February 1, 2011

February 1, 2011
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Rapscallion at SKB.

Starting today, February 1st, ~SOCIAL KITCHEN & BREWERY~ is launching The Strong Beer Social, following in the footsteps of 21st Amendment Brewery’s and Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery’s annual Strong Beer Month (you can read more about their offerings this month on Umamimart). Five of SKB’s flagship beers will be replaced with five new strong beers, ranging in alcohol from 8.2% to 10.5% by volume. You’ll have the entire month to check them out (well, until they run out, so get there sooner rather than later), from The Big Lebowski White Prussian (9.0% ABV), an Imperial Grätzer-style ale with espresso from SKB’s neighbors, Bicycle Coffee Roasters, to the White Thai Affair (9.5% ABV), a golden Belgian-style ale brewed with galangal and lemongrass (a spiced, imperial version of SKB’s popular Rapscallion).

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Pisco sours at La Mar.

Did you tell your liver that it’s International Pisco Sour Day this Saturday February 5th? Well, you better. That potent concoction of pisco, lime juice, simple syrup, a dash of egg whites, and bitters is going to be in high demand in the city. The history of pisco dates back to the 16th century, and the pisco sour is nearly 100 years old, first created by the American ex-pat Victor Morris, and then perfected by Mario Bruguet, who made the velvet-like addition of egg whites to the recipe. Here’s where you can say, “Cheers!”

~LA MAR CEBICHERIA PERUANA~ is celebrating the national drink of Peru with $5 pisco sours from open ‘til close starting on Friday February 4th (11:30am onward) and Saturday February 5th (12pm onward).

You’ll be able to join the “Pisco Sour Mustache Brigade” as they march from the Embarcadero through North Beach, down Kearny and into Union Square ending up at Cantina after 9pm for an after-party with $5 pisco sours and shots of Campo de Encanto, which won “Best Pisco” in Peru, beating out close to 320 competitors. DJ Don Bustamante will be on deck spinning Afro-Peruvian funk and Latino hip hop.

~PISCO LATIN LOUNGE~ will be offering $5 pisco sours on Saturday AND on Super Bowl Sunday, and $3 beers.

Other popular Bay Area watering holes that celebrate pisco and offer pisco sours include Comstock Saloon, nopa, and in the East Bay, Camino and Adesso.

Well, ~JONES~ finally got its liquor license, and will be reopening next Friday February 11th. The bar, restaurant, and Sunday brunch will all be launching. Hours will be Tue-Thu 4pm-12am, Fri-Sat 4pm-2am, with $5 small plates 5pm-7pm, and Sunday brunch 11am-3pm (chef Ola Fendert of Oola consulted on the menu). Brunch includes eggs Benedict, ricotta and blueberry pancakes, and on the savory side, a croque-monsieur (or madame), buttermilk fried chicken and waffles, and a burger. (We’ll have to wait and see if it lives up to that “best brunch in San Francisco” claim its website so confidently displays.) 620 Jones St. at Geary.

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Yelp photo by Chris M.

Things are moving along for the transition of ~TRIPLE CROWN~ into ~REBEL~ from the owners of Polk Street’s Tonic and Bullitt, Duncan Ley and Ben Bleiman, and Truck’s Paul Miller (previously noted on Grub Street). I got a call from Ley, who said they are hosting special events right now, but the grand opening will be on February 28th. The club is going to be getting a rock ‘n’ roll look, with some inspiration from James Dean (à la Rebel Without a Cause), putting in a vintage motorcycle in the club (there will certainly be a lot of posing pics on it) and motorcycle helmets behind the bar. The space is also getting new lighting, a paint job, and other freshening up.

One cool addition is Sneaky’s BBQ is going to be making their barbecue for happy hour and dinner nightly in the kitchen (they bought an indoor smoker)—there’s talk of brunch and late-night service coming later on. As for the after-9pm crowd, when the music and parties kick in, they are going to be catering to a gay crowd with a range of weeklies and monthly parties and promoters. Stand by for more on the programming. And since they can go until 4am, expect some late weekend nights. 1760 Market St. at Octavia.

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Photo from Bay Area Reporter.

Grub Street and the BAR report ~THE EDGE~ in the Castro has closed. Looks like lease negotiations didn’t go so well between the Edge’s Don McMartin and building owner John Tran. (Jeesh, I’ve heard far too many stories from “my boys” about that place—maybe this is a way for everyone to get a clean slate?) Stand by for what’s next. 4149 18th St. at Collingwood.