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
When: 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.
For more info: http://www.the-bistro.com/