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8th Annual West Coast Barrel Aged Beer Festival

This is a special invitation from Vic Kralj, owner of The Bistro to all BABS members, "the Barrel-Aged Beer Fest was made for you." Vic has provided us with a special discount to attend. (read below for details.)

Brewing and storing beer in barrels has a long history, (think of the English ships storing beer in wood barrels for trips to the colonies), but recently, the phenomenon has taken on a new twist.

The past several years have seen a big increase in the number of barrel aged beers, and for good reason; they taste good. Barrel aging brings wood-based flavors to craft beer that vary depending on what type of wood was used and what kind of toast the barrel has.Craft beers can also pick up the flavors of whatever was originally housed in those barrels, such as wine or bourbon.

This year, The Bistro festival features 80+ specialty beers from local and regional breweries. Beer age ranges from as little as 3 months to 2 years in every kind barrel you can imagine; Chardonnay, Port, Bourbon, French Oak, Syrah and so on.

I’ve become a huge fan of aging beer in Whiskey barrels, because of the improved flavor, smell (nose) and increase in alcohol content.

This will be my third trip to this event, so I hope you’ll join me.

Who: The Bistro
What: 7th Annual West Coast Barrel Aged Beer Festival
Where: The Bistro, 1001 B Street, Hayward, CA 94541
Saturday, November 9, 2011 @ 11am – 6 pm
Cost: $50/pp. Cost includes 12 tasting tickets and 3-oz. commemorative tasting glass.

Vic's BABS Deal: Members receive a $5.00 discount when they pay through PayPal. Send your payment to [masked] (make it a gift or add $1.50.)

The special is now over, but you can still join us at the event.

When you arrive: If you've made an advance payment, your name will appear on the BABS list at the reg counter.

The festival is held on the side of The Bistro, outdoors. You enter through the Bar to a covered area. Festival happens rain or shine.

Transportation: This is a BARTing event. The station is just a few blocks from the entrance to the event. Please take the BART, you'll be glad you did.

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  • Cliff

    As a FINAL reminder. If you paid in ADVANCE your name will appear on a list at the registration desk. Provide ID and your good to go. I will arrive around Noon. See ya there!!!

    November 9, 2013

  • Donald M.

    Gonna try and make this, but not sure so I didn't pay in advance. Do they usually fill up and run out of at-the-door tickets?

    1 · November 8, 2013

    • Cliff

      They don't turn people away - but they do run out of beer.

      November 8, 2013

  • Nick

    Sounds like a lot of fun! my favorite barrel aged beer is the Founders Brewing Company's Kentucky Breakfast Stout made in my hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan!

    November 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes for Founders! GR is my hometown and fav brewery still!

      November 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      If only we could get that out here. I do have a regular Breakfast Stout in my fridge (smuggled back from MI a couple months ago), which is pretty outstanding, but just not the same

      November 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Worth every penny. My favorite beer festival. I still have 6 of the mini snifter glasses from previous years.

    1 · November 7, 2013

  • Cliff

    Get your Neon BABS sticker when you arrive. I will be distributing them throughout the event. Those wearing the stickers are beer socialites - so say hi and compare notes. There are over 80 beers to sample, which makes for an interesting day of sampling.

    November 7, 2013

  • Cliff

    I have only a handful of payments for this event. If you're planning on attending and would like the discounted rate of admission, you must pay by tomorrow before noon. Your name will appear on a BABS list when you check in at the Bistro. I've organized this event and negotiated a special price for all members. The time has come to make a decision. If you're unsure of attending - please remove yourself from the list so that I have an accurate accounting of the group. If you do decide to attend, get ready for a raw and fun experience of beer tasting.


    November 7, 2013

  • Andrei

    The Bistro's website says it starts at 11 am. Why 12:30 pm here?

    November 6, 2013

    • Cliff

      Your welcome to get there early, (you name will be on the list), but their usually setting up until Noon and arranging the beers. Last year there were a number of last minute entries until 1 pm.

      November 6, 2013

  • Anna

    Ohno! I'll be in Seattle!

    November 5, 2013

  • Guillermo

    What's the food situation @ this event? Does the cost include food or will there be trucks? (I couldn't see their Nov. calendar).

    October 16, 2013

    • Anna

      Should we all go to Kokyo beforehand??

      November 5, 2013

  • Cliff

    Please send in your payments to receive the discount for this event. When you arrive - just give the host your name and you'll receive your sampling glass and tickets.

    November 3, 2013

  • Angela

    I'm so disappointed; I can't make it this time, but I hope to hear some great reviews of the beers after this event! Cheers!

    1 · October 28, 2013

  • Brian S.

    With Chip.

    October 27, 2013

  • Cliff

    Hey Folks. Please remember that I need your payment in ADVANCE of the event. Your name will appear on the BABS list when you arrive, and you'll get your glass and beer tickets. Everyone else pays full price.

    October 21, 2013

    • Sean M.

      how much are the tickets in advance

      October 21, 2013

    • Cliff

      $45.00 (BABS membership knocks off $5.00)

      October 22, 2013

  • Cliff

    Price of admission does not include food. The Bistro has a few food items indoors, but most people head out for a bit and return. My suggestion has always been to eat before you arrive, as many of the top beers are gone after the first couple of hours.

    October 18, 2013

  • Mike W.

    Wish I could, but the day is already quite full (including the RateBeer gallery thing)

    October 15, 2013

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