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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, SFoodie Pairing Beer with Argentinean Cuisine at Lolinda

Pairing Beer with Argentinean Cuisine at Lolinda

The new Mission restaurant Lolinda offers California twists on Argentinean cuisine. We were particularly thrilled to discover that the beer list was curated by Master Cicerone, brewer, and beer consultant extraordinaire Rich Higgins. Higgins created the opening beer menu, which…
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Dining, SFoodie Beer 'Week' Ends Sunday. Begin Your Grand Finale Today, Day 9

Beer 'Week' Ends Sunday. Begin Your Grand Finale Today, Day 9

Saturday, Feb. 19 Bracing for the crowds when Toronado opens its doors for the legendary Barleywine Festival? It's okay, there are other ways to prove the strength of your liver. Drinking strong beers just after noon is a good start:…
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Dining, SFoodie Social Kitchen and Brewery Installs New Chef Huy Nguyen

Social Kitchen and Brewery Installs New Chef Huy Nguyen

Oh that the food was anywhere as good as the beer, lamented SF Weekly food critic Jonathan Kauffman back in June, in a review of Social Kitchen and Brewery. Owners of the place are no doubt hopeful that'll be the…
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Dining, SFoodie Social Kitchen and Brewery's Artisan Cheese Night

Social Kitchen and Brewery's Artisan Cheese Night

Three months ago, as Social Kitchen and Brewery was gearing up to open, brewmaster Rich Higgins told us about his plans to organize events designed to promote both beer education and conviviality. No pussyfooter he, Higgins now hosts German beer…
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Dining, SFoodie Social Kitchen's Brewmaster's Dinner Series Bubbles Up Next Week

Social Kitchen's Brewmaster's Dinner Series Bubbles Up Next Week

This gets slightly complicated, so pay attention. Beginning in August, Social Kitchen and Brewery will host a monthly Brewmaster's Dinner: multiple courses organized around a particular theme, paired with Rich Higgins' house brews. The brew-fixe dinners, as it were, are…
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Dining, Eat Half right: New brewpubs attempt to reach bistro-level quality, with mixed results

Half right: New brewpubs attempt to reach bistro-level quality, with mixed results

How is it that the craft beer movement has stayed populist? Considering the fact that 750 ml bottles of Belgian-style ales retail for $20 and up, and that it's now common to see page-length tasting notes on a cask-conditioned ale…
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Dining, SFoodie Social Kitchen & Brewery Opens Tonight with Curtailed Hours

Social Kitchen & Brewery Opens Tonight with Curtailed Hours

The vaunted launch of Social Kitchen reeled and slipped into a vat of barley mash late last month ― blame the usual delay in agency sign-off, this time from ABC, but today Social pulls itself out and shakes off. Brewmaster…
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Dining, SFoodie Social Kitchen & Brewery Probably Not Opening Tomorrow After All

Social Kitchen & Brewery Probably Not Opening Tomorrow After All

All that breathless excitement about Social Kitchen & Brewery welcoming in the suds-loving public tomorrow, to coincide with the San Francisco Brewers Guild meet 'n' greet? Keep holding your breath. Turns out the ABC hasn't yet issued Social's license ―…
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Dining, SFoodie Meet the Five Beers Rich Higgins Has Wrought for Social Kitchen & Brewery

Meet the Five Beers Rich Higgins Has Wrought for Social Kitchen & Brewery

After seemingly eons of anticipation, Social Kitchen & Brewery commences its conviviality next Tuesday, April 20 to coincide with the SF Brewers Guild's monthly Meet the Brewers event. The city's sixth brewpub will make its debut, interestingly, as the sixth…
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Dining, Eat Thin crust, thick beer: Pi Bar and Delarosa benefit from thoughtful brew selections and reasonable prices

Thin crust, thick beer: Pi Bar and Delarosa benefit from thoughtful brew selections and reasonable prices

San Francisco's thing for upscale pizza has gone so far beyond fad — trend-starter Pizzetta 211 dates back to 2004, people — that it's practically a social movement. There's no secret why pizza is popular with customers: It's populist. With…
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Dining, SFoodie With Social Kitchen, Rich Higgins Aims to Invent the Next-Gen Brewpub

With Social Kitchen, Rich Higgins Aims to Invent the Next-Gen Brewpub

Rich Higgins, brewmaster of the upcoming Social Kitchen and Brewery in the Inner Sunset, wants to reinvent the brewpub: "Brewpubs do not appeal to a large section of the population," he says. "A lot of women don't patronize them, for…
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