Total SF beer crawl
A group of six friends with some free time, strong livers, and a hired driver toured San Francisco’s 28 breweries in one 24-hour period this weekend, documenting their exploits on Instagram and sharing some insights with SFist. It’s a sign of the times, in a way: SF’s recent beer boom has brought so many breweries to the 7-by-7 limit, nearly matching the numbers of breweries the city had before prohibition, when there were about 40. The group’s favorites along the way were Black Sands, Black Hammer, Seven Stills, Barrelhead, and Bare Bottle, they say.
Indian Paradox now selling retail wine
Delightful Divisadero wine bar and Indian restaurant, Indian Paradox, has just gained all the permits to sell retail wine, and now owner/sommelier Kavitha Raghavan has launched a wine club, too. It’s $80 a month for three bottles, and members also get a free wine tasting if they go pick up during the restaurant’s open hours.
Mission Pie hosts famed and final pie contest
Neighborhood staple Mission Pie is leaving Mission Street on a sweet note, hosting its final pie contest this past weekend and preparing for a September 1 closure. It was the 13th annual event, with about 100 people stopping in to taste samples of pies from local contestants and show support for Mission PIe owners Krystin Rubin and Karen Heisler.
Napa wineries confronting climate change fear the end of Cabernet
Napa’s prized Cabernet Sauvignon grapes could soon be a thing of the past amid rising temperatures in the region. Winemakers like Larkmead’s Dan Petroski, who currently grows 73 percent Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, is operating under the idea that Larkmead and its ilk have another 20 to 30 years to prepare, and he’s wasting no time, planting a three-acre research block to see what warmer-weather grapes could work. Read the Chronicle’s profile of Petroski’s work for more.