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C CASA Cinco de Mayo Specials

Cinco (five) is the key word for celebrating Cinco de Mayo at C CASA. Start with their “Nachos Not!” — as in, not your typical nachos — at a special price of $5 for the small order. C CASA house-made tortilla chips are topped with black beans, white beans, or half and half, pico de gallo, goat cheese and chipotle aioli for a meal in itself.

Also featured at the special price of $5 per glass, Pavo Real, a white wine blend from Baja, Mexico. Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay are masterfully blended by Master Sommelier Ian Cauble for enjoying with lighter Mexican foods. For those who love beer with their nachos, a bottle of Corona will be available for the Cinco de Mayo price of $3.50 (there is a 5 in that one too.)

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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The Baker at Fieldwork Brewing Company Taproom

Fieldwork brewery would not survive without the support of its friends, family, and the significant others of its employees. For nearly every employee’s birthday, Sarah The Baker delivers the most extravagant baked goods; so Fieldwork Brewing Company has decided it is its turn to pay it back. The result, The Baker Double Brownie Stout.

The Baker is brewed with extremely high grade dark cocoa powder from Belgium and delicious cocoa nibs from Africa that hit your palate with velvety rich chocolate notes. Served on nitro, The Baker is true liquid brownie decadence. Fieldwork rarely dedicates a beer to anyone, so that should tell you just how much they love Sarah… or brownies. Either way, stop by the taproom to celebrate.

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Grapes and beer, a match made in heaven.

At Fieldwork Brewing Company they are all about experimenting and pushing boundaries. With their Petit Verdot Grand Gose they’re doing just that.

Traditionally the Gose is a low ABV wheat beer with a subtle tartness. What separates the Gose from other beers of this flavor profile was its birthplace along the Gose River which had a high saline content. As much as Fieldwork Brewing would love to be alongside a river, these days they add French sea salt to their Goses to give them their traditional burst of flavor and lactobacillus for that balanced tartness. Along with the sea salt, they added Petit Verdot grapes to utilize a fruit often only used in small percentages of wine blends. The grapes give the Grand Gose a beautiful violet hue and jammy notes of raspberries and boysenberries, delicate tannins, and a cranberry like finish.

Finally, this oversized Gose gets its grand name from its higher than usual ABV at 6.7%. Fieldwork Brewing Company excited to back its Petit Verdot Grand Gose to the Oxbow taproom. Whether you enjoy beer or wine, you’ll easily find a new love for the Petit Verdot Grand Gose.

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“I’m not a beer drinker” or so you thought…

“I’m not a beer drinker” is a common phrase heard at the bar in the Fieldwork taproom. It can be heard uttered by those new to the beer world as well as folks who have tried a few beers in their lifetime and have yet to find something to tickle their palate.

As the bartenders help direct those people to something that would suite their tastes, a common direction is towards Fieldwork’s series of “whimsical” beers, or beers that are meant to imitate other drinks or desserts. For head brewer/owner Alex Tweet, and his team, pushing boundaries and changing people’s perception of what beers can be, are all in a day’s work. They are constantly producing innovative beers in new styles and and imaginative flavor combinations.

Currently featured at the taproom is the Churro Cream Ale, a light-bodied classic American style that is turned on its head with a toasty grain bill, cinnamon, and slowly baked cane sugar, that with each sip represent a drink that could easily be confused with a slice of golden dough fresh from the fryer. Alex recommends pairing this beer with C CASA‘s currently featured truffle and goat cheese enchilada. The sweetness of the beer is able to cut through any heat present in the enchilada, while the warm spice notes will create a lovely compliment to the flavors of traditional Mexican spices.

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Sushi Beer at Fieldwork Brewing Company Pairs Perfectly with Seafood from Eiko’s

Visitors to Oxbow Public Market know well that tasty food abounds. There are so many options that pair well with all of the fantastic wine produced in Napa, although the folks at Fieldwork are biased and know how well delicious food pairs with a variety of beers.

Nowhere is this more apparent than with the aptly named “Sushi Beer,” which is an perfect accompaniment to the fresh, innovative, and delicious seafood offered at Eiko’s. Guests can peruse the fresh seafood, choose their favorite preparation and then order it to bring back with them to the taproom just down the aisle to try the pairing for themselves.

The tasting notes written by Fieldwork’s Head Brewer/Owner, Alex Tweet, really express the inspiration behind this beer and why it pairs so well with it’s namesake: “Few beer styles are more perfectly paired with food than Japanese rice lagers and sushi. Unfortunately for us pescaphiles, rice lagers have less variation and innovation than notebook paper; hence Sushi Beer Citra Rice Lager. A rice heavy grain-bill makes this Lager appear lighter and less malty on the palate combines with a pinch of specialty grain providing that trademark Rice Lager profile. Uncommon in the style traditionally, we dry hopped with a heap of Citra hops; providing a bombardment of orange zest, tangerine juice, mango, and slight ganja notes. A light bitterness keeps this beer respectful of your palate’s needs, not beating it up or shredding tastebuds; resulting in a beer that can complement the most delicate Ahi in the world without detracting from it like most any other craft beer would. We dream of one day putting back a pint of Sushi Beer Citra Rice Lager in Tsukiji with some fresh sashimi, but in the meantime we’ll gladly drink pint after pint at our favorite sushi joints in our great home of Northern California.”

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Pair Beer with Your Thanksgiving Dinner

According to the ship logs from The Mayflower, the Pilgrims chose to land early because they were running out of beer. Fortunately for modern day folk, the situation is not as dire, and good beer abounds. This coming Thanksgiving holiday, don’t forget that beer and food go beautifully together and be sure to stop by the Fieldwork Brewing Company taproom to stock up on fresh, delicious beer to pair with all of your Thanksgiving favorites! Below is our guide to some suggested pairings with traditional dishes.

Begin by warming up your palate with something light and flavorful, such as the Outdoor Hoppy Pilsner. This classic style is turned on its head with a bright and grassy hop aroma, while still leaving your taste buds in peak condition to enjoy the flavors to come. Perfect with appetizers and snacks.

Moving into your first courses, salads, vegetable dishes and the like, a light and flavorful saison, such as Farmhouse Wheat pairs quite well. Notes of white pepper and lemon compliment the bright flavors of Autumn produce. If roasted turkey, sage and pecan stuffing, and pan-dripping rich gravy are your style of main courses, try a medium-bodied Belgian ale. Hannah in the Wild, Brett Biere de Garde is a more malt forward style with hints of dark fruit, cinnamon, and banana chips. It was finished with the wild yeast strain brettanomyces, which exhibits dry, hay-like characteristics, making this a versatile and, of course, food friendly style to please many palates.

To finish the meal, a rich, dark ale is recommended to compliment a wide assortment of pies and desserts. Minoterie, Brett Belgian stout has all of the complex aromas of dark chocolate, charred oak, and raisins, while still being extremely smooth and drinkable.

Stop by the taproom soon, try a flight, and take some beer home in 64 ounce growlers, 32 ounce growlers, or 32 ounce Crowlers. The tap list is constantly changing so be sure to ask your bartenders for recommended pairings.

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Beer “To Go” at Fieldwork Brewing Company

Do you ever have a delicious fresh draft beer and wish to take some home to enjoy? Have you ever seen that fresh beer canned before your eyes? Stop by the new Fieldwork Brewing Company taproom and you can do both of these things. Fieldwork offers many of their fresh, innovative brews “to-go” in glass growlers, as well as 32oz “Crowlers.” A Crowler is a can filled with draft beer and sealed to take home with you. You can try a flight of different beers, choose your favorites, and order a Crowler to be filled as you watch. These one time use vessels are perfect to take in your bag on a hike, pack in your suitcase for travel, or just to bring home for the night to enjoy at your leisure. The taplist is constantly changing, so visit often and see what suits your fancy for that day!

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Beer and Wine Pair Well with Five Dot Ranch

Escape the summer heat and cool off at Five Dot Ranch and Cookhouse. Their beer and wine selection pairs well with their menu; for example, try the Haechi Cellars Dream Star Sauvignon Blanc with the Beef Gyro Salad. This salad is filled with fresh produce like crisp romaine, cucumbers and tomatoes and is dressed in light housemate tzatziki dressing, complementing the bright and lively Sauvignon Blanc. Or try the Napa Smith Cool Brew Hop Ale with a Crispy Beef “Carnitas” Sandwich. This dry, clean, refreshing pale ale pairs nicely with the cilantro-lime coleslaw, salsa verde and pickled red onions that adorn the beef “carnitas.” In addition to these summer recommendations, Five Dot has other wines to choose from including several reds and beers on tap from Anchor Steam and Napa Smith.

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House-brewed Beers at Ca’ Momi Enoteca

Ca’ Momi Enoteca is now a Birreria, too! Three brand-new heartcrafted organic beers are now available on tap for $6/glass, $20/pitcher. Due Ruote (“two wheels” in Italian) is a refreshing summer-friendly lager named for Ca’ Momi’s owners’ love of motorcycles; Beppa is a sassy, spicy, and citrusy IPA named for their first dog; Cinquecento is a German style wheat named for the owners first car, the sporty Fiat 500. Swing by the Enoteca’s new daily happy hour from 4-6pm to try a glass of house-brewed Ca’ Momi beer or house wine for just $5!

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Napa Bookmine Celebrates National Beer Day

National Beer Day is fast approaching (Thursday, April 7) and as spring marches on, what better time to find your next favorite IPA, Porter or Stout? Napa Bookmine at Oxbow has spent hours curating a fine selection of publications to help you in your quest. Rifle through the pages of The Beer Bible: The Essential Beer Lover’s Guide. Perhaps take a peek in the pages of quarterly magazine, Pallet, which is dedicated to people who “…like to think and drink.” More of a graphic novel reader? Try The Comic Book Story of Beer: The World’s Favorite Beverage from 7000 BC to Today’s Craft Brewing Revolution! Happy National Beer Day!

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Unique Tacos & Shareable Appetizers=Perfect Holiday Gathering Spot

If you’re looking for a casual, fun and lively place to meet up with friends over the holidays, stop by C CASA’s heated outdoor terrace. Their menu offers an array of shareable appetizers and unique tacos ideal for a casual afternoon or evening of festivities with friends. A select list of wine and beer perfectly complements the delicious and addictive “C Cuisine.” Call some friends and let the party begin!

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Craft Beer Links at The Fatted Calf

What’s better with your favorite frosty beverage than a sausage hot off the grill? The Fatted Calf has many beer-friendly meaty eats on its menu but a favorite is the Craft Beer Link made this week with the rich and malty Drakonic Imperial Stout from Drake’s Brewing in San Leandro.  This smoky, snappy sausage is a beer’s best friend.  Eat, drink and enjoy!

 

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Wine and cheese for fall

As the evenings get cooler, Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant (OCWM) is stocking up on those famous fall and winter cheeses to go with your Belgian ales, hearty Chardonnays and luscious Cabs! Stop in to try a sample of new local cheese and  imported favorites, and make sure to ask about the new wines in stock — everything from Albariño to Zinfandel! OCWM’s knowledgeable staff can help put together anything from a picnic or party platter. Join us!

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Hog Island Farm-Style BBQ Bourbon Chipotle Butter Oysters

You’ve been asking for it. Begging for it. And now they’re back — Hog Island‘s smoky, spicy, slightly sweet tribute to summer: BBQ’d Bourbon Chipotle Butter oysters. Part 1: Hog Island’s signature Sweetwater Oyster. Part 2: House-made garlic-bourbon-chipotle butter. Part 3: a flaming grill. Now add you plus a cold beer. Picture complete. Summertime’s good ‘round here.

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Expanded Beer Selection at Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant

Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant recently installed a new beer cooler behind the bar, which has enabled them to expand their offering to eight taps. The focus is on craft beers brewed in the western states, with a special preference for Bay Area and west coast specialty brewers. All draft beers are available by the half pint, pint or pitcher, and the selection changes frequently. In addition, did you know that Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant also offers between eight and 12 large format craft beers in bottle? Stop in to check out the selection in the cold box tucked in the back corner of the wine shop. There’s even a little bit of Pliny the Elder in bottle, although it usually runs out a few days before the next shipment. Stop in for a beer — and a sandwich — at the wine bar.