February 7, 2017

February 7, 2017
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The new Outbound from Woods Beer. Photo: Rey Romero.

As if SF Beer Week isn’t enough, there are two new places serving locally made brews. Open in the Outer Sunset is Woods Beer Co.’s fifth location, ~OUTBOUND~, a 750-square-foot space they’re calling the club car (with an outdoor patio that will open in the spring). On tap: they are pouring six to eight rotating taps of Woods Beer and hosting a 20-gallon brewing system onsite, plus a Crowler machine to package fresh beer to go. You can nab some delicious El Porteño empanadas if you need a bite. They are planning a variety of events, so follow along for updates. Open Mon-Wed 4pm-10pm, Thu 4pm-12am, Fri 3pm-12am, Sat 11am-12am, Sun 11am-10pm. 4045 Judah St. at 46th Ave.

Opening this week in Civic Center is ~FERMENTATION LAB~, a gastropub offering craft beers, fermented foods, and pub fare. Hoodline mentions the project is from Jeannie Kim of Sam’s Diner, who brought on the Beer Chef Bruce Paton (look for some unique and rare California beers, thanks to his many relationships with the brewer community). On the menu: pickled vegetables, deviled eggs, burgers, salads, and sandwiches. Open Tue-Sun 4pm-12am. 1230 Market St. at Grove, 415-626-1592.

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A look at the tropical vibes at Flip-Flop at Over Proof at ABV. Photo: Wes Rowe.

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The ice game at Flip Flop is STRONG. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Last month, I mentioned the crew at ~ABV~ (Todd Smith, Ryan Fitzgerald, and Erik Reichborn-Kjennerud) were launching their one-year pop-up series, Over Proof, on their upstairs mezzanine. They started this quarterly pop-up with Flip-Flop, a deep dive into rum and the food culture in the different regions of the world where rum is produced. If you want to take a break from this rainy, sweater weather, book a ticket to this tropical paradise, complete with vintage rum posters and beachy glassware.

The experience is a blast: everyone who bought tickets shows up at the same time, seated at high-top tables and the upstairs bar. Paired food from chef Collin Hilton and cocktails start coming out in waves, like rum ham musubi and jerked chicken wings and Pink Flamingos and a brilliant spin on a carbonated Presidente (the “Cuba Libre”). It’s impressive how quickly the team keeps the flow going, like riding a long, long wave of food and drinks. You’ll get quite the education on the different kinds of rum, the history of the cocktails, the dishes, and more, and the staff is happy to answer any questions, so take advantage and deepen your rum knowledge.

The team recently changed the days of the week Over Proof is running: it’s now just Thursday and Friday evenings, with one seating time at 7:30pm. As interest builds, they will add a Wednesday and Saturday night tasting. The price is now $66 (all-inclusive) per person on Resy. Grab some friends or a date and make it a fun night out—or do a buyout for a birthday or team outing. Flip-Flop runs through April 20th, and then a whiskey bar will start May 1st.