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Friday, June 5, 2015

Quirky, Casual, Elegant: Resolute!

Posted By on Fri, Jun 5, 2015 at 8:00 AM

click to enlarge Patrons enjoying drinks at Resolute. - ERIC S. BURKETT
  • Eric S. Burkett
  • Patrons enjoying drinks at Resolute.

For some folks, drinking a glass of wine is just drinking a glass of wine. Sadly, there are people who treat beer the same way. It's a beverage. It has alcohol. What else do you need?

But for others, wines and beers are forms of exploration, pathways to new sensations and experiences. For these people, for these worthy people, there is Resolute.

I stopped by the new bar/wine shop (whose name evokes an ill-fated British naval vessel) on a Tuesday evening and found about half a dozen people seated near the bar's enormous windows. Two more sat at the bar itself, lingering over wine, while the bar's two owners, Daniel Brooker and Justin Beem, stood behind the counter, chatting and serving drinks.

Resolute, which opened in early May, is elegant but casual. It's open and comfortable, and warmly lit; its enormous windows open the place up, allowing you to take in the street scene while sitting comfortably in a quiet environment, perfect for conversation. Most important, it has an eclectic and thoughtful selection of wines, available by the glass or the bottle. More notable still is the fact that you can buy the wine to take away. Resolute does bill itself as a bar/wine shop after all.

click to enlarge CO-OWNER DANIEL BROOKER WORKS BEHIND THE BAR.
  • Co-owner Daniel Brooker works behind the bar.
Beem and Brooker largely focus their selections on wines from small-scale vintners making less than 10,000 cases, shuffling in new wines on a constant basis. Consequently, said Brooker, Resolute's wine menu changes almost daily, which means he spends a fair amount of time updating and printing out new menus.

The results, however, are on display in an attractive back-lit bay of shelves, exhibiting wines from around the world, from the quirky Love & Squalor pinot noir from Oregon, to the comparatively staid Clos des Menuts Saint-Emilion Grand Cru. Prices for various bottles, at least as of Tuesday's menu, ranged from $19-$78.

Not a wine drinker? The two men, friends for the past five years, give beer the same treatment, and their selection of eight draft beers varies just as much. The beer they serve is fresh, very fresh, very local — and kegged and shipped to their bar on the same day. And, as with their wines, they search out interesting, small producers. If they still have Altamont's New Kids on the Hops on tap, hoppy but crisp and refreshing, try it.

Resolute offers a simple menu of charcuterie and cheese to accompany their selections. In addition to their regular “Happiness Hour” they also have industry nights, Sunday through Tuesday, for folks in the food service industry. There are discounts and you don't have to show a business card.

Resolute, 678 Geary, no phone.



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