Restaurants

Farm Creek Brewing Company Coming to Walnut Creek this Summer

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1415 Pine St, Walnut Creek

Great news from near downtown Walnut Creek as a new, family-owned brewery and taproom called Farm Creek Brewing Company is planning to open this summer. They will be focusing on traditional European ales such as English pale ales and IPAs with an American twist. During the week the production brewery will be busy brewing beer for local restaurants such as Sunol Ridge, ØL Beercafe and others and on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays they will shut down their brewery and open as a taproom where the public can sample their brews. It will also be possible to fill up a keg to bring home. I can’t wait to try this! Soft drinks will be available and you may bring your own food. Right now they are waiting for construction documents from the city but the stainless steel fermenters,  copper mash tun, boil kettle and bright tank for carbonation are already being used to test brews according to their Facebook page. Find out more about Farm Creek Brewing Company from an article by East Bay Beer here.

From their website:

Farm Creek Brewing Company will be a family owned and operated production brewery located near downtown Walnut Creek, California. In late 2014, the city of Walnut Creek unanimously approved our Conditional Use Permit. This approval marked the beginning of the real work of converting 1415 Pine Street into a beer factory and taproom.

Once completed, the brewery will include a 15 barrel, copper-clad brew system and several 30 barrel fermentors. This system will allow us to produce about 450 gallons of beer in a single brew session and approximately 4000-5000 barrels of beer per year (that’s more than 124,000 gallons of beer!!).

While the facility will be a production factory, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays we will shut it all down, roll up the doors and invite the community into our taproom to enjoy our fresh, locally produced beer.

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Photos of the bar area, copper mash tun and malt after the jump… Continue Reading

Events

Moraga Triathlon on April 25tth

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Moraga Triathlon:

Campolindo High School
300 Moraga Rd, Moraga
Saturday, April 25th, 2015
7:30am | $90

The 9th annual event will be held Saturday, April 25, 2015. Registration begins December 1, 2014. Register early as we expect to sell out the 300 athlete capacity thanks to the growing awareness in the Lamorinda area.

Real Estate

Pet Peeve of the Day – Downtown Pleasant Hill

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I often refer to downtown Walnut Creek which encompasses the Broadway Plaza shopping center and other shops located downtown that reaches the Lesher Center for the Arts several blocks away. Same goes for downtown Lafayette which includes La Fiesta Square, and other shops located in the vicinity.

I cannot do the same with downtown Pleasant Hill because the Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center is known as, “Downtown Pleasant Hill”. Check out the Downtown Pleasant Hill website here. At first glance you might think it was sponsored by the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce or downtown association. However this is the shopping center’s website. From the point of view of the shopping center I think it’s great for them to be known as “downtown Pleasant Hill” but it sure is confusing! I wonder how the city ever allowed them to use this name?

Events

Motoshi Kosako – Master of Jazz Harp, Workshop and Concert in Walnut Creek on April 18th

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Photo by Flickr user Artur

Motoshi Kosako – Master of Jazz Harp, Workshop and Concert:

Harps Etc.
1601 N. Main St, Walnut Creek
Saturday, April 18th, 2015
2:30pm – 5:30pm + 7:30pm concert | $60

Harps Etc. Café Concert Series Presents:

Motoshi Kosako, The Master of Jazz Harp, Workshop and Concert
“Kosako plays with fluid, modern style that evokes Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea.” Sacramento Magazine

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Workshop: 2:30 — 5:30 p.m.
Learn how to arrange, improvise and jazz up your playing.
Concert: 7:30 p.m. co-sponsored by the Bay Area Chapter of the American Harp Society

Purchase tickets in advance at www.harpetc.com/events, email info@harpsetc.com or call 925-937-4277

Workshop or Concert Fee: $35 prepaid or $40 at the door.
Attend the Workshop and Concert for only $60 prepaid or $65 at the door

Restaurants

Rick’s Rather Rich Ice Cream Coming Soon to Willows Shopping Center in Concord

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Willows Shopping Center, Concord

In January we learned that Ike’s Sandwich Shop was coming to the Willows Shopping Center in Concord and right next door Palo Alto-based Rick’s Rather Rich Ice Cream will be opening up. Check out their complete flavor list such as caramel praline and black raspberry crunch here.

From their website:

Rick’s Rather Rich Ice Cream has been the home of 48 exceptional, handmade ice cream creations such as Coffee Molasses Chip, Rose andWhite Chocolate Ginger. We live, breathe and dream ice cream and never get tired of brightening a customer’s day with a big ol’ scoop of everyone’s favorite dessert —ice cream.

We also make the most delicious and beautifully decorated ice cream cakes (over 20 varieties) around. Or, try our handmade cupcakes, ice cream whoopies, cookies, brownies and pies.

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Crime

Arrest at Downtown Walnut Creek Starbucks for Video Recording in Bathroom

From the Walnut Creek PD:

On 2/16/15, employees of Starbucks at 1152 Locust St. reported that they found a video recorder that had been secreted in the unisex bathroom at the business during the hours of2:30PM – 4:00 and it had recorded several customers using the restroom.

On Tuesday 4/14/15 Starbucks employees at the same location reported finding another video camera secreted in the restroom. The camera had been in the restroom recording customers using the restroom between 2PM- 3PM. Walnut Creek PD officers investigated the incidents and developed evidence that indicated that Turner was the suspect that placed the camera.

On Thursday, 4/16/15, WCPD detectives assisted by Benicia PD served a search warrant at Turner’s residence on Oxford Dr. in Benicia. Turner was arrested on a warrant charging him with multiple counts of 647 J (3) (a) PC.

Walnut Creek PD detectives are attempting to identify the victims that used the Starbucks restroom during the above timeframes that were unknowingly recorded.

Anyone with information should call Det. Gabe Mauro at 943-5881

Events

Rosie the Riveters at the Concord Library on April 25th

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Rosie the Riveters:

Concord Library
2900 Salvio Street
Saturday, April 25th, 2015
1:00pm | Free

Come to the Concord Library to meet four of the women who worked in shipyards in Richmond and Oakland during World War II. Their jobs included welder, draftsman and electrician. “Rosie the Riveter” is the popular name for women who worked in the defense industry during World War II. The name Rosie the Riveter comes from a popular song written in 1942. Join us at this special event and meet these inspiring women who will tell their stories, show their photos and share their unique perspective of the World War II Home Front.