Oakland’s new beer district, Sierra Nevada Brewing news and more

Spring has arrived, bringing plenty of opportunities to get
outdoors, attend brewery festivals and, of course, drink some beer.
Here’s what’s new in California’s craft beer world.

NEW TAPROOMS: Seems Oakland has a new beer
district. The opening of Oakland United Beerworks
new taproom at 262 Second St., near Jack London Square, at the end
of March is great news for beer lovers. With four breweries in that
area, the Beerworks has teamed up with Federation Brewing, Independent Brewing and
Original Pattern
Brewing
to create the Jack London Brewing District. Soon
you’ll be able to pick up a district beer map at any of the
breweries, as well as at the Visit Oakland offices in Jack London
Square.

There’s a cider bar in the area, too: Crooked City Cider
Taphouse
at 222 Broadway, with a taps lineup that includes
their own cider, along with other local ciders and craft beers.

SUDS STATS: The Brewers Association just
released its annual Top 50 list ranking craft breweries based on
sales volume. Sierra Nevada, Firestone Walker and Stone Brewing all
ranked in the top 10, and seven more California breweries —
including the Bay Area’s 21st Amendment — are in the top 50.
That means the Golden State accounts for 20 percent of the
nation’s top breweries.

NEW SIPS: Speaking of Stone Brewing, the San
Diego brewery just released a new big beer called Stone Espresso
Totalitarian Imperial Russian Stout. Brewed with Magnum and Belma
hops plus espresso, it weighs in at 10.6 percent alcohol by volume.
It’s available now on draft, in six-pack cans and 22-ounce
bottles.

And if you’re a German beer fan, there’s this: Paulaner’s
Hefe-Weizen is Germany’s best-selling wheat beer. Seeing the
surge of canned beer sales in the U.S., the German brewery is
rolling out its traditional, unfiltered beer in 16.9-ounce cans. In
addition to the Hefe, their Original Munich Lager, a helles, will
also be available in cans this month.

BEERVENTURES: Concord’s 10th annual Spring
Beer Festival returns to Todos Santos Plaza from 12 to 4 p.m. March
30, with music, food and samples from more than 60 craft breweries.
Tickets start at $40; www.thebrewingnetwork.com.Related
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Head for Danville on April 4 for the second annual Shops &
Hops Craft Brew Stroll, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and begins at
the corner of Railroad and Prospect Avenues. Tickets, $25, include
beer, light bites and music; museumsrv.org/shops-and-hops.

I mentioned Santa Rosa’s Battle of the Brews on April 6
and San Francisco’s SF Cider
Summit
April 13 in my last column, but you’ll also want to
mark April 20’s festivities on your calendar. Three different
beer festivals will roll out across the bay that day, starting with
Oakland’s
Juicy Brews West Fest
and Martinez’s Bay Area Craft Beer
Festival
, both from 12 to 4 p.m., and then the San Francisco International Beer
Festival
at Fort Mason from 7 to 10 p.m.

Contact Jay R. Brooks at BrooksOnBeer@gmail.com.

Source: FS – All – Interesting – News 2
Oakland’s new beer district, Sierra Nevada Brewing news and more