Brian Yaeger

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    April 11, 2011

    Drinking the Long View: Aged Beers at Lagunitas Brewing Co.

    Alastair BlandHittin' the library: Aged beers at Lagunitas Brewing Co. in Petaluma.​When the Righteous Brothers told us that time can do so much, they might as well have been singing about beer. Some brewers recoil at the mere suggestion of putting away their hard-brewed work for a long stretc ... More >>

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    December 17, 2010

    Old Oak Becomes Almanac Beer Co., Plans February Release

    Almanac Beer Co.​When Brian Yaeger introduced SFoodie readers to Old Oak Beer Co. a couple months back, the much-anticipated "farm-to-barrel" ale was waiting patiently in oak wine barrels, mingling with fresh Sonoma County blackberries. While nothing has changed about the beer company's vision ... More >>

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    December 7, 2010

    As Hanukkah Winds Down, We're Still Firing Up the Jewbelation

    Shmaltz's gift pack ― the bottles can double as a menorah.​Hanukkah is a time to celebrate miracles. This year, Shmaltz Brewing Co. ― which calls both S.F. and N.Y. home ― asked you to put down the Manischewitz for a minute and celebrate the miracle of beer. The 14-year-old brewery (happ ... More >>

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    October 4, 2010

    Trio of Events Keeps Oktoberfest Alive

    OaktoberfestThree oompah-pah fests keep Oktoberfest alive for another week.​Oktoberfest is over. Long live Oktoberfest! The original Oktoberfest in Munich ends today, but that doesn't mean you can't still get your polka on. For three days in a row this week, starting in the city, moving up to ... More >>

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    September 13, 2010

    Brewing Network Debuts Cooking Podcasts with Homebrew Chef Sean Z. Paxton

    Ever noticed the problem with most cooking shows on the telly? They're races. Whether producing cupcakes or four-course dinners, chefs and bakers on TV are in a mad dash to win. If you're interested in picking up tips, how are you supposed to learn from chefs moving at warp speed? Simple: by tur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2010

    Social Kitchen and Brewery Installs New Chef Huy Nguyen

    Brian YaegerRuh-roh: Social Kitchen names its third chef in four months.​Oh that the food was anywhere as good as the beer, lamented SF Weekly food critic Jonathan Kauffman back in June, in a review of Social Kitchen and Brewery. Owners of the place are no doubt hopeful that'll be the case wit ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    Jug Shop Lines Up Two Sweet Little Sour Beer Tastings

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Half Moon Bay Brewing Co.'s Kirk Hillyard

    Justin LewisHalf Moon Bay Brewing Company brewmaster Kirk Hillyard.​Half Moon Bay Brewing Company ― about a half-hour down the coast, just off Highway 1 ― just celebrated its 10th anniversary. Sipping pints by the fire pit at the family- and dog-friendly brewpub has come to exemplify Cali ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 21, 2010
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    July 1, 2010

    Fatted Calf's Plinywurst: Pastured Pork Plus Pliny the Elder Double IPA

    Fatted CalfThe dogs contain Russian River Brewing's Pliny the Elder double IPA.​In this food-forward haven of ours, sometimes we need to take a step back from dolled up offal and go back to where the whole "lips, snouts, and asses" thing started: the hot dog. Of course, tube steaks have progre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Zare at Fly Trap's Persian Gastropub Starts Tonight. Here's What to Expect

    ​Gone are the days when pub grub meant fish 'n' chips washed down with Newcastle, or Buffalo wings with a pitcher of whatever's on special. For the next three nights, Zare at Fly Trap is turning into a Persian gastropub, even though all alcohol in Iran is officially prohibited. This dinner i ... More >>

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    May 27, 2010

    City Beer Store, Beer Revolution Get New York Times Love

    bittermelon/FlickrInspired by wine bars, the owners of City Beer Store have in turn inspired Oakland's Beer Revolution.​When the New York Times assigned a "Heads Up" story on craft beer-tasting bars in the Bay Area (and Oregon), they picked a scribe with some firsthand knowledge: Eric Smillie, ... More >>

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    May 7, 2010

    Alembic Rolling Out Barrel-Aged Beer Menu

    ::novocainated::The menu will gradually add all manner of wood-aged and wood-finished beers.​The Alembic is a respite from Upper Haight's head shops and spare changers with adorable pit bull mutts. But the bar known primarily for distinguished cocktails and tasty vittles will soon be offering ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    Will the Sale of Anchor Mean the Death of Quality at S.F.'s Revolutionary Brand?

    Brian YaegerFritz Maytag in 2005.​Why, Fritz ― why did you sell Anchor Brewing? And does it mean the end of an era for craft brewing both in San Francisco and across the nation? Of the 4,000 breweries operating in America at the end of the 19th century, a little over 1,500 were back up and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2010

    Meet the Five Beers Rich Higgins Has Wrought for Social Kitchen & Brewery

    Brian YaegerSocial Kitchen's brewmaster Rich Higgins is aiming for supple, food-friendly beers.​After seemingly eons of anticipation, Social Kitchen & Brewery commences its conviviality next Tuesday, April 20 to coincide with the SF Brewers Guild's monthly Meet the Brewers event. The city's si ... More >>

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    February 9, 2010

    SF Beer Week: Remembering a Local Champion of Craft Brews

    ​From now through the end of SF Beer Week, we're providing daily quarterbacking for the frothiest events. Skol, dudes. SF Beer Week isn't just about celebrating the breadth of beers made and drunk locally, but the community that supports them. Their greatest cheerleader was journalist Bill Br ... More >>

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    February 4, 2010

    SF Beer Week Starts Tomorrow. Here's What to Check Out

    ​From now through the end of SF Beer Week, we're providing daily quarterbacking for the frothiest events. Skol, dudes. The 51-week wait is over: The second annual SF Beer Week, a week-long affair so dazzling it requires 10 days, begins tomorrow with the SF Brewers Guild Opening Gala at Yerba ... More >>

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    January 26, 2010

    Beer Report: Rosamunde's Minds Its Pints and Queues

    Matt G./YelpPint of Racer IPA at Rosamunde's.​The lunchtime line is proof that if you grill them, they will come. In its first week of operation, Rosamunde's is already sporting a crowd, which, given its tasty lineup of 17 gourmet sausages, comes as no surprise. That most of the diners were qu ... More >>

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    January 12, 2010

    From Hot Dog to Haute, Four Interesting Food and Beer Pairings This Weekend

    Jesse Friedman/Beer & NoshA pairing from a previous event at Hopmonk Tavern.​With SF Beer Week 2010 less than a month away, you don't need to wait to get your beer 'n' munchies on. This weekend, feast and imbibe at events ranging from S.F. pub grub to full-on gastronomic experiences. • Sat. ... More >>

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