two kegs last Saturday (gone in 90 minutes), and they’ll tap another two this Saturday, Feb. 18 — wait for it — at 9 a.m.

Oakland:
Beer Revolution (464 3rd Street) has at least one keg, but they’re not going to serve it this week — and because they’re Beer Rev, they’re being all cagey and mysterious about it. Hmph.

Ben & Nick’s (5612 College Avenue) is tapping their keg at 6 p.m. tonight, Feb. 15.

Cato’s Ale House (3891 Piedmont Avenue) just started pouring their Pliny — no idea when it’ll go!

The Trappist (460 8th Street), like Beer Rev, thinks that sometimes it just “isn’t worth the clamor” — they have a keg, and will probably tap it… eventually.

Pleasanton:
Hopyard (3015 Hopyard Road) is tapping their keg at 6 p.m. tonight, Feb. 15.

Disclaimer: This beer is almost 11% ABV, so bring a D.D., yo! Also, day-drinking is bad

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