Beer school sounds fun, right? Especially when you can learn from Master Cicerone Rich Higgins at Mikkeller Bar San Francisco at the appropriately named Rich Higgins Beer School. Classes will allow attendees to taste the spectrum of hop flavors in beer, detect and describe beer off-flavors, and learn how different water terroir can perfect or ruin a beer. Check out the classes and more details here. It all begins in August with four classes, each of which is available separately. Classes will take place on Sunday afternoons in The Sour Room, Mikkeller Bar’s downstairs private space. All class prices include a post-class draft beer of your choice at Mikkeller on the date of class (up to $10). 34 Mason St. at Eddy, 415-984-0279.
On Wednesday August 2nd, it’s the first Oakland edition of CUESA’s popular Cocktails of the Farmers Market series, Party Under the Palms at Jack London Square. There will be an all-East Bay lineup of 15-plus bartenders and restaurants, like the Hotsy Totsy Club, Starline Social Club, and Blind Tiger. Enjoy a night of craft cocktails and bites showcasing stone fruit, melons, berries, tomatoes, and other peak-season produce from the farmers market. Cheers! 5:30pm-8pm. General admission: $50 (until July 30th), last minute: $55. Jack London Square, Palm Plaza (Embarcadero at Webster), Oakland.