December 4, 2012

December 4, 2012

NoPa neighbor Ivan Hopkinson (a co-founder of Brewtruc) was first trying to open the Fulton Street Brewpub in the former Fulton Street Bar space at Masonic. Next, he was planning to open his brewery and restaurant ~BARREL HEAD BREWHOUSE~ in the former Auto City Repair and Body Works at 834 Divisadero Street in the Western Addition. But now, Barrel Head Brewhouse is back to Fulton Street—the lease was just signed for 1785 Fulton Street (the long-vacant Fulton Street Bar space).

Here’s the latest recap on the project from Hopkinson: “The Barrel Head Brewhouse will be an exciting and distinctive venue that will offer handcrafted beers, from traditional to wild and extreme, made on site. The menu will be both sophisticated and fun, with a focus on sustainability and ingredients exclusively from local farms.”

The building is ideal for his concept: it has large windows, a skylight, and wooden timbers. The space will feature a handcrafted wooden stave bar, weathered tables, gas lanterns, and a fireplace. Yup, he has a lot to do: everything from getting approvals from the Planning Department to raising the remainder of necessary capital. I’m happy to finally hear some movement on this space—Hopkinson will be bringing an exciting pulse (and tasty suds) back to that corner.1785 Fulton St. at Masonic.


The wines at Nectar. Photo from Yelp.

On Saturday December 8th, ~GOLDEN GATE WINE CELLARS~ will be hosting a holiday wine tasting at a secret location somewhere near Stonestown. There will be more than 14 California wineries represented (with the owners/winemakers present!), many of them smaller and hard to find in stores. Plus, there will be snacks to keep you going, and many of the wines will be available for purchase at a discount. The event runs from 5:30pm-8:30pm, and costs $45 per person or $80 for a pair. RSVP here, and the event location will be emailed to you. I’ll also be giving away a pair of tickets for the event—all you need to do is hop over to the tablehopper Facebook page and leave a comment on today’s post featuring today’s newsletter.

Also on Saturday December 8th, Pamela Busch will be leading a tasting called Bubbles on Budget with Skewcap Wines at ~NECTAR WINE LOUNGE~. From 1:30pm-3pm you’ll have a chance to taste six different bubbles from different countries, all of which are a more wallet-friendly alternative to Champagne. The class costs $20 per person.

Then, on Saturday December 15th, Pamela and Skrewcap will be back at Nectar, this time with real-deal Champagne (along with wines from California’s fantastic Schramsberg). This one will be $30 per person. Both events will be at Nectar Wine Lounge, 3330 Steiner St. at Chestnut, 415-345-1377.

For a truly special wine dinner, head to ~HEIRLOOM CAFÉ~ on Sunday December 9th. They’ll be pouring wines from Hanzell Vineyards in Sonoma, including pinot noirs from 1981 and 1992. The full menu and wine pairings can be found here, along with tickets. The dinner is from 6pm-9pm, and costs $150, including food, wine, tip, and tax.

On Monday December 10th, ~DELFINA~ will be doing a special wine dinner they’re calling The Ultimate Holiday Wine Dinner and Benefit. Winemakers Kevin Kelley (Salinia Wine Company), Angela Osborne (Grace Wine Company), and the Dirty & Rowdy Family Winery crew will all be there, pouring their wines. The menu will celebrate local food and purveyors, and will be priced à la carte, though there will also be an option to order a whole hog tasting menu too (the pig is from Devil’s Gulch Ranch). All proceeds will benefit the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks, and reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 415-552-4055.


Prohibition ended on December 5th, 1933, and it’s always a good idea to toast to the end of our country’s driest years on Repeal Day. Make your way to ~CANTINA~ on Wednesday December 5th for a Repeal Day Costume Ball. Come dressed as your favorite cocktail (and by favorite they mean funniest—Dirty Shirley, anyone?), and drink the night away with fellow costumed boozehounds. It all kicks off at 8pm and goes until (when else) last call. Tickets are $10, and all proceeds benefit the Barbary Coast Conservancy of the American Cocktail. 580 Sutter St. at Mason, 415-398-0195.

If you’re in the East Bay on the 5th, head to ~HOTSY TOTSY CLUB~ for their Repeal Day party. If you wear your 1930s gear, they’ll hook you up with 1930s prices: draught beer and shots of whiskey for 50¢. 601 San Pablo Ave. at Garfield, Albany, 510-526-5986.