For many years, the South Bay was regarded as a dead zone for craft beer. When asking for an artisanal brew at the bar, most watering holes would offer the requisite Blue Moon or other faux-craft impersonator. As craft brewing continues its surge of Manifest Destiny throughout the state and country, ... More >>
The East Bay is the Rodney Dangerfield of the San Francisco Bay Area; it gets no respect from people in San Francisco, the people of the Peninsula, the people of the South Bay, and even people who live in the East Bay. Of course that doesn't mean it doesn't have something to bring to the table. In f ... More >>
American craft brewing is largely defined by a spirit of unbridled creativity. The Brewers Association recognizes a whopping 84 beer styles, and the nuanced variations between beers in these categories is nearly endless. Some countries, on the other hand, embrace traditions which limit brewers to th ... More >>
Sometimes you have to go a long way to find a local wine. For this week's wine(s), we turned to Canada. Actually, Canada came to us in the form of our friend Dups, and his iPhone image of a Waterstone Cabernet. He asked if we knew it. We didn't . He liked it, we tried it, and now here we are. Wa ... More >>
There's no schadenfreude required in benefiting from the miscalculations of others, or the changing realities of the market, including the wine market. As wine brands and production in California, and worldwide, have exploded, the amount of excess wine at all levels has boomed, too. San Francisco-ba ... More >>
BreastfestFighters of breast cancer are again pulling out their secret weapon: beer. The annual Breastfest will soon be upon us, with more than 40 breweries, several hundred beers, and live music aligning on July 2 to fight one of the most feared diseases. We can't say truthfully that the mo ... More >>
This will be you at Taste of Mendocino.Taste of Mendocino Where: Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center When: Mon., June 13, 5-8 p.m. Cost: $35 in advance, $45 onsite, enter discount code of "alice" or "KGO" to save $14.75 on online admission fee. The rundown: Experience the "Mendo vibe" ... More >>
Jesse HirschJason Henry really, really loves beer.You read them here, now find out who the hell they are: We give you the diverse group of men and women who cover the local food and drink scene for you on SFoodie. Jason Henry Blogs about: beer Jason Henry swears he isn't beer-obsessed. Pat ... More >>
Alastair BlandAged in wood: Mikkeller's Big Worse, left, with Paradox Macallan from BrewDog.A year ago, a second-hand bourbon or brandy barrel was running a brewer a hundred bucks on the American market. As of March 2011, the price hadn't changed, according to an industry source. But the bee ... More >>
John BirdsallGrilled Cheese and Craft Beer Pairing Where: American Grilled Cheese Kitchen, 1 South Park (at Second St.), 243-0107 When: Sun., Feb. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $30 The rundown: AGCK is commemorating SF Beer Week with a sandwich and brew matchup, but unlike at stuffy wine pai ... More >>
There are perfect wines for many special occasions, but what about wines for not-so-special occasions? I like a well-prepared three-course meal at Boulevard or an evening with friends from out of town as much as the next person, but I also like participating in the great American tradition of doi ... More >>
Brian YaegerS.F. beer geek Jason Henry volunteering at the Cascade Brewing booth at last year's GABF.Thursday marks the beginning of the three-day, mind-blowing, liver-busting, gut-expanding extravaganza known as the Great American Beer Festival, now in its 29th year. Sponsored by the Brewers ... More >>
MillerCoorsWith speakeasies, Savoy cocktails, and other early-20th century booze culture touchstones back in action, it's only natural beer should get roaring. We got our first taste of MillerCoors' new Batch 19 Pre-Prohibition Lager at the First Annual Giants Brewfest, an event showcasing lo ... More >>
BottlenotesScenes from 2009.Custom crush facility Crushpad announced a few weeks ago that it's moving up to Napa next month, scoring a spot on the Silverado Trail (a disappointing move for supporters of urban winemaking, but one that may up the facility's romance factor for budding Helen Turleys) ... More >>
We're no fans of the optimistic predictions that the recession is over. But October saw the fewest closures of San Francisco restaurants in the past six months. And for the ones that did close, new tenants were generally already in line. yuichi.sakuraba/FlickrYou still got roughly two months to get ... More >>
CrushpadNeighborhood get-together: Sorting grapes at Crushpad.Interested in making your own vintage while meeting other wine enthusiasts who might be living right down the street? Last year, S.F. DIY winery Crushpad organized five groups in neighborhood winemaking projects, using Crushpad's ... More >>
Monday, May 11, 2009 Let's do lunch: Caviar? Don't worry -- Tsar Nicoulai's sustainably farmed California caviar is the opposite of cocked-pinky fey. Bury your face in the Parisian sandwich, topped with tuna paillard and American golden whitefish caviar. Tsar Nicoulai Caviar Cafe (1 Ferry Building ... More >>
Despite the lightness of the wine, it stood up well to spicy jambalaya.
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"Champagne" is usually a bad sign on a bottle of California sparkling wine, anyway.
You don't normally drink quinoa, the healthy seed/grain that is a deliciously complete protein, so the Quinoa Gold line of beverages is a novel idea. Touting itself as a caffeine-free source of energy, Quinoa Gold flavors are sweetened with agave nectar and have the consistency of a smoothie, with t ... More >>
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