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Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Caskhouse Opens: Noe Valley beer fans now have a bar of their very own; Caskhouse (which was supposed to be called Crafthouse, but got a name change after Tom Colicchio of Craft sent a cease-and-desist letter) is now open, with six California draft beers ($7 a pint) like CaliCraft Cali Kolsch, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, and Drake's Robusto Porter, as well as several wines by the glass ($10-12) and a handful of bottled and canned brews. Hearty food offerings include housemade salt and pepper chips ($4) and porter-braised beef short ribs ($8). (Tuesday-Friday, 4 pm-12 am and Saturday-Sunday, 2 pm-12 am; 3853 24th St., Noe Valley.) 

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

Each week, we offer a roundup of the best literary events in the city. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Want to submit an upcoming event for consideration? Go here.

Nick Flynn (The Reenactments)

Friday, January 25, 7 pm, at St. Cyprian's (2097 Turk St.)

We all speculate about who would play us in the movie of our life, but what happens when the movie of your life actually gets made-- and documents the most painful experiences you've ever gone through, to boot? Nick Flynn watched from the sidelines as his memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City became the movie Being Flynn. As Julianne Moore and Robert DeNiro took on the roles of his suicidal mother and homeless father, Flynn learned about himself and began to process his grief. Flynn's reading, presented by Booksmith, The Rumpus, and St. Cyprian's, will include an interview with Rebecca Solnit and music from Cass McCombs and Penelope Houston. Tickets are $10, and all proceeds will support DISH, which aims to secure affordable housing for the homeless. 

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Wine Kitchen Opens: The Divisadero corridor has a new place to sip a glass of vino; Wine Kitchen, which opened last week, has an enormous selection of wines from around the globe, including four local draft wines ($9-12), two draft beers ($5-6), and more than 40 bottles (ranging from $30 for an Italian Prosecco to $110 for Billecart-Salmon champagne). The "kitchen" part of the equation is also very much in play; the owners have worked at Commonwealth, Bar Tartine, and Spruce, and their menu includes gourmet offerings like crispy sweetbreads, tuna crudo, and mushroom tempura. (Bar: Monday-Saturday, 4:30-11 pm; kitchen: 5:30-10 pm; 560 Divisadero St., Western Addition/NOPA.) 

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

Each week, we offer a roundup of the best literary events in the city. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Want to submit an upcoming event for consideration? Go here.

A Celebration of the Adobe Bookshop

Wednesday, January 15, 7 pm, at Adobe Books (3166 16th St.)

Long-running Mission bookstore Adobe is in danger of closing, but a group of concerned readers is attempting to convert it into a member-run, collective bookstore, gallery, and art space. To celebrate Adobe's life so far, three of SF's most acclaimed authors, Stephen Elliott (The Rumpus), Michelle Tea (Valencia), and Rebecca Solnit (A Paradise Built in Hell), will all read, and information about the new project will be distributed for those looking to join the cause. Check out the Facebook event page for more info. 

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Trick Dog Opens: Multiple years in the making, the new bar from Hot 30 recipients the Bon Vivants (which shares the Central Kitchen and Salumeria space at 20th and Florida) is a custom-designed labor of love. The Bon Vivants, who also own SOMA's Rio Grande and devised the cocktail menus for everywhere from Quince to Comal, took inspiration from the Pantone color palette for their own menu, with offerings like the Pantone 7621 (bourbon, Combier, Kummel, beet juice, ginger and lemon) and the Baby Turtle (left; tequila, Campari, grapefruit, cinnamon, lime, egg white). There's also a menu of highballs and non-alcoholic drinks, plus beer and wine. The kitchen is open until 2 am, serving eclectic bar food like fried pork belly bites, kale salad, and Scotch eggs-- you'll never be without a classy late-night bite in the Mission again. (Daily, 3 pm-2 am, 3010 20th St., Mission.) 

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

Each week, we offer a roundup of the best literary events in the city. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Want to submit an upcoming event for consideration? Go here.

Jojo Moyes (Me Before You

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Bay Area Brew Fest: Get warmed up for Beer Week next month by hitting this fourth annual celebration of craft beer at Fort Mason. The $40 admission ($50 VIP) includes unlimited tastings from dozens of breweries, including Ballast Point, Almanac, Heretic, Pacific Brewing Laboratory, Sierra Nevada, Deschutes, Uncommon Brewers, Lagunitas, Speakeasy, Firestone Walker, Bitch Creek, Ninkasi, Rogue, and more. Food trucks like Doc's of the Bay and Bombzies BBQ will be on-site, and Three Twins Ice Cream will be offering a special Lagunitas flavor. Get your tickets here. (Saturday, January 5, 2-6 pm, at Fort Mason Building A, Marina Blvd. and Buchanan St., Marina.) 

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Bad Santa's Christmas Industry Party: The folks at Tacolicious' sister tequila bar Mosto are hosting a Monday-night holiday bash for folks in the restaurant and bar industry, but everyone is invited. Good thing, because they're offering $7 St. George Spirits and Del Maguey mezcal cocktails like the Elf Offender (bourbon, mezcal, Aztec bitters, agave), the Vixen (gin, mezcal, grilled pineapple, mint, agave, lime, Jarritos tamarindo soda), and Saint Rompope (a Mexican eggnog with rum, bourbon, mezcal, and other fixings). They'll also have a raffle, and holiday-themed costumes are encouraged. (Monday, December 17, 6:30-11 pm, at Mosto, 741 Valencia St., Mission.) 

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Each week, we offer a roundup of the best literary events in the city. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Want to submit an upcoming event for consideration? Go here.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder)

Tuesday, December 11, 7 pm, at the JCCSF (3200 California St.)

Taleb's The Black Swan was a hit in business circles, and in his newest work, he explains how individuals and companies can survive and thrive during the kind of cataclysmic events profiled in that book. Like its predecessor, Antifragile is iconoclastic, far-reaching, innovatively constructed, and generally irascible, but still packed with intriguing ideas about the unintentional consequences of events that can't be predicted or anticipated. Tickets are $25 ($45 premium) for the general public, $20 ($40 premium) for members, and $15 for students. 

Anchor's New Hophead Vodka Takes Its Cues from Beer

Hophead Vodka

SF's own Anchor Brewing Company has a worldwide reputation as the locus of the current craft beer movement, but many fans of Anchor's brews may not know that founder Fritz Maytag was also a trendsetter in craft distilling. Since 1993, a micro-distillery located on the Mariposa Street brewery's ground floor has put out a small, well-curated selection of handmade hooch.

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