Drink Here Now: Dirty Friday, Boozy Milkshakes, and Virtuous Vino


'Tis the season to have another drink.

Dirty Habit Opens Early on Black Friday

There's no way we could possibly survive a Black Friday shopping trip without a drink or three. Lucky for us, Dirty Habit will be opening at noon this Friday for "Dirty Friday." You'll find us at the bar, soothing our frazzled nerves with $2 cups of Cinnamon Toast Punch, made with cachaca, amaro, milk and cinnamon. We might even nosh on a few of the $3 treats, including lamb belly with black vinegar and peanuts, Mt. Lassen trout with lavash and crème fraiche, macarons with lemon verbena ice cream, and yuzu popsicles with coffee and caramel. Dirty Friday will also feature a wide range of beers ranging from $2 to $10, and a full menu of cocktails starting at $10. Dirty Habit's regular menu will take over again at 5pm, so plan your shopping safety break accordingly. 12 Fourth Street

Magnolia Releases Annual Winter Warmer Ale

'Tis the season for Winter Warmer Ale, Magnolia Brewery's annual holiday beer. This English strong ale has a deep mahogany color; a wide range of nutty, caramel, toffee, raisin, and dark fruit notes from the malt, and a fairly subdued hop character to let the malt shine. Following the tradition of releasing the seaosal brew on the day before Thanksgiving (just in time for the dreaded—or eagerly anticipated—arrival of the family) Magnolia owner and brewmaster Dave McLean just released the seasonal brew Wednesday, November 26. Drop by with dad tonight, and be sure to bring along your growler so you can take some home for the big feast. You can find Winter Warmer Ale on tap at both Magnolia locations (1398 Haight, 2505 3rd Street) and at the Alembic (1725 Haight). 

Adult Milkshakes at TAP(415)

There's a new lounge located "Under the Dome" of the Westfield San Francisco Center, on the fourth floor, and inside you'll find 20 taps dispensing 12 different beers, 6 different wines, and 2 different cocktails. But what really excites us about TAP(415) is the adult milkshakes, featuring ice cream made on site. We can't wait to try all four flavors. The 415 Slide consists of Bailey's Irish Cream, espresso liqueur, malt powder, stout, and vanilla ice cream. Mojitos Anonymous is made from rum, mint sorbet, lime sorbet, and fresh mint. Smoke in the Morning features smoked scotch, coffee ice cream, whipped cream, and hazelnut brittle. The Northwest is an eclectic combination of maraschino liqueur, gin, blueberry sorbet, lime sorbet, and cracked pepper. Essentially a modern beer garden, TAP(415) seats 140 people at wooden tables in a black and orange-accented interior with a dozen televisions and mobile charging areas at the bar and at every table. 845 Market Street

Sake Class at Yuzuki Japanese Eatery

Wish you knew more about sake but not sure whom to ask? Sign up for this Sunday sake class, hosted by Yuzuki Japanese Eatery, from 4 to 5pm. Taught by sake sommelier Yoshihiro Sako, the class will include tastings from one of each of the four main categories of sake along with a discussion of the sake-making process and different flavor characteristics. Students will also review the relationship between sake and umami, and discern the difference between wine and sake. Tickets are available online for $40 person. 598 Guerrero

Drink Wine and Help a Family at OneUP Restaurant & Lounge

Enjoy your vino with a side of virtuousness at OneUP Lounge & Restaurant through December 20. Guests are invited to drink wine to give a local family from Family House a holiday stay at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco, complete with dinner and surprise gifts. Simply order any wine from the Save Me, San Francisco Wine Co. portfolio —a wine brand helmed by Train guitarist Jimmy Stafford—and proceeds will help host a family with a seriously ill child who is receiving treatment at University of California Benioff Children’s Hospital. Save Me San Francisco wines are priced at $11 per glass and $45 per bottle and include selections such as Soul Sister Pinot Noir and Calling All Angels Chardonnay. 345 Stockton St, in the Grand Hyatt San Francisco


Send drinking suggestions to renee@grassrootspr.com.


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