January 29, 2013

January 29, 2013
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Daniel Hyatt at The Alembic; photo via Facebook by Claypool Cellars.

Last week I tweeted the news that bar manager Daniel Hyatt has left ~THE ALEMBIC~, after six-plus years behind the stick there. I got to catch up with him yesterday with what’s next. No, he’s not leaving to become a brand ambassador (bless). For the next couple of months, he’s just happy to be living like a normal human being (and not a bar vampire). He said he’ll be doing a few shifts and events here and there, and some potential future pop-ups with Boris Portnoy of Satellite Republic.

Eventually he says he’d like to open something of his own. He left on good terms with Dave McLean (who also owns Magnolia), but he said probably won’t be doing the whiskey list for McLean’s upcoming Dogpatch brewery and barbecue restaurant (stand by for an update on that project soon).

While many will miss Hyatt’s bluesy cool, quick wit, and wicked dranks, we’ll just need to see what’s next for the man—you can’t keep that kind of creativity hidden away for long.

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Ahhh, the pisco sour. Photo courtesy of Encanto.

Catch cocktailian H. Joseph Ehrmann of Elixir at the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park on Thursday January 31st for a class on Magnolia Mixology. The magnolia will be the star of the show, and everyone who takes the class will make two cocktails highlighting the lovely flower, and will be gathering fresh herbs for their drinks. Tickets are $125 for the public and $80 for Botanical Garden members (some savory bites are included). 1199 9th Ave. at Martin Luther King, Golden Gate Park.

Here’s a fun international holiday: did you know that the first Saturday of February is Pisco Sour Day? Well, it is, so you’d better raise your glass. ~CANTINA~ will be celebrating with Campo de Encanto pisco sours for $4.99 (there’s a Niners reference there—did you catch it?) from 4pm-9pm on Saturday February 2nd. From 7pm-9pm you can catch some live Peruvian music with some flamenco flair from Guitar Box Story. 580 Sutter St. at Mason, 415-398-0195.

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Tasting notes and glasses at In Pursuit of Balance. Photo from Facebook.

For some delicious wines along with thoughtful oenophile commentary, check the wine events hitting the bay this weekend. First up is the Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP) Zinfandel Festival, which starts Thursday January 31st with the Epicuria Food & Zin Pairing, and continues throughout the weekend with flights on Friday February 1st and a winemakers dinner, plus the Grand Tasting on Saturday February 2nd. For details and tickets to each of the events, check here.

On Monday February 4th, catch In Pursuit of Balance, the annual celebration and tasting of California pinot noir and chardonnay, at ~BLUXOME STREET WINERY~. The grand tasting in the evening runs from 6pm-9pm and you’ll find pours from 28 member wineries for $85 per person. Nab your tickets here. 53 Bluxome St. at 4th St.

If you’re hungry after IPOB (or Slow Wine!) on Monday evening, come by ~A16~ for a special Puglian menu by guest chef Luigi Chirico (visiting from Masseria Quis ut Deus, Taranto, Puglia), collaborating with chef Rocky Maselli (the chef of A16’s upcoming restaurant in Rockridge, Oakland). Peep the menu here. Shelley Lindgren will also be pairing some great Puglian wines to highlight the menu. 

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UPDATE: Due to circumstances beyond their control, the consumer portion of the event has been canceled (the trade and press portion will still be held). A ticket refund will be issued to you via your payment source. As a courtesy, you may pick up a complimentary copy of the Slow Guide 2nd edition at Terra Gallery (511 Harrison St.) from 5pm-7pm on February 4th. Please print your notification email to receive your copy.

The Slow Wine Guide from Slow Food Italy details all of the best sustainable and local Italian wineries, and you can try some of them out yourself on Monday February 4th at the Slow Wine Tasting. The event will feature Italian wines from more than 50 different producers (with 15 Italian regions represented), and everyone who attends will also receive a copy of the guide. As a tablehopper reader, you get 30 percent off the ticket price too. Just enter tablehopperlush at checkout. The event runs from 5:30pm-8pm at the Terra Gallery in SoMa, and tickets are $50 ($35 with your discount code). 511 Harrison St. at 1st St.

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Butchery at 4505 Meats. Photo from Facebook.

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Photo from SF Beer Week.

February is Strong Beer Month, which includes SF Beer Week, and there are lots of ways to celebrate your favorite suds.

First up, ~OZUMO RESTAURANT~ is offering a six-course tasting menu with pairings from its large selection of Japanese craft beers for the entire month of February. Take a look at the menu and pairings here. The dinner costs $75 per person (minimum two people), and reservations are available though not required.

For a great evening of brawn and beer, check out this Butchers & Beers event from Almanac Beer Co. On Friday February 15th from 6pm-9pm there will be food from 4505 Meats from three different stalls, including burgers, sausages, and barbecue, plus unlimited tastings of beers from seven different local breweries. Ryan Farr of 4505 will be doing a butchery demonstration and breaking down a whole pig, then auctioning off the resulting cuts for charity. Tickets to the event are $60 per person and include all beer and food, and all proceeds will benefit The Food Pantry. St. Gregory’s Church, 500 De Haro St. at Mariposa.

~PRESS CLUB~ will be participating with some unusual and hard-to-find beer offerings, like its 48 Hours of Sour event Wed-Thu February 6th-7th. You’ll be able to taste Cantillon, a coveted sour option, among many others. There will also be a special Mikkeller yeast tasting; details can be found on the website.

Also coming up is SF Beer Week, from February 8th-17th. Lots of restaurants will be putting on special dinner events all over the Bay Area, like Almanac Beer Co. at Central Kitchen, Shmaltz Brewing at Wise Sons, a special Trappist dinner at Monk’s Kettle, and the Sau and Brau whole pig roast in San Leandro. Check out details for each of the events, plus tickets and more, on the website.