Dave McLean

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    August 7, 2013
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    May 2, 2013

    How To Give Your Beer Taste Buds a Workout

    How good are you at tasting beer? How well do you know your own palate? Give it a tune-up with this new beer tasting workout guide published in Food & Wine by Magnolia Brewing's Dave McLean points out. In it, he gives helpful exercises for upping your tolerance for bitterness (the dominant flavor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    Combat the Fall Doldrums with the 'BRU/SFO' Belgian Beer Month

    This coming weekend, you'll be forced to take part in one of our most perverse rituals: daylight savings time. Almost immediately, you'll switch into hibernation mode as the sun creeps past the horizon just after you get home from work. The best way to combat seasonal fatigue is to fortify the body ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    Outside Lands Promoter Allen Scott on the Festival's Evolution and What to Expect This Year

    Allen Scott is Executive Vice President of Another Planet Entertainment, the Berkeley-based production outfit that puts on S.F.'s Outside Lands music festival (with help from others). Many people work to put on the festival, but it's partially Scott's baby: He helps decide who plays, what changes fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    Top 5 Beers to Drink at Outside Lands

    It's no secret that booze and music pair well together. Listening to Johnny Cash demands a shot of whiskey. When Snoop's "Gin and Juice" comes on the radio, you know what to reach for. And every time we see Celine Dion live, we always have a glass of rose in hand. While you're bound to see flocks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    Outside Lands Introduces Beer Lands to Fest, Summer Pairings Series Starts This Weekend

    Outside Lands returns to Golden Gate Park on August 10-12 and makes a bid for being one of the city's biggest food fests with even more edible options than ever. A Taste of the Bay Area features 58 local food vendors including new businesses such as the Del Popolo monster pizza truck and brick and m ... More >>

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    October 26, 2011

    Enjoy a Staycation with the 'BRU/SFO' Belgian Beer Month

    ​Everybody seems a little tense these days. With all the worldwide protests and political squabbling, we'd like to pack up a suitcase and go #Occupy the Belgian countryside for a while. Some sugar waffles and a goblet of rich, Belgian ale would do the trick. Well, a boy can dream. Thankfully, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    S.F.'s Brewpub Explosion: Local Brewing Co.

    Brian YaegerLocal Brewing Co.'s Regan at the bar in Shotwell's. ​Regan and Sarah might sound like a pop-punk band with roots in New Wave, but actually they're part of the next wave of San Francisco craft brewers who plan to launch Local Brewing Co. What began as a hobby six years ago is on tra ... More >>

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    August 27, 2010

    What to Drink at This Weekend's Eat Real Festival

    Eat Real FestivalBeer is clearly the star of the three-day Oakland festival.​SFoodie has already passed along tips for navigating this weekend's Eat Real Festival (which kicks off this afternoon across the Bay in Jack London Square), but don't think we'd forget to break down some of the drinki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    What's a Homebrew Contest without Taco Beers?

    Meredith Brody/2009This weekend's Eat Real Fest revives last year's Beer Shed.​For the second annual Eat Real, not only is the Beer Shed returning but organizers have also implemented a homebrew competition, since what's urban homesteading without homebrewing? Having said that, while there wil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    18th Street Block Party Brings the Hog to Dolores

    Brett L./FlickrSpit-roasting pig at the last 18th Street Block Party in 2008.​Delfina's Craig Stoll, Bi-Rite's Sam Mogannam, and other Mission business owners organized a huge party two summers ago that took over 18th Street and spilled into Dolores Park. The free event was swarmed by people w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2010

    Marin Brewing Co.'s Arne Johnson

    Arne Jonson's been brewmaster at Marin Brewing Co. for 15 years.​Brendan Moylan founded Marin Brewing Co. in 1989 and has since launched Moylan's in Novato. Fifteen years ago, Arne Johnson became the brewmaster at Moylan's Larkspur original, where the always-sunny patio is a favorite ferry des ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    Eat Real Announces Canning, Brewing, Fermenting Competitions

    Chiot's Run/Flickr​As part of its celebration of urban homesteading, the Eat Real Festival ― which is taking place August 27-29 in Jack London Square ― has announced a series of county fair-style competitions for amateur brewers, picklers, jammers, and kombucha, um, fermenters.The competitions ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 23, 2010
  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    A First Peek at the 2010 Eat Real Festival

    Meredith BrodyThe crowds will be back, and hungrier than ever.​The second annual Eat Real Festival, scheduled to take place at Jack London Square in Oakland August 27-29, is finalizing its lineup of street-food vendors and workshops and preparing for a bigger turnout than last year. In its first y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2010

    Saturday's Giants Brewfest Was a Clusterf#%k. Here's Our Advice for Next Year

    Brian YaegerWe don't mind rubbing elbows. It was the rubbing of everything else that got to us.​Saturday's Giants Brewfest was only a success if you consider that the event sold out. But packed N-Judah cars more than three hours before game time was an early indicator that there would be more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 6, 2010

    Spoiler Alert: Magnolia's Dave McLean Reveals Name of Cask Beer He's Brewing for Public House

    Jbrookston/FlickrDave McLean.​We tipped you earlier to tomorrow's public tapping ― and naming ― of the house brew at Public House. It's a cask-conditioned beer from Magnolia's Dave McLean, who just finished revealing the name to us (sorry Traci). Ready? It's Billy Sunday Bitter. It's a p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    Free Pulled Pork Sliders at Alembic Today, Starting at Noon

    ldandersen/FlickrAs of yesterday, Alembic is serving lunch daily.​Upper Haight's Alembic (1725 Haight at Cole) is serving notice that it's now offering lunch seven days a week by handing out free pulled pork sliders today, starting at noon. The new lunch program kicked off yesterday, actually; ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2009

    Magnolia Crawfish Boil to Bring a Steamy Taste of Summer to the Haight

    SFTriStar/FlickrPick something hoppy to go with that crawfish. If you missed the two previous Louisiana Crawfish Boils at Magnolia Pub & Brewery (398 Haight at Masonic), it's not too late to go all backwoods Cajun. The third and final boil happens next Tuesday, June 16, just in time for the summer S ... More >>

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    May 12, 2008
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    April 9, 2008
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