July 17, 2012

July 17, 2012
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The Wix Lounge roof deck; photo from Facebook.

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The pavilion at SoMa StrEat Food Park; photo from Facebook.

So the weather looks to be a bit chilly this week, but it’s not like that stops us hardened San Franciscans from partying outside. Hell no!

This Friday July 20th, ~NOMBE~ is hosting another Beer Garden night on the roof of the Wix Lounge in the Mission. For $15, you get three pints of beer (beers include Kirin, Pacific Brewing Labs, and Speakeasy). There are also $5 plates of Japanese street food and Hapa Ramen will also be there serving chicken katsu sandwiches and egg salad sandwiches (Japan train station style!). There will also be live music by 29th Street Swingtet. A portion of the proceeds will go toward La Cocina. The next Beer Garden will be Friday August 24th. 5pm-8pm. Reserve at 415-681-7150 or by visiting Nombe online. Corner of 22nd and Mission streets in the Union Bank Building.

This weekend, you can swing by the ~SOMA STREAT FOOD PARK~, where H of Elixir (representing the Barbary Coast Conservancy of the American Cocktail) will be doing a pop-up bar. You can swing by “The Boothby Beer Garden” for an adult beverage to go with your food.

Proceeds will help raise funds to keep the Boothby Center open (it’s a non-profit beverage education and event center) and to raise awareness for SF Cocktail Week (September 17th-23rd). Friday and Saturday include beer, wine, and simple cocktails; Sunday is just beer and wine (the beer garden will be open all day, all three days!). 428 11th St. at Bryant and Division.

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The Mexcalistas’ bottles, labeled and ready for your tasting pleasure. Photo from Facebook.

Mezcal seems to be the hottest booze in town these days, and rightfully so. Nothing says summer like a south-of-the-border cocktail, and we need all the summer trappings we can get in the middle of this fog. To get your fix, head over to the Bold Italic office on Wednesday July 25th for a mezcaleria pop-up with the Mezcalistas.

There will be appetizers, a signature mezcal cocktail, and tastings of various traditional and contemporary mezcals, including Alipús, Pierde Almas, Del Maguey, Wahaka, and Metl. Susan Coss and Max Garrone, the bloggers behind Mezcalistas, will be on hand to answer questions and guide sippers through the tasting. Tickets are $60, and the tasting is from 6:30pm-9pm. Bold Italic, 32 Page St. at Market.

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Wines lined up for tasting by the Court of Master Sommeliers. Photo from Facebook.

Way to go, Northern California! Of the seven new members of the Court of the Master Sommeliers, five of them are from NorCal. Local honorees include Yoon Ha of Benu, Gillian Ballance of Murray Circle Restaurant at Cavallo Point, Ian Cauble of the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, Sur Lucero of Oenotri in Napa (a Krug Cup winner—he passed on his first try!), and Desmond Echavarrie of the French Laundry. Former San Franciscan John Ragan, now with Union Square Hospitality Group in New York, was another inductee, as was Chris Miller (Spago, Beverly Hills).

There are 197 professionals worldwide who have received the title of Master Sommelier since the first Master Sommelier Diploma Exam.

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