This past Saturday I attended the 10th annual BreastFest at Herbst Pavillion at Fort Mason in San Francisco. This was the first year this event has made it across the bay to San Francisco, having previously taken place in Marin Brewing Company’s parking lot up in Larkspur.Â This event was a combination of two of my favorite things…beers and breasts!Â This event supported the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic dedicated to holistic healing for women suffering from breast cancer.Â A good cause no doubt, and a great reason to bring together so many great breweries.
Many great breweries there, some of which I’d heard of and others that were new to me.Â I’d have to say the highlights for me were Firestone Walker’s 13th Anniversary Ale and Nectar Ale’s Black Xantus, neither of which were being tasted, but lone bottles were opened at Firestone Walker’s table and I was lucky enough to try them.Â Many mediocre beers but also some surprises like Anderson Valley’s Summer Solstice Cerveza Crema (a surprise to me as I have feelings of mundanity associated with this brewery) as well as Iron Spring’s The Crippla.
This event was a great opportunity to try many beers and for some of my friends, to be amazed at how many breweries there are out there just in Northern California.Â I really hope this event comes back to Fort Mason next year, although I had such a good time I’d be willing to cross the bridge to attend!
Tried Brenda and Jessica’s Bridal Ale – light, crisp and refreshing
Boys from Stone share their pale ale
Tried all of the above from local brewery, Triple Rock
One of the highlights from the day: Firestone Walker 13th Anniversary Ale
Joined by friends in partaking of the festivities
Another highlight: Black XantusRandom hair band rockin’ 80’s and 90’s music
Oddity of the day: Blanco Basura aka White Trash which was decent!
Russian River’s Vinnie Cilurzo pours 2008 Temptation aged in Chardonnay barrels