January 14th, 2011 | by Brian Yaeger Food & Drink |

NEAR BEER: Buckman-Kerns Brewfest at The EastBurn

Buckman-Kerns fest at Eastburn

[Recent San Francisco import Brian Yaeger is all about the beer. In fact, that's one of the reasons he moved to town. The author of the cross country beer odyssey Red, White, and Brew and SF Weekly's former beer blogger, Yaeger will be giving WW readers a heads up on breweries, excellent new suds and beer events around town in the months to come. Cheers. WW Arts & Culture Editor Kelly Clarke]

What better way to celebrate the weather being twice as warm (half as cold?) than it was earlier this week than sampling some cold brews from around the 'hood, all in one convenient spot? That was EastBurn's beer manager Kat Finn's concept when she invited all six new breweries—each within one mile of the Burn—over to the inaugural Buckman-Kerns Brewfest. Though it's on Sunday, Jan. 16, the next day is MLK Day so sample copiously, Monday blahs be damned.

The players are Coalition, Natian, Migration, Buckman Village housed in the Green Dragon, Cascade (which isn't a new brewery but their barrel room just opened in October), and the newest hoppers on the block, Burnside.

“Meeting all these guys and girls who started these new breweries in 2010, I just thought, why not get them all together since they're in the neighborhood,” says Finn. Being P-town brewers, it's compulsory that each offers an IPA. Duh. Furthermore, a winter seasonal is de rigeur. And since it was requested of each to pour three beers, the last keg or growler will be a brewer's-choice. Attendees can vote for the best of each. Of course, in Natian's case, look for a three-fer in their Old Grogham Winter IPA, an oaked IPA fortified for the season.

And lest fest-goers go hungry, EastBurn's full menu will be available and a special sando for the day, porchetta between bread.

“It's gonna be a really small, cozy brewfest which is sweet,” says Coalition's Kiley Hoyt. “No waiting a half hour in line. Someone from each brewery's staff will be manning their booths, so it's essentially a meet-the-brewer as well. If people have questions they can be answered knowledgeably.”

GO: Buckman-Kerns Brewfest at The EastBurn, 1800 E Burnside St.., 236-2876. 1-8pm or until beer runs out, Saturday, Jan. 16. $10 donation at the door gets attendees a pint glass and six sampler tickets with additional tickets for sale, proceeds donated to Buckman Elementary School and other local charities.
 
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