Homestead Restaurant in Oakland will be partnering with the Trappist to host a specialty beer event on Sunday, February 8 from 4:30 to 9:00 p.m.

This event will afford guests the opportunity to custom design tasting flights comprised of 4 ounce pours of a dozen or more premier hand crafted local beers. Stephen Laborde, representing the Trappist, will be onsite to discuss the evening’s libations. Individual tasting pours will be priced a la carte at between $3.00 and $9.00.

The Homestead menu will showcase classic pub fare with all plates being appetizer size portions meant to be shared and priced individually at between $4.00 and $18.00. Highlights will include brewer’s yeast popcorn, parsnip chips, fried duck wings with house hot sauce, liver mousse with crackers bone marrow with toast, sausage pigs in a blanket, roasted Brussels sprouts with mustard, baby kale with buttermilk vinaigrette, polenta with mushroom stew, and a lobster roll on a beer bun, plus there will be a dessert menu designed to pair well with beer. The dining room will be set for communal seating to evoke the spirit of a beer hall. Homestead will also serve a limited beverage menu consisting of a few wines and nonalcoholic beverages.

The restaurant was opened in August 2013 by Fred and Elizabeth Sassen and offers an upscale farm-to-table menu prepared with seasonal, often locally sourced, organic ingredients. Fred, 30 years old and most recently at Camino in Oakland and prior to that, Executive Sous Chef at Farallon in San Francisco, grew up outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Working in neighborhood restaurants and then premier downtown venues led to culinary school and the decision to relocate to San Francisco to pursue a career. Seven years at Farallon, farm tours throughout California, and stages at other acclaimed restaurants set the stage for opening Homestead. Elizabeth (previously a sous chef at Farallon and Waterbar restaurants, both in San Francisco) grew up on a farm in the Central Valley, as did her parents. In addition to time spent in San Francisco, Elizabeth worked in Madrid, Spain, running a small high-end restaurant called Memento.

Highlights of the rustic 48-seat dining room located in a 1920s Julia Morgan building, with contemporary design work by Carrie Shores of Larson Shores Architecture and Daniel Austin of Rocket Restaurant Supply, include hues of fennel green, fresh cream and copper, floor to ceiling windows, original brick inlay, an open kitchen, home-style cabinets, a large butcher block table, repurposed antiques, a custom-built wood-burning grill, and artwork by local artists. An outdoor patio has room for 18 people, weather permitting. Homestead also has a semi-private room that can accommodate 10 seated guests, and provides the option of doing custom pre-booked dinners ranging from family style feasts to refined tasting menus.

Homestead is located at 4029 Piedmont Avenue, between 40th and 41st Streets, in Oakland, California. The restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Neighborhood street parking is often an option and there is a city lot directly behind the restaurant. For more information or for reservations, which can also be made via, call (510) 420-6962. The web address is