Jesse Friedman

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    June 13, 2014

    Almanac's Releases New Brew, Sour Blonde, Just in Time for Summer

    San Francisco-based brewery Almanac is set to release its latest "farm-to-barrel" offering at the end of the month. Farmer's Reserve Citrus is an ale brewed with Buddha's Hand citrons and Bergamot oranges, aged in white wine barrels. It was concocted as a craftier response to the lemon wedge-dressed ... More >>

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    March 26, 2014
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    December 4, 2013
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    January 18, 2013

    Why American Craft Beer is Better Than Ever: A Brewer's Manifesto

    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 >>

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    January 16, 2013
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    January 4, 2013

    Almanac Pairs with Dandelion Chocolate For New Biere de Chocolat

    We recently had the pleasure of trying Almanac Beer Co.'s new Biere de Chocolat, a robust porter made in conjunction with so-hot-right-now Dandelion chocolate. The beer smells like rich, dark cocoa, but its flavor isn't as sweet as you might expect -- it's got a layered, malty bitterness that we fou ... More >>

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    September 20, 2012

    Learn to Homebrew at 18 Reasons

    Ever dreamed of making beer for a living? We have too. And we would, if it weren't for the long hours, heavy lifting, and overabundance of beards. The truth is, brewing beer on a commercial scale can be a tiresome gig, and most brewers aren't showered in riches (unless you count the beer, of course) ... More >>

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    August 29, 2012

    Beers of the Week: Almanac California Table Beers (Release Party Tonight!)

    It's hard to believe that Almanac Beer Co. is only a year old. The brewery was born into the world fully-formed with a concept that ties into Bay Area food culture and bottle artwork that keeps aspiring graphic designers up at night. In the first phase of their operation, Almanac stuck to a firmly s ... More >>

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    May 14, 2012

    Bay Area Beer Culture Takes Over the Craft Brewer's Conference and World Beer Cup

    The annual Craft Brewer's Conference is unlike other professional gatherings. Every expo hall reeks of hops. The hospitality suite boasts 140 free-flowing taps. And, the attendees are significantly more bearded. As usual, the Bay Area beer scene was heavily represented at this year's event, held l ... More >>

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    March 22, 2012

    William Pilz of Hapa SF Takes Over SodaCraft

    ​SFoodie was leaving the Ferry Plaza farmers market this afternoon when we noticed a familiar face behind the SodaCraft stand: William Pilz, owner of modern Filipino food truck Hapa SF. Pilz, it turns out, has just taken over production of the artisanal, seasonal, fermented sodas from SodaCraft fo ... More >>

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    June 27, 2011

    Almanac Beer Debuts Bottles, Parties Hard

    Jason HenryAn alternate use for an Almanac bottle.​We've been waiting with bated breath for the inaugural release from San Francisco's Almanac Beer Co. and our zen-like patience is about to pay off in a big way. At the end of the month, all 309 cases of the Summer 2010 Vintage Blackberry Ale w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    New Taste Marketplace Has Got Talent

    Jesse Friedman/newtastemarketPeter Gardner of Peter's Sausage.​May New Taste Marketplace Where: St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, 500 De Haro (at Mariposa) When: Sat., May 14, noon-5 p.m. Cost: Bring cash for food, and to donate to the Food Pantry and St. Gregory's The rundown: Pop-u ... More >>

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    May 6, 2011

    Sidewalk Eats for Sunday Streets

    Sunday Streets on 24thDustin Jensen/SFwiggle ​ Where: La Victoria Mexican Bakery and Cafe, 2937 24th St. (at Alabama), 642-7120; Pal's Takeaway, 2751 24th St. (at Hampshire), 203-4911 When: Sun., May 8, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The rundown: For Sunday Streets' Mission edition, a couple of our favor ... More >>

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    April 20, 2011

    SodaCraft Coming to the Ferry Plaza Market

    ​Jesse Friedman, aka Beer and Nosh, aka the soon-to-be-released Almanac Beer, just announced on his blog this morning that he has a third alias: SodaCraft. We've written about Friedman's experiments with making ginger ale and other seasonal sodas for the New Taste Marketplace events his wife organ ... More >>

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    March 15, 2011

    Local Brewer Jesse Friedman Now Slinging Soda Pop

    jordan.ching12/FlickrOur favorite soda jerk: Jesse Friedman at the New Taste Marketplace.​When life gives you empty kegs and you want to make a family-friendly beverage, make soda. Jesse Friedman (of Beer and Nosh and Almanac Beer Co.) knew he was onto something while attending a friend's wedd ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 9, 2011
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    March 2, 2011

    Mission Chinese Food Gets Smoker, Starts Offering BBQ

    Jesse Friedman/FlickrDanny Bowien: What's he been smoking?​Just when SFoodie thinks we have Mission Chinese Food's Danny Bowien figured out, he goes and does something sort of, well: crazy. In a good way. We think. Two weeks ago, SFoodie blogger Alex Hochman reported on strange sightings at ... More >>

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    February 16, 2011

    DIY Brewskis

    Jesse Friedman/Beer and Nosh"Eric" and his beard.​Hops to Homebrew Where: Ferry Building Marketplace, CUESA Dacor Teaching Kitchen, 1 Ferry Building (at Embarcadero) When: Thu., Feb. 17, 5:30-8 p.m. Cost: $62 The rundown: If you're feeling sulky this week that the big boys get to tinker wi ... More >>

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    February 8, 2011

    Styles-Bending Beer Dinner at The Summit

    Beer and NoshJesse Friedman.​Outside the Lines Where: The Summit, 780 Valencia (at 19th St.), 861-5330 When: Mon., Feb. 14, 7 p.m. Cost: $100 (includes tax and service); a portion of the proceeds is slated for The Food Pantry The rundown: We're a city that likes the notion rule-breaking, ... More >>

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    January 11, 2011

    The Best Barleywine? Our Panel Picks a Winner

    Jesse Friedman/Beer and NoshAmerican barleywine daddy Fritz Maytag, at the Anchor Brewery he once owned.​What began more than three decades ago as a small-batch specialty beer made by a local beer hero has grown thunderously into perhaps the most cult-acclaimed craft beer style in America: the ... More >>

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    January 7, 2011

    Danny Bowien's New York Chinatown

    Alex HochmanCumin lamb hand-pulled noodles at Xi'an Famous Foods in New York's Chinatown, a favorite of Mission Chinese Food's Danny Bowien.​After a few bites of the savory cumin lamb hand-pulled noodles ($6) at Xi'an Famous Foods in New York's Chinatown, it became clear why Danny Bowien had s ... 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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    November 2, 2010

    New Taste Marketplace Seeks Vendors for Foodie Fundraisers

    Nute's Cupcake/FacebookSandbox baker Surangrat Chulasuwan (Nute's Cupcakes) plans to sell mini cupcakes at the Nov. 27 event.​Maybe only Brooklyn can vie with the Bay Area to boast the nation's stiffest concentration of home-based food talent. Then again, maybe the opportunities for DIY sales ... More >>

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    October 19, 2010

    Curing Whiz Dave Knopp Departs Pal's Takeaway

    Jesse Friedman/Beer & NoshDave Knopp, right, with Pal's Takeaway's Jeff Mason.​Call it bittersweet. Mission deli Pal's Takeaway says goodbye to sidekick Dave Knopp tomorrow with a final Knopp creation, a pulled chicken sandwich with pepper gravy and house-pickled onions. Turns out Knopp cut ba ... More >>

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    September 30, 2010

    With Old Oak Beer Co., Local Beer Blogger Turns Brewmaster

    Old Oak Beer Co.​Old Oak Beer Co. is on course to be licensed by the ABC (Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control) one of these days. Founded by Beer & Nosh blogger/beer dinner purveyor/beer porn photog Jesse Friedman ― along with partner Damian Fagan, whose design work already graces other ... More >>

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    September 8, 2010

    What the Hell Is Danny Bowien Thinking? A Snapshot

    Jesse Friedman/Beer & NoshDanny Bowien.​When I called Danny Bowien up last week, trying to find out what the hell he was doing at Mission Chinese Food, my few simple questions turned into an hour-long chat that spiraled from his obsession with Sichuan cuisine to an intriguing offhand commen ... More >>

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    July 21, 2010

    Beer Dinners, or the Fine Art of the 'Brew Fixe'

    Jesse Friedman/Beer & Nosh​There's no steadfast rule to putting together a beer dinner except, duh, you should have good food and pair it with good beer. Beyond that, they come in all shapes and sizes, meaning number of courses and the hit your wallet will take. Proving attending one doesn't ... More >>

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    June 30, 2010

    Should Authorities Ease Regulations on Small, Local Food Vendors?

    Jesse Friedman/FlickrShould sellers at events like the SF Underground Market be exempt form normal licensing regulations?​Our favorite morsels from the Web. The LA Times Monday picked up AP writer Dinesh Ramde's report on licensing restrictions easing for small food vendors in Maine and Wisco ... More >>

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    June 18, 2010

    Mission Street Food Guys Set to Launch Mission Chinese Food at Lung Shan

    Jesse Friedman/FlickrAnthony Myint.​Hold on to your chopsticks, San Francisco: In just about two weeks, the guys who bought you Mission Burger and Mission Street Food will begin to roll out Chinese food. Mission Chinese Food is set to launch July 5 at Lung Shan, long the site of charitable po ... More >>

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    June 15, 2010

    Thursday Nights on Clara St., Beer Alchemy Happens

    Jesse Friedman/Beer & NoshClara St. Brewing's Bryan Hermannsson.​Our favorite morsel from the blogs. I met brewers Patrick Horn and Bryan Hermannsson at a craft brew mixer in the test kitchen at Horn, of Pacific Brewing Laboratories, and Hermannsson, of Clara St. Brewing, are the ki ... More >>

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    June 3, 2010

    Tasting Blind: Our Panel of Local Brew Experts Rates India Pale Ales

    Brian Yaeger​For this month's blind beer tasting, we're tackling India Pale Ales. Though IPAs originated in 18th century England, the style was shanghaied by American craft brewers who kicked up the hops for walloping bitterness and pungency. For comparison's sake, at last year's Great Americ ... More >>

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    May 27, 2010

    Barbecuing Alemany with Dontaye Ball and Jesse Friedman

    Our favorite morsel from the blogs. Long story: A TV producer once asked Beer & Nosh Best Of blogger Jesse Friedman to on-screen a pilot about food, or farmers' markets, or some damn thing. Nothing came of it except this bit, a 10-minute video wherein Friedman spends time at the Alemany farmers' ma ... More >>

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    May 18, 2010

    Maverick Chef Rounding Up Local Support for Gulf Coast Benefit

    Jesse Friedman/FlickrScott Youkilis.​Oops. In SF Weekly's 7-Day Dish e-newsletter, we described a benefit for leak-stricken Gulf fisherman: Mission restaurant Maverick would be setting aside proceeds May 20 for the Greater New Orleans Foundation's Gulf Coast oil spill fund. Turns out plans hav ... More >>

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    April 19, 2010

    Future of Mission Street Food in Flux

    Jesse Friedman/FlickrAnthony Myint.​Mission Street Food founder Anthony Myint is uncertain about the future of the twice-weekly pop-up featuring guest chefs, and which donates proceeds to charity. "Nothing is firm yet," Myint said by e-mail, referring to the future of the project that began in ... More >>

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    April 9, 2010

    Chad Newton's Post-Fish & Farm Projects Might Land Outside S.F.

    Jesse Friedman/FlickrChad Newton.​Scoop reported yesterday on the impending departure of Fish & Farm's Chad Newton, to collaborate with Farm founder Franz Klein on a project twofer: replicating the takeaway lunch biz American Box, and launching the classic barbecue concept Parcel. When we spok ... More >>

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    April 9, 2010

    A Photo-Stroll through the Very Jules Verne-like Anchor Brewery

    Jesse Friedman/Beer & Nosh​Our favorite morsel from the blogs. Kegwalk: Just in time for a Friday when baseball's back, and chances are, if you walked along Townsend Street's scraggly dirt-margin of bushes and withered condoms earlier today, you'd find a homeless guy blissfully pissing in the ... More >>

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    March 10, 2010

    Beer & Nosh & Frances

    Jesse Friedman/Beer & NoshFriedman's pictures sometimes work like photo reviews.​Our favorite morsel from the blogs. Screen capture: Beer & Nosh photoblogger Jesse Friedman files a crushy review of a meal at Frances. We admit it: We're seriously in love with words. But with pics that focus on ... More >>

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    February 2, 2010

    Hapa Ramen Hoping for April Launch at Ferry Plaza

    Jesse Friedman/Beer & NoshNakano (right) with homemade noodles.​The next addition to the Thursday street-food market at Ferry Plaza is likely to come in a bowl. With chopsticks. Nopa sous chef (and Linecook blogger) Richie Nakano is hoping for an April launch for Hapa Ramen, a project that's o ... More >>

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    December 1, 2009

    Doggy Bag: Livin' Large -- on Liver Crostini

    Doesn't it just seem to ooze money?​Our favorite morsel from the blogs. Beer goggles: You'd think 401(k)s hadn't been drained drier than a kegger at frat rush, the city was at full employment (the paid, legal kind), and we were all eating out to avoid the hassle of loading our dishwashers. It ... More >>

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    November 5, 2009

    Cop a Preview of Nombe's Mod Izakaya Dishes at Mission Street Food

    Jesse Friedman/BeerandNosh.comMight be worth putting up with this.​Within weeks, Nombe, a joint venture of O Izakaya's Nick Balla (along with Mari Takahashi and Gil Payne of Sozai) promises to bring a blend of traditional and contemporary izakaya food -- Japanese tapas-like dishes that go well ... More >>

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