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BERKELEY, California — The Celebrator Beer News celebrated its 23rd anniversary on Sunday, February 20, 2011, with a brewers party at Trumer Brauerei. This event drew to a close a 10-day celebration of beer in the San Francisco Bay Area called San Francisco Beer Week. Over 35 invited breweries poured their best brews for a sold-out crowed of some 600 Celebrator readers and beer aficionados. Attending were Celebrator writers and beer industry luminaries, including pioneer figures in the craft beer movement and CEOs of many well-known breweries.

Jeremy Sowers’s Emergency BBQ of San Carlos, Calif., served up some wonderful tri-tip and jambalaya that paired nicely with the outstanding selection of beers. Many attendees used the convenient shuttle sponsored by the Celebrator, which ran from the North Berkeley BART station to Trumer Brauerei.

The event took place one day after the start of the legendary Barleywine Festival at the Toronado in San Francisco and Anchor Brewing Company’s hosting of the Homebrew Club of the Year — the Maltose Falcons from Southern California. Several of the Maltoseters were in attendance at Trumer.

Breweries pouring at the Celebrator party included Abita, Alaskan, Anchor, Anderson Valley, Artisanal Imports, Auburn Alehouse, Beach Chalet, Bear Republic, Blue Frog, BridgePort, Eel River, Firestone Walker, He’Brew, High Water, Iron Springs, Lagunitas, Magnolia, Marin, Moylan’s, New Belgium, North Coast, Pacific Coast, Pacific Libations, Phoenix Management, Pyramid, Rubicon, Russian River, Shiner, Shipyard, Sierra Nevada, Six Rivers, Stone, ThirstyBear, Tied House, Triple Rock, 21st Amendment and our host brewery, Trumer.

Brewery owners and CEOs attending included Brian and Lisa Ford (Auburn Alehouse); Ted Vivatson (Eel River); Jeremy Cowan (He’Brew); Steve and Barri Altimari (High Water); Dave McLean (Magnolia); Don Gortemiller and Steve Wolff (Pacific Coast); Mark Cabrera (Phoenix Management); Vinnie and Natalie Cilurzo (Russian River); Ron Silberstein (ThirstyBear); John Martin (Triple Rock, Drake’s, and Jupiter); and Shaun O’Sullivan and Nico Freccia (21st Amendment).

A special toast was offered to the crowd by beer writer Jay Brooks, and another toast by yours truly to the memories of fellow beer writer Bill Brand and the recently departed Don Younger. (See other tributes elsewhere in this issue)

Twenty-three years of cheers and beer. Hope to see you at the next one!

Crowd shot at CBN's 23rd Anniversary Bash held at Trumer Brauerei in Berkeley, California

Don Gortemiller and Steve Wolff from Oakland’s Pacific Coast Brewing

Drake’s Brewery in San Leandro had the handles!

Big Chief Lloyd from 21st Amendment and his helper

Natalie Cilurzo poured Russian River’s Damnation Batch 23 in honor of the Celebrator’s 23rd anniversary!

Lisa Pitsker keeps the jambalaya coming

Pacific Coast helper says, “Hey, the label matches my hair!”

Santa Chug

Steve Shapiro, Gail Williams and Dave McLean at the Magnolia booth

Publisher Tom Dalldorf says, “Underberg Girl is packin’!”

Julie Nickels, the “mother” of the Celebrator (2nd from left), with friends

Mo is better, and check out her cell phone holder!

Nicole Erny pours a foamy

Mad Hatter Kevin gets the party started!

Tom Dalldorf and Jay Brooks get the crowd to toast the memories of the late Bill Brand and Don Younger

Exit strategy: Just get on the bus…



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