Plus Blue Bottle takes over a Lower Haight cafe space, Half Moon Brewery rolls out its quadrennial electoral beers, and the Business Times profiles a sugar plant you've likely driven past many times.
[jump] The Second Bayview Uncorked Happens Tuesday
Next Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 5-9 p.m., vintners, brewers and other food-related businesses will gather at 3rd Street Gallery (4716 Third St.) for the second annual Bayview Uncorked, an event devoted to showcasing the industrial-and-residential neighborhood's best eats and drinks. Tickets are $25-$40, and once you check in, you proceed to eat at Auntie's April, Old Skool Cafe, or Radio Africa & Kitchen.
Blue Bottle Taking Over Lower Haight Cafe Space
Hoodline confirms that Blue Bottle Coffee will in fact take over the former Bean There Cafe at 201 Steiner. Or they'll try — with locations worldwide, the chain will need to apply for a conditional use permit.
Woodbury Hosts a Whisky Vs. Mezcal Showdown
Macallan Distillery's Brian MacGregor and Woodbury bartender Zack Saffron will go head-to-head to determine for all time which is the greater spirit: whisky or mezcal. Cocktails will run the gamut from slushes to the stirred-and-shaken variety, and it all goes down Monday, Aug. 8, 7-10 p.m. at Woodbury (685 Third St.)
Anchor's Drink Steam Week Is Aug. 14-21
The inaugural Steam Week happened last year by mayoral proclamation, and it's back on Aug. 14 with a kick-off party at Anchor's Beer Garden at The Yard, followed by events all week at the Stern Grove Festival, San Franpsycho, and elsewhere.
Half Moon Bay Brewing Company Gets Into the Election
I don't know about you, but this election is driving me to drink (although I am currently cheers'ing FiveThirtyEight's Now-cast). Half Moon Bay Brewing has rolled out commemorative bottles of Alection IPA labeled in red and blue to honor Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. They'll be available as of Aug. 15, and the $12 SuperPACK includes two beers plus coasters and a ballot so you can vote for the winner. (The brewery did the same thing in 2008 and 2012, and whaddya know, Obama won both times.) So go forth, get really drunk on good beer, and argue about politics!
Humphry Slocombe Gets a Food Truck
It's named Betty, which I'm assuming doubles down on Humphry Slocombe's reference to Are You Being Served?, from which the hard-to-Google ice cream shop got its name. (Mrs. Slocombe's first name is Betty.) You can find it this weekend at Outside Lands.
The Dorian Decides That Wednesday Is a Pretty Good Day After All…
The Dorian (2001 Chestnut) has begun offering a $20 Burger, Bourbon & Brew special every Wednesday beginning at 4:30 p.m. In exchange for an Andrew Jackson or his equivalent in U.S. currency, you can get a Dorian Burger (made with bacon jam, white cheddar, caramelized onion, Little Gem lettuce, and fancy sauce), a shot of bourbon, and a glass of Fort Point Kolsch.
…And So Does Capo's
This one is whiskey-related as well: Capo's (641 Vallejo) has spruced up Humpday with Whisky and Wing Wednesdays, in which you can get $7 BBQ bourbon wings, $10 Chicken BBQ Bourbon Pizza, $5 house whiskey shots, and $5 whiskey punch. It happens from 5-8 p.m. and it's only available at the bar or to-go. (Mmmm … bourbon-to-go).
La Mar Cebicheria Throws a Pisco Party
On Thursday, Aug. 18, from 6:30-10 p.m., the back patio of La Mar Cebicheria (Pier 1.5, The Embarcadero) will become the site of a Pisco party. Tickets are currently $49 (but the prices go up as of Aug. 15) and in addition to music from Sang Matiz, you get unlimited Pisco Sours and Peruvian appetizers.
Flour & Co. Closes
Eater reports that Flour & Co. (1398 University Ave., Berkeley) has shut down its cafe space after only 10 months, in an effort to save a profitable catering kitchen and the San Francisco location at 1030 Hyde Streets.
A Profile of That Sugar Plant You Always Pass by When Driving on I-80 to Vallejo
The Business Times sniffs around C&H Sugar in Crockett, which refines 14 percent of all the cane sugar in the United States. It's had a dubious environmental history, but it's right out of the era when people worked at one plant their whole lives. I like this quote from a guy who sounds like a true industry vet: “They're a real good, solid, full line producer … They don't just make the regular granulated sugar, they make the large-grain and the powdered sugar as well.”