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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Beer Event Roundup: Abbot's Cellar Turns 1 and The Trappist Celebrates Saisons

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Here's the thing about first birthday parties -- they never have enough alcohol. "Pin the tail on the donkey" is fun and all, but we prefer parties where the magician makes beer flow from a keg, rather than twisting up a puppy made of balloons. Thankfully, Abbot's Cellar has planned an appropriately boozy first birthday celebration, complete with a bottle sale straight from the cellar itself. To boot, The Trappist is dedicating this weekend's tap selections to one of the most complex styles out there, the almighty saison.

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In addition to the cellar garage sale, Abbot's Cellar will have a special birthday menu with rare beers on tap. Break out your favorite party hat, work up an appetite for cake, and learn about the wonderful world of saisons, below:

Special Birthday Bites and Treats at Abbot's

Where: Abbot's Cellar, 742 Valencia (at 18th), 626-8700

When: July 26, 5:30 p.m.-close

Cost: A la carte

What: All diners will receive some special treats from the kitchen -- an amuse bouche of Chef Adam Dulye's signature bone marrow on rye with pastrami, and birthday cake truffles. Unique beers on tap include a special blend from Moonlight, a peach berliner-weisse from Marin Brewing, a barrel-aged strong ale from High Water, and more.

Cellar Sale at Abbot's

Where: Abbot's Cellar, 742 Valencia (at 18th), 626-8700

When: July 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Cost: A la carte

What: One-stop shopping for vintage bottles that have been properly aged at sister restaurant Monk's Kettle. Here's a peek at some of the dozens of peaking gems that they've pulled from the cellar:

Jolly Pumpkin/Nogne-O/Stone Special Holiday Ale: all three versions of this memorable ale will be available for $30.

2002 Alaskan Smoked Porter: $14

2005 Alaskan Smoked Porter: $13

2010 The Lost Abbey Serpents Stout: $14

The Bruery Anniversary Series: Papier, Coton, Cuir, Fruet, Bois: $29-$45

Russian River Temptation Batch 4 (2009): $28

2008 Stone Double Bastard: $13

2009 Stone Double Bastard: $12

Several in the Fifty Fifty Eclipse series from 2009 and 2010: $35-$45

2011 Dogfish Head Burton Baton: $4

Summer Saison Takeover at the Trappist

Where: The Trappist, 460 8th Street, Oakland, (510) 238-8900

When: July 26 at 6 p.m., July 27 at 2 p.m.

Cost: Pay per drink

What: 20+ rare and obscure saisons on draft. This layered, rustic, and often tart style is a perfect summer quencher. Highlights include Sante Adairius Anais Saison, Logsdon Oak-Aged Bretta, and four brews from Prairie Ales. A partial list can be found here. Food specials include wild boar ribs and saison ceviche with grilled blue corn tortillas.

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