Monday, September 28, 2009
Beer Dinner landscape in SF about to change
I've never made it to a Beer Dinner with Bruce Paton in San Francisco. For all of my Bay Area visits, the timing has never lined up just right to make it to one of Paton's storied dinners in the city at The Cathedral Hill Hotel. Now, they are coming to an end as the 50-year-old hotel is going off to the great hospitality suite in the sky. Recently, Jay Brooks has written about the Russian River dinner and you can bet that he'll have more to say during the last two beer dinners at the hotel to come in October. Where Paton will stage his beer dinners in the future has not apparently been decided (or disclosed) as of yet. But, in the meantime, there are two dinners remaining to be enjoyed at the hotel. The next is this coming Friday, 10/2, when a four-and-a-half course meal with Matt Brynildson and his Firestone Walker beers will be served. The last hurrah comes on Friday October 23rd, when Rob Tod will join the farewell party and bring his Allagash beers to dinner. I'll be flying through SFO in October, but do not have any trips that will land me there during either of these dinners. If you will be, consider yourself in the know.