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BEERWIRE - Former Tinderbox executive chef and entrepreneur behind underground dinner club, Graffeats; Blair Warsham has recently partnered with John P. Alderete Ph.D. and Stuart Maschmeier at Belmont's Mayfield Brewing Company. The manufacturer is known for its high-end, barrel-aged beer, and Warsham is currently working with the partners on a lower-priced line of oak-aged beer, including an Altbier, IPA and a Stout. This should all be rolled out by the end of July, but the interested can sample in-the-works products -- hopefully in Mayfield's new tasting room -- on June 25th at the monthly "friday flights" event. Also in the works: a San Francisco tasting room, possibly in Russian Hill. [EaterWire]

NEW LEASE - From Craigslist we learn the Organica Crepe House project underway at 3465 19th Street has come to a halt due to owner Norman Zawideh's lack of funds. Zawideh, whose prior restaurant involvement includes Cup of Java at 28th and Guerrero, is currently looking for a partner, an investor, or someone to buy him out altogether. Potential partners should know he's brought in his cousin Nabil Khoury, chef at Goood Frikin Chicken, to help as chef with his concept, which will extend beyond crepes into diner food, hamburger and steak territory. The space provides 2200 square-feet total in a prime Mission location. Those interested should skip to the full ad here for contact information. [EaterWire]

NOE VALLEY - Per GrubStreet, the Amberjack sushi space at Church and 24th, along with its lease, and brand; is for sale. The owner, Stewart Chen, remains owner of Amberjack in Mill Valley and co-owner of Umi on 18th and Missouri. [GrubStreet SF]

PACIFIC HEIGHTS - SFist brings the sad news that Bittersweet Chocolate Cafe has unceremoniously closed and it appears that landlord issues are at fault. Silver lining: a Jack London Square outpost is opening. Put a point in the Oakland column. [SFist]

POTRERO HILL - Our tipsters have continued to update us faithfully on the state of the stagnant paper in the windows at Papito. And now Signore Lucchesi reports the issue at hand is the original Change of Use permit was for a quick-service restaurant, not the full-service Mexican operation Papito promises to be. So owner Jocelyn Bulow is currently dealing with the Planning Department, which explains why this is taking so long. Don't hold your breath. [ISSF]

MARINA - The quote of the day is extracted from Uptown Almanac's unscientific report on Marina inhabitants. We thought it fitting preparation for this weekend's Union Street Festival: "Marina residents subsist primarily on ripened fruit, insects, birth control, Jägermeister and poultry, with marijuana cigarettes making up the remaining 20-30% of their diet." Agree; or agree to disagree. [Uptown Almanac]

Mayfield's Iconoclast Aurora barrel-aged brew. [Photo: BetterBeerBlog]

Mayfield Brewing Company

111 Industrial Rd., Belmont, CA

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