Drink of the Week: Floating on a Cloud

Float a little Fernet on top of a pint of Anchor Flying Cloud Stout. It’s a variation on the San Francisco classic The Bottom of the Bay. Dark and stormy.

Drink of the Week: Jello shots at Chino (eaten with chopsticks)

They contain gin, sloe gin, apricot and lime, and they’re real fun to try to pick up and transfer to your gullet.

Eighty-Five Song Happy Hour, where Nick Pal plays short songs because life is short

Longtime Mission Mission contributor (and originator of our occasional Drink of the Week series) Nick Pal has started anew as a DJ instead of a blogger. He hosts four different shows on BFF on Sunday afternoons, and he does this happy hour gig every first Wednesday at Pop’s.

Last first Wednesday, Nick Pal played a lot of great short rock ‘n’ roll songs, from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, ’00s and maybe the ’10s too, including this jam:

See y’all tonight!

Drink of the Week: Chilled shots of Midori

It’s actually really horrible, but it’s festive, and I like this picture.

Drink of the Week: Damnation

On tap at Rosamunde right now. So good. Just look at it.

Drink of the Week: Riga Black Balsam on the rocks

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It’s an herbal liqueur from Latvia, kiiinda like a Fernet. It rules.

Drink of the Week: Anchor’s new Estonian-style ale

Here’s the deal:

Anchor Brewing Company’s Zymaster No. 6: Saaremaa Island Ale is inspired by Anchor Brewmaster Mark Carpenter’s journey to this Estonian island in the Baltic Sea. Inhabited for over 8,000 years, Saaremaa has been occupied by Germany, Denmark, Sweden, czarist Russia, and the Soviet Union. Its culture is a rich and fascinating melting pot. Yet few outside of Estonia have ever experienced its uniquely native beers. Mark enjoyed them so much that he not only brought back his memories of Saaremaa but some brewer’s yeast, as well. Inspired by Mark’s Estonian beer journey, Anchor’s Zymaster No. 6 takes you on a journey to Saaremaa by way of San Francisco.

“My wife and I were traveling through the Saaremaa Island countryside and we stopped at a bar,” said Anchor Brewmaster Mark Carpenter. “I asked for a local draught beer and the unfiltered brew I was served was completely unique. It was the native yeast that intrigued me and ultimately become the inspiration for Zymaster No. 6. After returning to San Francisco, the Estonian yeast was isolated and cultured becoming the cornerstone of our pale ale which is complimented by the medium bitterness from Northern Brewer, a favorite hop here at Anchor. The result is a one-of-a-kind brew that transports me back to that countryside bar. We hope you’ll enjoy this beer journey, as well.” [link]

I had it the other day at the Tradesman and it was pretty interesting (and paired well with the burger with peanut butter and cheese). Had no idea of its Estonian origins until I thought to look it up just now. Cool story, Anchor!

Drink of the Week: The Hennychata (aka the Horchennessy)

It’s horchata + Hennessy, what more do you need to know? Could there possibly be a more baller drink?

Available at La Rondalla. (Also available, the thing where you get a mini Corona tipped into your marg. Margaveza aka beergarita. Not too shabby.)

[via Andrew Dalton on Instagram]

Drink of the Week: Orange-and-black tallboy-and-a-shot combo

Stiegl Radler and a shot of Fernet Branca! Go Giants!

(Available at Pop’s Bar and probably other bars.)

[via Jess]

Drink of the Week: Newfangled variation on classic SF drink the Bottom of the Bay

If you haven’t had a Bottom of the Bay, check out the Bottom of the Bay.

This week’s Drink of the Week is a variation, which we tried last night for the first time. Instead of the draft Drake’s Imperial Stout, we used the new Narwhal Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada. And instead of Fernet Branca, we used Fernet Lazzaroni (purchased over the weekend at Royal Cuckoo Market, along with some Swedish Punsch.) And instead of dropping a shot of the Fernet into the stout, we just poured a little in.

It was pretty damn good. Especially now that winter’s here ;)

Now let’s rock: