Category: Food

City Beer Store

August 6th, 2007 Permalink

Friday night we had a rare night out late in the city. One of the places we hit was an great little beer store on Folsom, the City Beer Store. The City Beer Store is one of those amazing gems that are almost too good to be true. There are several interesting beers on tap […]

By The Light Of The Beer Cooler

Friday night we had a rare night out late in the city. One of the places we hit was an great little beer store on Folsom, the City Beer Store.

The City Beer Store is one of those amazing gems that are almost too good to be true. There are several interesting beers on tap (which change regularly), as well as several coolers full of interesting and unusual beers from all around the world. You can buy your bottles to go, or, for $1.00 extra, grab a table and enjoy your beer at the store.

The interior of the store is sparse, but quite comfortable. There’s no pretentiousness, or any fancy trend-of-the-month feeling inside. You will, however, get the feeling that Craig Wathen (the owner) and his wife really have a passion for beer. Craig obviously knows a lot about different kinds of beers, and it is a pleasure to talk with him about the different beers that he sells.

I’m a fan of strong, dark beers, and he steered us towards a bottle of Old Viscosity Ale. This was a strong (10.5%) beer, very thick and dark, but with a lot of sweetness and notes of chocolate. It was an excellent recommendation, and Melissa and I lingered over the several glasses of beer that came out of the large bottle. This was not a beer to rush through!

City Beer Store StoutOld Viscosity Ale

If you’re a fan of beer, you owe yourself a trip to the City Beer Store. You won’t be disappointed. Just give yourself plenty of time to peruse all the interesting beers that are available. It could take a while!

City Beer Store
1168 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
415.503.1033
http://www.citybeerstore.com

Travel Inspiration

March 26th, 2007 Permalink

One of the more enjoyable things about traveling is the opportunity to try new food. In Spain, we had delicious paella, tapas, and pixtos (another style of tapas). We discovered the wonderful Rioja wines and had the best sangria anywhere. In France, I had an incredible version of sauerkraut and sausages. And of course, the […]

One of the more enjoyable things about traveling is the opportunity to try new food. In Spain, we had delicious paella, tapas, and pixtos (another style of tapas). We discovered the wonderful Rioja wines and had the best sangria anywhere. In France, I had an incredible version of sauerkraut and sausages. And of course, the croissants in Spain and France were wonderful.

Yesterday Melissa went to Spanish Table in Berkeley and picked up the necessary ingredients and a pan to make paella. Tonight was her first attempt. It came out quite good. It had zucchini and chorizo, and some spicy peppers. I am looking forward to the next try!

No visit to Spain is complete without trying jamon Iberico, the amazing cured ham made only in Spain. The flavor is rich and complex, and the texture is wonderful. This is what ham is meant to be! It used to be impossible (short of risking fines and prison) to get this ham in America. However, that is all about to change. A small producer has obtained USDA approval to export their product to the USA. So watch your favorite Spanish specialty store, or head over to La Tienda.com and pre-order a hunk of heaven.