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Dining, Eat What's Driving San Francisco's Latest Brewing Boom?

What's Driving San Francisco's Latest Brewing Boom?

Right before SF Beer Week began in February, Jesse Friedman of Almanac Brewing Co. wrote a blog post for SF Weekly excoriating local beer culture. "I'm going to go out on a limb and express an unpopular opinion: The San…
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Dining, Eat Rising Tide: The New Local Grain Economy Could Bring Delicious Results

Rising Tide: The New Local Grain Economy Could Bring Delicious Results

Local grains are so hot right now. At least that was the premise of my cover story last week on the rise of artisanal flour (yes, it's a thing; no, it's not as ridiculous as it sounds). We live in…
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Dining, Eat

Biere de Chocolate: Almanac and Dandelion's New Blend

We had the pleasure of trying Almanac Beer Co.'s new Biere de Chocolat, a robust porter made in conjunction with so-hot-right-now Dandelion chocolate. The beer smells like rich, dark cocoa, but its flavor isn't as sweet as you might expect…
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Dining, SFoodie William Pilz of Hapa SF Takes Over SodaCraft

William Pilz of Hapa SF Takes Over SodaCraft

SFoodie was leaving the Ferry Plaza farmers market this afternoon when we noticed a familiar face behind the SodaCraft stand: William Pilz, owner of modern Filipino food truck Hapa SF. Pilz, it turns out, has just taken over production of…
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Dining, SFoodie Almanac Beer Debuts Bottles, Parties Hard

Almanac Beer Debuts Bottles, Parties Hard

We've been waiting with bated breath for the inaugural release from San Francisco's Almanac Beer Co. and our Zenlike patience is about to pay off in a big way. At the end of the month, all 309 cases of the…
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Dining, SFoodie SodaCraft Coming to the Ferry Plaza Market

SodaCraft Coming to the Ferry Plaza Market

Jesse Friedman, aka Beer and Nosh, aka the soon-to-be-released Almanac Beer, just announced on his blog this morning that he has a third alias: SodaCraft. We've written about Friedman's experiments with making ginger ale and other seasonal sodas for the…
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Dining, SFoodie Local Brewer Jesse Friedman Now Slinging Soda Pop

Local Brewer Jesse Friedman Now Slinging Soda Pop

When life gives you empty kegs and you want to make a family-friendly beverage, make soda. Jesse Friedman (of Beer and Nosh and Almanac Beer Co.) knew he was onto something while attending a friend's wedding. Despite offering a unique…
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Dining, SFoodie Styles-Bending Beer Dinner at The Summit

Styles-Bending Beer Dinner at The Summit

Outside the Lines Where: The Summit, 780 Valencia (at 19th St.), 861-5330 When: Mon., Feb. 14, 7 p.m. Cost: $100 (includes tax and service); a portion of the proceeds is slated for The Food Pantry The rundown: We're a city…
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Dining, SFoodie Old Oak Becomes Almanac Beer Co., Plans February Release

Old Oak Becomes Almanac Beer Co., Plans February Release

When Brian Yaeger introduced SFoodie readers to Old Oak Beer Co. a couple months back, the much-anticipated "farm-to-barrel" ale was waiting patiently in oak wine barrels, mingling with fresh Sonoma County blackberries. While nothing has changed about the beer company's…
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Dining, SFoodie New Taste Marketplace Seeks Vendors for Foodie Fundraisers

New Taste Marketplace Seeks Vendors for Foodie Fundraisers

Maybe only Brooklyn can vie with the Bay Area to boast the nation's stiffest concentration of home-based food talent. Then again, maybe the opportunities for DIY sales just happen to be thicker here, from the flea-market scene of the Underground…
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Dining, SFoodie With Old Oak Beer Co., Local Beer Blogger Turns Brewmaster

With Old Oak Beer Co., Local Beer Blogger Turns Brewmaster

Old Oak Beer Co. is on course to be licensed by the ABC (Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control) one of these days. Founded by Beer & Nosh blogger/beer dinner purveyor/beer porn photog Jesse Friedman ― along with partner Damian Fagan,…
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