February 11, 2014

February 11, 2014
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A sampler at Triple Voodoo’s taproom. Photo from Facebook.

Don’t forget, it’s ~SF BEER WEEK~ until Sunday February 16th. There are so many things going on, but here are just a few of the suds-a-licious events coming up.

~MAGNOLIA GASTROPUB & BREWERY~ is a great place to check out some beer events. On Wednesday February 12th from 11am-5pm, there’s the Fifth Annual Beer and Oyster Festival with their Oysterhead Stout and some other oyster beers, plus lots of tasty oysters on the menu, both raw and cooked. Then, on Friday February 14th, from 12pm-4pm, don’t miss the Strong Beer Ice Cream Massacre, where Magnolia’s strong beers will be crafted into ice cream by none other than Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous. Which means, yes, you can enjoy a cone of Thunderpussy ice cream. On Valentine’s Day.

In the Mission, check out the Beer Week happenings at ~LA MOVIDA~, where you’ll find tap takeovers all week. They’ve got their paws on one of only six kegs of Anchor IPA, too, and will be serving it starting Thursday February 13th, along with a special burger from Pal’s Takeaway. They’ve also got Evil 3 from Heretic Brewing and lots of food specials made with beer. And speaking of Pal’s and burgers, did you know they’re going to start serving burgers on Thursdays? Yep, that’s right. SFoodie has the details. (Marin Sun Farms brisket! Secret ingredients! Delicious!) 3066 24th St. at Treat, 415-425-2392.

On Saturday February 15th, Umami Mart is hosting a Japanese Beer Fest in Oakland at ~THE TRAPPIST~. From 12pm-6pm (or until they run out) you’ll find 10 different Japanese craft beers, including offerings from Hitachino and Baird. Plus, you can order a steaming bowl of “Pastramen” (that’s pastrami ramen) by chefs Conrad Seto and Mike O’Brian of The Trappist and Mikkeller Bar to pair with all those brews. 460 8th St. at Broadway, Oakland, 510-238-8900.

And let’s not forget all those home brewers out there! On Thursday February 13th from 5pm-9:30pm, catch home brew showcase Hops for Housing at the ~SOMA STREAT FOOD PARK~. More than 15 home brewers will be attendance, along with beer from commercial breweries like Magnolia, Lost Coast, and 101 North. In addition, several food trucks will be serving food for purchase. Tickets are $35 and include beer samples; food is available for purchase. Proceeds go to the San Francisco Tenants Union. 428 11th St. at Bryant.

The ~TRIPLE VOODOO BREWING TAP ROOM~ has opened in Dogpatch, according to UrbanDaddy. They have 15 taps, and will be serving small-batch experimental beers, like the 8 Tentacles IPA and Belgian-style King Leopold Stout. Right now, they only have three, plus root beer, but should be filling out the selection soon. Food from the New Spot is available Wed-Sat 5pm-10pm; check out the menu here. Taproom hours are Tue-Thu 3pm-10pm, Fri 3pm-12am, Sat 12am-12pm, Sun 12pm-10pm. 2245 3rd St. at 19th St., 415-598-8811.

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The bar area (as Project One). Yelp photo by Alicia B.

The former Project One gallery and event space has started its transformation into ~MERCER~, under the direction of new owners Sean and Isabel Manchester (Mighty, Chambers Eat + Drink). Sean explains the biggest change will be that they are booking weekly parties and promoters, especially on the weekends, to make it more of an easy destination—the space was previously used for a lot of private events, so you would come by and often find it closed. They are accepting proposals for monthlies and one-offs, so expect some new parties in the mix (here’s the lineup for now). The smaller size (room for 150-200 guests) makes it easy to build a more intimate vibe. The easy parking is also a bonus.

The space has a 1,500-square-foot dance floor and there’s the gallery area, which will have some changes (new lighting, wall treatments, and furnishings will make it into more of a hangout space). The sound system was updated and features the 222 Hyde TurboSound rig (that system was bumpin’). Happy hour will start March 1st, running Thu-Fri from 5pm-8pm. Party: on. 255 Rhode Island St. at 15th St.

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Red Devil’s iconic sign. Photo from Facebook.

As previously reported on tablehopper, the ~RED DEVIL LOUNGE~ is closing, and has been taken over by Jamal Blake-Williams, who many may recognize from The Tipsy Pig (where he has been the bar manager since it opened) and Mamacita. According to their Facebook page, the lounge has officially closed for good. Sniffle. That stretch of Polk might not ever be the same again. Look for changes to the space in the coming year, with a revamped concept and new name. 1695 Polk St. at Clay.