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Triple Rock: 10th annual Firkin-Gravity Beer Festival

  • Apr 7, 2012 · 1:00 PM
  • Triple Rock Brewery

Yep, it’s that time of year again.  

The Triple Rock Firkin Gravity Festival is happening on Saturday April 7th!  The Rock opens at 11:30am for this event. $20 gets you in the door, a glass and four pours. Additional pours are $4 each. Proceeds go to the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation.  We’re not sure what each brewery is making up yet — as far as their cask beers — and might not til the morning of the event.

Here are some of the breweries featured:

Triple Rock

Marin Brewing

Moylan’s Brewery

Iron Springs Brewery

Firehouse Brewery

EJ Phair Brewing

Oakland Brewing Company

Pizza Orgasmica

Beach Chalet Brewing

Speakeasy Brewing

Pyramid Brewing

Dying Vine Brewing

Black Diamond Brewing

Thirsty Bear Brewing

21st Amendment Brewery

Bear Republic Brewing

Drake’s Brewing

and more.

This is one of the four annual Bay Area brewfests that I consider "can't miss" events. Firkin is the tip of the spear when it comes to craft brews.

Here is Cliff's description of the 7th aniversary event; I don't think I could add anything if I wanted to.

The 7th Annual Firkin Gravity (Cask ale) beer festival is one of the best "small" beer festivals on the west coast. Hosted by Triple Rock Brewery in Berkeley,CA, the festival featured select Firkin cask ales from 20 different breweries in northern California.

What is Firkin Cask ale?

Unlike most draft beers, firkin beers are not "injected with carbon dioxide, filtered ...pasteurized, stored in pressurized kegs and served through gas-powered taps." Instead, a firkin beer is unpasteurized, unfiltered, and "naturally carbonated, or conditioned, in its cask by yeast transforming sugar into alcohol with a side of fizzy carbon dioxide trapped in the cask."

Serving the beer also requires great care, involving a kind of pulling, pumping action, "in a rhythmic repetition like a farmhand at a well." It's also served cool but not cold, ideally at about 55F degrees.

What you have with Firkin beer is truly "Crafted" flavorful beer.

Transportation: Triple Rock is just 3 blocks from the Shattuck BART station, and an easy walk.

The event starts at 11:30 and goes all day (until the beer runs out)

I take that back, I can add something. The pourers don't usually take tickets if you just want a taste. I don't know if that's the policy but I try a lot of beers every year and usually have sample tickets left over.

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  • Tom

    Not as much beer as the last couple of years but still a great time!

    April 8, 2012

  • Tom

    Find me and say hello, I'll be wearing a I (heart) beer T-shirt

    April 7, 2012

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