December 11, 2012

December 11, 2012
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The taps at Trappist in Oakland. Photo from Facebook.

Diablo Magazine reports that Chuck Stilphen of The Trappist in Oakland is bringing even more swell beer to San Francisco. He’s secured a spot at the former Crash Nightclub at 34 Mason St. downtown, and plans to fill it with 40 taps of European and American beers. There will also be casks, a sour beer tasting room in the cellar, and wine on tap. He’s also got plans for a full kitchen, serving lunch and dinner seven days a week, plus brewer dinners with food and beer pairings. Right now, the spot is at least five or six months from opening, but he’s also still waiting on a beer permit, so that could cause additional delays. 34 Mason St. at Turk.

In the meantime, though, you can check out his Trappist Provisions bottle shop, which should be opening in Rockridge in just a few weeks. 6309 College Ave. at 63rd.

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The Hot Chocolate No. 5 at Jardinière. Photo courtesy Jardinière.

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Bottled cocktails in festive colors at Harry Denton’s Starlight Room. Photo courtesy Harry Denton’s Starlight Room.

Warm up from the inside out with the holiday hot chocolate at ~JARDINIÈRE~, called Hot Chocolate No. 5 (no word on a nonsensical Brad Pitt ad yet). The hot chocolate is made with lots of chocolate, cayenne, and served with churros and dulce de leche on the side. You can add Casa Noble Reposado, too, if you need some holiday calming (or amping). It’s $10 for the chocolate, or $16 for the boozy option.

Head to ~ELIXIR~ for a whole menu of delicious holiday cocktails, including the marvelous Tom & Jerry for $10. 3200 16th St. at Guerrero, 415-552-1633.

Joel Teitelbaum at ~HARRY DENTON’S STARLIGHT ROOM~ continues his house bottling with a pair of red and green cocktails. There’s the Spiked Vanilla Cream Soda with Campari, housemade vanilla cream soda, and Frangelico, or the Green Apple Cider with Flor de Caña 7 Year, green apple juice, and winter spices. They’re $12 each, or both for $22, and will be available until December 31st. Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 21st floor, 450 Powell St. at Sutter, 415-395-8595.

Over in Berkeley, ~FIVE~ is serving The Twelve Cocktails of Christmas, from the Pear Tree (pear vodka, ginger syrup, calamansi juice, lemon) to the Twelve Hot Chocolate Drums (Godiva chocolate liqueur, Gosling’s dark rum, Frangelico, housemade hot chocolate, amaretto whipped cream) and everything in between. All cocktails are $12, and you can check out the full list here. And good luck not getting that song stuck in your head!

At ~15 ROMOLO~, they’ll be celebrating Sherry Christmas with a full list of sherry cocktails. There will also be some Spanish-inspired nibbles to complement the cocktails. 15 Romolo Pl. at Broadway, 415-398-1359.

Take a break from Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Green Monday, and give-me-a-damn-break Thursday with some nostalgic holiday spirit. Take a trip back to the simpler days of It’s a Wonderful Life at ~BALBOA CAFE~, with a serious retro makeover. The bar interior has been converted to resemble Martini’s Bar from the film, with plaid walls and snowy windows. They’ve also got a full list of old-fashioned drinks to go with the décor, like hot buttered rum or their very own George Bailey, made with Stoli Vanilla, Kahlúa, and Baileys on the rocks. Hic. 3199 Fillmore St. at Greenwich, 415-921-3944.

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The Foreign Cinema main dining room.

A few events for your calendar in case you aren’t overwhelmed with holiday parties. First, ~FOREIGN CINEMA~ is hosting Katy Wilson, the winemaker and owner of LaRue Wines, on Thursday December 13th to showcase the newly available 2009 pinot noir. By-the-glass and by-the-bottle options will be offered at very special prices ($20 per glass, $80 per bottle).

Don’t forget: this Wednesday evening is this holiday wine-pairing class with Vinny Eng at ~SALUMERIA~.

On Saturday December 15th, swing by ~HOTEL BIRON~ for Return to Terroir’s Holiday Pop-Up Tasting & Sale from 12pm-4pm. They are hosting a tasting of the wines from their portfolio and then you can pick out what you want to buy, whether it’s a hostess gift or for your own stash at home. Mixed case deals will be available for purchases of 6 bottles or more, and there are delivery and pickup options for orders of 12 bottles or more. $10 (to be redeemed with purchase). 45 Rose St. at Market (near Zuni Cafe).

~18 REASONS~ is hosting their annual sparkling wine tasting, just in time for New Year’s festivities. Farm Wine Imports, Charles Neal, Oliver McCrum, and Joli Vin will be pouring. It all happens on Wednesday December 19th from 7pm-9pm. Drop-in at any time—it’s only $15 for 18 Reasons members; $20 for the general public.