In an attempt to define the essence of hardcore pornography, Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart famously said "I know it when I see it." We often apply the same thought process to Triple IPAs. Officially speaking, the style doesn't formally exist. Beers submitted for judging as Triple IPAs tend to ... More >>
Belgian brewers tend to let their beer speak for itself. There's less of a fixation on squeezing beers into specific style headings. There are fewer descriptive puns such as "Hop Pocket" or "Hopopotamus." So, when a beloved brewer of traditional sour ales uses the word "intense" in the name of a bre ... More >>
Burning Man is over, the bridge is back online, and... who are we kidding? -- you don't need an excuse to go out and hit the clubs. But just in case you do, we've got a couple good ones in this top five party round up. This week's list covers some pretty obscure events, with strange delights such as ... More >>
Oh hey, here's a vending machine that makes Belgian frites that we wish were on every street corner in America. The bright yellow, coin-operated machine, located outside a grocery store in Brussels, takes about 90 seconds to make the fries following the signature twice-fried Belgian style (and in be ... More >>
In case you haven't heard, sour is the new bitter. An increasing amount of shelf real estate is populated with puckering tart beers, a number of which are produced in the Bay Area. Roughly a year after the announcement of The Rare Barrel, Berkeley's all-sour, all-barrel aged brewery, the facility is ... More >>
Handheld waffles are big business in Belgium, and they're reaching critical mass in San Francisco. This morning brought news via Inside Scoop that Anthony Myint of Mission Chinese, Commonwealth, and Mission Bowling Club, is teaming up with coffee roaster Andrew Barnett (formerly of Ecco, which is no ... More >>
It's no secret that sour beer is all the rage. An increasing amount of beer shelf real estate is devoted to funky brews of all kinds, from creative American Wild Ales to earthy brettanomyces yeast bombs and barnyard-y blended Gueuze from Belgium. This week's featured beer is a fine example of the cr ... More >>
It's SF Beer Week humpday! We understand if you're feeling a bit run down. A steady diet of beer can do that. Take it easy today with three events that offer unique, rare beers and don't require a BART ride away from the city. See also: Strong Beer Month -- Your Beer Week Training Regimen SF Beer ... More >>
When someone says "I don't like beer" my reaction is almost always the same: "Challenge accepted!" It's not that the so-called beer-hater doesn't like beer -- it's that they don't like any of the beers they've had up until now. Chances are, it's been a pretty narrow selection of what's out there. ... More >>
A man died last night after police found him and an unidentified woman lying in the middle of the street, bound and gagged. According to Officer Albie Esparza, at about 8:30 p.m., police were called to the 900 block of Brussels where the two victims were discovered unconscious.
The Belgian people must be living right. International opinion on the country reads something like this: "excellent waffles, chocolate, frites, and beer." For a tiny country nestled between regions known for their culinary prowess, that's a pretty enviable legacy. Belgium's gastronomic successes hav ... More >>
Sometimes, it can feel like "street food" is synonymous with "what people are eating in Hanoi." That's not always the case. Gerald Luna's b.street waffles make use of a Belgian waffle recipe from the city of Liège -- a yeasted dough not unlike brioche -- to replicate what vendors once cooked up i ... More >>
Never has the Cook E. Monster experienced such a loss of self-control as when confronted with a fresh jar of Trader Joe's Cookie Butter. The only responsible thing to do is to pass the information. This is in hopes that we will not be the only lonely addict who instinctively knows that this spread, ... More >>
San Diego's Alesmith Brewing is something of an enigma. In the 90's, the operation perfected a dozen or so brews across a wide range of styles, winning medals and the hearts of countless beer lovers in the process. While the brewery continues to churn out those impeccably crafted beers, it often see ... More >>
Over the last decade, a sharp divide has emerged between regional IPA brewing practices. The result has been a gangsta rap-style feud pitting California against the Eastern seaboard. Generally speaking, we can envision West Coast IPAs as the embodiment of Tupac Shakur. These lean, mean, torso-bearin ... More >>
A deep collective sigh could be heard from the world's indie music fans last year when LCD Soundsystem announced its breakup. The decision left many wondering where members like James Murphy, Nancy Whang, and Pat Mahoney were going to take their careers next. While some joined bands such as !!!, oth ... More >>
Did you know that in Belgium, people leave mugs of rich holiday ale for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve? Actually, we made that up. But it surely sounds plausible. Enjoying "Kerstbier" seems to be an annual national pastime, culminating in a world-renowned festival that boasts upwards of 150 w ... More >>
What: Liège Waffle Party! Where: Duboce Park Cafe When: Fri., December 16, 2-6 p.m. Cost: $5.50 The rundown: Liège waffles, named after the place of origination, a town in Eastern Belgium, are a richer, denser, and sweeter than the average waffle. Invented by the chef of an 18th centur ... More >>
This is the equivalent of two tabs of E.Belgian researchers have demonstrated once and for all that fat makes you feel better, according to USA Today. The researchers have showed that the pleasure of eating fatty foods is inconsequential -- it's just the fat that matters -- by piping either a sal ... More >>
Luis ChongBloem's Very Berry Belgian waffle The WaffleMania truck popularized the dense and chewy Liege waffles, which are great. But sometimes SFoodie craves the other Belgian waffles, the light and crispy rectangles from Brussels -- they've got deep pockets that no Eggo can match. So we wer ... More >>
Jeffrey-Anthony/SF Weekly Flickr pool Highlights from the blog this week: 1. Peter Jamison talked to Iso Rabins about the Health Department's shut-down of the Underground Market, which may be permanent. But the market attracted New York Times coverage! And thousands of people! Uh... 2. Carina O ... More >>
Brian Yaeger"Remember, this is a bicycle festival with beer, not the other way around." Sure.What do a 6-foot-tall carrot, Sasquatch, and a gang of nuns on bicycles have in common? Tour de Fat, New Belgium Brewing's annual lovefest for all things bicycle (and yeah, some beer). The Tour pedals ... More >>
This is a picture of a ninja. The label is called Ninja Tune. That was all the connection we needed.We don't really remember it all that well, but our twentieth birthday party probably involved a case of Tecate, a few Modest Mouse records, and our roommate's six-foot bong. Whatever the details, w ... More >>
Brett L./FlickrThe sour beer sessions run Aug. 20 and 27.Unless you've been living in a lagering cave in the Czech Republic (or the Midwest), or just traveled here from the turn of this century, sour beers are all the rage. Just ask the Paper of Record. In case you couldn't make Stone Brewery ... More >>
SanFranAnnie/FlickrDig in (burger optional).Tuesday, December 8, 2009 In weather like this, you need to eat like a Bavarian plowboy. Pick your way gingerly around patches of black ice to get to Monk's Kettle, perch at the bar, and order the elbow macaroni with cheddar-ale sauce and toasted b ... More >>
fONfEK/FlickrOne of these babies has your name on it.Ever tried waiting nearly two hours on a Friday night for some delectable gastropub fare? Tomorrow's six-course beer dinner might be the only way you'll ever be able to get a reservation at Monk's Kettle (3141 16th St. at Albion). And belie ... More >>
As Pitchfork announced this morning, local boys Dodos are heading off any leaks from their upcoming album Time to Die by streaming the songs early themselves. The record is set to be released digitally on July 28 (if you wanna wait for the physical copy, that's out September 15), but you can hear th ... More >>
The freshness of the strawberry aroma is surprising given the beer's eight years in bottle.
The Fancy Food Show returned to Moscone Center last week, and as usual the task of shuffling from one free sample to another was more challenging than might be expected. The Center, as you probably know, covers several acres of sprawling subterranean SOMA real estate, and last Sunday, Monday and Tue ... More >>
Major public transit agencies around the country — including San Francisco's — may pay billions for risky deals with bankers.
Belgian food and an epic beer list work in tandem.
Remembrance of Fries Past
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