Press Club ~ San Francisco's wine lounge and tasting room now offers an ever growing collection of eclectic beers! With their tastings and knowledgeable staff it's a great way to learn more about beer. featured post *tasteologie

Press Club ~ San Francisco's wine lounge and tasting room now offers an ever growing collection of eclectic beers! With their tastings and knowledgeable staff it's a great way to learn more about beer.

October 4th, 2011

On my recent trip up to Clift I also had a chance to explore San Francisco.  I took a little walk to Market Street to check out Press Club.  What I had assumed to be a wine tasting turned out to be a preview of their new beer program.  It is the baby of general manager and home brewer Kristian Cosentino and in the short time that it's been running they have put together quite the selection.  There is a focus on eclecticism, and the bar/lounge which is set up for multiple wine tastings proves to be equally well adapted to beer.

The space is gorgeous. You step down from the street into Press Club's cavernous series of bars and lounges. It is set up for multiple groups to be able to come in for various tasting events. Everyone is spaced far enough away for you to have a conversation with your party or ask questions to the extremely knowledgeable staff.
I love the use of back lit wine bottles.
There are also touches of Press Club's wine history everywhere like this enormous trough of corks.
You can either look through the menu, which changes so frequently that they are thinking of switching to iPads, or peruse the tap handles...
... or you can just ask. Kristian was so excited to share some of his latest arrivals that he was almost more bubbly than the beer.
I tasted 10 in that day. Standouts included the unbelievably dark Brewdog 'Tokyo' which was full of deep chocolate and woody flavors. The Scottish brewery also includes jasmine and cranberries to add some great aroma. They describe it as "the parody of being and the inherent contradictions of post-modernism, all so delicately conveyed by the blocky, pixelated arcade action have all been painstakingly recreated in this bottle's contents." It also has an astonishingly strong 18.2% ABV for when you need to take moderation in moderation. Joining this dark monstrosity was the 'Black Hole' Imperial stout from Mikkeller which is aged in peaty whiskey casks. The peat definitely comes through and the nose smells more like a great smokey whiskey than a beer. On the lighter side they also had a keg of Barn Swallow Cider a brew from Aeppeltreow Winery in Wisconsin made of heirloom apple varietals.
It was really fun to get a taste of the beer at Press Club. It's also great to see that beer works so well in a venue devoted to wine and being treated as something worldly and refined. It is a beer nerd's dream made accesible for a curious if somewhat novice audience and they have plans to expand even further.
Show more posts!
Loading...
Federated Media Publishing - Home - Copyright NOTCOT INC 2006-2017 - Privacy Policy