July 12, 2011

July 12, 2011
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Photo of Mayhem by Grub Street.

A few new bars on our booze scene: Grub Street notes that the International Club in Bernal Heights is being taken over by Kevin Cline and Josephine White of the nearby Front Porch, and they will be naming it ~ROCK BAR~. Details forthcoming. 80 29th St. at Tiffany.

More liquor license discoveries from Grub Street: the now-closed Ace Cafe is becoming ~THE ARMORY CLUB~ in the early fall. Building owner Peter Acworth (the man behind Kink.com) owns the Armory—which is kitty corner to the bar—hence the name. Sounds like there will be a food component as well. I imagine there will be lots of sausage. Heh. 1799 Mission St. at 14th St.

And over in the Mission, ~DR. TEETH AND THE ELECTRIC MAYHEM~ is now open in the former Baobab space. While the outdoor patio won’t be opening until September, UrbanDaddy reports there are Fernet and Jameson on tap (eeeaaasy, tiger), an “express shot-and-beer bar in back,” dollar sliders, and, whoa Nelly: “the Ghost Pepper Burger—so hot you actually have to sign a waiver.” Don’t touch your eyes. 2323 Mission St. at 19th St., 415-285-2380.

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Flickr photo from Almanac Beer.

Over the weekend, I finally got a taste of the brand-new Almanac Summer 2010 Vintage Blackberry Ale (which we all jokingly referred to as the most-hyped beer in SF), and it was damned tasty. Refrescante. So head on over to ~SHOTWELL’S BAR~ this Thursday July 14th for a pop-up night, when Almanac Beer will be celebrating the launch of their brewery, and serving up some delicious street food. On the menu: Wise Sons Deli’s pastrami Mission dog (a homemade all-beef hot dog wrapped in pastrami and topped with beer-kraut), Kitchen Sidecar’s banh street taco with beer-braised carnitas, and Nosh This’ chocolate-covered beer caramels (cash only for the eats, peeps). You’ll be able to compare the 2010 Vintage Blackberry Ale in the bottle and on draft, and enjoy a pour from the special keg of Sour Summer 2010, 100% barrel-aged with Belgian wild yeast. It all starts at 6pm. 3349 20th St. at Shotwell.

Next Wednesday July 20th, ~SOCIAL KITCHEN & BREWERY~ will be celebrating the anniversary of its Brewmaster’s Dinner Series with a “Hot Summer Sun” dinner prepared by guest chef Tyler Morrish, a sous at Osteria Coppa in San Mateo (see, he has to bring the sun from San Mateo). The menu will include: wild arugula, pluots, toasted hazelnuts, ricotta salata, Social Kölsch vinaigrette 
paired with L’Enfant Terrible, a Belgian-style table beer; chilled white gazpacho, toasted barley, herb oil, dill flowers 
paired with Simon Saison, a Belgian-style farmhouse ale; seared skin-on chicken breast or market ratatouille, marinated zucchini, hop-scented braised butter beans 
paired with Easy IPA, an American-style ale; and lemongrass panna cotta, White Thai Affair sabayon, fresh stone fruit
 paired with White Thai Affair, a Belgian-style golden ale spiced with lemongrass and galangal. Only $40, which includes the beer pairings. Reservations can be made by calling 415-681-0330 after 4pm.

And ~A16~ has a new beer list (including Allagash, Birrificio le Baladin, Birra del Borgo, Birrificio Montegioco, The Bruery, Jolly Pumpkin, Panil, Pausa Cafe, Pretty Things, Upright Brewing, and Victory Brewing), put together by Michael Meier, their resident beer expert. Swing by any Thursday evening this month to chat about beer with Meier—who will be behind the bar—and executive chef David Taylor will be preparing a special menu of items designed to pair with a couple specific beers.

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