Beer in the Bay: Oaktoberfest returns and Toronado brings back its barleywine party

By Alyssa Pereira, SFGATE Updated 9:32 am, Friday, September 29, 2017 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 ØL Beercafe & Bottle Shop, Walnut Creek (Beer): ØL is the Danish word for beer. (Jill Schneider / SFC) ØL Beercafe & Bottle Shop, Walnut Creek (Beer): ØL is the Danish word for beer. (Jill Schneider / SFC) Beer in the Bay: Oaktoberfest returns and Toronado brings back its barleywine party 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Every Friday morning, SFGATE finds the biggest headlines in local (and sometimes national) beer. Check back here weekly for news, events, and information about special releases from your favorite local breweries. After ostensibly successful can sales of their Crude Oil imperial stout, Seven Stills is "getting into the can game." Their first release: tall cans of their Cryonaut IPA, on sale Friday at their taprooms. Pi Bar, pizza shop and beer taproom in the Mission, is turning 8 years old. To celebrate, they're throwing a party on Sunday, October 1 — beginning at 3:14 p.m., naturally. The family-friendly Oaktoberfest returns to the Dimond district of Oakland this weekend for two days — Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 — again pouring 200+ brews from breweries all over the greater Bay Area. Federation, Anderson Valley, Sierra Nevada, Noble, Calicraft, Faction and more will all be in attendance pouring beer samples while a live band plays to guests. Walnut Creek taproom and bottle shop ØL turns six years old this year. They're throwing a party Friday, September 29 with some sweet perks for the occasion, including 2o percent off ØL swag and glassware and the selling and pouring of some rare beers. Ever wonder which beers are the fizziest? The Irish Times has your answer. Toronado's epic barleywine fest returns for a 24th time on Saturday, September 30, and locals can expect some very heavy brews. "Along with classic favorites from Lost Abbey, Sierra Continue Reading

Fall beers: The best snacks to pair with seasonal Oktoberfests, IPAs, ciders and pumpkin ales

Hop to it! New fall beers are packing a punch with bold food-forward flavors like fiery serrano peppers, sweet cinnamon, citrusy grapefruit and caramel. But don’t fall back with the wrong snack. Beer aficionados advise balancing out these strong seasonal flavors with fatty sharp cheeses, pairing sweet malty Oktoberfest brews with sourdough pretzels and ciders with chocolaty desserts. “Look for beers with ingredients like cinnamon, apple, maple syrup, roasted nuts and sweet potato,” says Hannah Davis, a certified cicerone at World of Beer, who advises suds sippers to chose beers that are darker in color and heavier in body to be savored just below room temperature. Crack open one of these fall beers with the following tasty snack pairings. El Serrano Red IPA, growlers available at The Bronx Brewery, 856 E. 136th St., Port Morris, Bronx. The Bronx Brewery teamed with Bronx Hot Sauce to brew locally grown serrano peppers into its fiery sip. The amber-colored red IPA contains 9% alcohol and will be available through October. “The hot peppers are perfect for when the days get cooler — you get a hint of heat from the serrano peppers, it’s a nice burn, not overwhelming, but it doesn’t last too long,” says Christopher Gallant, co-founder of The Bronx Brewery. “The bitter hops and sweet malt balance it out to cool the beer down,” he adds. Snack paring: Nachos with sharp cheddar cheese. “The fat from the cheese is going to help balance out the heat and the hop profile,” says Gallant. Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest 2015 , Chico, Calif. You don’t need to jet to Munich to get a taste of Oktoberfest. This year, Sierra Nevada is putting more German influence into its seasonal lager by teaming with Brauhaus Riegele, one of the oldest breweries in Bavaria. The medium-bodied concoction has a creamy texture with rich, toffee-like malt flavors and a Continue Reading

Beer collaborations on tap at Oktoberfest

Beer is always a big part of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. This year, the event's biggest beer news is collaborations: Braxton and Graeter's, Sam Adams and Urban Artifact.Both pairs will debut their creations during the annual celebration of eating, drinking and chicken dancing, set for Sept. 15-17.Braxton Brewing Company and Graeter’s Ice Cream worked together on a new Graeter's flavor. They aren't saying what it is, though, until it's unveiled at the event. (But if you miss it there, you can get it at Graeter's stores starting Oct. 1.) What is for sure is that Braxton will serve its other Graeter's collaboration, Graeter’s Blueberry Pie brown ale, during the festival. (A portion of the proceeds will benefit cancer nonprofit The Cure Starts Now.)  More: Oktoberfood: What to eat at Oktoberfest As for Samuel Adams and Urban Artifact, they'll be debuting Tricorne, a tart New England IPA, at both Oktoberfest and the Ohio Pawpaw Festival. Yes, that's because the beer is made with Ohio's native paw paw fruit. Its creators are calling it "super juicy with bright tropical fruit notes."In total, more than 100 different beers will be available at nine different beer gardens and fest tents. New this year is the Braxton Fass Bar at Third and Walnut streets, where beer drinkers can grab a seat and watch sports on a 20-foot LED TV. Every time a keg blows at the bar, the bartenders will do some whistling and toasting, and they'll give the person who ordered the beer a free T-shirt. Several special tappings will take place throughout the event. They are: Braxton Brewing Co. specialty tappings: Friday    5-6:30 p.m.: SuperfectaSaturday    11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Braxton Labs Cherry SaisonSunday    11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Jammer PilsnerSierra Nevada specialty tappings (at the Sierra Nevada Fest Tent on Race Street between Second and Third streets):Friday    5 p.m.: Continue Reading