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Kerstbier Fest: Celebrating the Season's


Kerstbier starting time has been moved to 6 PM on Saturday - so I'm adjusting our gathering time to 5:15 PM so that people can get settled (and find seating.)

This is one of the special events in December that brings out the holiday spirit in all beer lovers.

Kerstbier Fest, (or Christmas Beer Fest), is a unique holiday tasting experience - - sampling beers from an old world tradition, brewed for the biggest holiday of the year - - - Christmas.

This is the intimate version of the BevMo's Holiday Beer Festival - and features 100% handcrafted European beer styles to sample.

Held at serving stations throughout the entire bar, participants pay $25 and receive, a commemorative sampling glass, 4 tokens good for tasting 6 oz. samples, and a sampling card listing the beverages featured at the event.

Here are just a few of the Christmas beers that were featured in 2011:

Blaugies La Moneuse Special Winter
De Ranke Pere Noel
Geants Noel de Geants
Slaapmutske Kertsmutske
De La Senne Equinox
De La Senne Xmas Zinnebir
Struise Tsjeeses
Struise Tsjeeses Reserva
Beer Here Yulewine
Mikkeller From via To
Mikkeller 2011 Santa's Little Helper
Mikkeller Red/White Christmas
Mikkeller Ris a la Male
To Ol Snowball Saison
Haandbryggeriet Nissefar Christmas Ale
Haandbryggeriet Bestefar
Aegir Bryggeri Julebrygg
Oppigards Winter Ale
Dieu du Ciel! Solstice d'Hiver
St Bernardus Chrismas 2011
St Bernardus Chrismas 2010
Carolus Noel 2011
Carolus Noel 2010
St Feuillien Noel
Anchor Chrismas
Achouffe Nice Chouffe
Moonlight Winter Tipple
la rulles Cuve Meilleurs Voeux
Dupont Les Bon Voeux
St Feuillien Speciale

Pere Noel
Bink Winter King
Bink Grand Cru
Xmas Zinnebir
Tsjeeses Reserva
Klein Duimpje Kerstbier
Beer Here Yulewine
Mikkeller To/From/Via
Mikkeller Barrel Aged From Via To
Mikkeller 2011 Santa's Little Helper
Mikkeller Barrel Aged Santa's Little Helper

Added BABS Beers: Look for me to be pouring 1 to 2 complimentary holiday beers that were my favorite in 2012, (note: I'll be at a special table in the back bar.) Don't forget to ask for your BABS Holiday Sticker:

How to get there: This is a commuting event – so Bus or BART your way over. The Oakland City Center/12th Street Station is just a couple of blocks from the bar.

The Trappist Website:

Come join me for the last beer event in 2012.

Happy Holidays!!!


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  • John

    Great event. Big thanks to Cliff for organizing, hosting and keeping it fun!!!

    1 · December 17, 2012

  • Carol

    I just saw the comments... I will be late (before 7) Hopefully OK w availability issue?

    1 · December 15, 2012

  • Cliff

    $25 pp (includes samples and a glass.)

    December 10, 2012

  • Laura M.

    Thank you, Cliff! I was really impressed by the Trappist at my first Beer Social. And YOU did a great job as well of making sure that everyone was well fed and (even better) libated! What's the cost of this event?

    December 10, 2012

  • Cliff

    I'm taking off the group size restrictions, because the Holiday's make people flaky and less likely to show up to events even after RSVPing. My guess is that about 25 people will actually show up to Kerstbier. If you do show, look for me to get your Christmas green stickers that say Happy Holiday's!!! BABS. If you see someone wearing one - say hi.

    1 · December 9, 2012

  • Julia

    Cliff, so glad you expanded. I'm excited! Are we sending the $25 through PayPal or paying at the door b/c it's a Trappist event?

    November 20, 2012

    • Cliff

      No advanced payment needed. You pay when you arrive.

      November 21, 2012

    • Julia

      Great! See you on the 15th and I promise I'll remember it's at 3:00pm NOT 6:00pm! : )

      November 25, 2012

  • kent r.

    How do we reserve tickets

    November 23, 2012

  • Cliff

    Spoke with Chuck the owner - and we can expand to 50 people, but this means you really have to be honest about attending. If you're not sure - please remove yourself from the list and let others take your place. This is a tiny bar and it fills up fast.

    November 20, 2012

  • Cliff

    I may open this up to accommodate more people closer to the actual date of the event. Stay tuned.

    November 11, 2012

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