September 26, 2017

September 26, 2017
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The hideaway vibe returns at Iron Horse Cocktails. Photo via Facebook.

It looks like things have gone full circle for the Iron Horse bar on Maiden Lane, which has reopened with a new owner as ~IRON HORSE COCKTAILS~ (bye-bye, Romper Room). Back when I worked at an ad agency on Maiden Lane, the Iron Horse was totally our Regal Beagle, such a quirky little hideaway, especially the upstairs mezzanine—the bar’s history dates back to 1954.

Hoodline reports owner Angela Voloshyna (who also owns the nearby Topsy’s and Playland in the Tenderloin) has extensively renovated the bar, adding a vintage-style pastoral mural and creating a cozier feel. Check out the cocktail list here. Open Mon-Sat 4:30pm-2am, happy hour runs to 7pm. There is also coffee service, starting at 7am during the week and 9am on Sat. 25 Maiden Lane at Grant.

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In the Family, the new terp beer at Local Brewing Co. Photo via Facebook.

A few events for you to consider, starting with phase two of ~OLD DEVIL MOON~’s anniversary celebration. From Thursday September 28th through Saturday the 30th, they will be doing an Oktoberfest/Sloppy Seconds event—they’ll be tapping all the remaining kegs of awesome beer on tap from their one-year anniversary event this past weekend, so folks who missed it will get a second shot at trying a bunch of ‘em. They’ll also be pouring a bunch of German lagers and doing special bratwurst po’boys. There are also new cocktail and food menus to check out. 3472 Mission St. at Cortland.

Another brewer has brewed a terpene beer for you cannabis-curious/connoisseurs to check out. Brewmaster Regan Long of Local Brewing Co. has just released a wet hop beer, In the Family, featuring fresh Strata hops (an experimental variety grown on only two farms) gathered from harvest up in Oregon, with a small amount of terpenoids (the aroma oils from cannabis) from Blue River Extracts in Oakland. Terpenoids are what give cannabis its various scent profiles (from lemony to dank) and are also present in citrus, herbs like lavender, and pine. And beer! (I like this explainer.) To be clear, this beer does not contain any THC, so you won’t get high (sorry dude), and for additional clarification, this is not a CBD/cannabidiol beer either.

There’s also a photography exhibit featuring closeup shots of cannabis trichomes (the glands that house terpenoids) and close-up shots of the hop lupulin glands (the glands that house the aromatic hop oils) of the hops used in the actual beer, all photographed by local photographer Chris Romaine (Kandid Kush), on display and for sale in the brewery until October 15th. You can get an extra closeup look at how hops and cannabis are first cousins. 69 Bluxome St. (between 4th and 5th streets), 415-932-6702.

After running a short pop-up beer garden, San Francisco Brewing Co. will open its first taproom and on-site brewery in Ghirardelli Square’s West Plaza in spring 2018. It will offer a full-service restaurant serving elevated American-style pub food and eight San Francisco Brewing Co. craft beers on draft, plus a full bar, craft cocktails, local wines, and ciders. There’s also going to be an outdoor patio with comfy lounge furniture, fire pits, bar games (such as a pool table, foosball tables, shuffleboard, Pop-A-Shot, a number of TVs), and more.