Score in SF!

On October 12, 2008, in Craft Beer, Family and Friends, Food, Music, Travel, by Mark Ranes
Tommy's Joynt in San Francisco

Tommy's Joynt in San Francisco

We just got back from an overnight trip to San Francisco.  We dropped off a care package to Meagan and then headed over to our hotel (after almost getting creamed by a trolley car:).  I saw a BevMo a couple bocks away while we were trying to park, so I made a mental note to check them out for some ales I’ve been unable to buy in the valley.  After checking into our hotel, and enjoying an ale with friends in our room, we headed across the street to a San Francisco landmark, Tommy’s Joynt, for dinner and ales.  We could smell the wonderful aroma of hofbrau food wafting across the street as we hurried through the cross walk to Tommy’s.  Inside, the place was hopping, with every seat taken in the lower level, but there was plenty of seating available upstairs.  It was everything I had hoped for – hand carved meats on fantastic San Francisco sourdough bread!  It brought back memories of my childhood, living in Oakland, and visiting a fantastic hofbrau, at Broadway and Grand, in downtown Oakland (the hofbrau has since closed up).  I ordered a turkey sandwich, a side of stuffing, and a Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA.  The food was heavenly – hearty and full of flavor.  Dinner for two of us was only $16 for carved sandwiches and sides, and the ales were very reasonable at under $5 a pint.  I’d go back to Tommy’s Joynt in a heartbeat, and it is only 6-7 blocks from Meagan’s dorm on Sutter.

After dinner we walked about eight long city blocks over to Yoshis Jazz Club to see Acoustic Alchemy.  The club was very nice, with awesome acoustics, and Acoustic Alchemy was as good as usual – very tight and polished.  At the club I enjoyed a Lagunitas IPA and a Hoegaarden Wit.

Dogfish Head and Russian River Ales

Dogfish Head and Russian River Ales

This morning, after a quick contenential breakfast, we headed out for a walk so I could check out BevMo for beer.  They didn’t open until 10:00 a.m., so we walked a bit futher to a Whole Foods Market a couple blocks away.  They had all of the ales I was hoping to find at BevMo.  I picked up two 4-packs of Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron brown ale and two 4-packs of Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA.  Additionally, they had mini-bombers of Russing River ales, so I got three bottles of Blind Pig IPA and two bottles of Pliny the Elder Double IPA.  $78 later, and I had twenty-one bottles of high quality ale that will be savored over the coming months.  Score!

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