February 19, 2013

February 19, 2013
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The taps at Trappist in Oakland. Photo from Facebook.

Back in December, I mentioned that Chuck Stilphen of The Trappist in Oakland would be opening a beer-focused bar and restaurant in the former Crash Nightclub at 34 Mason Street (it’s actually a cool 1907 building). Well, as I was cruising around on Twitter last week looking at pictures of people in loooong lines for Pliny the Younger, I discovered the project is now ~MIKKELLER BAR~, as in the famous Mikkeller bar and brewery in Denmark. As mentioned earlier, there will be 40 taps of some of the world’s best beers, and per its Facebook page, two cask handles, a specialized bottle selection, and exclusive house beers, plus a “sour room” for lambic and sour beers. The Twitter profile mentions late spring; stand by! 34 Mason St. at Turk.

Grub Street has been tracking the developments at ~DRIFTWOOD~, a new SoMa bar opening in the current Kok Bar space (it’ll always be My Place to me, and The Ramrod for others). The new owners are Shawn Magee (Amnesia) and Christopher Milstead (both surfers, hence the name), and they will reportedly be opening a “laid-back, mixed, cocktail lounge with a cozy vibe, after a substantial makeover.” Kok will be open though the beginning of March or so, and then once the gents get the keys, they will begin their remodel, hoping to reopen in three months or so. 1225 Folsom St. at 8th St.

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The spacious bar area at Dixie; photo courtesy of Dixie.

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Pisco sours at La Mar.

Get your cocktail on at these boozy dinners. First up is a special five-course dinner with Balcones Whiskey at ~DIXIE~ on Thursday February 21st at 6pm. The menu will feature dishes like Dixie’s freaking delicious chicken-fried quail with king trumpet mushroom, spiced pecans, and bourbon butter, all paired with different Balcones pours. Tickets are $90 per person and are all-inclusive.

For a classic Peruvian pairing, check out the four-course dinner at ~LA MAR CEBICHERIA PERUANA~ with BarSol Pisco on Wednesday March 6th at 6pm. Each of the courses will come paired with a different pisco cocktail. Tickets are $75 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant: 415-397-8880.

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The wine case at Bluxome Street Winery. Photo from Facebook.

Until Thursday February 21st, catch a buy one get one free deal on glasses and flights at ~BLUXOME STREET WINERY~. Here are the wines being poured this month. The tasting room is open Tue-Sun 12pm-8pm—swing by for a little DIY happy hour this week? 53 Bluxome St. at 4th St., 415-543-5352.

Then, on Thursday February 28th, make your way to the ~BERLINETTA LOUNGE~ at the Mystic Hotel for an evening of sparkling wine and Humphrey Bogart. In homage to the area’s film noir heritage, there will be a menu of light bites and sparkling wines (including Iron Horse, Dr. Loosen, and Naveran cava), plus screening highlights from Bogie films like The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, and The Big Sleep. The event is from 6pm-9pm and costs $55 per person. 417 Stockton St. at Bush, 415-400-0500.

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The busy tasting scene at Rhone Rangers; photo courtesy of Rhone Rangers.

Catch some great American-produced Rhône wines in March when the Rhone Rangers come riding into town with their annual celebration of American producers of the French varietals. They’ll be here Friday March 22nd and Saturday March 23rd, with a full lineup of wino events for you. Weekend passes to all events cost $275 per person, or tickets can be purchased individually. For details on individual pricing and to buy tickets, check out the ticketing website. All events will take place at the General’s Residence in Fort Mason.

First, on Friday night from 6pm-9pm, catch a winemaker dinner featuring 15 different winemakers with food prepared by Sonoma’s the girl & the fig. Each of the winemakers will provide pairings for one table of diners, plus there will be lots of exciting silent auction items.

On Saturday there will be some seminars that are available only to weekend pass holders and Saturday pass holders, and include early entry to the grand tasting event. Then on Saturday afternoon, from 3pm-6pm, check out the Grand Tasting and Silent Auction. There will be tastings from more than 100 producers (check out the full list here), plus silent auction items. Tickets to the tasting are $50 in advance or $55 at the door, and entry is included with purchase of a weekend or Saturday pass.