Beer Birthday: Dave Keene

Today is the 61st birthday of Dave Keene. Dave, of course, owns the best beer bar in San Francisco, the Toronado, which this year has been around for 29 years. Dave is one of the great figures in the San Francisco beer scene and also one of my favorite Washoe partners, and we’ve had some monumental games and vanquished many fine players — you know who you are! Join me in wishing Dave a very happy birthday.

Peter Bouckaert & Dave Keene
Peter Bouchaert, brewmaster at New Belgium Brewing, with Dave at one of Beer Chef Bruce Paton’s beer dinners.

Outside the Toronado for their 20th anniversary, Dave bookended by fellow publicans Don Younger (from the Horse Brass in Portland) and Chris Black (from the Falling Rock in Denver).

At a beer release party for Brother Dave’s Triple. From left: Fal Allen, Mark Cabrera, Dave Gatlin (head brewer at AVBC) , Me and Dave.

Dave Keene & Tomme Arthur after a night of Washoes
Dave and Tomme Arthur, from the Lost Abbey, after a night of Washoes during SF Beer Week a few years ago.

Dave Keene and me at the Summit Hop Festival held at Drake’s Brewing several years ago.

Dave with Vinnie Cilurzo, from Russian River Brewing, last year at the “Toronado 25th Anniversary Dinner and Blending Session.”

In the back room at the Toronado, Dave, Alec Moss and me, at Alec’s 70th birthday party a couple of years ago.


  1. says

    Hi Dave,

    Hope you have a beery good bday!!! Gee you’re the same age as us!!!!! Too funny!!! Thanks for all the great beers and all that you have done for the beer industry and home brewing!!!

    See ya Sat.


  2. Kim and Harry says

    Another year, another beer. We’re in New Glarus now and going, to the brewery tomorrow. Went to the Great Taste of the Midwest, really wet but great beers. Hope you had a great day!

  3. Douglas Getty says

    I just you at the beerfest in Mammoth with the Vinnie and Natalie. Hope your Birthday is a great time, Cheers.

    Doug Getty

  4. Kim and Harry Graham says

    Hope you have a great bday Dave!!! Just back from Ohio Brew Week, Germany and Prague and leaving tomorrow for Cincy for my high school reunion and have lots of great pubs and breweries lined up but none will compare to Toronado. Many great beers for you today!!!

  5. beerman49 says

    If eversomeone creates a “Publican Hall of Fame”, Dave & the late Don Younger would be the 1st inductees for sure! Keep on Toronadoin’, Dave!

  6. Barry marshall says

    Happy birthday. Remember sitting down and having some great beers with you. Hey man, long time no see. Hopefully we’ll cross paths soon. Barry Marshall, oh, and Paul Marshall too!

  7. Kim and Harry Graham says

    Hoppy Beerday Dave!!!! Hope you’re having some great beers with friends. Long time no see! Have a great day and year!

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