August 7, 2012

August 7, 2012

After some liquor license activity kicked in for ~FIG + THISTLE~ in Hayes Valley, Eater followed up with some details on the project. Angel Davis (previously a hostess at The Alembic) and Nguey Lay are opening a smallish bar (500 square feet) that will be focused on beer (mostly bottled because there isn’t enough room for kegs) and wine. There will also be some locally made charcuterie and cheeses. Look for 30 seats, with a six-seat bar; the décor will be “rustic, sweet, and relaxing,” with lots of wild flowers and plants (and light). November is the current target—the change-of-use permit may take a little while since it was formerly a doctor’s office. 313 Ivy St. at Gough.

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The empty glasses await their beers at a previous Beer and Soul dinner. Photo from Facebook.

On Monday August 13th, Oakland’s ~BOOT AND SHOE SERVICE~ will play host to Beer and Soul’s latest pop-up dinner. Brewmaster Mark Jilg of Craftsman Brewing in Pasadena will be releasing the seasonal, and very special, Triple White Sage beer. To celebrate, Chris Kronner (previously at Bar Tartine) will be on hand cooking four courses, each of them paired with a different brew. Just to give you a taste, the first course will be crispy Bodega Bay shrimp with corn and green tomato, paired with “1903” Pre-Prohibition Style American Lager. You can check out the rest of the menu and more details on the event’s Facebook page. Seatings will be at 6:30pm, 7:30pm, and 8:30pm, and tickets cost $65, which includes four courses, five beer pairings, tax, and gratuity.

The beer-as-wine trend continues over at ~A16~, where every Thursday in August will feature beer and food pairings from chef Christopher Thompson and A16’s beer expert Michael Meier. All food items and beers will be available à la carte, and many of the beers will be by-the-glass offerings from larger bottles. The offerings will change each week, but a recent one featured Liberty Farms duck breast with roasted green beans, Treviso, and Calabrian chiles, paired with Birrificio del Ducato’s Verdi Imperial Stout with hot chile, from Emilia-Romagna in Italy. Every Thursday in August during dinner service, 5:30pm-10pm.

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The deck and dome at Rock Wall Wine Company. Photo by Rocco Ceselin, from Facebook.

Celebrate summer in California with some of our region’s signature delicacies: grilled food and zinfandel. On Saturday August 11th, the Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP) will be hosting their Second Annual Grille-O-Rama at Rock Wall Wine Company in Alameda. Attendees will be able to sample 30 different zinfandels from all over the state, in order to get a true sense of how different the grape tastes in different regions. Participating wineries will hail from nine different wine-producing regions of California, including the Bay Area, Lodi, Napa, Paso Robles, the Sierra Foothills, and Sonoma.

At the grill will be chefs Sophina Uong of Pican, John Ledbetter of Bocanova, Tyler Stone, and Dawn Wofford of Sonoma Smokehouse. They’ll be competing for the title of “Grillmaster” (although I’d rather be a Zinmaster, wouldn’t you?), but really, you’ll be the winner as you sample all their flame-cooked munchies. It all kicks off at 2pm and goes until 5pm. Tickets to the event are $60, $50 for ZAP members. Rock Wall Wine Company, 2301 Monarch St. Suite 300 at Ave. F, Alameda.