February 14, 2012

February 14, 2012

I know, your week is awash in sudsy parties and events for SF Beer Week (have you checked out the schedule? Holy hops, there is so much going on each day it’s insane!), but here’s one that’s sure to catch your eye: In the Can, a craft beer tasting. On Wednesday February 15th, come meet craft brewers from all over that make great beer and sell it in cans. Each brewery will be pouring samples of their canned beer and offering beer snacks.

The event entry fee is only $10, but the fine folks at ~THE BOOTHBY CENTER FOR THE BEVERAGE ARTS~ are offering tablehopper readers an exclusive deal of $10 off with code “tablehopper.” (You still have to pay a paltry Eventbrite fee.) Tickets for beer samples (4 oz.) are $1 each, sold as 5 for $5 or 12 for $10 as your initial purchase. ($1 per ticket after.) All tickets enter you in a raffle for fun prizes. 6pm-9pm. Enjoy! Get your ticket here.


Future home of Cervecería de MateVeza. Yelp photo by Kevin Y.

Good news via Mission Loc@l: the Planning Commission approved the plans for ~CERVECERÍA DE MATEVEZA~, the Argentine restaurant and (small) brewery that wants to open in the former Lilah Belle’s space at the corner of Church and 18th Street. To recap, the plan is to offer empanadas from El Porteño, and use the space as a test kitchen, brewing on a small 20-gallon copper system. Matt Coelho would be the “beer-tender,” with growlers and bottles available for purchase to go. Stand by for news on the opening date, etc. 3801 18th St. at Church.


Salt House; photo from Facebook.

For those of you who like winemaker dinners, here are a few for your consideration. ~SALT HOUSE~ is launching “In The House,” a dinner series with California winemakers. Each dinner will be three courses with four wines for a very affordable $49 (tax and tip are extra). The first dinner is with Josh Jensen of Calera Wine Co. on Monday February 27th, here’s the menu: late winter vegetable and citrus salad with hazelnut vinaigrette with Calera, Aligoté, Mt. Harlan 2010; Eden Farms pork cheeks with green garlic spaetzle and braised radishes with Calera, Pinot Noir, Mt. Harlan, Reed 2002 and Calera, Pinot Noir, Mt. Harlan, DeVilliers 2009; and Valsetz (St. Maure-style goat’s milk cheese from Oregon) with pear chutney and candied walnuts with Calera, Dessert Viognier Doux, Central Coast 2010. 6:30pm.

Upcoming dinners: Monday March 19th with Frog’s Leap Winery owner John Williams, and Monday April 2nd with Pine Ridge Vineyards winemaker Michael Beaulac. Reservations can be made by email or by calling 415-543-8900.

Also in SoMa, ~AQ~ is hosting Jared Brant of Donkey & Goat Winery on Tuesday February 21st. The five-course dinner with pairings starts at 6pm. Click here for the menu. $80, inclusive of beverages, tax, and gratuity. Advance payment will be taken with a credit card at the time of reservation; call 415-341-9000.


Photo from event website.

The first CUESA cocktail event of 2012 is coming up on Wednesday February 29th—get your tix while they last! Brought to you by CUESA and the Northern California chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild, this Leap Day event has a special theme: ~LADY LEAP YEAR COCKTAILS OF THE FARMERS MARKET~, featuring lady bartenders mixing up drinks and vying for your votes. Guests get 2 full-sized signature cocktails and 10 sample-sized drinks, plus bite-sized snacks from the farmers’ market. Participating bartenders include Keli Rivers and Jessica Maria (Hotsy Totsy Club), Melissa Boyd (Beretta), Christina Cabrera (Michael Mina), Kristin Almy (Miss Pearl’s Jam House), Kate Bolton (Maven), Jen Ackerill (Rye), Yael Amyra (Acme Bar and Company, The Boothby), Allison Webber (Jasper’s Corner Tap), Jennifer Seidman and girls (Acme Bar), Kimberly Rosselle (Flora), Lucia Creed Gonzalez (Prizefighter), and Marguerite Regan and Summer-Jane Bell (The New Easy).

What’s up with ladies and leap year? They say an early 20th-century folk tradition suggested women propose marriage during leap years. Even if you’re not ready for that kind of leap, you might wanna take this one: for a limited time, you can buy a season pass to all four 2012 Cocktails of the Farmers Market events for $135. Get all the details online. Otherwise, tickets to this event are $40. 21+ only. 5:30pm-8pm. The CUESA Kitchen at the Ferry Building.


Beattie’s John Chapman (at Spoonbar). Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Over at ~HOG & ROCKS~, the cocktail program has advanced nicely under the direction of Scott Beattie (he was brought on board back in October) and Michael Lazar, who joined the team as bar manager in December after things didn’t work out at Plum Bar in Oakland.

The spirits list features local distillers keeping company with American whiskies, while the cocktails feature Beattie’s trademark fresh and foraged seasonal ingredients. Top of my list is Michael’s Calabria (Old Grandad 114, bergamot, Averna, honey, ginger beer), while Scott’s John Chapman (St. George whiskey, Weller bourbon, pear eau de vie, apple, ginger, lemon, thai coconut-apple foam) is a fantastic drink of his I tried at Spoonbar. There’s also a Jerry Thomas Manhattan (Rittenhouse rye, Carpano Antica, Jerry Thomas and Angostura bitters) which comes damn close to how I make my Manhattan. Check out the list here and get thirsty.