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NEW: ShakeDown Ice Cream, SF - Interesting flavors & Buckwheat Cones w/ PICS

Tried Shakedown on Saturday night. Not too many unusual flavors that night, but I did have a coffee ice cream that blew my mind. At first I didn't believe it was really coffee because its color was extremely light, it looked like vanilla, but the flavor was by far the most coffee-like I've experienced in an ice cream. It reminded me of drinking a cup of high-quality coffee. I tried it with their chocolate sauce which was also excellent. I was also surprised by how much I enjoyed the buckwheat cone.

I asked about the location, because it did seem strange to us to see this kind of ice cream shop in the TL. According to the person I talked to the owner of the building knew the two people who started Shakedown and said he had a space available that they should use, and also according to her the idea for an ice cream shop came after they knew of the space.

Aug 25, 2015
Josh in San Francisco Bay Area

Let the cash grab commence

What I'm interested in is where the capital goes. The act of making money is not what I'm bothered by with this story. I think it's better for the capital to wind up in the hands of people in the community and not in the hands of a multinational corporation.

I don't think food can be divorced from economics or politics.

Aug 21, 2015
Josh in Beer

Let the cash grab commence

I don't think it would rankle so much were it not the case that the craft beer industry was founded as a reaction to the terrible beers made by the big conglomerates. It was always presented very much as little guys taking on the big guys by making a better product, so as a consumer you could feel good about your choice not only because you were buying something of higher quality but you were also supporting small, independent businesses that help sustain a local economy. To learn that these guys seemingly only meant that insofar as it resulted in them selling more beer and that they're perfectly content to capitulate for the right sum of money is disappointing.

I wasn't happy about "Revolution" being used to sell Nikes either, call me cray.

The evidence of multinational corporate business practices, such as the imperative of maximizing shareholder value, being terrible for the planet is all around us, so forgive me for not being so sanguine about seeing it eat into one of the few industries that seemed like it could be a more positive force in our economy.

Personally I think it would be much better for the futures of the people working for these breweries if they were to follow a model of employee ownership, like New Belgium.

Just listen to this crazy hippie and her radical ideas...think I'll have to make it a point to buy more New Belgium beer.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestre...

Aug 21, 2015
Josh in Beer
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Pabst Blue Ribbon........quality vs. quantity Question for Beer Drinkers

So nice you posted it twice.

Aug 20, 2015
Josh in Beer
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Pabst Blue Ribbon........quality vs. quantity Question for Beer Drinkers

I love reading posts from the year 2005.

Aug 20, 2015
Josh in Beer
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Let the cash grab commence

Pretty disappointing to see this, I have to say.

http://www.brewbound.com/news/reuters...

Aug 19, 2015
Josh in Beer

Cry Me A River (of Beer)

Classism? In case you haven't noticed all of us who aren't millionaires have been collectively getting our clocks cleaned for the last 30 years. Classism is already being practiced adroitly by the 0.01%, it's time the rest of us started participating.

Cry Me A River (of Beer)

It's interesting how the solution proffered by businesspeople is to participate in the global race-to-the-bottom. I'm sure if all countries did away with all health, safety, environmental, wage, and leave standards we could really boost productivity while maximizing the already-rich peoples' bottom lines. Just imagine how much money they'd make if we re-introduced slavery...oh wait, we actually already did that with prison labor. Maybe Sam Adams can get prison labor to make beers in the future?

Probably the better thing is to see countries around the globe raise their corporate taxes so that we stop seeing corporations pit people against each other while enriching only themselves.

Aug 11, 2015
Josh in Beer
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Belgian beer for Carbonnade à la Flamande

No idea, man. I don't put liver in. :-)

Aug 11, 2015
Josh in Beer

Lunch location between Pac Heights and Noe [San Francisco]

Dosa on Fillmore would be my vote. Creative South Indian. Great cocktails. The poori is ridiculous though I don't know if it's on the lunch menu.

Jul 09, 2015
Josh in San Francisco Bay Area

Most underrated restaurants in San Francisco

hrifsters?

Jul 01, 2015
Josh in San Francisco Bay Area

Master List of Beers Owned/Destroyed by Anheuser Busch/InBev

I was at a concert over the weekend and found myself thinking about this thread. Most of the beer concession stands were selling Bud Light and Coors Light, but there were a few "craft beer" stands offering Shock Top, Goose Island's IPA and Honker, and Hoegaarden. To me this is where this trend is troubling. It used to be the token craft offerings would be something like a Sierra Nevada or Sam Adams. Now all money is being funneled to the one giant conglomerate. It was nice to be able to have something better than Bud, but it did piss me off that my money was still finding its way to AB/InBev.

Jul 01, 2015
Josh in Beer

New Glarus Beer/Wisconsin

Some of them are good, some are ordinary, some are weird, some are terrible. They're more hit or miss than most, IMO.

Jun 30, 2015
Josh in Beer

Porters & Stouts - Their Place in the Craft Beer Pantheon

Except when it's too young and rich with acetaldehyde.

Jun 23, 2015
Josh in Beer
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Recommendations For San Fran Restos? - bringing my "foodie" son....

No music at Nopa. Upstairs is much quieter. The food there is quite good.

May 31, 2015
Josh in San Francisco Bay Area

Recommendations For San Fran Restos? - bringing my "foodie" son....

Great post. My folks live in LA and we always eat supremely well down there.

May 31, 2015
Josh in San Francisco Bay Area

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

I have been reading the opinions of many people who have gripes about craft beer for almost a decade. I usually find most to be a) overly broad and general, b) lazy, and c) hyperbolic.

As an example, someone claims "I don't like most of it". Considering the number of breweries producing beer is in the thousands and that we only see a small subset of that in SF it is obvious that this statement cannot be true. If we define most as "more than 50%" that means unless this person travels to every state and samples more than 50% of the beer made by its craft breweries the statement is hyperbole. Even if this person only means most of the ones they have tried, without knowing what they tried (Shock Top?) or when they tried it (fledgling brewery, not quite ready for prime time?) it's not useful information.

I have judged beer in competitions and written about it for publications and I have gone out of my way to try as many varieties as I can. I know that there are many breweries out there making sub-par beer that are only surviving because it's a popular product. But I also know that because there are so many beers on the market that it's very easy to get a mistaken impression about craft beer unless you are either really thorough about tasting your way through a lot of them or are getting good advice from someone who knows the subject and knows your palate.

I've known people who swore that they hated beer. But give that person something like a St. Bernardus dubbel, or a mellow porter, and they may realize that it's not beer per se they don't like, just certain styles.

I do agree with you that the market seems oversaturated. I know that three years ago you started seeing VC's funding breweries. I don't know how many upstart breweries these days are built on VC money, but I would guess at some point we will see a correction where breweries making sub-par beers won't be able to survive.

May 31, 2015
Josh in San Francisco Bay Area

Recommendations For San Fran Restos? - bringing my "foodie" son....

Have you tried earplugs? My wife has a similar ear problem and she's learned to carry earplugs with her because so many SF restaurants are unpleasantly loud.

May 31, 2015
Josh in San Francisco Bay Area

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

Sometimes people in an industry don't agree on things. Clearly the people producing these beers that are "gimmicks" or "me-too" are also professionals.

In San Diego it was not uncommon during Stone's ascent to hear complaints from some brewers about their lack of balance. That's one perspective. On the other hand you had brewers who looked at that and thought of ways that they could play around with traditional styles to come up with something different.

If people had stuck with tried-and-true beer styles we probably wouldn't have Russian River, Jolly Pumpkin, Green Flash, Firestone Walker, Prairie, Cascade, Tahoe Mountain, or any of the other wild yeast-oriented breweries making really interesting sour and funky beers.

When tastes evolve there will always be some people decrying the inevitable change in tastes as gimmickry. You see this not only with beer, but wine, spirits, food, music, art, etc. Pretty much any creative endeavor is going to have its share of naysayers.

Recommendations For San Fran Restos? - bringing my "foodie" son....

Alcatraz is worthwhile, but you need to buy tickets far in advance. Muir Woods is very pretty and well worth your while, just be advised that it's popular and parking there is difficult. You can take the ferry from SF to Sausalito and grab a shuttle from Sausalito to Muir Woods.

May 30, 2015
Josh in San Francisco Bay Area

Recommendations For San Fran Restos? - bringing my "foodie" son....

RoliRoti is OK, I think it's somewhat overhyped. I've had better porchetta sandwiches, though not in SF. Their porchetta is often tough and the sandwich toppings are often haphazardly applied.

Better is the Mess Piggy w/ added provolone and arugula at Boccalone in the Ferry Building. Slow-cooked Italian-style pork shoulder, served with hot peppers. It's very rich so it's good for sharing.

Also notable is the grilled cheese at Cowgirl Creamery's Sidekick, also in the Ferry Building, with added pancetta. Similarly rich and good for sharing as the Mess Piggy. Sidekick also has pre-made sandwiches to grab and go which are delicious. I particularly like the fresh mozzarella and salami. They use Acme bread.

Rhea's is good for what it is but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

May 30, 2015
Josh in San Francisco Bay Area

Master List of Beers Owned/Destroyed by Anheuser Busch/InBev

I will never understand the knee-jerk impulse among so many Americans to defend the depredations of corporate brigands.

Apr 26, 2015
Josh in Beer
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NEW: ShakeDown Ice Cream, SF - Interesting flavors & Buckwheat Cones w/ PICS

Do you know if the buckwheat cone was wheat-free?

Apr 26, 2015
Josh in San Francisco Bay Area

Master List of Beers Owned/Destroyed by Anheuser Busch/InBev

A small brewer knows they won't make a profit if they sell boring, industrial beer.

Apr 26, 2015
Josh in Beer

Master List of Beers Owned/Destroyed by Anheuser Busch/InBev

Plenty of evidence?

I doubt you could find a single example to cite.

Apr 26, 2015
Josh in Beer

Master List of Beers Owned/Destroyed by Anheuser Busch/InBev

As I mentioned below, Hoegaarden certainly suffered. And, as it happens, so did Kona. I actually had no idea that A-B bought Kona. I always loved Kona's Pipeline Porter but the last time I had it I noticed it was not the beer it once was.

Mar 17, 2015
Josh in Beer

Master List of Beers Owned/Destroyed by Anheuser Busch/InBev

Hoegaarden to me is one of the better examples. I had it once in NYC many years ago and really liked it. Several years later I began seeing it on shelves everywhere and was pleased to see it, remembering how good it was. Alas, it had become a different beer.

I'm surprised to see so many people defending A-B. Or then again, maybe I'm not.

Mar 17, 2015
Josh in Beer
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Master List of Beers Owned/Destroyed by Anheuser Busch/InBev

Prejudice means "preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience". I would argue that an anti-big business attitude for most American consumers is anything but prejudicial. Rather it is based on frequent negative experiences and numerous valid reasons.

Mar 16, 2015
Josh in Beer
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Japanese biru

Their selection is quite good. Healthy Spirits also has a good selection of Japanese beers most of the time.

Mar 16, 2015
Josh in San Francisco Bay Area

Buffalo Public House - Hillcrest

We were down in SD for the day on Saturday and headed to Snooze for brunch. With an hour wait and no place to hide from the heat we went in search of an alternative. We found Buffalo Public House near Fig Tree Cafe, it was dark and shady and very cool inside. Checking the menu we saw that they used a lot of grass-fed meats and organic eggs so we decided to give it a shot.

Apparently they've only been open for 3 weeks or so making us only the second table of diners. We greatly enjoyed our brunch plates. I had a bison breakfast burger with bacon chutney and fried egg on a Sadie Rose bun, and it was one of the better burgers I've had recently. They make their own hot sauce which is in the Tapatio mold and quite good.

I now understand Mr. Name's comments about fetish beer, since it seems to precisely serve that role in so many new eateries we saw on our brief visit. This place was no exception, with a pretty solid lineup of craft beers, plus some creative variations on the mimosa. The have one called a Beermosa made with lager, champagne, and OJ. I saw they had Grapefruit Sculpin on tap so had them make me one with that instead of the lager and it was surprisingly delicious, much better than I expected.

The menu at this place is pretty basic, though there was an interesting-looking take on chilaquiles made with linguica that I might try on a future brunch visit. The dinner menu has some pretty decadent-looking takes on pub grub that I would try on another visit, too. The owners are Brazilian and they offer some Brazilian items on the lunch and dinner menu.

Probably not a destination spot, but if you're in the neighborhood it might be worth a look. It definitely seems like the kind of place we would have frequented when we lived within walking distance.

Mar 16, 2015
Josh in San Diego