SF Beer Week starts Friday Feb. 10, and with it come countless parties, tap takeovers and other over-the-top events. Here's what we think is the best of what's on tap.
Find the best spots to eat and drink along the south side of San Pablo Avenue in West Berkeley.
Vegan butcher shop and deli The Butcher's Son has found a new location on University Avenue, and the owners hope to open by the end of the year. This news and more in this week's Bites.
In the fourth of our neighborhood eating and drinking guides, we zoom in on the Berkeley Warehouse District — named by us, and we think it works pretty well!
While an "alcohol-alternative" bar is coming to Berkeley, a straight-up speakeasy has opened in Alameda.
Sierra Nevada, the craft brewing company known for its pale ale, is planning to open a tasting room on Fourth Street by the end of the year.
The Rare Barrel in west Berkeley hopes to be a gathering place for artisanal brewers, home brewers, beer enthusiasts and food lovers in general.
THREAD LOUNGE Opening today in downtown Berkeley: Thread Lounge, an upscale fashion store offering discounted designer clothing for women, men, and children, as well as limited home furnishings. Owner Colleen Schmidt, a former buyer for Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan among others, already has two stores — in San Francisco and Chicago — and is testing the waters in Berkeley with a popup version of the bohemian-style shop in the old Fed Ex-Kinkos corner building at Shattuck and Bancroft Way. “We are like a designer sample sale,” Schmidt says. “We work with over 400 designers worldwide.” Local labels currently in stock include Laurel B (sweaters that retail for $250-$400 are $80) and Wendy Katlin ( $200-$450 tops and dresses for $50-$100). Schmidt works in partnership with her boyfriend, Jon Vohr, who creates the artwork and fixtures in the store, although Schmidt is quick to point out that the décor will be much more appealing if they decide to settle here. “Everyone asks me why I didn’t go to Fourth Street but I think there’s room for growth in downtown Berkeley. There aren’t a lot of fashion options here,” she says. Thread Lounge is throwing a “Meet & Greet” opening for the public with wine and appetizers on Thursday, Jan. 31, 7-9pm. Thread Lounge is at 2295 Shattuck Ave. Open: weekdays, 12-7, Sat. 11-7, Sun. 12-6. (more…)
Ethiopian coffee shop Anfilo has opened in Oakland, and sour beer brewery The Rare Barrel is on its way to Berkeley. This and more food news in Bites.
TART, BUT TASTY The Rare Barrel, a new endeavor that plans to make hand-crafted sour beer aged in barrels, is coming to Berkeley, according to a posting on the group’s website (and first spotted by Diablo Magazine). The father and son brewing team of Brad and Jay Goodwin and sales and marketing director Alex Wallash will begin renovation of a warehouse at 940 Parker Street next week, with the aim of starting beer production in early 2013, according to Wallash. Sour beer is a beer whose “character profile has a tart and acidic flavor, sometimes fruity,” he said. While most hand-crafted beer is fermented in steel tanks and aged a couple of weeks to two months, The Rare Barrel will age its beer in oak barrels from six months to three years. The trio chose Berkeley because the cooling fogs that are pulled in through the Golden Gate create a perfect climate, according to an announcement on The Rare Barrel blog.
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