This year's SF Beer Week saw 2600 people and almost 70 locally crafted beer companies pack SoMa's Concourse Exhibition Center. New beer gardens are popping up from Hayes Valley (Biergarten) to the Mission (Southern Pacific Brewing Company), and there are fancy beer restaurants like Monk's Kettle spinoff Abbot's Cellar en route. Artisan beer is the new cupcake. But it's worth noting a handful of San Francisco restaurants have been giving beer its due dilligence for quite some time.
If you’re looking for something to have with a tri tip, you might want to try this,” suggested Craig Wathen, the owner of City Beer Store in SoMa, as he handed me a .75-liter bottle of Sierra Nevada’s Ovila Abbey Dubbel off the shelf—a specimen big enough to contend with a bottle of wine. “It’s a hearty dubbel, almost chewy, but it’s got enough tartness from the hops to cut through the juice of a steak.”
You deserve a drink for making it through the week. The party people at L.O.W. (Look Out Weekend) are hosting a shindig at Vessel to celebrate their one-year anniversary. Skip out of the office early, throw on your dancing shoes and start your weekend off with a live performance by locally-based rap mash duo Lazer Sword with DJ Huggs, followed by Pance Party and Pony P on the turntables. Buy a Fernet or Correlejo shot, get a free beer for the chase. $6 cocktails, $3 beers and snacks provided compliments of Bar Crudo. Hot party, hot people, cheap drinks and no cover. We'll see you there.
Friday, June 19, 4 - 9 p.m., Vessel, 85 Campton Place (off Stockton between Sutter and Post).
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As a chef, one of my favorite things to do is go out for dinner. I hate the thought of cooking at home—hate hate hate! I figure if I spend 60-plus hours a week in a restaurant, one of my luxuries when I am not at work is to have someone else cook my dinner. So, behold, my list of places I go on my night off.