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Pop-Up at Fast Food Français

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Two weeks ago, Fast Food Français in Sausalito, CA hosted a pop-up night featuring Brian Felley and Mo Hodges of Encinal Spirits. The two bar aficionados showcased a seasonal menu of six cocktails for guests that paired with a dish or appetizer representative of the restaurants “playful American fast food classics with a hint of French inspiration”. Some of the featured cocktails included the Marin County Cocktail with whiskey, Cognac, dry vermouth, chocolate and grapefruit bitters, garnished with a grapefruit twist; the Pompeii Fizz with gin, lemon, Pamplemousse Liqueur, Lillet Blanc and egg white; and the Marty Sour with barrel aged gin, citrus vermouth, Maraschino Liqueur and orange bitters. Read More

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1760 Restaurant: Straying away from the classics

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A chef, a bartender and a wine guy… oh my! These are the dudes behind 1760 restaurant in San Francisco, CA. 1760 recently opened their doors in early September and have been dishing out some truly creative and unique food and cocktail items. Read More

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Blackbird Bar’s Fall Cocktail Menu

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Blackbird Bar of San Francisco, CA recently launched their new cocktail menu for the fall. The new menu consists of 3 seasonal beers and two fall-forward cocktails. Warm up with one of these new spiced drinks and take in one of the best seasons of the year!
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Chambers Eat + Drink: New Happy Hour

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Last week, Chambers Eat + Drink, in San Francisco, CA announced the start of their new Happy Hour! Every Tuesday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. join them for a delicious new menu of “Bar Bites” and drinks. Read More

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Blackbird Bar Launches Indian Summer Drink Menu

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It’s mid summer and we’re in the mood for a great cocktail! This Sunday, Blackbird Bar in San Francisco, CA will be launching their new Indian Summer menu featuring an array of uniquely concocted drinks that will satisfy the taste buds of any “parched” individual.  Read More

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A Happy Birthday to Blackbird Bar!

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This month, in celebration of their 4-year anniversary, Blackbird Bar in San Francisco, CA will introduce a newly expanded wine list as well as a sleek and sophisticated interior redesign! Read More

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Wine Riot Hits San Francisco, CA

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Get excited folks! Wine Riot is cruising to San Francisco, CA this Friday, June 7th and Saturday, June 8th! Let’s be honest, sometimes making a trip to the vineyards in Napa can be a little intimidating. Want to learn the ins and outs of wine in a more casual atmosphere? Get your ticket to Wine Riot!

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Foreign Cinema to Host Plough Wine Group

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Need an excuse to wine and dine yourself this Thursday? We’ve got one for you! Foreign Cinema in San Francisco, CA will be hosting Plough Wine Group as guest sommeliers to feature their extensive collection of premium wines. Come join in on the exclusive, one-time event! Read More

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SF Bars Host Negroni Week

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We’ve all heard about the recent tornadoes that have hit Oklahoma this past week and the devastation that they’ve caused. We’re glad to hear that some efforts to help aid the many victims are being made throughout the Bay Area as we speak. How can you get in on the action? Johnny Raglin (born and raised in Oklahoma) of Comstock Saloon is partnering with bars around the Bay Area, Campari America, Martini-Barcardi USA, Beefeater, Fernet Branca, Carpano Antica, Punt e Mes and Plymouth Gin to help raise funds that will contribute to the relief.  Read More

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Cinco to host Strand Brewing for ‘Tap Takeover’

Eight brews paired with taco specials

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Newly opened tapas restaurant, Cinco, in Westchester is hosting a tap takeover with local brewery, Strand on Wednesday, May 29 from 3 PM – 11:30 PM. Eight different styles of brews will be available in full pints, half pints and sampler sizes. If you enjoy swag, they’ll also have hats, shirts and pint glasses you can take home by winning a raffle. A raffle ticket comes with each pint purchased. One person will have a chance to win a special release of Strand Second Sheep Russian Imperial Stout (say that fast five times). Cinco, 7241 West Manchester Ave., Los Angeles, California 90045 Read More

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KCRW’s DJ Raul Campos to spin at City Tavern’s “All-You-Can-Drink Craft Beer Garden”

Sunday, January 20 at 9 PM

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Join City Tavern in Culver City, CA  Sunday, January 20th at 9PM for an All-You-Can-Drink Craft Beer Garden! That’s right, I said ALL YOU CAN DRINK CRAFT BEER. Just about unheard of in sunny southern California until now.  Read More

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Stein Club at Wirtshaus

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Eins, zwei, drei … Prost! Haven’t gotten your fill of great German beers or just prepping for this year’s Oktoberfest? Wirtshaus, a Los Angeles German Restaurant and Biergarten, is opening up its “Stein Club” to 15 additional members as of January 1st! Read More

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A preview of Prevu

New bubbly for the new year

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Lucky for us and all of mankind, the world did not come to an end and New Years is right around the corner! New to the liquor aisle is Prevu, an all organic sparkling liquor. Although fear of an excruciating morning after restrains one from mixing dark and light liquors, Prevu has quietly combined vodka and cognac with success. Specially created and bottled in Cognac, France, Prevu is infused with raspberry, black currant, and violet flowers with a tickle of bubbly. Read More

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Dark Horse Wine

Available exclusively at Trader Joes

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To the wine newbie, choosing a bottle of wine from the extensive variety available  on the grocer’s shelves can be quite an overwhelming and daunting task.  So let’s start by  introducing one wine at a time, beginning with newcomer Dark Horse Wine. Read More

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Mini Local Brewer’s Fest & Pool Party at Four Points

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Join Four Points by the Sheraton at LAX on Saturday May 12th from noon-5PM for a mini Local Brewer’s Fest, as a part of Beer Appreciation Night and the opening of Brewster’s Pool Bar. Read More

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Hawaii craft beer culture with Maui Brewing Co.’s Garrett Marrero

See Taste Terminal host Jace Milstead interview Garret Marrero

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It’s been about six months since Taste Terminal spoke to Maui Brewing Co.’s owner Garrett Marrero (pictured on the right) when we last caught up with him at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO. Maui Brewing Co. started in 2005 with 400 barrels of beer, now, seven years later, it’s officially the only Regional Craft Brewery in Hawaii brewing over 15,000 barrels of beer per year. “It’s amazing to see how much we have grown. The biggest thing attributing to our growth is being truly local, being who we say we are, being committed to making our beer in Hawaii, always,” Marrero says. Brewers Association, a group representing small brewers, recently released data stating that the small beer market is on the rise, representing 5.68% of the volume in the U.S. beer market, up from 4.97% in 2010. For Marrero, it’s the quality trumping the quantity, “I think fans of craft beer care about where the beer is from, what’s the story behind the beer and how are you different, what sets you apart from the rest.” Read More

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Haven Gastropub + Brewery now serving up own beers: ‘Hello World’

A pale ale, now on tap in Pasadena

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Hello World, a pale ale, is what Haven Gastropub +Brewery‘s brewmaster David Larsen and his team has named their first beer ever to be served to the public. The brew is named after a simple programming syntax which people use to learn computer programming. In essence, “Hello, World” interprets the first time a computer program is successful in execution in it’s most basic form. For David, it’s the first time Haven guests will have the chance to taste his brews. He describes the newly brewed pale ale as an easy drinking beer with a nice hop bite. Read More

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Learn about beer with Certified Cicerone Thomas Kelley and get certified yourself

Edumacate yo self about beer

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Beer is not just for throwing ping pong balls into a red cup, it can be quite sophisticated. Just ask Certified Cicerone (beer sommelier) Thomas Kelley, who’s launching a class about beer. The three part course ($50) begins on Wednesday, April 11 at 7 PM and is held at El Segundo Brewing Company in El Segundo, CA. Each session is about 1.5 hours long, allowing the student to familiarize themselves with the history, the brewing process, evaluation of beer, serving and pairing with food, and beer styles. The point of the class is not only to prepare students for the Certified Beer Server exam (first level of the program), but to break down the stigma of Budweiser commercials. “The best way for craft beer advocates to overcome the mass marketing campaign of the last century is very simple and can be summed up in one word. Educate,” Kelley says. Read More