Friday evening Mrs. Flannestad and I met up with our friends Robby and Mrs. Virus for a nice evening out.
We went for dinner at a new-ish upscale-ish Beer Bar here in San Francisco called Monk’s Kettle.
There was a beer from a Fairfax, CA, Brewery I’d never heard of called Iron Springs. Fairfax is a small town past San Anselmo on Sir Francis Drake in Marin. Kind of a scruffy hippy outpost on the outskirts of upscale communities like Corte Madeira and Sausalito. So, being Mr. “drink local beer,” and actually knowing folks who live in Fairfax, I figured I better give it a chance.
Called “Anne Marie’s Amber” it was a very good beer. No disrespect or slight to the brewery intended, but it tasted like really good, honest, home brew. To explain what I mean, I’ve had some good and bad beer that friends have brewed. But when unfiltered home brew beer is fresh and really good, there is nothing better. Magnolia Brewpub reminds me of really good home brew and I know part of it is because they don’t filter, just fine. And it isn’t bottled, just served fresh from the keg.
Anne Marie’s Amber reminded me of that. I can only describe the texture as almost chunky, there was so much chewy beer goodness. Plus, not over the top in sweetness, bitterness, or ABV, so you can drink a few without doing cartwheels down the street.
They have a number of very good beers on tap at Monk’s Kettle and a good list of Belgians and other beers in bottles. As far as the food goes, it’s no Hop Leaf, but at least they are trying. Excellent fresh baked soft pretzels…
…and some pretty tasty house made charcouterie.