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Russian River Brewing Company is continuing to make good on its massive effort to raise money for those affected by the Sonoma County fires last October. After raising more than $1.1 million dollars, the brewery — run by Natalie and Vinnie Cilurzo — has donated 300 bicycles to children and further helped 668 families by working with a number of local nonprofits. With $400k of the money, the pair announced late last week, they would be working with Council on Aging to build five new homes for senior citizens displaced by the fires. "This has been the most fulfilling fundraising effort with which we have ever been involved," Natalie writes in a press release. "The support from the beer community worldwide has been nothing short of remarkable. We can't wait to meet the people who are benefitting directly from these much-needed funds when we deliver their first case of Pliny the Elder!"
The California State Fair isn't officially until July, but judges are already naming the winners of the affiliated annual commercial beer competition, a fairly prestigious contest for professional brewers in the state. There were more entries this year than ever before so the competition was fierce, but dozens of Bay Area breweries took home awards, including three that each took home five medals: San Francisco's Ferment.Drink.Repeat, San Leandro's Drake's, and San Jose's Hermitage. See all winners here.
The 5th annual fundraiser fest Ales for ALS has officially announced the lineup for the July 21 event taking place at Alameda's Faction Brewing. This year's breweries includes local and non-local outfits, including Central Coast Brewing, Great Basin, Pizza Port, FiftyFifty, Cellarmaker, Stone, Gilman, and more. See the full lineup, with ticketing information, here at the official Facebook event page.
Oakland's Temescal Brewing sure seems like its made a big splash in the Bay Area, but it's actually turning just two years old this Saturday, June 16. For the occasion they're throwing a party beginning at noon, with can releases, "daytime patio party vibes," DJs, food trucks, and — because this is Temescal — "100 percent jerk-free funtimes." Catch the can and party art by Slow Cool Assault, an artist who's also worked with Seven Stills.
Pride is nearly upon us, and Jersey, a pizza joint downtown, is compiling a few brews for the occasion. On tap, they'll have Laughing Monk's new Sister Amor — a nod to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence — as well as Black Hammer's Sparkle Pony, Benoit Casper's collab Yaassss Kolsch-style ale with Queers Making Beers, and more. All brews will go on tap Wednesday, June 13 and stay on through Pride, June 23 to 24.
Magnolia's going through some big changes this month as founder Dave McLean formally leaves the company, almost a year after New Belgium and Oud Beersel acquired it and instated new brewmaster Dick Cantwell (formerly of Elysian). The brewery told Eater that its Dogpatch location will close "for a major overhaul" this Monday, and reopen with a new menu in August as Magnolia Dogpatch.
Beginning this week, in our non-beer lives, is the World Cup, a global event that takes place nowhere near our time zone. Luckily, if you're willing to wake up (and maybe skip work) to catch the morning games, Anchor Public Taps has you covered. They'll be screening one game almost every day at 11 a.m. beginning June 15 and running through the final on July 15.
Napa Smith is getting a new location in the new Vista Collina Resort, an 11-acre Napa property with "thoughtful, Tuscan-style décor." The cluster of businesses will feature a hotel, but also nine winery tasting rooms and breweries, including Napa Smith. The resort is slated to open in July.
Alyssa Pereira is an SFGATE staff writer. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or find her on Twitter at @alyspereira.