Friday Question of the Day – What is your Favorite Bar for Craft Beer?


With The Hop Grenade Taproom & Bottle Shop opening in early June in Concord according to the latest updates and Calicraft opening a tasting room this fall in Walnut Creek, not to mention ØL Beercafe & Bottle Shop in downtown Walnut Creek, that got me thinking about bars with good craft beer selections.

So for this week’s Friday Question of the Day, what is your favorite bar for craft beer?

Beer selection inside ØL Beercafe & Bottle Shop:

Lafayette Juniors 15th Annual Kitchen Tour on May 17th in Lafayette

Lafayette Juniors 15th Annual Kitchen Tour:

Saturday, May 17th, 2014
10:00am – 3:00pm | $40

Tour special Lafayette homes with unique rustic, ranch, Cape Cod, open concept, traditional, and farmhouse style kitchens. The tour benefits First Place for Youth, STAND!, the Lafayette Library, SEED, and Twin Canyon Camp. Tickets are $40 ($30 tax deductible), with a box lunch available for $15.

Purchase tickets online today at or from Douglah Designs and Premier Kitchens in Lafayette.

Annual Kitchen Tour: Saturday, May 17th, 10 am – 3 pm.

The Hop Grenade Taproom & Bottle Shop Opening in Concord this Spring

2151 Salvio St Concord, CA 94520

A new bar from the owners of the Brewing Network, focusing on craft beers called The Hop Grenade is planning to open this spring across from Todos Santos Plaza in Concord where Panama Red Cafe used to be. According to Diablo Dish it will also serve as a recording studio for their Brewing Network shows. Listen to the latest show here.

From their website:

The Hop Grenade is a craft beer pub in Concord, CA, 20 miles East of San Francisco. Opening Spring 2014 in downtown Concord and featuring fine American craft beer from California and beyond.


RadioShack Relocating Soon in Downtown Lafayette

Old location in Clocktower

3604 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

RadioShack is relocating in the next month or so across the street next to Swad Indian Cuisine and Lafayette Beauty Store & Salon on Mt. Diablo Blvd. With the Lafayette Clocktower now home to three fashion boutiques (Francesca’s, Lanvie, and Venture) I can envision another kind of boutique opening up.

Cha Cha for a Cure Fundraiser at Havana Restaurant in Walnut Creek on Apr 23rd


Cha Cha for a Cure:

Havana Restaurant
1516 Bonanza St, Walnut Creek
Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
5:30pm – 7:30pm | $25

Join Contra Costa Oncology at Havana in downtown Walnut Creek for an evening of Cuban cocktails, cuisine, and of course Cha Cha!

Ticket price includes appetizers, a drink, plus a free dance lesson to get your cha cha on!  The evening will also include a raffle, with the opportunity to win some incredible prizes, including a Napa Wine Train Getaway.

Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance.

All proceeds will benefit the Cancer Support Community.

Calicraft Brewing Co. Opening Tasting Room this Fall in Walnut Creek


Walnut Creek based Calicraft Brewing Co. is planning on opening a tasting room this fall in the Shadelands Business Park at 2700 Mitchell Dr. in Walnut Creek. They were pouring beers at the Sabores del Sur opening last week and I thought the Kolsch-style ale was amazing! Check out their beers here.

From their Facebook page:

California, bottled. – Using locally and regionally sourced ingredients Calicraft makes beers that showcase the flavors and taste California.

Read more about Calicraft here and here.

Walnut Creek Restaurant Week April 21st – 27th


Walnut Creek Restaurant Week:

Downtown Walnut Creek
Monday, April 21st – Sunday, April 27th, 2014
Lunch/dinner | $10 – $40

Walnut Creek Restaurant Week is a culinary celebration of spectacular cuisine at incredible prices. Entice your appetite and delight your palate with prix-fixe menus offered at over 2 dozen restaurants. With cuisines that encompass American, Italian, Spanish, Turkish, Japanese and Mexican (just to name a few), experience why our delicious community has been called, “The East Bay’s most popular dining destination.”

View participating restaurants here.

Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop Opens in Todos Santos Plaza in Concord

1975 Mt. Diablo St, Concord

Last Monday the first Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop opened in Northen California right next to Todos Santos Plaza in downtown Concord. Check out their menu here. They are known for “The Bobbie” turkey sandwich with, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and mayo. Plans are in the works for additional locations in Hayward and Pleasanton.

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