Let's Talk Beer: Updates on Sessions and Method Brewing (Opening This Year), Brasserie Saint James Coming to SF?

nicole_erny_sessions_JWeber.jpeg

Master cicerone Nicole Erny. Photo by Jon Weber.

Here’s a quick update on ~SESSIONS~ in the Presidio, the beer-focused restaurant we told you about in February. Michael Bilger and Evin Gelleri of the former Georges restaurant are the owners, and they’ve brought on master cicerone Nicole Erny to select the beer. Erny is one of only nine master cicerones in the world (she was the fourth person to receive the certification) and the first woman. She has previously worked at The Trappist in Oakland and as a consultant to various bars and restaurants.

Erny will have 24 taps to play with, offering a rotating selection of beers, along with some ciders. In addition, there will be a signification bottle list with an emphasis on larger-format bottles designed for sharing among groups. As for the opening, construction has hit some snags, and they are currently targeting August. 1 Letterman Dr. at Lombard.

Coming to SoMa is ~METHOD BREWING~, also targeting an August opening. Hoodline shares a bunch of details about this new project, a restaurant and brewery from Local Kitchen & Wine Merchant, which has partnered with “two neuroscientists and two software engineers who say they’re creating ‘beer made with science.’ ” Look for a range of ever-changing and really experimental brews, about six to eight at a time (like a 51 percent oat stout with Vietnamese coffee, yes!). The two-level space has been vacant for some time and is going to feature room for 50 on each floor, plus a sunny roof deck and beer garden with room for 30. A full kitchen will be serving food daily, with brunch on the weekend. We’ll keep you posted. 326 1st St. at Folsom.

According to some ABC license activity, there is a taker for the vacant Abbot’s Cellar space on Valencia: ~BRASSERIE SAINT JAMES~, which is potentially an expansion of the brewery and brasserie based out of Reno, Nevada. We have reached out a couple of times but have heard no reply (yet), so file this news tidbit under “developing.” 742 Valencia St. at 18th St.