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October 2012
Drake's October News
Here's what's up:  
  • October First Friday- New Release Beers On Tap
  • Flocktoberfest Picture Recap
  • Mission Exxpedition- Pub Crawl 
  • Drake's Beers of Fall- Batch 4000, HausFest Festbier, Exxpedition, Jolly Rodger, & Black Robusto Porter
  • Drake's Beer Sausage at Fatted Calf 
  • Drake's September Events
  • Homebrewers, Ask Away

October First Friday

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As special as First Friday always is to us, the schools and non-profits, and the band of misfits and Drakers who have been coming since the beginning... we have some more up our sleeves this month.

On Friday at Drake's from 4-8pm, come down for your monthly dose of beer-enhanced do-gooding and get a chance to experience the first release of our Fall seasonal Drake's Exxpedition Imperial Red Ale. Also hitting the taps for the first time will be our latest specialty beer, Batch 4000, a wet-hopped 1500 American Pale ale made with fresh Simcoe and Citra hops that were overnighted from Yakima valley to go straight into our brew. The will be the first chance to try this beer before it heads down to the Bistro in Hayward for their annual Wet-Hop Beer Festival on Saturday. 

So grab your Drake's mug or pint glass, and head to the brewery Friday from 4-8pm for some good times with good friends doing good deeds, and enjoy the added bonus of getting to try our exciting new releases before anyone else. 

For October we're hosting San Leandro's Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, and our friends from Yumsilog food truck will be back with their delicious renditions of Filipino street foods. Cheers.

For full First Friday details, check out our First Friday page on our website.

Flocktoberfest Picture Recap

Our 2nd Annual Flocktoberfest was a great success as we celebrated the Munich festival of beer our way- with substantial amounts of our HausFest Festbier, Fatted Calf sausages made with Drakonic and Amber, and a little bit of All-American rock in place of the polka. Thanks to everyone who came out and made this Barrel Haus rock. Everyone else, keep an eye out for this event again next year. Prost. 





Coming October 25: Mission Exxpedition              A San Francisco Pub Crawl
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The Beers of Fall from Drake's 

Before even mentioning the brewery construction, the move to a 24-hour brewing schedule, and the conversion over to our new larger batch sizes, the brewer's have been a busy group with some new fall releases.

This fall prepare yourselves for new beers from Drake's with the release of several new seasonals, one-offs, and new bottes all for your enjoyment. 

1. HausFest Festbier- 5.5% ABV, 24 IBUs-- Just released last Friday at Flocktoberfest, our one lager of 2012, the HausFest Festbier is currently our brewers' go-to pint. HausFest is a lighter-style Märzen and our version of the classic German Oktoberfestbier. Fresh toasty aromas of Vienna and Munich malts jump out of the glass alongside subtle spicy noble hops with a round, smooth mouthfeel and clean, dry, and crisp finish. **2nd year brewed. Draft only**

2. Batch 4000- 5.5% ABV, 48 IBUs-- To commemorate our latest milestone batch we took a hint from the harvest season and spiked our hop-forward 1500 American Pale Ale with fresh wet-hops (Simcoe and Citra) in a hop-back and the dry hop. Look for it at both the Bistro Wet-Hop Fest this Saturday and at Toronado's Wet-Hop fest on the 17th. **One-off. Draft only**

Exxpedition Label3. Drake's Exxpedition Imperial Red Ale- 8% ABV, 70 IBUs-- Since the beginning Drake's brewers have sought to create beers that transcend the brews that have come before. Our original brewer Roger Lind created our long standing seasonal Expedition, a hoppy American Red Ale, back when the punch of American hops were less that normal in your typical red ale. Now, our brewers are taking that beer to the next level for its "Double X" rendition, Exxpedition Imperial American Red Ale. Ruby red from crystal malts and roasted barley, this beer delivers rich caramel nots and just a hint of roast. Additions of citrusy, resinous West-Coast hops and an abundant dry-hop then punctuate the malt with intense flavors and aromas of grapefruit with a clean bitter finish. **Annual Seasonal**

4. Drake's Jolly Rodger 2012- 9.6% ABV, 75 IBUs-- After years of scallywagging about from port to port and dallying with any stayle that cought its fancy, the 2012 edition Drake's Jolly Rodger is returning to its original style, an American Barleywine. Our 2012 Jolly Rodger is full-bodied with rich caramel malt undertones and mild biscuit malt character. Sufficient additions of West Coast hops balance the malt with pine needle aromatics and satisfying bitterness. Welcome home old friend. Yo Ho. **Annual Seasonal**

5. Drake's Black Robusto Porter- 6.3% ABV, 35 IBUs-- Drake's Black Robusto is a deep, dark "Robust Porter," a beer style know for being darker, fuller-bodied, and higher in alcohol by volume than a standard Brown Porter. Our Black Robusto goes down smoothly with flavors of bittersweet chocolate and slight roast from Crystal and Chocolate malt dominating. A touch of spicy, herbal hop character from Willamette hops balance out the the finish. Drake's Black Robusto has long been a year round part of our draft-only line-up, but coming this fall we will begin to bottle this beguilingly dark brew in 22oz bombers. You'll start to see the bottles first at the Barrel House, then around the Bay Area and slowly moving outward. **Year-Round**

Drake's Beer Sausages at Fatted Calf

Flocktoberfest201207 2The masters of all things pork and meaty have done it again with very very tasty results. 

For our Flocktoberfest Event last Friday, Taylor Boetticher,  the mad genius behind Fatted Calf charcuterie shops in Napa and San Francisco crafted 2 different types of sausages flavored with our beers. 

Starting this weekend (possibly today), out of the grace of all things beer-soaked and pork-filled, you will be able to get your hands on Drakonic Imperial Stout laced Pork sausage or Amber infused Duck sausage at both Fatted Calf stores (Napa and San Francisco) and at their various Farmers Market spots.




If you would like more information or directions for any of our events feel free to contact us online or call us at (510) 568-BREW (2739).

*Sharktoberfest at the Cal Academy Nightlife
October 4; 6-10pm at the Cal Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park
For more information, click here.

*John Gillooly talks Beer at A Tequila Dinner
October 4; 6pm at Bocanova in Jack London Square, Oakland, CA.
For more information, click here.

*Drake's October First Friday
October 5; 4-8pm at Drakes
This month we are sponsoring Jefferson Elementary School, and Yumsilog food truck will be on hand providing their excellent Filipino street food for the hungry.
For more information, click here.

*Oaktoberfest in Oakland's Dimond District
October 6; 11-6pm at the intersection of MacArthur Ave and Fruitvale Ave in Oakland's Dimond District
For more information, click here.

*The Bistro's Wet-Hopped Beer Festival
October 6; 11am-7 at The Bistro in Hayward, CA.
We will be serving our Batch 4000 Wet-hopped 1500 Pale Ale at the fest. Come by and meet us for a wet-hopped brew.
For more information, click here.

*Sausages and Suds in San Leandro, CA
October 7; 10am-6pm on Parrot St and 14th St. in downtown San Leandro, CA.
Come meet Jeff and Dow as we support our hometown fest.
For more information, click here.

*Drake's Friday Brewery Tours
October 12, 19, 26; 1:30pm and 5:30pm at Drake's Barrel House
For more information, click here.

*The Great American Beer Festival
October 11-13;  at the Denver Convention Center in Denver, CO
We'll be joining thousands of our fellow craft brewers in Denver for the annual festival and competition. Wish us luck.
For more information, click here.

*Toronado Wet-Hop Festival
October 17;  at 580 Haight St, San Francisco, CA.
Our Batch 4000 will be making another appearance, this time in an iconic San Francisco craft beer hub in Lower Haight.

*Mission Exxpedition

October 25; 6-11pm in the Mission District in San Francisco, CA.
We're hitting the town in force for a pub crawl on Thursday, October 25 to spread the joy of our latest seasonal, Exxpedition. Come hang with the crew for Exxpedition and several other special beers along the way.


Friday, Oct. 5

Barrel House open 12-4pm for Retail 

Drake's First Friday from 4-8pm with Yumsilog Food Truck

Wednesday, Oct. 10

Firkin Wednesday. Taps at 3pm

Friday, Oct. 12

Brewery Tours at 1:30pm and 5:30pm

Wednesday, Oct. 17

Firkin Wednesday. Taps at 3pm

Friday, Oct. 19

Brewery Tours at 1:30pm and 5:30pm

Doc's of the Bay Food Truck 4pm

Wednesday, Oct. 24

Firkin Wednesday. Taps at 3pm

Friday, Oct. 26

Brewery Tours at 1:30pm and 5pm

Wednesday, Oct. 31


Firkin Wednesday. Taps at 3pm.

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