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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

Manresa dress code plans [Los Gatos]

I apologize for knowing facts about history.

Mar 09, 2015
Josh in San Francisco Bay Area

Manresa dress code plans [Los Gatos]

I don't know how much that would influence me. Have you ever tried this?

http://www.yelp.com/biz/opaque-dining...

Mar 09, 2015
Josh in San Francisco Bay Area

Manresa dress code plans [Los Gatos]

What does a bum dress like?

And given the behavior of so many besuited members of the robber baron class I wouldn't say suits denote anything other than the ability to purchase one.

Mar 09, 2015
Josh in San Francisco Bay Area

Manresa dress code plans [Los Gatos]

Note the past tense. I'm not saying it's still used that way, I just wouldn't be surprised if the genesis of the custom hearkens back to days of more naked classism.

Mar 09, 2015
Josh in San Francisco Bay Area

Manresa dress code plans [Los Gatos]

I don't know who he is, nor do I read him regularly, but I thought he made a good observation about the younger generation of chefs and restauranteurs who don't feel the need to cater to outmoded social customs that have outlived their usefulness. Being snooty isn't really a novelty anymore.

Mar 09, 2015
Josh in San Francisco Bay Area

Manresa dress code plans [Los Gatos]

Obviously restaurants are free to have such a policy, I'm not saying they shouldn't be. My question is more about the purpose of them. It strikes me as something used to keep certain clientele out of a restaurant.

Mar 08, 2015
Josh in San Francisco Bay Area

Manresa dress code plans [Los Gatos]

The wine glass comparison isn't really analogous, though, since a styrofoam cup isn't going to allow for the same perception of aroma and flavor as a wine glass. To me what you're saying about a dress code would be more akin to saying the color of a plate affects how the food tastes.

http://www.amateurgourmet.com/2008/05...

Manresa dress code plans [Los Gatos]

Maybe someone can explain to me why it matters how one dresses to dine out. I've genuinely never understood this. It seems to me like an anachronistic practice that was designed to keep poor people out of restaurants.

Mar 08, 2015
Josh in San Francisco Bay Area

California-Style Pale Ales: Are they All Bone Dry??

Their witbier is pretty decent, too.

Mar 02, 2015
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Is Philz Coffee That Good?

Ooooo, fourth-wave. I'm sure someone in this burg'll fund such a disruptive disruption.

Mar 02, 2015
Josh in San Francisco Bay Area

Pliny the Younger Sightings 2015

$15/6 oz?

Lulz.

Mar 02, 2015
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Is Philz Coffee That Good?

True. Many people like their coffee burnt.

Mar 02, 2015
Josh in San Francisco Bay Area

Why are they standing in line ?

Depends on the place. Lines that are worth it: Del Popolo, Garaje. I'll let you know if I can think of any others.

Mar 01, 2015
Josh in San Francisco Bay Area

California-Style Pale Ales: Are they All Bone Dry??

Kills me we don't get their stuff out here. If you make it out to SF definitely check out Ft. Point and Cellarmaker.

Mar 01, 2015
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California-Style Pale Ales: Are they All Bone Dry??

Kind of like when one compares RIS to Dry Irish Stout.

Mar 01, 2015
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Is Philz Coffee That Good?

I've never understood the appeal of Philz. I'd rather go to any third-wave joint.

Mar 01, 2015
Josh in San Francisco Bay Area

Upscale Japanese

We returned to Wako last night for 15-course omakase. It's not on the menu, but the chefs offer it to those sitting at the bar. Excellent, as always, though expensive, at least to us. Typically if we are splurging on a meal that will mean maybe $150 out the door, this was more than twice that which puts it squarely in upscale territory, at least to my plebeian self.

Some highlights:

- Generous ankino starter with pickled cucumber and seaweed

- Tempura scallops, light batter and creamy texture

- Bluefin nigiri marinated in jalapeño, wow. The jalapeño flavor was subtle and played well with the sweetness of the tuna.

- Wagyu nigiri, lightly seared

- Red miso broth

- Sesame cheesecake

One of the nice touches with their nigiri is the seasoning. Some pieces had a little bit of yuzu, some had a little shiso, some a little ginger, and the placement of them (e.g. under the fish, on top) made for pleasant surprises as the nigiri were consumed.

Also, they have some newer Japanese craft beers available, including Ocean Weizen and Yokohama Bohemian Pilsner, both of which are quite nice for sushi pairing.

Mar 01, 2015
Josh in San Francisco Bay Area

California-Style Pale Ales: Are they All Bone Dry??

Everyone's palate is different. I find DFH 90 Minute an oppressive slog. Also note that these are both IPAs, not APAs.

The "west coast", specifically San Diego, style IPA is well-represented by the Sculpin. The AleSmith IPA is a little more old school, with more malt. I much prefer the crisp, light-bodied IPAs that San Diego's become known for.

Feb 28, 2015
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What's your *favorite* restaurant in San Diego?

Warholian.

Feb 28, 2015
Josh in San Diego

What is a "proper pour" for different beers and ale?

Good one. Seems pretty Berocious to me.

Feb 28, 2015
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What is a "proper pour" for different beers and ale?

Clearly you don't like Freedom™.

Feb 26, 2015
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