Toronado Barleywine Festival is Alive and coming October 1!

In the past, I lamented the death of the 22 year Toronado Barleywine Festival, probably at the hands of organizers of SF Beer Week. But, phoenix has risen and the Barleywine Festival is alive!!! Starting at 11am, October 1, 2016 the 23rd Toronado Barleywine Festival kicks off at the greatest beer bar in the world. Featuring barleywines on tap and new this year, in bottle from breweries such as Lost Abbey, Clown Shoes, JW Lees, and many more surprises. Here’s the fill announcement from Toronado: After 22 years of hosting the Barleywine Festival on the second Saturday in February, we…

SF Beer Week’s growth may have smothered the annual Barleywine Festival at Toronado

I got news recently that the 2016 edition of the Toronado Barleywine Festival in San Francisco , a festival that has been running for 21 years, has been cancelled. It seems that the growth of SF Beer Week into a 700+ event liver endurance test may have been the main reason. I went to my first Barleywine Festival 15-ish years ago. The exact details are a bit fuzzy. Possibly due to 15 years of going to said Barleywine Festival. It was always a fascinating look at the style with 50-odd examples on tap at once from all over the world.…

SF Beer Week – it starts now!

Here we are again, the start of SF Beer Week. I’ve gathered my itinerary on the surprisingly good SF Beer Week site. Well, it’s not pretty. I’m going to somehow need to be in about 4 places at all times to make every event I want to. Wouldn’t you know it, just when I sent my 3 clones out for dry cleaning. It should also be noted that smack dab in the middle of this, Toronado is hosting there always amazing ‘Tion night — a night filled with beers ending in -tion from Russian River. Russian River Tion Night 20+…

SF Beer Week 2009

SF Beer Week kicks off Saturday. Are you ready?

The First Keg of Boont Amber Ever?

David Keene, owner of Toronado, made an interesting discovery in the basement of the Toronado recently while doing a little clean up. A few assorted kegs close to 20 years old. Some of the original 60 Corny kegs that he bought to transport beer to and from breweries, way back in the beer stone ages, before microbreweries had any sort of distribution. One of those kegs, with a label withered but still readable might have been the first ever keg of Boont Amber. Hopefully David will be able to find an empty spot on a wall somewhere to display this…