Over 30 Beer and Wine Tastings and Festivals Across the Bay Area This Summer


Looking for a local wine tasting or perhaps a night of music and food with the best beers in the Bay Area? Check out these fun alcohol-themed events happening this summer!

Red, white and beers at California’s Great America: Until June 19, 4701 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara. Join this local celebration of American music, food and fun. Guests can savor gourmet dishes and locally crafted beer and wine while enjoying live entertainment, outdoor games, thrill rides, and fun activities for the whole family. Prices vary. cagreatamerica.com/

Temescal celebrates its sixth anniversary: June 9-12, 4115 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. Celebrate Temescal Brewing’s sixth anniversary all weekend long with delicious brews and festivities including pizza night, keg night, beer brunch and the Temescal Street Fair. Prices vary. temescalbrewing.com/

Sam Gilbert’s Temescal Brewing is named after his Oakland neighborhood. (Courtesy of Jay R. Brooks)

Uptown Funk — Beer and Cheese Pairing: 6-8 p.m. June 10, Drake Dealership, 2325 Broadway, Oakland. Join this journey through the magic of beer and cheese. You’ll learn how cheese is made and what styles of beer and cheese go together best – and come away with the power to pair your own at home. $60. drinkdrakes.com

Murder Mystery Pub & Grub Nite: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. June 10 and 17, 498 Broadway, San Francisco. Drink, Dine and Solve Crimes: Earn murder mystery clues along the way by competing in rock paper scissors and other games against other detectives. Find the most creative/funny motive for murder and win a prize. Free to crawl around, food and drink available for purchase. Facebook Events: bit.ly/3NpkVZQ

East Bay Brewer Weekend: June 10-12, breweries and venues across the East Bay. From Oakland to Livermore, San Leandro, Vacaville and dozens of amazing places in between, look for special outings, party crowds and crawls and fun bar events during this beer celebration long weekend. East Bay craft. Prices vary. drinkbaybeer.com/weekend

The new Fieldwork Brewing in downtown Corte Madera offers 18 Fieldwork beers on tap, Neapolitan-inspired pizzas and a beer garden-style patio.  (Field brewing)
Fieldwork Brewing is one of many breweries participating in East Bay Brewer Weekend. (Field brewing)

Warrior and Wine: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. June 11, Taft Street Winery, 2030 Barlow Lane, Sebastopol. Start your Saturday with a Warrior Pace workout and wine tasting with Shayna Overly, Group Fitness Instructor and Master Warrior Coach. $20. taftstreetwinery.com/

Great cocktails – A first course in mixology: 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. June 11, Elixir, 3200 16th St., San Francisco. Learn the tools, terminology, and techniques behind a good majority of modern and classic cocktails, and get tips for building your home bar from some of San Francisco’s best-known bartenders. $75. Eventbrite: bit.ly/3H0u9cB

Pride Pour: 4 p.m. June 11, Sonoma, Napa. This new Pride-themed wine tasting takes place at more than 30 wineries across Sonoma County and Napa, complete with appetizers and entertainment. $175 and up. lyric.org

Totally Tanked Trivia: 6-8 p.m. June 11 and 25, 627 San Pablo Ave., Albany. Everyone knows it’s best to play trivia when it’s not in your best mind, so try your skills at this trivia night hosted by Ocean Views Beer “beertender” Tyler. Free admission, drinks available for purchase. oceanviewbrews.com/

Crush Club Comedy at Original Pattern Brewing Company: 7:30 p.m. June 11 and July 9, 292 Fourth St., Oakland. Experience this evening of stand-up comedy in the heart of Oakland’s Jack London neighborhood. Grab a cold draft beer, then head upstairs to enjoy a talented lineup of rotating Bay Area comics. Free entry, beer available for purchase. originalpatternbeer.com/

Kick it and sip it at Original Pattern Brewing: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. June 12 and July 24, 292 Fourth St., Oakland. Enjoy a fun, music-driven, kickboxing-inspired cardio class followed by a beer from Original Pattern to celebrate. $20. originalpatternbeer.com/

Name this melody… I mean wine! : 5-7 p.m. June 15, Swirl On Castro, 572 Castro St., San Francisco. Gather your brains and taste buds as we taste unique wines and try to determine the grape variety and country of production. $35. swirloncastro.com/

Grapes & Giggles Comedy Show: 7:30 p.m. June 15, Domenico Winery, 1697 Industrial Road, San Carlos. Check out this comedy show at Domenico Winery featuring comedians who have performed late night, Comedy Central, SF Sketchfest and more. $20-26. domenicowinery.com/

Wild Wine Evening: 7-9 p.m. June 16, Paint and Sip Studio, 153 S. L St., Livermore. Open your favorite bottle, then use bold colors and expressive brushstrokes to create a painting. $42. pinotspalette.com/livermore

Montclair Beer, Wine and Music Festival: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. June 18, Montclair Village, Oakland. The eighth annual Montclair Beer, Wine and Music Festival, a beloved outdoor celebration, is back. Free. montclairvillage.com/

The Pride and Purpose Beer Festival: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. June 18, East Brother Beer Company, 1001 Canal Blvd., Richmond. The festival will include a Pride + Purpose roundtable, as well as a showcase of more than 50 different beers, at least half of which are lagers from Northern California breweries. $20-60. Eventbrite: bit.ly/3Nepma0

A variety of beers are available in the bar at the East Brother Beer Co. in Richmond, Calif., on Friday, March 3, 2017. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)
A variety of beers are available in the East Brother Beer Co. bar in Richmond. (File Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group) Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group

Black Food and Wine Experience: 6-10 p.m. June 18, OakStop, 2323 Broadway, Oakland. Sample the food, wine and cocktails of the African diaspora at the fifth annual Black Food & Wine Experience Grand Tasting in the heart of Oakland. $25-275. Eventbrite: bit.ly/3PZW9kR

Outdoor Wine Tasting in Oakland: 2-6 p.m. June 18-19, Prima Materia Winery Tasting Room, 49th St., Oakland. Join this outdoor wine tasting at Prima Materia, which specializes in making wines from distinctive Italian varietals such as Sangiovese, Barbera, and Aglianico, with an emphasis on earthy reds. $30. prima-materia.com/tasting-room

Taste of Mountain View – Food and Wine Walk: 4-8 p.m. June 22, 563-553 Castro Street, Mountain View. Local restaurants and businesses will be offering wonderfully varied bites paired with wine and craft beer. $30 to $65. Eventbrite: bit.ly/3Nv6B24

Outlet: 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 22, Broadway Plaza Main Fountain, 1275 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek. Sip, savor, and stroll through downtown Walnut Creek and its restaurants and businesses while sampling a variety of regional wines, beers, and spirits. $15 to $55. Eventbrite: bit.ly/3xrQGfq

Enchanted Friday Nights at Boeger Winery: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 24, 1709 Carson Road, Placerville. Enjoy the sunset over the vines as the music drifts along on the summer breeze. Boeger’s popular Friday night musical series is back. Free admission, parking $20-$25. boegerwinery.com/events

Queer Pub Crawl: 6 p.m. June 24, 468 25th St., Oakland. Oakland Black Pride leads this exploration to a variety of gay-friendly bars and restaurants in Oak Town, with drink and food specials on the menu at each stop. Free. www.oaklandblackpride.org

Wine and Cook with Chef Ashton — The Delicious Demo: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 25, Cuvaison Vineyard House, 5019 Sonoma Highway, Napa. Join Cuvaison’s resident chef, Ashton Keefe, for a cooking demonstration in the Cuvaison vineyard, complete with a tantalizing alfresco lunch and wine. $165. cuvaison.com/

Custom Beer, Tacos, and Teslas: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 25, SS Customs, 1500 Industrial Way, Redwood City. This showcase of custom cars includes tacos and IPAs. $15. bit.ly/3PZA7yu

The taste of summer: 2-4 p.m. June 25, Karibu Wine Lounge, 1419 Park St., Alameda. Join the Bay Area Fisk Alumni Club for a summer wine tasting fundraiser that includes appetizers, music and wines from black-owned vineyards. $50. bit.ly/3aDbNm0

SF Pride Pub Crawl: 2-8 p.m. June 25, The Market Bar, 1355 Market St., San Francisco. Head to the Market Bar for food, drinks, and introductions before heading to the Civic Center to take part in Pride activities. Then, explore the neighborhood’s best bars. $10-25. urbanadventureclub.com

BBB — Bourbon, Brandy & Beer: 5:30-8 p.m. July 1, Hotel VIA, 138 King St., San Francisco. Taste craft spirits, local beers, and delicious barbecue on this educational and entertaining tasting experience. $45-450. jaffeevents.com/

Advertising science: 7:07 p.m. July 7, 627 San Pablo Ave., Albany. What could be better than an outdoor evening of scientific subjects and brewing? The theme for July 7 is climate change and cows. Free admission, drinks available for purchase. oceanviewbrews.com/

Happy Hour Cheese and Wine: 5-6 p.m. July 8, The Cheese School of San Francisco, Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point St., San Francisco. Sample exquisite cheeses and wines or beer on the Cheese School’s veranda with stunning views of San Francisco Bay and Ghirardelli Square. $65. thecheeseschool.com

Blues and Brews Festival: July 15-16, Pleasant Hill Park, 147 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Enjoy two days of live music, local craft beers and great food at the 11th annual Blues and Brews Festival. $10 to $70. bluesandbrewsfestival.com/

Opera in the Vineyard: 5:30 p.m. July 17 and August 28, Retzlaff Vineyards, 1356 S. Livermore Ave., Livermore. Enjoy a summer evening of classic opera in a relaxed and laid back setting nestled amongst the vineyards. $50. livermorevalleyopera.com/

Physicians and Distillers — The Remarkable Medicinal History of Beer, Wine, Spirits and Cocktails: 3 p.m. July 23, Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez St., San Francisco. At Doctors and Distillers, learn how and why the contents of our medicine and liquor cabinets were, until recently, one and the same, born as delicious cures for disease and ailment. $18. omnivorebooks.myshopify.com/

Monterey Oktoberfest: 12:30-4:30 p.m. July 30, Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey. The 19th Annual Beer Festival offers hundreds of beers to sample, as well as a variety of delicious dishes to pair with the beer of your choice. $60. www.montereybeerfestival.com


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