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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tuesday Eleven: Portola Gets a Brewery Called Ferment.Drink.Repeat

Posted By on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 11:00 AM

click to enlarge Duck liver mousse at Through the Kitchen Window, a (mostly) monthly pop-up at Range on Valencia Street. - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
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  • Duck liver mousse at Through the Kitchen Window, a (mostly) monthly pop-up at Range on Valencia Street.
Plus Jackalope throws a benefit for Orlando, Ozumo Oakland has a sexy chef's tasting menu with tea-infused cocktails, and PETA's newest campaign isn't trolling us with gore this time.

There Is a New Brewery in Portola
Portola, as quote-unquote "undiscovered" a neighborhood as you'll find in San Francisco, hit the foodie map a few years ago when Four Barrel opened a carbon-neutral coffee outpost there. Now, it's got a brewery: Ferment.Drink.Repeat (2636 San Bruno Avenue), whose kid- and dog-friendly tap room has seven beers on tap at the moment, but by the grand opening (Saturday, June 25, from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.) it'll be up to 10. Look for food, music, brewery tours, and more.

The San Francisco Lamb Jam Is Sunday, July 17
With categories like “Best in Show,” “People’s Choice,” and “Best Mediterranean, Asian, Latin and Middle Eastern inspired dishes,” 11 chefs will compete in the Seventh Annual San Francisco Lamb Jam on Sunday, July 17 from 3-6 p.m. at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio (135 Fisher Loop) against returning champion Chef Sophina Uong of Calavera, who won top marks in 2015 for her Spicy Burmese Lamb and Ginger Salad. Brandon Rice of Rich Table, Pierre Tumlin of Hog & Rocks, Robert McCarthy of Thirstybear Brewing, and Wesley Saw of Presidio Social Club will all be tearing it up. Oh, and by the way, I'm one of the judges.

Lo-Fi Aperitifs' Vermouths and Amaro Are Here
A collaboration between Quaker City Mercantile and Gallo, Lo-Fi Aperitifs emerged when some bar pros realized that dusted-off classic cocktail recipes didn't necessarily mesh with contemporary vermouths and amaros. Bottled in Napa and launched last year, Lo-Fi's Sweet Vermouth, Dry Vermouth, and Gentian Amaro blends California wine and botanicals, and their use at places like Trick Dog and Benjamin Cooper augurs a return to the era when martinis consisted of half spirit, half vermouth. 

TOMORROW: Jackalope's Guest Bartender All-Stars Benefit for Orlando
Jackalope (1092 Post) is throwing a charity guest bartending event tomorrow evening, June 22, from 5 p.m. until closing. Former staffers and friends of the bar are all taking turns, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to LGBTQ groups in Orlando.

Numi Tea Pairing Dinner at Ozumo Oakland Thursday Night
Wine- and beer-paired dinners are a dime a dozen but this Thursday, June 23, Ozumo Oakland will host its neighbors Numi Tea for a $90, six-course tasting menu with tea-infused cocktails and dishes by Executive Chef Dennis Imazumi. Look for gyu tataki with seared washu guy, spicy Asian greens, and green Rooibois vinaigrette jidori with Amber tea sun-marinated chicken breast, and more. 

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Tillamook Tour Hits Craftsman & Wolves Tomorrow
Having launched a line of super-premium ice creams, Tillamook will wrap up a tour of the Bay Area with stops at the Marina location of Craftsman & Wolves (1643 Pacific, Wednesday, June 22, 2-6 p.m.) and Oakland's Lost & Found (2040 Telegraph, Thursday, June 23, 4-6 p.m.) and the outdoor screening of The Devil Wears Prada at Jack London Square (Thursday, June 23, 8 p.m.) Look for flavors like TCHO Double Dark Chocolate Farm-style Gelato, Oregon Marionberry Cheesecake Frozen Custard, Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee Ice Cream, and California Pistachio Farmstyle Gelato 

The Art of Coffee
Stumptown Coffee, contemporary art, and Firebrand breads are all available at Oakland's Tertulia Coffee an Sanchez Contemporary Art (1951 Telegraph), which, according to Inside Scoop, focuses on young emerging artists of color in an industrial space designed by the same firm that's worked on many Blue Bottle locations. (For its part, Firebrand has hired Tommy Schnell, most recently of Coi, to be its executive chef and revamp the menu.)

Poke, Poke, Poke
It's not stopping! Hoodline reports that two FiDi locations are shortly to become poke restaurants, Poke Cali at 36 Battery St. and Ohana Poke Bar at 605 Kearny St. Neither is open yet, but you know that they will not be alone for long once they raise the portcullis.

Hanlin Tea Room Serving Taiwanese Food and Drink in Chinatown
According to Hoodline, Hanlin Tea Room (801 Kearney) is sort of softly open in anticipation of a grand opening on July 2. It is in fact a corporate chain, but with Samovars closing around town, we can spread some love. The menu contains items like osmanthus green tea, Chinese noodles, Taiwanese specialty foods like pig tendon in four herbal soup, and eggplant with sesame oil.

End of the Embargo May Turn Cuba into a Have of Organic Farming
The New York Times reports that "Cuba .. is a rare oasis of organic and sustainable agriculture. For reasons of politics, geography and philosophy, the nation was forced to abandon much of its large-scale, chemical-based farming and replace it with a network of smaller farms and more natural methods." Sugar, of course, is the most obvious export candidate, but there's a gold rush mentality covering other crops, too. This is a weird intersection of American corporate investment and Cuba's ability to enrich itself.

PETA Did Something Not the Least Bit Awful and Offensive and I Kind of Like It
For Pride — of which they are a sponsor — PETA teamed up with Alan Cumming and other LGBT vegan celebs to launch a new shirt with the message "Not a Dairy Queen." It's pretty cute!

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Peter Lawrence Kane

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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