April 1, 2014

April 1, 2014
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Sign from the former Hogan’s Goat Tavern. Yelp photo by Mike R.

Next Tuesday, April 8th, the former Hogan’s Goat Tavern in Dogpatch, which closed at the end of last year, is reopening as ~THE SEA STAR~. It comes from Chris Lawrence and Brad LaMotte, the pair behind Southern Pacific Brewing Company in the Mission. It’s still a neighborhood dive bar, the pair says, with a pool table, jukebox, and 12 beers on tap. They’ve also got some classic cocktails, but don’t worry, nothing fancy. They’re opening softly on Friday April 4th, with a grand opening on Tuesday April 8th. Hours will be 2pm-2am daily; they’ll open an hour before all Giants home games too. 2289 3rd St. at 20th St., 415-552-9144.

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Alchemy Bottle Shop. Photo from Facebook.

~ALCHEMY BOTTLE SHOP~ is now softly open in Oakland, selling a variety of high-end and hard-to-find spirits for boozehounds of taste. The new project comes from Tova Herman and Peter Mustacich, and the pair has stocked a selection of excellent spirits from the likes of St. George Spirits and Bummer & Lazarus, along with bitters and other mixers from small-batch producers. The space is open and airy, with an art gallery on the second level. They’re only softly open now, but in the future, they’re looking forward to offering weekly classes on cocktails and spirits, as well as tastings. Current hours are Wed-Thu 11am-7pm, Fri-Sat 11am-8pm, Sun 12pm-5pm. 3256 Grand Ave. at Valdez, Oakland, 510-488-3637.

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At the TAPAS tasting. Photo via Facebook.

Comes to the seventh annual TAPAS (Tempranillo Advocates Producers and Amigos Society) Grand Wine Tasting on Sunday April 27th to experience the most extensive tasting of domestically produced tempranillos and other Iberian varietal wines. Trade and consumers will be able to taste tempranillos, albariños, garnachas, verdelhos, tourigas, and many other varieties, with nearly 40 TAPAS member vintners pouring. Many TAPAS members are limited-production, family-owned wineries and will be pouring small-lot wines that are not widely available (many of the wines will also be available for sale at this event).

The event is 2pm-5pm. Get discounted advance tickets here for $35, or with the seminar for $65. (Sorry, it’s not clear how long these discounted prices are going to be available, so get them now if you’re interested!) Ticket prices will go up to $60 and $95. Golden Gate Club at the Presidio.

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