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The Beer & Nosh Dinner = Beer & Sword Swallowing

February 13, 2009

Wednesday night brought us the ridiculously good Beer & Nosh Celebrity Dinner hosted by none other than world’s most powerful beer blogger, Jesse.

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OK, no actual celebrities — sadly Allan from Mission Mission wasn’t able to make it — but regional breweries were finely represented: Sacramento Brewing, Triple Rock, Drake’s, Firestone Walker, Oskar Blues, and the “Born-On-Valencia” Shmaltz (more on them in a bit).

Obligatory pictures of food — Jen Biesty of Scala put together an astounding course.  Below we see a poorly lit, low rez picture of an amazing risotto topped with chorizo-stuffed squid. DAMN.

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The other courses were all great but my lack of photographic skillz do not do them justice.

All of the beers were excellent, and came in many shapely glasses:

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They were especially well paired with each course, something I have never really appreciated until now. My favorite beer of the evening was probably the Drake’s Special Wine Barrel Blend (50% Merlot Barrel BrettAmber 50% Pinot Barrel Belgium Triple). Then there was the Albino Pyhton, paired with the risotto-squid-chorizo-palooza.

All the brewers got a chance to talk about their beers, and Shmaltz even brought Donnie Vomit, the namesake of the Human Blockhead Tough-As-Nails Lager.  Who proceeded to:

A) hammer a nail into his nose:
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B) Remove said nail:
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C) drill a masonry bit into his nose:

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D) Swallow a sword:

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As you can tell, Schmaltz Brewing definitely has style.  This is, of course, due to their humble roots in the Mission — they started off in the old Sears building on Valencia and Army/Cesar Chavez.

“Wha? Sears? On Valencia?” you are likely saying. “Unpossible!  Valencia is and always has been is a secret garden of small and delicate boutiques!”

Not so, oh blog reader.  Both Mission and Valencia were a commerical hub up until the 60s, and “3435 Army” building was a Sears Roebucks, as we can see from the SF Public Library Historical Photo Collection.

1956:

1929:

A strike in 1947 (looking north up Valecia from on top of what now is Aamco):

(That’s almost the turnout of the AA hearing!)

More photos of the “The Miracle Mile” that was the Mission 50 years ago here.

And on a more contemporary note, I won the beer making kit in the raffle at the dinner! La Lengua Lager, anyone?

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