HenHouse softly opens new Petaluma taproom and blendery
Petaluma-born brewery HenHouse moved to Santa Rosa to expand, opening its first taproom there at 322 Bellevue. But now it’s got a foot back in its hometown with a new taproom and barrel-aging facility. Dubbed the Palace of Barrels, the indeed palatial space at 1333 N. McDowell, which formerly belonged to the now-closed Petaluma Hills Brewing, opened over the weekend. “Palace of Barrels will have largely have the same beers as our Santa Rosa tasting room until we start getting beers out of barrels, probably in a year,” HenHouse co-founder Collin McDonnell tells Eater SF. “We’ll start filling barrels immediately,” with the goal of “spirits aged and funky beers” down the road. There are 42 seats in the joint, and food trucks are on the way. Hours are 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 11 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Darger Bar says peace out
Darger Bar, which replaced Dear Mom at 2700 16th Street (at Harrison), is now closed. “We will miss seeing so many of your faces, throwing some killer parties, and the chillest music scene happening,” writes owner Paul Bavaro (Thieves Tavern, Blind Cat, Whiskey Thieves). “I am glad to have had the opportunity to have so many conversations about the artwork of Henry Darger (the bar’s namesake), an artist who lived his life to create not for fame, not for money but for the love of it. May we all find that thing that makes us do it for love!”
The Alembic’s brunch has chicken fried rabbit and waffles
Chef Rachel Aronow, who recently made the long list of James Beard Award nominees for Rising Star Chef, started serving a new brunch at her Upper Haight restaurant and cocktail bar the Alembic on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The eccentric options include a Japanese Omelet with “Millionaire’s Spam” and her own Jerusalem bagels with pastrami salmon: Have a gander.
More beer for the Town with Ghost Town opening
Ghost Town Brewing has opened its brewery and taproom in West Oakland at 1960 Adeline Street, which it began work on last summer. Doggos and kiddos are welcome, and all beers are priced around $5, with $3 pours of their Scumbag Cream Ale available every day. Hours are Monday to Friday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Drink Sego Milk?
Speaking of ghosts, Curbed SF has the story of a newly-uncovered ghost sign, or a fading advertisement of yore. The circa 1920s sign appeared on Bush in Lower Nob Hill after another building was torn down to reveal it. It’s for Sego Milk, reportedly the West’s first milk processing plant, which operated from 1917 to 1957 in Galt, California.