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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Wednesday Eight: Almanac Beer Now Comes In Cans!

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click to enlarge Sen. Bernie Sanders with Sightglass co-founder Jerad Morrison and others. - SIGHTGLASS COFFEE
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  • Sen. Bernie Sanders with Sightglass co-founder Jerad Morrison and others.
Plus Bernie Sanders had coffee at Sightglass (and bussed his own dishes)!

Almanac Releases Fresh Beer Series of Four Canned Brews
In time for summer, Almanac Beer Co. has released four new and revamped beers in a new packaging: cans. The Fresh Beer Series consists of Craft Pilsner, Mandarina, San Francisco IPA, and Saison Dolores, and you'll be able to drink them in six-packs and on tap by mid-summer throughout Almanac's standard distribution area. If the IPA and Saison Dolores already sound familiar to Almanac fans, brewmaster Jesse Friedman tells us that they "Share a name, but that's about it." He used a "new malt, new yeast, new hops, and new fermentation plan" so that they've been "completely rebuilt." 

Bernie Sighting at Sightglass

Sen. Bernie Sanders stopped at Sightglass Coffee on Seventh Street yesterday afternoon for a "quick cup and a coffee cake," while his wife Jane ordered a cappuccino. According to reps from Sightglass, the presidential candidate chatted with co-founder Jerad Morrison and said, "The coffee's great. Tell me about this crumble cake" before posing for pics with staff and patrons. And apparently, the senator with the notoriously unkempt hair cleans up after himself: He bussed his own dishes after leaving.

Oakland Veg Week Looks to Demonstrate That Veganism Isn't Just for Crunchy White People
According to the East Bay Express, the fifth annual Oakland Veg Week (May 15-21) has set its sights on taco trucks in Fruitvale because "Latinos are a demographic vegans have largely overlooked." By connecting plant-heavy diets to social justice issues, the organizers hope to spread the word and if you roll your eyes at that, surely you can get behind a the screening of a Lithuanian short film "about people who form friendships with turkeys" at New Parkway.

Boxcar Theatre's The Speakeasy Returns in August
Two years after completing its first run, Boxcar Theatre's The Speakeasy will come back for another go at recreating a Prohibition-era cocktail den, this time in a yet-to-be-disclosed space on the border of Chinatown and North Beach enabling it to triple in size. According to Eater, The Speakeasy was "an elaborately staged nightclub from 1923 interacting with bartenders, servers, and performers who are actually actors, each playing their own pre-set role in the story." That sounds good enough to make us want to repeal the 21st Amendment.

Prison Strikers in Alabama Claim Slavery-Like Conditions
Prisoners in an overcrowded Alabama facility claim that their demands for fairer treatment (i.e. an end to de facto slavery) have been met by the weaponization of their meals. According to The Intercept, "One picture shows a meal made of two slices of white bread, cereal, a slice of yellow cheese, artificial sugar and a brown sauce the inmate said was prune stew. Another meal was made up of two slices of white bread, an apple, and an unrecognizable white mixture wrapped in plastic." Nasty.

Gaspar Brasserie Throws Itself a Wine Dinner For Its Anniversary
Next Friday, May 20, at 7 p.m., Gaspar Brasserie (185 Sutter) will team up with Berkeley's Donkey & Goat Winery on a dinner showcasing a variety of new wines. Each of Chef Adam Nichol's four courses pairs with a new release, like a local halibut tartare with preserved citrus, apriums, creme fraiche, basil, and espellette with Sluice, a white blend. Tickets are $80.

Donald Trump Says Budweiser Is Now Called America Because of Him
I mean, duh. Of course he did.

Poultry Workers Aren't Allowed to Pee, So They Wear Diapers
This isn't in the Global South. It's in the American South.  It's Mississippi, to be precise, and of course the company is Koch Foods (via Grubstreet).


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Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.

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