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Dining, SFoodie Weekly Sake Classes at Corkage Explore Rice's Potential

Weekly Sake Classes at Corkage Explore Rice's Potential

White unblemished purity: Such is the innocuous nature of the perfect grain of rice. But set a colony of koji spores, another of yeast, a master sake brewer, and his staff of loyal minions loose on the ivory pearls, and…
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Dining, SFoodie Drank, Drunk: Drink

Drank, Drunk: Drink

DRINK: SF Weekly's Beer, Wine, and Cocktail Tasting Where: Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason (at California), 772-5000 When: Sat., Mar. 12, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $50 general admission, $75 VIP early admission; see below for a $20 SFoodie discount The rundown: We're…
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Dining, SFoodie The Best Oktoberfest Beer? Our Panel Decides

The Best Oktoberfest Beer? Our Panel Decides

In honor of the 200th anniversary of the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, better known today as the derivation of Oktoberfest, this month's blind tasting panel lined up samples of Festbiers. Over six million people will…
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Dining, SFoodie Yoshi's Joy of Sake Aims to Demystify Rice Wine

Yoshi's Joy of Sake Aims to Demystify Rice Wine

Sake is one of those beverages with a ninja shroud of mystery for us. Maybe it's the striking kanji-script labels ― more art pieces than legible branding ― or the many styles and rules that make sake seem so unapproachable.…
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Dining, SFoodie Jug Shop Lines Up Two Sweet Little Sour Beer Tastings

Jug Shop Lines Up Two Sweet Little Sour Beer Tastings

Unless you've been living in a lagering cave in the Czech Republic (or the Midwest), or just traveled here from the turn of this century, sour beers are all the rage. Just ask the Paper of Record. In case you…
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Dining, SFoodie Tomorrow's Trappist Tasting: Same Beer, Five Different Yeasts

Tomorrow's Trappist Tasting: Same Beer, Five Different Yeasts

Some people think beer makes them funnier. Others think it makes them sexier, more interesting, or even all-powerful, depending on how much they drink. But what about beer that actually makes you smarter? Danish brewery Mikkeller (actually, roving Danish brewer…
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Dining, SFoodie Tasting Blind: Rating Summer Fruit Beers

Tasting Blind: Rating Summer Fruit Beers

For August's blind tasting, following up on last month's focus on summer beers (a way to ward off the season's cold, mentally anyway), we lined up a mixed bag of fruit beers befitting summer sipping. Though fruit beers are typically…
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Dining, SFoodie Tasting Blind: Our Panel Rates Summer Beers

Tasting Blind: Our Panel Rates Summer Beers

For this month's blind beer-tasting, rather than focus on a specific style, and since we just celebrated the solstice with on-again, off-again warm weather, we lined up a mixed six-pack of seasonal summer beers. Here's how the Brewers Association's CraftBeer.com…
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Dining, SFoodie Our Blind Tasting of Pale Ales Reveals Wide Disparity

Our Blind Tasting of Pale Ales Reveals Wide Disparity

For this month's blind beer-tasting, we're not going beyond the pale ― we're going right to it. Made with lightly roasted malts, pale ales originated in England as a mellow alternative to dark mild and porter ales. They might have…
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Dining, SFoodie Slow Food S.F. Kicks Off Ingredient Series with Chile Tasting

Slow Food S.F. Kicks Off Ingredient Series with Chile Tasting

Masochistic chile-heads take note: On April 13, Slow Food San Francisco is kicking off a new series called ― rather unimaginatively ― Pantry Item Tastings. In this inaugural installment, the "item" at issue is the hot pepper. If you drown…
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Dining, SFoodie Uva Enoteca Refresher Course: Introduction to Italian Wines

Uva Enoteca Refresher Course: Introduction to Italian Wines

This Saturday, July 19, the Italian wine/cheese/meat purveyors extraordinaire at Uva Enoteca (568 Haight at Steiner) continue their series of wine education classes with a refresher Introduction to Italian Wines. It covers the fundamentals winemaking, wine tasting, and some…
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Dining, SFoodie Bacar's Sommelier Supper Goes To Provence

Bacar's Sommelier Supper Goes To Provence

This Sunday, May 18th marks the return of the Sommelier Supper at Bacar (448 Brannan at Fourth St.) in SoMa. Come chill with Wine Director Mickey Clevenger as he swings open his chest of fermented goodies, giving us mere…
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