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Goat Cuisine in the Bay Area

They have a changing menu of daily specials at lunch, sorry I neglected to mention that.

Additionally in SOMA is Cafe Chaat. They have goat every day.

http://cafechaatsf.com/pdf/Chaat_Cafe...

Goat Cuisine in the Bay Area

Another indian spot that comes to mind is Mehfil on 2nd.

Elysian Brewing Is About to Sell its Soul to Anheuser-Busch

I don't think the Olive Garden/French Laundry comparison is really analogous. Restaurants operate on very slim margins so it's no surprise that corporate chains produce much worse food than independent operators.

Beer, on the other hand, has insane profit margins. There's not really any reason for AB to kill the golden goose, Elysian is already making money. In some cases you see these breweries sold because the founder is getting on in years and doesn't have a good candidate to take things over. Another benefit is getting access to distribution channels you might not otherwise have.

Truth is if I'm in a pub where my only options are Sam Adams or a poorly made local beer I'm going to go with the Sam Adams. Ideally, though, there would be good local beers.

2 days ago
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Goat Cuisine in the Bay Area

Shalimar on Jones has goat on their menu, not sure if it's always available. It was decent.

The El Norteño taco truck on Bryant across from the courthouse has goat on their menu, but you have to ask because they don't always have it available. The tacos are my favorite.

Jan 26, 2015
Josh in San Francisco Bay Area

Elysian Brewing Is About to Sell its Soul to Anheuser-Busch

I think the Prof's point is that AB is pretty hands-off when it comes to the craft breweries they're buying stakes in. Goose Island's sour and Belgian beers are still excellent. And I believe Boulevard is another brewery that's also been purchased in this same way. Plus there will always be newer, smaller independent breweries coming into the market - at least until people stop drinking craft beer.

Jan 26, 2015
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Jade Chocolate has opened in the Inner Richmond

My favorite thing from them is a spiced mango with dark chocolate. Overall I am not the hugest fan. Their chocolate quality is very good, but most everything in their roster is exotically flavored which can be a little wearying. What I like about Recchiuti is that they have a wide range of flavor options so you can go exotic or not depending on mood. On the other hand since I live very close to Jade maybe I should be glad I'm not more of a fan.

Jan 26, 2015
Josh in San Francisco Bay Area

Upcoming trip to SF (Honeymoon)

IMO if you're staying in Nob Hill trekking to NOPA for brunch might not be worth it given your travel to San Jose. An easier option is heading down to the Embarcadero and doing brunch there. Many good options are available at the Ferry Building on Saturday, though it will be crowded. The nice thing though is it's easy to get to Caltrain from the Embarcadero via transit, which will take you to San Jose much more affordably than Uber.

Reverend Jonkyo's conclusions Craft Beer in the USA. winners...is it the winds from the Atlantic?

Victory makes some great lagers. I highly recommend the Braumeister's Pils if you see it on draft. Their Old Horizontal barleywine is also very good.

Jan 20, 2015
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Anchor Steam plans pop-up at stadium

Fascinating!

I'd be curious to know when they changed their name from Steam Beer Brewing Co. to Anchor Brewing. I would imagine that happened around the time their lineup expanded to include more than the California Common.

Jan 20, 2015
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Anchor Steam plans pop-up at stadium

I've heard "Anchor Steam x" many times. In reference to Old Potrero, Porter, California Lager, Liberty Ale. Surprisingly common to me, which is why I made my comment. I've ordered an Anchor Porter to have the server repeat back to me "Anchor Steam Porter?" Or been in bars where the Anchor handle is California Lager, order the Anchor Lager and have repeated back to me, "Anchor Steam?" which is even more strange when you see that the word "Steam" appears nowhere on the handle.

I don't disagree it's an honest mistake, most errors that come about from inattention to detail are probably not made on purpose, however in this instance the editor's role presumably *is* to sweat those kinds of details.

Jan 20, 2015
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Anchor Steam plans pop-up at stadium

I don't normally care, really. It's just something I've noticed since living in SF. Outside of SF I understand it because one rarely sees anything other than the steam beer. In SF, though, their handles are really numerous. I don't know exactly why it bugs me, but when a bartender says back to me "Anchor Steam Porter?" it's like someone saying "Stone IPA Porter?" - I realize I'm in the minority.

Jan 17, 2015
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Anchor Steam plans pop-up at stadium

How many people ask for Miller Lite when they mean Miller High Life?

Jan 17, 2015
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Anchor Steam plans pop-up at stadium

I wonder why so many people refer to Anchor Brewing as "Anchor Steam". Kinda like calling Stone Brewing Company "Stone IPA".

Jan 16, 2015
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The plague of clueless bartenders

I'm less concerned with that then a failure to recognize bad kegs or unclean draft lines. The best beer in the world can be ruined by a bad draft line.

Jan 14, 2015
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The plague of clueless bartenders

I don't completely disagree but where it *is* a problem is when I'm forced to pay, some times a decent amount of money, for a beer that is obviously not fit to be served. If a restaurant served you something that was clearly wrong in execution they're not likely to charge you for it.

The other aspect of this that would piss me off if I was a brewer is that the customer may walk away from their experience deciding they don't like craft beer, or won't try that brewery's offerings again.

Jan 14, 2015
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The plague of clueless bartenders

True, as is the entirety of Chowhound.

Jan 14, 2015
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The plague of clueless bartenders

I do think this is new, yes. Maybe it was common in '94, that would have made sense, but up until the latest boom over the past year or so I'd never been to a craft beer bar where the servers weren't knowledgeable about the beer they were serving. Getting served a flat beer didn't happen, either.

Jan 14, 2015
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sam adams: is it serious beer?? which are best and which are your faves??

Yeah, the author clearly is not well-informed about American beer history. I think what you can say about SA is they were able to popularize properly-made, non-adjunct beer to the American audience. Anchor and Sierra seemed to lag behind SA in terms of widespread availability and popularity.

After reading this piece I ordered a Boston Lager with my lunch the other day and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It really is a well-made beer, and great with food. I still will order it in airports and places like that where there isn't usually much of a craft presence, but most beer bars I go to have much more interesting stuff available.

Jan 13, 2015
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The plague of clueless bartenders

One aspect of the craft beer explosion that really sucks is all the people smelling money cashing in on the trend by opening reclaimed wood-bedecked watering holes with a menu long on good beer but servers and bartenders who know jack shit about what they're serving.

My favorite current example of dumb shit said by know-nothings is the claim that flat beer is "supposed to be like that". I've encountered this idiotic statement about a half dozen times in the last year. Once with a saison, which is particularly funny.

The other night I had a two-fer: flat witbier that's supposed to be like that, and being poured a taste of what was labeled as a brown ale that was pale gold. I held it up to the guy and said, "you're really going to insist that this is a brown ale?" He led me into the cold box, I'm guessing to prove me wrong, where he was surprised to see that it wasn't a brown ale - despite the pale yellow color of the beer.

This is really bad news for craft beer, and I believe it will eventually cause some losses because customers who may not know much about beer will not be well-served by establishments this lacking in clue.

Jan 13, 2015
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Best California Breweries

Good Beer Company in Santa Ana and Bootlegger's in Fullerton are both worth trying and relatively near to Tustin.

Jan 10, 2015
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Slanted Door dilemma [San Francisco]

You'd probably be safe with items like the crêpe, chicken noodle soup, and some of the vegetable sides.

Kirin to reimburse misled consumers

Ugh, stupid lawsuit. I hate suits like this because it just provides fodder for tort reform nuts. The bottles are clearly labeled as to where the beer is made.

Most other big Japanese brands are brewed in Canada, but I think Asahi might also be brewed in LA. The one exception is Asahi Black, which is brewed in Japan (and is delicious).

Jan 09, 2015
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Reverend Jonkyo's conclusions Craft Beer in the USA. winners...is it the winds from the Atlantic?

Every time I've had the Toasted Lager it's been a butter bomb.

Sculpin is a great West Coast IPA, but as such it is an extreme on the end of floral hoppiness so not to everyone's taste. Based on your comments about which beers you like I assure you that Ballast Point makes many that fit your preferences. Short list: Victory at Sea, Commodore Stout, Black Marlin Porter, Wahoo Witbier, Piper Down Scottish Ale.

Jan 09, 2015
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Best California Breweries

They sure are. I forget the name of the one I had most recently but it rivaled anything from Russian River. Nice to see a domestic sour producer letting the beer age properly before release.

Jan 09, 2015
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Best California Breweries

I've had that beer, yes. Really liked it.

Jan 09, 2015
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Anyone else getting tired of "new" Craft Beer,Gourmet Burgers & 3rd Wave Coffee joints in Bay Area?

Wine tasting events for me are fun because in addition to the wine there's the free entertainment provided by the clientele.

Jan 06, 2015
Josh in San Francisco Bay Area

Gelato di Bufala Dairy and Creamery [Petaluma, Sonoma County]

Was just at the Divis BiRite last night and they had four flavors: fior di latte, candycap mushroom, hazelnut, and strawberry. $9/pint. I've had the fior di latte and it was by far the closest thing I've tasted in the US to gelato I had in Italy.

Jan 06, 2015
Josh in San Francisco Bay Area

Jack Daniels names first son Jim Beam

I get the feeling he drinks plenty.

Jan 06, 2015
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Best California Breweries

I think some of their beer is great, but I've had my share of butterbombs, too. Also a truly horrific acetic sour that was more like vinegar than beer. When he's on he's great, but he can be a little hit or miss.

Jan 06, 2015
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Anyone else getting tired of "new" Craft Beer,Gourmet Burgers & 3rd Wave Coffee joints in Bay Area?

Thanks for the tip re: Pig & Whistle. Sounds like a good spot. Agreed 100% that customers are a big part of the problem. Without ignorant consumers how many businesses in the US would fail?

Jan 05, 2015
Josh in San Francisco Bay Area