5 new wines, beers, and other alcoholic drinks to try at Outside Lands 2021

People clap as they listen to Salami Rose Joe Louis at the Outside Lands Music Festival on Friday, October 29 in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Photo: Gabrielle Lurie / The Chronicle

Big names in Bay Area wine and beer like Joel Gott and Anchor are always reliable waiters at Outside Lands. But with over 40 wineries and nearly 30 breweries serving drinks this weekend during the three-day outdoor festival, grab the chance to try something new.

Wine Lands expanded this year with two additional stands outside the main tent, one entirely dedicated to bubbles. Notably, there is a large presence of canned wine this year, including sparkling wines from West & Wilder, whose co-owners met while working at the famous Medlock Ames of Healdsburg. Several wineries of Chronicle Esther Mobley’s top 25 wineries in the Bay Area can be found at Outside Lands: Ashes & Diamonds Winery, Preston Farm & Winery, and Reeve Wines.

Wine glasses cost $ 5, so save them for the weekend.

Beer Lands is a craft beer lover’s paradise, as usual, with representation from all of Northern California. All beers cost $ 12 for a 12-ounce pour and $ 14 for a 16-ounce.

Below are five wines, beers and other alcoholic drinks to discover this weekend.

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The Oakland McBride Sisters Vineyard is in Outside Lands for the first time this year. Photo: Elena Kadvany

McBride Sisters Sauvignon Blanc

Black-owned McBride Sisters Vineyard is in Outside Lands for the first time this year. The Oakland winery is known for its Black Girl Magic rosé, but New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is most representative of the winemaking style of the namesake sisters Robin and Andréa McBride. It’s tangy, crunchy and punchy, with more depth than a typical Sauvignon Blanc.

Chardonnay from BloodRoot

BloodRoot is the new, more affordable offshoot of Healdsburg’s Reeve wines. (Reeve is versed in the VIP section of the festival, while BloodRoots is at Wine Lands.) Born during the pandemic, the winery is leaning towards an “experimental” identity, an employee said on Friday. BloodRoot Chardonnay is for people who think they are anti-Chardonnay: surprisingly smooth and not too woody or buttery. They also pour in a rose and pinot noir that will appeal to everyone.

Dopest Hazy IPA from Inglewood’s Crowns & Hops. Photo: Elena Kadvany

Dopest Hazy IPA Crowns & Hops Brewing Co.

Crown & Hops of Inglewood, Los Angeles County is carving out a niche in a predominantly white industry for black brewers and drinkers. The brewery has released a brand new beer for Outside Lands: Dopest Hazy IPA. Also on tap is its flagship Freestyle Verses IPA, a brilliant West Coast IPA.

Red Lager at East Brother

In a world of quirky and trendy beers, the Richmond East Brother brewery has attracted an audience of classic, easy-drinking beers. Head to Beer Lands for their red lager.

A festival goer from Outside Lands holds a hard ginger and hibiscus kombucha (left) and a watermelon-lime version of Strainge Beast. Photo: Janelle Bitker / The Chronicle

Strainge Beast’s Hard Kombucha

Chico-based Strainge Beast is Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s new foray into the fast-growing world of kombucha. At Outside Lands, try the bright pink flavor of ginger, lemon and hibiscus, infused with organic black and green tea, or the fruity watermelon, sea salt, lime and mint. Fun fact: Strainge Beast’s kombucha was fermented from a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) created at Oregon State University.

For more updates from Outside Lands 2021, visit datebook.sfchronicle.com.


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