Fabulous field trip

Posted by Cameron on 10.11.06 6:48 PM

Beer (c)2006 AECGirls, the next time your man (of any gender) gives you the tiniest bit of lip about shopping excursions worth the name — and I mean the kind that require provisions and a Sherpa — you just take Medea Jones’ advice. Saddle him up for a field trip like the one we did last Saturday.

Start at The City Beer Store, a new-ish spot down on Fabulous Folsom: Less Scummy, More Yummy! (and that one’s a Medea Jones original, sealed with a kiss, lovey, so remember that you read it here first). Your faithful correspondent has previously pined on these pages for the bodacious Seattle beer scene and the absolutely fab Bottleworks. Well, color me amber with glee!!! City Beer is too cute for words and it’s just jam-packed with little and big bottles of malty joy, all begging to be taken home. Everything is sold as singles, and the boys there encourage experimentation. Not like that, presh!!! I mean you get a discount if you mix and match your purchases. Love the funky concrete loft decor, (Ed. no, really, it’s a converted live-work loft) and the three taps — soon to be five — pouring draught beer. It’s a store! It’s a bar! It’s a store and a bar!

Pause! Breathe! Wave! Blow kisses! Touch the pearls for sincerity! Wave!

On to the next destination, the gritty, downmarket BevMo on Bayshore for a little atmosphere and some things that a girl just needs…like a bottle of Clear Creek Pear Brandy for Falling Leaves and a shopping cart full of wine! Special to Mr. Windbreaker Man, lashing four one-gallon jugs of Gallo into the milk crate on the back of your powder-blue moped: Those are just the weekly rations, aren’t they? Call me. We must party.

Where next? Why, Blackwell’s Wine & Sprits in The Avenues! Now, there was a time when I’d never venture west of Park Presidio unless it was for a really hot pickup roller derby match. But not any more, chickadees! A frantic cross-country quest for Carpano Antica at the end of September put paid to that. Cue scene from A Nightmare on Booze Street. Yours Truly is on the mobile with who-ever:

“Um, HI! I’m looking for a bottle of Carpano Antica. Do you have it?”

“Yes, I’ll wait.”

“Hi! I’m looking for a bottle of Carpano Antica?”

“Carpano Antica.”

“It’s a kind of vermouth, I think.”

“No, I don’t know what you do with it, honey, but I hope I’ll find out!”

“Well, my friend said if I showed up with a bottle he’d make it worth my while.”

“Yes! Ha ha! An offer you can’t refuse!”

“4-1-5…Wait, why do you need my telephone number?”


“V-E-R-M-O-U…oh, never mind!”

But then I found Blackwell’s, way-y-y-y-y out on Geary, where Gary and Tristan simply saved my life. So, zip zip zip and we’re back to the present, or at least the more recent past, when we visited again. Tristan recommended some wines for when the spirit is willing but the pocketbook is weak: very lovely, very French. I went all wobbly in the knees again on beholding the wall of booze. I’m on a complete bourbon kick these days and honestly, I’m stacking the bottles sideways in the closet, my foil-wrapped cherry bon-bons. I screwed up my courage and limited myself to a bottle of Bulleit (very chic on the custom cocktail circuit — mixes well, but bo-ring alone…. OOPS! Did I say that?), and one of the 15-year-old Pappy Van Winkle, which is simply impossible to find but is my Favorite Bourbon Of All Time, aside from the Sun King, of course.

There! A plan for a happy Saturday! I’m exhausted just writing about it. Mitzi, fetch the English cucumber slices and fill the bath with raita. I must regain my strength.

Love and kisses,
Miss Thing, Medea Jones

The City Beer Store
1168 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 503-1033

BevMo Bayshore
201 Bayshore Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 648-1233

Blackwell’s Wines & Spirits
5620 Geary Boulevard (between 20th and 21st)
San Francisco, CA 94121

beer, drinks, shopping



Comment by Sean

Girlfriend, you gotta stop hanging out with us queers. It’s starting to rub off. :-) so now we know where Dorothy Parker gets her brewskis!

So you’re on a bourbon kick, eh? I’m working up a post. Stay tuned …

Posted on 10.12.06 at 9:54AM

Comment by erik_flannestad

I can’t believe you went to the Bayshore bevmo without picking up a litre of two of white zinfandel; but, Miss Thing, let me tell you there are few better deals in this world than the W.L. Weller 12 Year, especially at clubbev prices. Also, Mr. Drew at the 24th street plumpjack has a very nice 10 year old Eagle Rare whose cask he hand selected. Very Tasty and also quite reasonably priced.

Posted on 10.12.06 at 10:06PM

Comment by Cameron

Medea asked me to pass this on:

“Very Tasty and Quite Reasonably Priced are my *favorite* burlesque performers! Can’t wait to try the Weller and I’m long overdue for a visit to Plumpjack!

Posted on 10.13.06 at 9:46AM

Comment by M. C-

thank you thank you for the carpano tip! i just had an excellent manhattan w/ basil hayden’s and carpano, and am on the hunt.

Posted on 01.14.07 at 6:46PM

Comment by detox

Bourbon kick? And you didn’t pick up a bottle of Blackwell’s W&S hand-selected single barrel bottling of Eagle Rare 10yr old? For shame!!! Btw – there’s also hand-picked barrel bottles of the Elmer T. Lee (if you’re in the mood for something a little sweeter than the Eagle Rare)

Posted on 01.16.07 at 4:05PM

Comment by KathyR

The Eagle Rare is 5 bucks cheaper at Blackwell’s than it is at PlumpJack. We were just at Blackwell’s this weekend, and they say PlumpJack “stole” the buying-a-barrel-of-Eagle-Rare from them.

Posted on 02.06.07 at 11:45AM

Comment by Cameron

Re: Blackwell’s

We love Blackwell’s and, in an example of perfect timing, just picked up a bottle of their hand-selected Eagle Rare a couple of weekends ago. It is fantastic.

From a purely selfish perspective, the more folks competing to bring Buffalo Trace products to SF, the better. Can we get this going for Pappy Van Winkle?

Posted on 02.06.07 at 1:02PM

Comment by KathyR

We also picked up some Eagle Rare from Blackwell’s. I finally understand why bourbon is so addictive, after buying that 12-year-old Van Winkle, which Blackwell still has. I was expecting to go back (after a month hiatus) and find the Van Winkle supply gone, but no! Even in my relatively poor financial state, I think $39 for that bottle is a bargain.

Andrew likes the Czech Fernet we buy Blackwell’s. It has become his “restorative” when he comes in from his bike ride home from work. I think it tastes kind of like aftershave.

Posted on 02.08.07 at 8:23AM

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