Beer Sighting: Einstok

August 16th, 2017

Einstok Icelandic Toasted Porter. Available at Berkeley Bowl. Buy some before all their glaciers melt. Einstock Beer.

hipsters at an English breakfast

July 2nd, 2017

nice pub.  their own beer.  food, not bad.  “English Breakfast” on the menu.  “With ham”, it says.  And beans.  Proper shocking English high-cholesterol breakfast like you’d serve the yankee tourists.

Except it was 3 slices of bacon.  And some sort of dark colored mildly gelatenous substance that might have been some sort of hash.  If you squint and rub some playa dust on your face you could  sort of imagine some pub out in the countryside cooking up the rabbits the locals had caught in the forest that day you’d sorta get this substance.  To those at the table it looked a little sketch.

Beer Sighting: Drake’s Barrel House

June 25th, 2017

Tucked in behind the Walmart and the Home Depot and the ghost of Sports Authority past, in San Leandro.  Food (via a decent colocated food truck-ish arrangement).   drakesbrewing.com

Livermore Beer Festival

May 13th, 2017

3rd year.  Better and better every year.  Very nice bunch of brewer elves gathered in a setting that generates money for charity.  Not a competition, but certainly an opportunity for the beer merchants to show off their stuff.  Stymie & The Pimp Jones Luv Orchestra was awesome.  Smokin’ funk in the back yard of a Shriners in the very suburban part of the East Bay.  Only in California…

http://www.livermorevalleycraftbeerfestival.com

Coffee Network Metrics: IPv4 Packets per Decibel

October 1st, 2010

I’m in some Starbucks.  New montgomery near market in downtown SF?  Loud music.  Obnoxious enough to drive me out.  we really need to dos Starbucks by using a sound level meter to show those frappowhatsis are constructed under conditions that are OSHA violations.  why do my ears have to be insulted because you’re in the mood for espresso and strawberries and crushed ice and they need to use the blender behind the counter – the one with no sound suppression…

California State Parks. Like Motel 6, with campfires

March 22nd, 2010

Went to a California park this weekend.  It was $35 a night for a campsite.  You’re supposed to call an 800 number, 2 days in advance, to reserve a space.  You get to pay a 7.50 fee when you reserve.  So it’s 42.50 for the first night.  The Motel 6 10 miles back on the main highway was only 44 a night.  Yeah, it’s a park.  Yeah, we got to camp.

But watching the poor park ranger do the campsite tour every afternoon, collecting rent, was so sad…

Silisec at Faultline

March 19th, 2010

Heh.  Got thrown out of Faultline once.  A senior high tech exec we were meeting with politely asked the waitress to switch his beer order (she got it wrong.)  Apparently that was grounds for the manager to bitch us out because we ‘stressed’ the waitress.  If you yell at my customer it tends not to make me want to buy beer at your dodgy bar, dude 😉

Coffee, worth the queue

March 1st, 2010

Blue Bottle.  Three blocks from Moscone.  Totally worth it if you want decent coffee.