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SF Beer Week is Coming

By Joe Ruvel · February 5th, 2013 · Comments Off

Are you ready yet? Have your events picked out and your “I have to try that” beers chosen? One beer I know I must try is the 2013 Collaboration beer made by the SF Brewer’s Guild. These year it sounds like it will be a special one. And you can even learn some drink lore, I know I did. Click the pick to read more about it.

Green Death Beer Week

Green Death - SF Beer Week 2013 Collaboration beer

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A (nearly) vertical tasting

By Jasmine · January 27th, 2013 · Comments Off

Joining a wine club always seems like a great idea, especially after you’ve had a few free pours in the tasting room. Over the years we’ve joined different ones and always dropped them within the year, overwhelmed with a backlog of pretty-good bottles.

Except Medlock Ames. We joined almost five years ago, back when the club was the only way to even get their wine. Four years or so ago we bought a club membership for our friends’ wedding present, and the four of us have been traveling to their “pickup parties” once a quarter ever since.

Except, of course, we still have the backlog. So last night our friends brought their four years of Merlot, we added one more (and in the process discovered that we easily have enough MA Cabernet Sauvignon to do another vertical night in the near future) and we decided to taste them all year by year.

To generalize, 2008 and 2007 were both bright and vegetal (for merlots); 2006 was just about perfect, with lovely leathery tannins that coat your mouth; 2005 was incredibly drinkable, with an easy-to-down juiciness; and 2003 had a hint of rubbing alcohol that remained even after it had been decanted for a few hours. As Medlock Ames recommends holding their merlots for 5-8 years, this all seemed just about right. Either 2006 was an especially good year (from the little I could glean off the MA website, it seems it was a tough year weather-wise) or this bottle was just aged for the optimal amount of time.

We finished 5 bottles easily (ok, half of one ended up on the floor. Not our fault, I swear) and paired them with homemade pasta and donuts for dessert.

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SF Brewers Guild adds six new breweries

By Joe Ruvel · July 25th, 2012 · Comments Off

Very exciting news from the Brewers Guild in SF.  Lots of great beer coming out of San Francisco right now.  Check out the new class.

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Going dark for a bit

By Joe Ruvel · June 12th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Don’t be alarmed but the site might go away for a few days. Have a beer, breath deeply, and we will be back.

Cheers!

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Drinking in Brugge

By Joe Ruvel · April 27th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Guess where we are..well I gave it away in the title. Belgium is amazing so far. The people are very generous and kind. The beer flows through the culture and the food is new and exciting (as well as rather heavy). Went to an amazing bar last night – ‘t Brugs Beertje. Reminded me a lot of Toranado in SF, but smaller, brighter, and a lot less gritty. Amazing beer selection. We also found ourselves in a punk bar that serves mostly locals. After a few “tests” from the locals, we were welcomed into the conversation which of course was about beer. Here are a few pics:

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