Thursday Seven: Drink Unlimited Craft Beer on a WWII-Era Ship

Plus the Elbo Room’s closure date established, the Hotel Nikko celebrates National Dog Day tomorrow, and someone may have figured out the Colonel’s secret recipe of 11 herbs and spices.

Brews on the Bay Returns Sept. 17 

A World War II-era merchant marine ship docked at Pier 45, the SS Jeremiah O’Brien will once again become the site of the SF Brewers Guild’s Brews on the Bay on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 1-5 p.m. Look for 70-plus beers from Bay Area craft breweries like Harmonic, Black Sands, Almanac, Laughing Monk, Magnolia and dozens more. Tickets are $55 for GA, $95 for VIP, and pours are unlimited.

TOMORROW: Hotel Nikko’s National Dog Paw-ty

Tomorrow, Aug. 26, from noon – 3:30 p.m., the newly renovated fifth-floor rooftop (and dog run) at the Hotel Nikko (222 Mason) will throw a party for National Dog Day. There will be treats and beverages for adults and humans, plus various other goodies, courtesy of the hotel’s canine operating officer, Buster. RSVP here, and take your furry friend out for lunch.

RIP In Advance, Elbo Room

It’s official. Mission Local reports that the Elbo Room (647 Valencia) will disappear on January 1, 2018 to make elbow room for condos. Everyone, all together now: Barf.

Nico’s Low-Proof Cocktail Class

One-Michelin-starred Presidio Heights French restaurant Nico (3228 Sacramento) serves a lot of low-ABV cocktails, and its beverage director Maz Naba wants to help you make your own. (Y’know, for when you’ve had a mildly rough day.) Using sake to replicate the feel of higher-alcohol equivalents, on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 6 p.m., participants will learn this valuable art while chowing down on some noshes. Tickets are $45 and there’s only eight spots.

Forgery and Chef Howard Ko Take Over Balboa Cafe Mill Valley For a High-End Mexican Pop-Up

Chef Howard Ko (formerly of The Restaurant at Meadowood and The French Laundry) and the team from SoMa cocktail bar Forgery (1525 Mission) will take over Balboa Cafe Mill Valley (38 Miller Ave.) this Sunday, Aug. 28 for a pop-up called A Journey Through Mexico that involves lots of elote, carne asada beff tartare, and mezcal tastings. It’s the last two-day weekend of the summer, which is a good enough made-up excuse to get out of the city for a bit.

Startup Creates Milk Without Milk

A company called Perfect Day wants to create an animal-free dairy milk that can be used in turn to create products like ice cream and cheese. This, the Business Times says, “is possible because the company’s product is made from real milk proteins (casein and whey) derived from yeast through a process akin to craft brewing.” Neat-o.

People Might Have Figured Out KFC’s Recipe

“The company says the original handwritten recipe is housed in a 770-pound safe encased in two feet of concrete and guarded by video cameras and motion detectors,” says The New York Times, adding that “Kentucky Fried Chicken takes any threat to its secret recipe very seriously, and in the past has sued to keep it under wraps.” Seems like the key ingredient might be white pepper.

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