Starting a small Tavern in rural Northern California. Barley and Hops Tavern catalogs the trials and tribulations of the restaurant biz, and teaching wine country to love beer.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Opening Morning.

It's been a while, because the week leading up to opening day is quite a long haul. I've gotten a collective good night's sleep spread out over seven days, so I should be ready to go.

Looking out my window, it's a rainy day - I like rainy days. Today should be slow enough to deal with any issues coming my way.

The cheese is sliced, the burgers are hand formed, the potatoes are cut for fries, the bottles of beer are chilly...

...and my kegs haven't arrived. I've made a special opening bottle list with some interesting beers.

It looks like this:

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale – Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico, CA, 5.6% abv 12oz bottle

This classic pale ale is a perfect balance of cascade hops and malt character................................ 3.50


Sam Adams Summer Ale – Boston Beer Company, Boston, MA 5.3% abv 12oz bottle

Summer in a bottle. A wheat ale from the brewers that helped start the microbrew revolution..... 3.50


Sudwerk Hefe Weizen – Sudwerk Privatbrauerei Hubsch, Davis, CA, ~5% abv 12oz bottle

A Bavarian-style wheat beer, refreshing and with some spiciness.................................................. 3.50


Abita Purple Haze – Abita Brewing Company, Covington, LA, 4.75% abv 12oz bottle

Abita Brewing uses Raspberries make this fruit wheat beer a summer favorite............................ 3.75


Seadog Blueberry – Shipyard Brewing Company, Topsham, ME 4.64% abv 12oz bottle

Wild maine blueberries give this fruit wheat beer refreshing fruitiness without overpowering

the delicate, crisp finish.................................................................................................................. 3.75


Lagunitas IPA – Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma, CA, 5.7% abv 12oz bottle

Well balanced hop character make this India pale ale an excellent example of the style.............. 3.50


Oaked Arrogant Bastard – Stone Brewing Company, Escondido, CA, 7.2% abv 12oz bottle

An American strong ale, this is Stone's Arrogant Bastard, made better by aging on oak chips..... 7.00


St. Peter's Cream Stout – St. Peter's, Bungay, England, 6.5% abv 500ml (~17oz) bottle

Fuggles and Challenger hops plus a blend of four local barley malts create an aromatic, strong,

dark cream stout with a satisfying bittersweet aftertaste................................................................ 8.50


Maui Coconut Porter – Maui Brewing Company, Maui, HI, 5.7% abv 12oz bottle

Chocolaty with a touch of coconut. Superb.................................................................................... 6.00


Starobrno Lager – Starobrno Brewery, Brno, Czech Republic, 5.0% abv 12oz bottle

This authentic bohemian pilsener has the crisp, somewhat grassy character which comes from

the very soft brewing water used in the Czech Republic............................................................... 3.50


Hofbräu München – Taatliches Hofbräuhaus München, Munich, Germany, 4.9% abv 12oz bottle

This pale German lager is what a refreshing lager beer all about. Smooth, light, and crisp

without sacrificing flavor................................................................................................................ 4.50


Ace Apple Cider – California Cider Company, Sebastopol, CA, 5% abv 12oz bottle

Made locally from local apples. This cider has nice apple flavor, a touch tart............................... 4.50

Ace Pear Cider – California Cider Company, Sebastopol, CA, 5% abv 12oz bottle

Sweeter than the apple counterpart, refreshing............................................................................... 4.50


Green Flash Barleywine – Green Flash Brewing Company, Vista, CA , 10% abv, 22oz bottle

An excellent American barleywine, dominated by malt character with great hop aroma.............. 12.00


Duvel – Brouwerij Moortgat, Breendonk-Puurs, Belgium, 8.5% abv 12oz bottle

Best in class Belgian strong ale. Dry, fragrant, masterful. Enjoy with respect for its potency....... 7.00


St. Louis Kriek – Brouwerij Vanhonsebrouck, Ingelmunster, Belgium, 4.5% abv 12.7oz bottle

A cherry fruit lambic. Balanced cherry with some tartness; champagne-like................................. 5.00


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My wine list looks like this:

Wine. You may think that grapes are just for making grape beer, but it turns out that some people like drinking wine too. Generous ¼ bottle by-the-glass house wine pours. We love the following CA wines:


Smoking Loon Cabernet Sauvignon, California

Our house Cab. Plum and cherry flavors carry over nicely to the palate, where the flavors

are intense and well proportioned....................................................................................... 7.50gl/18.00


Smoking Loon Pinot Noir, California

Our house Pinot. Fruit forward and wonderfully drinkable, the 'Loon pinot pairs nicely

with just about everything................................................................................................... 7.50gl/18.00


Smoking Loon Chardonnay, California

Our house Chard. Fresh, pleasing aromas of bright fruit, balanced acidity, and light

vanilla oak notes.................................................................................................................. 7.50gl/18.00


Toasted Head Cabernet, Dunnigan Hills, California

2008 Gold Medal – San Diego Int'l Wine Competition. Excellent all the way and around, the

bold, ripe-fruited Toasted Head Cabernet delivers plenty of fine flavors; long and satisfying...... 28.00


Frei Bros. Redwood Creek Cabernet, California

Mild on the palate, the cozy Redwood Creek Cabernet delivers pleasing red fruit flavors that

simply slide onto the palate; try with burgers.................................................................................. 15.00


Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfindel '06, Lodi, California

The rich Gnarly Head Zinfandel brings you right into the beautiful land of old vine zin vine...... 25.00


Red Truck Pinot Noir '06, California

Quite good all around; ripe and lively; a great wine with fish, salads, and chicken....................... 25.00


Cycles Gladiator Pinot Noir, California

This is pure Pinot Noir with a hint of spiciness on the nose. Wild berry and vanilla notes............ 28.00


Toad Hollow Chardonnay, California

Crisp, tart, lively; a bright and complex chard which pairs particularly well with fish and chips.. 28.00


Trinity Oaks Chardonnay '06, California

Fine ripeness and impressive balance; finishes easily..................................................................... 15.00

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The formatting will probably look odd, tonight or tomorrow I'll post a menu the way it is meant to be seen.

A good post tonight, but for now...

I have to go to work.

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