The time has come for the annual Brewing Network Spring Brews Festival. Before the festival we will be hosting a VIP hour for a limited number of people featuring incredible beers! Tickets are on sale at The Hop Grenade for $35. This ticket consists of five 4oz pours from our taps and a VIP access to get into the festival without waiting in line. (This ticket does not include entrance to the festival, that can be purchased separately or bundled together with the VIP hour.) Tap List will include: Russian River, The Rare Barrel, Alvarado St, Allagash, Modern Times, Bagby, Jester King, Fieldwork, and many more!
Concord VIBE is back again with the 2nd annual Beer Release Party at The Hop Grenade and Salvio Pacheco Square in downtown Concord, in partnership with Visit Concord. This year Epidemic Ales and EJ Phair have partnered with Rachel Dunn Chocolates for a very special and unique brew, a Dominican Republic Golden Chocolate Stout called "Nifty One-Fifty". Last year was the inaugural release of VIBE, a collaboration Double IPA brewed by Concord breweries. The first 250 guests of legal drinking age will receive a commemorative Concord VIBE glass to sample both VIBE and "Nifty One-Fifty". Additionally, the first 150 people will also receive a newly-designed Concord VIBE t-shirt.
The Beer Release party will also feature a business expo showcasing numerous VIBE businesses that have participated in the VIBE video series, including restaurants, fitness studios/gyms, barbershops, dog wellness, an exotic car dealership and the arts. There will also be a live DJ spinning some of your favorite 90's jams and Top 40 music.
Speakeasy is back! Come meet new head brewer Clay and try some great beers from a San Francisco staple! The crew joins The Brewing Network's The Session talking about how they are changing the brand and shaping a new beer scene in SF. Tap List includes: Big Daddy IPA, Double Daddy DIPA, Scarface Stout, Barrel Aged Old Godfather Barleywine, and more!
Over the past year the battle lines have been drawn, Hazy IPAs or Clear IPAs! Come and taste the best of the best, side by side and once and for all determine where your taste buds fall!
IPAs on tap from: Cellarmaker, Fieldwork, Moonraker, Russian River, Central Coast, Melvin, Altamont, Alvarado St, Phantom Carriage, Sante Adairius, Henhouse, and Heretic!
Nothing says Valentine's Day like an extremely fresh Double IPA! We are tapping the once a year hop bomb known as Big Chicken! Henhouse brewers will be in house to chat about their experiments with hops and how they are making some juicy brews up in Santa Rosa! Other Henhouse Brewing Company beers TBD.
Alesong Brewing & Blending are known for the experimental, boundary pushing styles! Founder Doug Coombs will be here to guide you through a one of a kind tasting of select bottles and draft beers. Draft beer rarely leaves their Eugene, OR brewery so this is a do not miss event!
We kick off another San Francisco Beer Week with Modern Times Beer! Brewers will be in studio and our taps will be flowing with some of the best beer that San Diego has to offer! Limited and Barrel-aged beers will be available as well as the dankiest hop offerings!
World Tree Sour Ale, Fruitlands w/ Passionfruit and Gauva Gose, Haunted Stars w/ NOLA Coffee Porter, Havnor Hazy IPA, Lomaland Saison, Orderville IPA, ICE Pilsner, Fortunate Islands Wheat Pale Ale, Black House Coffee Stout, Lightning Calculator DIPA, and Nitro BA Devil's Teeth w/ Vanilla and Strawberry Imperial Porter!
The last time legendary California craft brewery Sierra Nevada was on the show over seven years ago, it was longtime brewmaster Steve Dresler on the mic. Since then, Steve retired, Sierra is brewing cloudy IPAs (intentionally), and the Giants won three World Series championships. We're not sure which of these facts is hardest to believe. In any case, stop by, have yourself a beer or two, and enjoy their triumphant return to The Session!
Device brewing, out of Sacramento, is known for making crisp, refreshing IPAs and Lagers. Owner and Brewmaster Kevin is all about the freshness! Meet him Saturday as he brings the newest beers available from Device Brewing Company. These hop forward offerings are less than one week old!"
It is the first Friday of 2018. You were good and went to the gym once, maybe twice? Time to throw all that out and have a pint of beer with the guys from Altamont Beer Works! Richie, Devan, Mat, and more will be here with the newest and freshest beers that they offer! Join in the festivities! Tap List includes: Maui Waui, Kaptain Kush, Dank Affair, Basic Bitch, L-Town, and more!
We end our 2017 Craft Series with a very special visit from The Bissell Brothers. This team of brewers from Portland Maine are making some of the finest North East styles beers around. Come enjoy a night with hazy, crisp, and all around delicious beers that rarely see the West Coast! They will be interviewing with The Brewing Network and hanging out after. Both Draft and Cans will be available. Tap List TBD
Come down and check out Fogbelt Brewing Co. from Santa Rosa. We will pour a few of their flagship ales and a couple specialty ales. Be sure to stop by to taste the following:
Del Norte IPA
Screaming Giant DIPA
Federation Giant Irish Coffee Stout
Randy Stoltmann "Old Fashioned" Cocktail style DIPA
Born out of an old Chrysler dealership in Alameda, these long time homebrewers have gone professional in a big way! Brewing a variety of styles, these long time Brewing Network listeners have brought their A-game to The Hop Grenade. Featuring the always popular Island Haze IPA along with Cavanaugh Kolsch, Barrel Aged Broardside Imperial Stout, and the world premier of Pedal to the People, a Bicycle Coffee infused Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter!
Michigan based brewery, Founders, is turning TWENTY! What better way to celebrate then do a tap takeover of all of our taps! Twenty different Founders beers will be pouring, there will be something for everyone! Come down and try some new beers, rare beers, and some classics that never get old. Featuring: KBS, CBS, DKML, and more!
Once a year the Hop harvest takes place and special "Fresh Hop" beers are made with the freshest hops available! Sierra Nevada has taken their wet hops this year and put them into a wide variety of hoppy beers! Come taste the classic Celebration IPA along with three other new fresh hops beers! Get them while they are fresh!
Join Russian River, Henhouse, and Cooperage in helping out those affected by the Sonoma WIldfires. We will be pouring three special beers, one from each brewery, with the proceeds going to The King Ridge Foundation. Come join us having some amazing beers and drinking them for a good cause!
Those crazy Wyomingites are coming back to The Hop Grenade to throw another awesome party! Just like last time Wu Tang music and Kung Fu movies will be featured! This time we will have great games to go along with the beers! Staring contests, Relay races, and even Urban Dictionary Pictionary. Anything goes when Melvin are in town!
Join us this Halloween as we bring beers and breweries back from the dead! We have saved up a few kegs from breweries that have passed on and plan to resurrect them for one night! Come try beers from Pretty Things Brewing, Speakeasy, Farm Creek Brewing, and Black Diamond! This is the perfect way to honor the dead this Halloween, RIP.
Another year, another Great American Beer Festival! We have gathered our favorite winning beers and some of our favorite winning breweries for a special night! Featuring beers from: Alvarado St., Alesmith, Mraz, Social Kitchen, Headlands, Eel River, Beachwood, Ommegang, and Danville.
The local homebrew club, Diablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE), has produced some very talented professional brewers. We have gathered those who have taken their hobby to the next level to show off their local talent. Join Farm Creek Brewing, Danville Brewing Company, Shadow Puppet Brewing Company, Mraz Brewing Company, and more will be here with their own beers as well as those that they partnered up with home brewers to design.
Brewmaster Christian is coming down from Fairfax and bringing some amazing beers with him. Iron Springs Brewery has been making some great hop forward beers and we will be pouring a wide selection including Above the Flood DIPA, JC Flyer IPA, and Head Change Hoppy Lager.
Our friends over at Fort Point Beer Company have decided to can their ever popular Animal IPA! We will be releasing a limited amount of six packs as well as be pouring the beer on tap! Stop by and grab some insanely fresh beers! Animal IPA is an intensely aromatic IPA whose vibrant tropical hop character is grounded by a dry, well-structured malt backbone. The primary flavors of pineapple, citrus and mango -- the result of blending Australian Vic Secret, Citra and Simcoe hops -- work harmoniously to create an IPA in the Fort Point tradition: an exceptionally bold, well-balanced beer.
Join us for the relaunch and one year anniversary celebration of Walnut Creek's Farm Creek Brewing. Local homebrewer turned pro Randy Janinda will be here to talk about all four of his new beers! Come celebrate and learn about the local brewing scene!
Our good friends in the North Bay Iron Springs Brewing will be joining us to pour their amazing beers! Brewmaster Christian will be here to talk about how his Kolsch is just that good and other beer related things. We will also be featuring some of the first cans the brewery has ever produced.
Blending Old World and New, Laughing Monk Brewing from San Francisco is making beers for everyone! Excelling in the hoppy California Ales as well as the traditional Belgian offerings is a difficult task that requires many different ingredients to balance the scale. We will be pouring some beers out of both sides of their extensive portfolio.
Our neighbors in Walnut Creek, Calicraft Brewing Co., just celebrated one year of their tasting room being open! We wanted to have them come down for another party here at The Hop Grenade. These born and raised Bay Area boys will be here to talk about their taproom, their adventures in sour beer, and how the cities in the area inspire the beers that they make!