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January 2009

There are about 3 million events happening during San Francisco Beer Week, which is also during Strong Beer Month. Check out the calendar and clear your week. A cursory glance at the calendar shows: Beer breakfast Chocolate and beer pairing. Beerunch: "A one-of-a-kind meal that's equal parts breakfast, lunch and beer dinner" A homebrew demonstration and class All “sour”-style Barrel-Aged Beer Tasting (Camper looooooves sour beer.) A cheese-off! Beer mixology A beer judging seminar One of each, please! Read more →

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Inaugural Events in SF

It seems everybody wants a piece of the inauguration on January 20th. Unfortunately it takes place way too early in the day to celebrate in California at your local bar (note to president: take a cue from the Super Bowl), but a few venues in town are replaying the ceremony and/or doing food and drink specials to celebrate the big day. I've started a page to list events. It's linked over in the sidebar or you can get there directly from here. Read more →

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On Monday I had the chance to check out Heaven's Dog, the new Charles Phan (Slanted Door) restaurant and bar opening on in San Francisco on Friday. On closer inspection, bar and restaurant would be a more adequate description of the place. There's a small noodle bar/kitchen on one side- almost an adjacent business connected by the bathroom hallway, and a section of the larger, L-shaped room for seating. The long part of the "L" is the bar, cut out of a beautiful, curving vertical slice of a tree, and there is so much room behind it there were more... Read more →

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Like the Godzilla of pairing, Emily Wines has twice squashed her competition in the Fifth Floor Restaurant's Food and Drink Pairing Deathmatch (also known as the Three on Five event). These competitions pit a sommelier (Wines) against a beer professional and usually a mixologist to see who can pair his or her beverage of choice better with each of the five courses served at dinner. Twice Emily Wines has entered the ThunderDome (private dining room) and twice emerged as the sole victor, leaving only tearful beer and cocktail geeks (and satisfied diners) in her wake. Will she be over-confident, like... Read more →

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The Washington Post has a story on making your own vinegar. I think this would be the perfect amount of added complexity to vinegar cocktails, which are all the rage (so I hear). In fact, it makes people like Neyah White seem lazy. His shrub recipe, which uses vinegar, takes a mere two weeks to make. Where is the effort in that? Now, if he just took the step of adding a few months for waiting for vinegar to be ready first, it might really seem like hard work. Bartenders. So lazy! Read more →

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I was stumbling through the internet the other day and came acrross this vintage story on Pisco Punch, written by Lucius Beebe and published in Gourmet Magazine in 1957. Some choice quotes: Once in the hands of Duncan Nicol it was translated, as by consecration in the name of a divinity more benevolent than all others, into Pisco punch, the wonder and glory of San Francisco's heady youth, the balm and solace of fevered generations, a drink so endearing and inspired that although its prototype has vanished, its legend lingers on, one with the Grail, the unicorn, and the music... Read more →

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Here are some things I liked reading. The Washington post has a rare story on bars in DC- rare in that it reveals the profits of each bar. Most people who collect wine probably have more than four bottles if they need a separate wine refrigerator, but you'd be pretty much the coolest cocktailian on the block if you used this under-cabinet wine cooler to store four separate types of vermouth. The Boston Globe takes on one of the great questions of our times: is it a beer cozy or a beer koozie? And here's a handy home craft for... Read more →

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Sharing the Sherry Shrub

In Gary Regan's weekly cocktail newsletter, he shares with us Neyah White's recipe that won the Vinos de Jerez cocktail competition. The recipe is below. It sounds easy because it's only two ingredients, but naturally one of those two ingredients involves seven other ingredients and takes two weeks to make. To see the recipes for the runner-up winners by Nate Dumas of the Clover Club, Joel Baker of Bourbon and Branch, and Daniel Eun of PDT, you'll have to go to Gary's website. They're a pretty amazing variety of drinks. Sherry Shrub Adapted from a recipe by Neyah White, Nopa,... Read more →

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