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Abbots Cellar Turns 2!

Abbot'sLogo_KCome help us celebrate the Abbots 2nd Anniversary the weekend of July 25 – 27!  It will be a festivities filled weekend: On Saturday the 26th, from 11am to 2pm, some of the best beers from both the Monks and the Abbots cellars will be available…. this is not to be missed.

And for the weekend’s Tasting Menu, the 12 collaboration beers that Sierra Nevada brewed with some of the best breweries in the nation will be featured. All twelve beers will be on draft, using six of them as pairings for the tasting menu. A preview of the menu can be viewed HERE.  Make your reservations now by calling 415.626.8700, or by clicking HERE.

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Featured Brewery: The Commons Brewery

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The Commons Brewery is a small craft brewery in Portland, Oregon. They have been around for a few years but we are just now starting to see more and more of them here in the Bay Area and everything has been outstanding. Being such a small brewery, they are able to brew a wide array of styles with European influence and a northwest twist that have been generating quite a buzz and multiple awards to back it up. We have been selling (and drinking) a few of their beers on our list and are enamored by their very apparent delicate touch/brewing practices and bold, complex, intricate, balanced, and delicious flavor profiles.

We currently carry five of their beers that are all worth trying. Some of our favorites include:

Brotherly Love- a barrel-aged Belgian Strong Dark brewed with sour cherries and Ecuadorian cocoa nibs that give this beer a lovely dark fruit, dark chocolate, slightly roasted, and a hint of Belgian yeast spiciness with a mild acidity. If you like drier dark Belgians and porters or stouts then this one is definitely a good one to open and share with some friends. It is released once a year in February so don’t miss out or else you will have to wait another year!

Urban Farmhouse- a saison/farmhouse style beer that has garnered a lot of acclaim. It is, to put simply, soft, bright, refreshing, crisp, earthy, floral, and dry, reminiscent of traditional and classic saisons. A good thirst quencher to wet your pallet as you lay in the sun at the park.

Biere Royale- a wild ale brewed with black currants. This one pours a beautiful deep red/purple in color with a nice and tight carbonation that gently cleanses your palate and lends a creamy but crisp mouthfeel. Not overly sour or sweet, it is delicately balanced leaning towards the drier side and has flavors of cranberry juice, currant, and raspberry. This one is great for the intermediate sour beer drinker looking for something lighter on the palate with lots of flavor and mild to moderate tartness.

Other beers to try from them that are in stock at Monk’s:

Myrtle – Tart Saison

Biere de Garde

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Beer Dinner w/ Perennial & Sante Adairius

We’ll be hosting two amazing breweries tonight, Perennial  Artisan Ales and Sante Adairius Rustic Ales, for a 5 course Beer Dinner. The complete menu can be viewed HERE.

We’ll be Closed for the event, starting today at 5pm, and re-opening tomorrow, Friday the 25th, at noon for business as usual.

For your beer and food needs during the event, please visit our sister restaurant (and Top 100 Restaurant two years in a row!) Abbots Cellar, at 742 Valencia.

Cheers,

The Kettlesante adairius

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SF Beer Week 2014 at Monks & Abbots

sf beer week 2014Happy 2014 Everyone!!

San Francisco Beer Week is approaching rapidly, and we’d like to make sure you have every chance to celebrate with us.  We’ll be hosting events at both Monks Kettle and Abbots Cellar.  Highlights include Sour Beers at both places, a Beer Dinner with Societe Brewing, Pliny the Younger charity event, and a Beer Lunch with Prairie Artisan Ales.

Click HERE for a full run-down of all we have going on.  Here’s to beer!

Cheers,

The Kettle & the Abbot

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Welcome to SF Beer Week at Monks Kettle & Abbots Cellar

Monks Kettle SF Beer Week 2014 Events

Saturday Feb 8th  United Sours of America

All the taps at the Monk’s Kettle will be taken over by American sours.  24 sours made in the good ole U.S. of A.  About 20 breweries will be represented, and several cellared items will be featured.  We will also offer an extensive vintage list of sours in the bottle.  For this event, we will be opening early (11AM), as well as offering patio seating along Albion St for the first time (exclusive to a few special events).

Drafts will include a few selections from the very limited Cascade Brewing, Prairie Artisan Ales, Russian River (Temptation Batch 6 2011, Sanctification Dec 2010, etc.), Crooked Stave, The Bruery, Allagash, Lost Abbey, Almanac, The Rare Barrel (a new all-sour brewery in Berkeley), Logsdon, Evil Twin, Moonlight, New Belgium Lips of Faith, Golden Road, Boulevard, Jolly Pumpkin, Craftsman, Avery, and more.  Check out the menu HERE.

Bottle selections will be available from those listed above as well as others.  Vintage selections will date back to 2008, and glass pours will be offered from breweries whose kegs don’t make it to SF, but their bottles do.

Tuesday Feb 11th Beer Dinner with Societe Brewing

5 Course dinner with San Diego’s Societe Brewing.  This will be the first beer and food event in Northern California for this brewery; they are very good, but not yet distributing in this area.  Doors at 5:45pm, first course served at 6:30pm.  $125 per person excluding tax and gratuity.  Click HERE to see the menu.  Reservations can be made by emailing Greg Brown at greg@monkskettle.com, or by clicking HERE.

Wednesday Feb 12th  Pliny the Younger Charity Event

One of the most sought-after beers made in this country.  We get one keg of it, and it’s all going to charity.  $10 for 10 oz.  Cash only for the Younger—limit 2 pours/person.  We will be opening our doors at 11am (one hour early) for this event, and will be opening our patio seating for the event.

Proceeds will go to a local charity called La Cocina, located in the Mission on Folsom Street:  “The mission of La Cocina is to cultivate low-income food entrepreneurs as they formalize and grow their businesses by providing affordable commercial kitchen space, industry-specific technical assistance and access to market  and capital opportunities. We focus primarily on women from communities of color and immigrant communities. Our vision is that entrepreneurs will become economically self-sufficient and contribute to a vibrant economy doing what they love to do.”

Thursday Feb 13th  Beer Pairing Lunch with Prairie Artisan Ales

We are honored to host one of the hottest breweries in the country.  Fairly new, they have been putting out some of the most sought after beers released in the past year (the first year they were available).  The event includes a reception beer and three-course lunch with Chase Healey, head brewer/founder of Prairie Ales, with Birra, Prairie Ale and BOMB! (one of the most coveted beers of 2012).  Doors open at 11:30am, Reception Beer on arrival, and First Course at Noon.  $75 per person excluding tax and gratuity.  Check out the Menu HERE.  Reservations can be made by emailing Greg Brown at greg@monkskettle.com, or by clicking HERE.

Friday Feb 14th  Cellarmaker Hop Flight

Only one of 3 places with Cellarmaker’s four SF Beer Week hoppy beer releases, we’ll have the following on tap: Riwaka Single Hop Pale, Southern Passion Single Hop IPA, Hop Slangin’ IPA, and Original Dankster.  Join us in hosting Tim and Connor of Cellarmaker from 2-4pm.

Abbots Cellar SF Beer Week 2014 Events

Friday Feb 7th – Sunday Feb 9th It’s a Sour World After All

At the Abbot’s Cellar, we will be celebrating the sours of the world outside our beautiful country.  The first weekend of Beer Week (Friday Feb 7th-Sunday Feb 9th), our tasting menu will feature courses paired with imported sours, including Freigeist Rhubarb Gose, Vicaris Tripel-Gueuze and Cantillon Vigneronne.  Bottle selections of various sours will be available, including cellared Cuvee de Ranke, Drie Fonteinen, and Fantome.

Monday Feb 10th Burger & IPA Bash

From 9- 11:30 p.m., Chef Adam Dulye and his guest chef pals will each offer their own signature burger for guests to taste for this one-night only event, with Cellar Master Christian Albertson curating a special list of killer IPAs to pair with them.
Guest Chefs include NOPA’s Laurence Jossel, Telmo Faria from Tacolicious, William Werner of Craftsman & Wolves, and Liza Shaw of Merigan Sub Shop.
This event will serve as the unveiling of a new Abbot’s Cellar burger, to be refined in the following weeks before finding a more permanent home on the menu.
Each chef will offer a limited number of burgers at $15 each, with all proceeds going to charity — The Cooking Project.

Other events to be announced as they get organized and planned.

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Deschutes Beer Dinner!

descutes logoJoin us in hosting Deschutes Brewing Co., from Bend OR, for a 5 course Beer Dinner on Tuesday, November 5th.  Featured beers include Mirror Pond, Hop Trip, Chasin’ Freshies, Jubel 2010, Black Butte XXIV and Black Butte XXIII.  The complete menu can be viewed HERE.

Doors open at 6pm, with the first course served at 6:30pm.  Tickets are on sale now for $115 per person (not including tax and tip).  Contact our GM Greg Brown at greg@monkskettle.com to reserve your seat today!

Cheers,

The Kettle

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Featured Beer: Blanche de Bruxelles

Lefebvre (the ‘b’ is silent), was started in 1876 to help quench the thirst of the quarry workers in the region. After being dismantled by the Germans in WWI the brewery was moved to a hillside just outside Brussels. This also helped Jules Lefebvre, the founder, avoid the annual flooding of the Seine River. By the 1920s, Brasserie Lefebvre was one of the most modernized breweries in the area, and one of only a few that had the ability to bottle their beer. Throughout the century the brewery weathered the turmoil in Europe as well as any could. New beers are created and the brewery is handed down to the new generations of Lefebvres. The brewery’s first experiment with export outside of Belgium comes along in 1980, and proves a great success. It was in 1989 that the revival of wheat ales, once quite popular in the agrarian countryside of Europe, gave birth to ‘la Student’; soon to be renamed Blanche de Bruxelles.

Among the first things one may notice upon receiving a bottle is the label. The ‘Manneken Pis’ (aka Petite Julien and Little Man Peeing) is a famous statue in Brussels depicting a young boy urinating into a fountain. The history of this landmark is as confused as it is humorous. One story of the fountain goes that during a siege of Brussels in the 14th Century, a young boy within the city spied the opposition setting explosives and urinated on the fuse, thus saving the city of Brussels. Another story says that the boy was the son of a wealthy merchant that was visiting Brussels. During his stay the boy was lost, and the whole city was scoured in search of him. He was finally found in a small garden relieving himself and smiling contently. Whichever story you may believe, the depiction of the ‘Little Man Peeing’ on the Blanche de Bruxelles label adds a bit of whimsical humor to go along with a delicious beer.

Witbiers and white ales were widespread and popular style from about the 11th century through the late 1800s. Witbiers were among the first styles to use hops, which is ironic because today they are viewed as one of a few styles that necessitate seasonings other than hops. Orange peel, coriander, chamomile, and sometimes black pepper are carefully chosen to add the spicy notes to witbiers. An over or under ripe ingredient could end up adding vegetal, moldy, or sour flavors that aren’t complimentary to the style or other ingredients.

Blanche de Bruxelles doesn’t disappoint in any category. It pours light bodied with a pearly white head. Aromas of coriander, orange peel, and noble hops leave your mouth watering in anticipation. A touch of apricot and apple fruitiness makes way for a dry, spicy finish. Light bodied and refreshing, Blanche de Bruxelles is perfect for a hot day, and a favorite of Monk’s staff with our mussels and scallops dishes.

Cheers!

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Featured Beer: De Proefbrouwerij K-O (Knockout)

De Proef Brewery has a very different story than many other breweries in the world. Dirk Naudt and his wife Saskia Waerniers started De Proefbrouwerij in 1996. Dirk, a former professor of brewing science, started the brewery with the idea of being the

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