It’s time for some bubbly at the FERRY PLAZA WINE MERCHANT. On Wednesday October 7th from 4:30pm to 7:30pm, they will be hosting a special night of bubbles from Billecart-Salmon, including the Billecart-Salmon Brut Sous Bois and the 1999 Billecart-Salmon Cuvée Nicolas François Grand Cru, which will both be available by the glass (that never happens!). You can also try a flight of four Billecart-Salmon Champagnes for $48, and all bottles poured will be available at a 15 percent discount to anyone who purchases a flight. One Ferry Plaza, Shop 23, at Embarcadero, 415-391-9400.
Fans of sour beer will want to pay attention to this one. On Saturday October 10th, catch the Sour/Bitter Fest going on in the lot behind THE TRAPPIST from 2pm to 5pm. Ten breweries will be in attendance with kegs of their sour and bitter beers, and six restaurants will be serving paired bites. Breweries include Sante Adairius, Rare Barrel, Almanac, and Allagash, while restaurant participants include Ramen Shop, Tamarindo, and Homestead. Tickets start at $42 for general admission, which includes unlimited tastes of beer. Food bites are $2 each at the event, or you can purchase tickets with included bites; details and tickets here. 460 8th St. at Broadway, Oakland, 510-238-8900.
Local barman Duggan McDonnell is going to be at DOC’S LAB on Tuesday October 13th for Books and Booze. He’ll be talking about his new book Drinking the Devil’s Acre in conversation with Jordan Mackay, plus there will be live music from Duo InAuthentico. The event starts at 8pm (doors at 7pm) and tickets begin at $15 per person, which includes two drinks at the bar, or $40 for VIP tickets, which include a copy of the book—you definitely want it on your bookshelf. 124 Columbus Ave. at Pacific, 415-649-6191.
HILLSIDE SUPPER CLUB is hosting another producer’s dinner with Fort Point Beer founders Justin and Tyler Catalana plus head brewer Mike Schnebeck on Wednesday October 14th at 7:30pm. The dinner will pair four courses of dinner with beer from Fort Point, including confit pork shoulder with black barley, sunchoke purée, and fall squash. With each pairing, chefs Tony Ferrari and Jonathan Sutton will talk about the food and beer pairings along with the special guests from Fort Point. Tickets are $100 per person including food and beer, but not tax and tip. 300 Precita Ave. at Folsom, 415-285-6005.