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The empty glasses await their beers at a previous Beer and Soul dinner. Photo from Facebook.

On Monday August 13th, Oakland’s ~BOOT AND SHOE SERVICE~ will play host to Beer and Soul’s latest pop-up dinner. Brewmaster Mark Jilg of Craftsman Brewing in Pasadena will be releasing the seasonal, and very special, Triple White Sage beer. To celebrate, Chris Kronner (previously at Bar Tartine) will be on hand cooking four courses, each of them paired with a different brew. Just to give you a taste, the first course will be crispy Bodega Bay shrimp with corn and green tomato, paired with “1903” Pre-Prohibition Style American Lager. You can check out the rest of the menu and more details on the event’s Facebook page. Seatings will be at 6:30pm, 7:30pm, and 8:30pm, and tickets cost $65, which includes four courses, five beer pairings, tax, and gratuity.

The beer-as-wine trend continues over at ~A16~, where every Thursday in August will feature beer and food pairings from chef Christopher Thompson and A16’s beer expert Michael Meier. All food items and beers will be available à la carte, and many of the beers will be by-the-glass offerings from larger bottles. The offerings will change each week, but a recent one featured Liberty Farms duck breast with roasted green beans, Treviso, and Calabrian chiles, paired with Birrificio del Ducato’s Verdi Imperial Stout with hot chile, from Emilia-Romagna in Italy. Every Thursday in August during dinner service, 5:30pm-10pm.