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Rogue Brewing pub opens in North Beach

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Rogue Brewing pub opens in North Beach

Joan Kureczka | Sep 3, 2003 10:36 PM

Rogue Brewery, one of the Oregon microbreweries, has taken over the old Little City space near Washington Square. Currently they are featuring about 8 of their own beers, but plan within about a week to have as many as 30 beers on tap. Mostly American microbrews. They have only been open about a week.

We tried the Buckwheat beer, the Half-Weizen (a typical spiced wheat beer), and the Rogue Red. While Rogue's brews -- like most of the west coast micros -- tend to be fairly strong (hard to find a beer under 4.5% alcohol, when we prefer lighter English beers) they satisfied my picky brewer husband in their dryness. The Buckwheat was the favorite of the three we tried.

The menu tends to run to typical brewpub fare. However, they are featuring (in addition to regular burgers) a kobe beef burger. It definitely was one of the most flavorful burgers I've tasted, and huge enough (don't know the weight, but it was REALLY BIG) to easily split with someone. Price was high -- $9 compared with $7 for the regular burger, but it was indeed delicious meat. (Don't gild the lily by putting cheese on it.) Burgers come with very mediocre fries.

Interesting note -- they didn't have these beers this evening, but Rogue has teamed with Iron Chef Morimoto (who has a restaurant in Philadelphia) to develop both a Soba ale (clearly another buckwheat beer) and a Hazelnut ale, which sounds intriguing.

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