If you like higher altitude beer. That is, beer with a real kick. The place to be this month is in San Francisco at 21st Amendment Restaurant & Brewery, 563 Second St. and Magnolia Pub and Brewery, 1398 Haight St.
Shaun O’Sullivan at 21st and Dave McLean at Magnolia have each brewed six strong beers, ranging from 8.5 percent (Hendrik’s Russian Imperial Expresso Stout 8.5 percent at the 21st, and Double Clutch Doppelweizen at Magnolia) to 10.5 percent – Lower De Boom Barley Wine ’08 at the 21st and 11.2 percent – Old Thunderpussy Barleywine at Magnolia.
The deal is, have a glass of each of the 12 beers at the two pubs between Feb. 1 and the end of the month and you get a commemorative glass.
This is a gimmick to draw people in during February, a historically slow beer month. But in the world of good beer, that’s old school thinking. We love our pubs and we visit all the time, winter and summer, don’t we. Well, I do.
What Shaun and Dave have done is to use the occasion to make some helliciuously delicious strong beers.
Shaun and Dave will be at the Toronado, 547 Haight St. in San Francisco Thursday night (Jan. 31, 2008) at 6 p.m. to kick off their anti-low-gravity month. Toronado proprietor David Keene says each will bring one of their strong beers.
They’re also bringing a special beer, a blend of two of their beers, Davis says.
Be there or be square and I’ll see ya’ there.