Welcome to Wunderbar: Peek inside the underground cocktail bar inspired by Grimm’s fairy tales

Wunderbar opens at Wursthall in San Mateo The Wunderbar may have a private entrance and require reservations, but it's not a speakeasy, says general manager Xian Choy. It's a cozier, more relaxed space. (Photo courtesy of Stephanie Amberg) At Wunderbar, descend underground to feel like you're entering a different world. Take a seat in a black-lit nook or cozy banquette, and sip on a storied cocktail. The intimate cocktail bar, located in ...

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New Humble Sea taproom in Pacifica to bring beer smoothies and ‘foggy’ IPAsTAG/BIO

Born in a garage in the mountains, the Santa Cruz favorite expands to the Coastside with creatively brewed beers. Humble Sea Brewing Co. has come a long way since its bootstrapped beginnings brewing beer in a home garage in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Santa Cruz brewery is now opening two new taprooms, including in Pacifica next month, and is also eagerly looking to expand in the South Bay. The expansion is ...

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Beer + Bluegrass = Beergrass? How COVID turned a Coastside brewery into a legit folk band

The staff of Hop Dogma has spent much of quarantine brewing up something poignant and new — and it’s not just beer. Beer & Bluegrass: (from left) A glass of Hop Dogma Brewing Co.’s “Sunset Serenade” West Coast style IPA; the False Bottom Boys, from left to right: Dogma Head Brewer Jesse Jones, owner Dan Littlefield, musician and bartender Lisa Marie Johnston, Dogma Bartender and harpist Ella Jenkins, fiddle player John ...

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What will it take for local restaurants to recover? Dan Gordon sounds the alarm after closing in PA

What will it take for local restaurants to recover? Famed Peninsula brewer Dan Gordon sounds the alarm after closing in Palo Alto In Q&A, Gordon Biersch co-founder on why he decided to close, the Catch-22 of federal loans and the fate of Bay Area restaurants Owner Dan Gordon (left), formerly of Gordon Biersch, extensively revamped the old brewery-restaurant space in downtown Palo Alto to open Dan Gordon’s in March of 2016. (Photo by ...

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The Six Fifty’s full-bodied guide to Beer Week on the Peninsula

From sours to stout, we’ve got everything you need to know about what’s brewing and where it’s hoppin’ Oh, the choices—Beer Week 2018. (Photo by Charles Russo) It’s Beer Week in the Bay Area, and while the massive list of events throughout the region has us hastily scheduling functioning alcoholism onto our calendars, the 2018 incarnation of this festival reads to us here at The Six Fifty like a victory lap for craft brewing ...

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How Devil’s Canyon became the Bay Area’s friendliest beer maker

Chris Garrett’s San Carlos brewery follows a community-minded mantra — aficionados, families and neighbors have noticed. By Nicole Ruiz Hudson Devil’s Canyon founder Chris Garrett pulls a pint at his San Carlos taproom. (Photo by Charles Russo) Chris Garrett needed an antidote to life in the tech world. Back during the first dot-com boom, Garrett’s work monitoring chat rooms for places like RealNames and Disney left him — predictably, perhaps — a little soul weary. As a result, he began looking for ...

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Lagers ’n’ Lederhosen: Your guide to Oktoberfest in Silicon Valley

Geek out, drink up and flex those Chicken Dancing muscles—it’s time for Oktoberfest on the SF Peninsula. Ein, zwei, trinken, baby. First up is the Redwood City Oktoberfest, Sept. 21–24. Photo by Joel Wade Photography. News flash: Oktoberfest is not always in October! In fact, the big Oktoberfest in Munich started last weekend, and Peninsula revelers are following suit. Don’t be caught unawares. It’s bad luck to go all fall without at ...

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