What's up with the all the starbucks brewpubs in SF?
Borders'n Noble StarBiersch? I can appreciate it but it doesn't have to be a trend. Beer is a working class beverage. I want to drink good hand-crafted beer in working class surroundings. Hand-crafted but rough hewn. Honest. All that darkwood paneling & the faux nouveau craftsman style decor really begins to tear at the nerves. First thing that turns me off are the haute appetizers. Crab cakes on a bed of 'special' cole slaw with a creole-wasabi remoulade? Ew. If it's gotta be stingy they could at least serve it on reasonably sized plate or get bigger bar tables. 3 crab cakes wading in 3 acres of (lavender-rubbed) slaw. You don't want to feel like you're going "out" to a fancy restaurant. You don't want to feel you're imposing if you don't order entrees. You want burgers, steak sandwiches, veggie melts, fries or maybe just beer for gods sake and dark beer at that. Gordon Biersch doesn't even have a burger on the menu. You have to ask for it. You have to "know" to ask for it. You have to remember what you really wanted after wading through the ginger fritters, salad pizza, and Franciscan sea-bass compote. What's wrong with a dark beer anyway. Yuppies don't drink porter? If I wanted a light beer I'd order black and tan.
What Frederick the Great of Prussia had to say about it all: "It is disgusting to note the increase in the quantity of coffee used by my subjects and the amount of money that goes out of the country in consequence. Everybody is using coffee. If possible this must be prevented. My people must drink beer. His Majesty was brought up on beer, and so were his officers. Many battles have been fought and won by soldiers nourished on beer; and the King does not believe that coffee-drinking soldiers can be depended upon to endure hardships or to beat his enemies in case of the occurrence of another war." and I'm sure he would have had similarly harsh words for crab cakes.