Ready, set, cease-and-desist
Richmond, California brewery Armistice recently entered a standoff with a certain British baking celebrity “whose name may or may not rhyme with Hairy Larry,” they write. Their “pastry stout” with Dandelion Chocolate and raspberries is still being released, but they had to change the name and rebrand the bottles, which cost thousands. It’s now “Cease and Desistberry Pastry Stout.” Craft brewers with punny titles are no strangers to such skirmishes: In-N-Out, for example, got particularly creative with their cease-and-desist letter to SF brewery Seven Stills last year. But in the end, the added press could pay dividends for breweries.
SF is now home to the youngest master sommelier in the country
27-year-old Jeremy Shanker, Michael Mina restaurant’s lead somm, who has only been (legally) drinking for six years, is now the country’s youngest master sommelier. He and other locals, like ONE65 wine director Vincent Morrow, just learned this week that they’d achieved the Court of Master Sommeliers’ highest title.
Impossible Burgers arrive in grocery stores
Impossible Foods’ plant-based, not-meat burgers are available to home cooks for the first time starting this week. LA-based Grocery Chain Gelson’s will be the first to carry them, with 12-oz packages for $8.99.
SF urban winery bids farewell
17-year-old Harrington Wines is closing at the end of the year, Bryan Harrington tells the Chronicle. He’ll move out of his industrial warehouse space in Hunters Point by the end of the year, selling off inventory before going off to travel and paint.
August (1) Five goes in on downtown lunch
Now in its third year, stylish Indian restaurant August (1) Five has a new lunch option. Executive chef Manish Tyagi serves a chef’s special menu for $35, and a la carte options like salads, wraps, and bowls are in the $15 price range. August (1) Five’s lunch is available 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, with a delivery option as well.