Friday, July 29, 2011

Napa IPA Day Celebration to Benefit V.O.I.C.E.S.

"Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza."  (Dave Barry, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist)

On Thursday August 4th, thousands of craft beer lovers across the globe and across the social media sphere will raise pints in a collective toast to one of craft beer's most iconic styles, the India Pale Ale, during International #IPADay 2011.

And don't think that just because we're in the middle of wine country that we'd miss out on the opportunity to toast with hops instead of grapes!  What is being billed as "the largest IPA Day celebration in Northern California (and quite possibly the whole west coast)" will take place at the Marriott Napa Valley Hotel & Spa (3425 Solano Avenue, Napa) on August 4 from 5 to 8 pm.

Tickets are just $10 per person.  For that sawbuck you'll enjoy a myriad of delicious IPAs from over 10 local craft breweries.

And as if delicious beer wasn't enough, all proceeds from the festival will be donated to V.O.I.C.E.S. Napa to support their work empowering under-served youth in our community.  Tickets are available on-line at :


Friday, July 15, 2011

Pre and Post Porchfest Functions

It's out of the garage and onto the porch!  It's Napa Porchfest 2011!

What is Napa Porchfest?  A different group of Napa musicians will be performing on the front porches of homes throughout Downtown neighborhoods on the same day (Sunday, July 31) at the same time (2 to 5 pm).  You pick and choose the ones you want to go hear. You "bike, drive, walk, skip, roller skate, skate board, pedibike or fly from porch to porch much like you would cruise from studio to studio during the Open Studio events".  Bring beach chairs and coolers . . . and be prepared for a great afternoon of music from Alta Heights to the alphabet streets!

Here's the plan - we'll meet at Alexis Baking Company (1517 Third Street, Napa) for a delicious brunch (including Alexis' famous Huevos Rancheros and baked goods) starting at 12:30 pm.  While there we'll compare notes and create our mission plan.  Some of us may pick one artist and head toward that porch around 1:45.  Others may want to experience a potpourri of musical magic and plan a route to follow during the three hour event.

At the conclusion of Porchfest at 5 pm we'll head over to Carpe Diem Wine Bar (1001 Second Street, Napa) to compare notes, share pictures/videos and enjoy Carpe Diem's outstanding food and beverages (we'll even be there in time for Happy Hour!)

It's going to be a great afternoon of music, food, beverages and good ol' Napa Guerilla Gay Bar camaraderie.  Join us!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Wine Country Weekend for Equality

Spend a sweet summer weekend supporting equality and having a great time!  It's two fabulous events both supporting Equality California!

First, enjoy "
Mental 99" as they "Rock Out"  at a private concert at the exquisite home of Jen Rainin & Frances Stevens on Diamond Mountain in Calistoga.  In addition to the music, wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served at the estate's outdoor amphitheatre.

This event is proudly sponsored by Sweet Cruises, Whole Foods, Wine Tasting Network and our friends at Out In The Vineyard.  You can register today at

Then, on Sunday, July 24, Bardessono will host the 2nd annual "Get Wet!" Wine Country at their gorgeous rooftop pool.

At this pool party you'll enjoy "hosted bites" (we're assuming that they're talking about appetizers) and an open vodka bar.

This event is sponsored by Bardessono, Blue Angel Vodka and the boys of Out In The Vineyard.  Register today at

You can purchase a "Wine Country Weekend" pass on either website for a $50 donation.  That'll get you into both events!

Thanks to the generous sponsors, 100% of the proceeds from these events will benefit Equality California.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Beginners and Burgers

Join the troops of the Napa Guerilla Gay Bar as we once again head to the Cameo Cinema (1340 Main Street, St. Helena) for a Ewan McGregor film.

This time Ewan is paired with Christopher Plummer and Melanie Laurent in "Beginners". The comedy/drama by Mike Mills tells the story of a young man who is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover.

Watch the trailer here:

We'll attend the 5:30 pm showing of the film on Sunday, July 10. You can buy advance tickets via the Cameo Cinema's website at:,071020111730,1,25954,R,0

Following the film (around 7:15 pm) we'll head down the street to Gott's Roadside Tray Gourmet (933 Main Street, St. Helena) for Bleu Cheese Burgers, Ahi Poke Crispy Taco, Sweet Potato Fries and Gott's amazing wine list!