So come on in, don’t sweat it. 30th Street should be a blast — all the restaurants are staying open late, and we expect a great community celebration.
Oh, and Max told me he’s doing a special chile verde with the absolute last of Curtis’ pastured chicken for the season. No more pastured chicken till late Spring!
Reservations not required or accepted.
no cover charge, no dress code, no stress
Happy Hour 5:30 to 7:30pm Tues - Sat
$3.50 most taps & $1 off select glasses of wine
Each and Every Thursday at the Ritual you can count on a freshly tapped cask of locally craft brewed ale & fresh shucked Carlsbad Aqua Farm mussels. This week, December 17th we'll be serving Lighting Brewery's Amber Ale. "... an American version of classic UK Premium Bitters. Using literally buckets of hops from homegrown hop plants in the backyard and a well stocked homebrew shop, the resulting beer was big, malty, hoppy and enjoyable. You might even say like a “bitters” but bigger and better. We have taken this beer one step further at the brewery by adapting the original recipe to make optimum use of our brewing and fermenting equipment. We include selected British malts in our recipe to bring out the beers’ hoppy character and carbonate naturally to smooth out any possible rough edges."*
And to top it all off. . . this Thursday is the 3rd one in the month. . . and there's shuttle service
*Lightning Brewery Website
It's been so cold outside lately, we're not quite sure ourselves. The Ritual Tavern is the perfect spot to warm your bones and fill your belly this December. Why not come in tonight, have a hot bowl of Shepherd's Pie (or French Onion Soup), a pint of winter ale, and do your holiday shopping at the same time? Ritual Gift Certificates, T-shirts and Hoodies are perfect for most everyone on your list :-)
Happy Hour nightly 5:30-7:30pm
All Day Sunday (3:30-9:30pm)
$3.50 draught beers & $1 off select glass wines
What better has come from the Emerald Isle than U2 or Daniel Day Lewis? Guinness. I think if I only could have one beer for the rest of my life it would be this one. Think about it, It's got great flavor, it's not too hoppy, not too malty, has a nice creamy texture and it's low in alcohol, 4 or 4.5 percent, so I can drink a lot of it. Guinness began way back in 1759 when Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000 year lease for an empty four acre brewery at St. James Gate in Dublin. The space was bought for 100 pounds with and annual rent of 45 pounds. Still today, after 250 years of history, Guinness poured in Great Britain, Ireland, and North American, comes from the St. James Gate Brewery. An astonishing 1.8 billion pints of Guinness are sold every year. That's 1 beer for every three people in the world.
In celebration of Guinness' 250th anniversary and the holiday season, we are pouring 20 oz Imperial pints of Guinness all December through to the New Year for $3. That's right, $3, all the time until 2010. With our new nitro/direct draw system you are guaranteed a perfect creamy pint, every time. So head on over to Jaynes and get your Guinness. I'll try my best to make one of those cute little clovers in the beer for you.
They could have picked from dozens of other businesses in the area and also had a great story, too. That's what I love about this 'hood.
South Park Holiday Walkabout
This Saturday, Dec. 5th - 6 to 10pm
Click here for a shop-by-shop guide that you may print and use.
Free trolley runs 6-10pm, with stops at Grant's Marketplace (Beech St.),
South Bark Dogwash (30th St.) and The Grove on Juniper (Juniper St.).
Bring the family!
Its chilly and dark early, we’ll understand if you need to drop in to the Ritual for some hot soup, cask conditioned ale, music, or holiday ale.
Daniele Spadavecchia on guitar, Stone Levitation on Cask, Oysters on the Half Shell start it all off tonight.
The decorations are up and the Winter beers are rolling in. We have Alesmith YuleSmith on tap. In bottles are Big Sky Powder Hound Winter Amber Ale Shipyard Prelude, Black Diamond Winter Dubbel Ale from Walnut City, and Vintage 2008 Lost Abbey Gift of the Magi.
We have a great cold weather soup, Londoner Sausage (by Knight Salumi) and Shitake Mushroom topped with crème fraiche and fried leeks. Beginning on Friday night we will offer a hearty new entrée; Niman Ranch Lamb Skewer with Souzie’s Organic Turkish Eggplant over Basmati Pilaf with red bell pepper sauce.
This weekend the neighborhood will offer seasonal attractions, including the North Park Toyland Parade on Saturday at 11:00 am and December Nights this Friday and Saturday in Balboa Park.
Top your Saturday off with our Winter Beer Flight featuring the new Winter Powder Hound, Prelude and Dubbel Ale bottles just in and mentioned above for just $5.
Keep the festivities going with our all day Sunday happy hour special featuring a Niman Pulled Pork slider and Onion Rings with selected draught beer for only $8.00.Cheers!
We often toast to friends, happiness and health. But on Dec.6, South Park restaurant Alchemy encourages raising those glasses to celebrate what we are allowed to fill them with – alcohol.
In celebration of the 76th anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition, Alchemy will be hosting a “Silent Sunday” prohibition cocktail party starting at 8 p.m. Resident mixologist Frankie Thaheld and guest bartender Nate Stanton of El Dorado Cocktail Lounge will be on hand to dish out delicious drinks throughout the evening. As with a traditional “Silent Sunday” at Alchemy, a silent film from Citizen Video will be projected. Local crooner Melly Frances will perform her unique blend of blues and jazz inspired tunes with an accompanying bassist.
As you already know, San Diego's first ever Beer Week continues through this weekend. Here at the Ritual we are extremely excited to pair food with some of best beers in the world. Tonight we'll continue the trend by pouring Alpine Brew Co. 'Pure Hoppiness' on Cask and 'Duet' on tap. We'll also be serving BBQ Niman Ranch Pulled Pork Sliders (2) with sweet potato fries $8.50 in honor of the soon to be opened Alpine Brew Co. BBQ restaurant. Come in tonight and you'll have the pleasure of drinking with the brewer/owners of Alpine Brew, Pat and Val.
Tomorrow night, Saturday November 14th, the Ritual is serving our last dinner and pairing of Beer Week. New English Brewing is one of the newest additions to the San Diego brewing community. Simon Lacey the owner/brewer will be presenting 4 tasty beers paired with traditional English fare (6 pm: $40 + tax & tip) Please RSVP 619.283.1618 or email@example.com
Cheers! from all of us at the Ritual :-
* The Grove on Juniper -- 6th Anniversary Party, 6-9pm, Sat. 11/14.
* An Evening of Art & Shopping -- at Maeve Riley, Mythology (both on 30th St., just north of Juniper), and Junc Boutique (on Fern St., just south of Juniper).
Starting at 5pm the first 72 people to order any North Coast beer get a free Keeper-Pint.
FLIGHTS OF SIX-5OZ BEERS FOR $15
Scrimshaw Pilsner, Red Seal Ale, Pranqster Belgian Golden Strong Ale, Brother Thelonious Belgian Abbey Ale, Le Merle Saison and Old Rasputin Imperial Stout
We'll be serving the VERY RARE and AWESOME
Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Rasputin 12th Anniversary Stout
Red Seal CASK CONDITIONED on the beer Engine
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 11 CHIMAY KEEP THE GOBLET
Chef Aaron LaMonica gets crafty with
Chimay Red, White & Blue as he creates
Chimay Cheese, Beer and Food Pairings.
First 96 people get a Chimay Keeper-Goblet.
Ritual Tavern is excited about San Diego Beer Week, and our upcoming dinner and beer pairings! Tuesday November 10th we're pleased to offer a taste of London on 30th Street. Join Dennis Hartman of Fuller's for an enlightening presentation of the artfully brewed Fuller's beers paired with traditional English fare, including four beers and three food courses. Fuller's London Pride, ESB, 1845 and London Porter complimented by Roast Beet Salad, Roast Leg of Lamb, and Chocolate Pudding! $40 per person plus tax and gratuity. Call 619 283 1618 for reservations or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Probably the highlight of the week, from a 30th Street point of view, is the Green Flash Progressive Beer Dinner on Thursday...replete with a free hop-on/hop-off shuttle running up and down the three-oh.
As for us here at the Linkery...here's our lineup.
* We're starting a day early, Thursday, with Alesmith Winter Yule on cask paired with fried green tomatoes (local, of course) and with Stone Ruination on cask paired with grilled Baja octopus and ginger chile dressing. I know that a lot of you won't read this before Thursday is done, but fortunately we'll have Winter Yule on cask Friday, too. It's an Imperial Red Ale, 9% ABV, hand tended by AleSmith's cask maestro Bill Batten.
Then the real stuff starts. I'm pretty confident that this week we're setting a benchmark for craft beer celebrations at a farm-to-table restaurant:
* Friday the 6th is Airdale Airlines Nite. This is just meant to be a lot of fun and showcase Airdale, which is a newcomer to the local brewing scene but worthy of being a San Diego brewery. We'll have their Pale Ale, Spiced Porter, and Dark & Stormy Tap on draft -- at $1 each for everyone dressed in their pilot or flight crew carb. I figure the place should look like something from "Only Angles Have Wings" (Howard Hawks/Clark Gable joint, Google it.)
* Sunday the 8th, all day and nite, is our Green Flash Smoke Out. We're super-sizing (in a non fast-food sense) our regular Smokehouse Sunday to include 6 GF beers on cask, and 5 on draft. The cask beers all have specific pairings, too, and they're avaliable for $8 for the dish of food and a half pour of beer. A couple unusual beers on cask include Hop-less, Green Flash's new gruit beer made with herbs instead of hops, and SuperFreak, Green Flash's Belgian IPA with wild yeast for sourness and aged in wine barrels. Green Flash brewer and loyal North Parkian Chuck Silva will be on the premises, we'll have sausages made from Green Flash's spent barley, and Max is also considering spit roasting a pig. Just 'cause. Here's the full menu.
* Thursday the 12th is the Green Flash progressive dinner. For this we're teaming up with our great neighbor restaurants on 30th: Sea Rocket Bistro, Ritual Tavern, Jayne's Gastropub, and (on 30th in spirit only) Blind Lady Ale House. At each location you'll find multiple Green Flash beers available with paired dishes always under $10 for the pairing. If you're really a hedon you can probably get up to 12 or 15 in total. Green Flash is running a hop-on/hop-off shuttle on 30th to make it easy to get to all the venues. As an added bonus, totally unrelated to Green Flash, Fritz Maytag of Anchor Brewing, who is an inspiration to all of us who love craft food and beverages, will be at Toronado right up the street that night, too.
* Saturday we're capping off the week with a reprise of one of our most successful beer events ever: Mad River Serious Madness 2. Mad River is a phenomenal brewery from Blue Lake, California in Humboldt County. We've been friends with them a while, and once again they are bringing 6 cask beers and 5 draft beers to bust out on Saturday at noon. It's very rare for Mad River to offer specialty brews -- they're known for their consistent and excellent lineup -- so this is an amazing opportunity for which we are very grateful. We'll have their bourbon stout, double brown, chile beer, pumpkin ale, wheat wine and more. And, of course, we'll have pairings for each of the cask beers, at $8 for the food and the half pour of beer. Check out the full menu.
* Every nite of beer week we'll have multiple cask conditioned beers (actually we have that every nite of the year), great craft beers on draft, lots of delicious food, and, you know, good wine and house made nonalcoholic beverages too.
* Totally unrelated to Beer Week, we're co-sponsoring a free showing of Food, Inc. at the Velo Cult Bike Shop on Saturday nite. It's a look inside the industrial food system that we at the Linkery are working to move beyond. We like the fun of what we do but we also don't forget that we're trying to develop a way of eating and living that you and we will be happy to be in touch with. Food, Inc is another step toward a world like that. If you're interested, come to Velo Cult (2220 Fern, it's basically 30th but randomly has a different name that block) by 7pm on Saturday nite. Some of us will ride up to the Link for dinner afterward.
Hamilton's 3rd Anniversary Ale Hop-less (Ancient Gruit)
Hop-less Gruit is a collaboration brew at Green Flash Brewing between
Brewmaster Chuck Silva and Head Brewer, Ben Spencer, from Magnolia Brewing
in San Francisco. Under Chuck's careful guidance, Scot Blair and Dennis
Borlek from Hamilton's Tavern performed several of the brewing functions
like mashing in and grain out as well as adding herbs to the boil. That's
right! Herbs!! No hops were used in brewing this Old World Gruit Ale.
Instead we used Marsh Rosemary, Sweet Gale, Yarrow Flowers, Rose Hips,
Heather Tips, and Elder Flowers. These herbs provide the bittering balance
as well as a complimentary herbal sweetness to the rich barley sugar
character. The malt make up is very similar to a big brown ale and the aroma
is both sweet and savory making it a great option for pairing with many
flavorful dishes (think venison). Hop-less finishes at 5.7% abv.
To kick off San Diego Beer Week, Shmaltz Brewing Company and Ritual Tavern will team up to present a beer and food pairing dinner that you won't soon forget. For only $40.00, you will be treated to four delicious courses paired with four of Shmaltz Brewing Company's award-winning beers, you'll also enjoy an unbelievable performance by the Saint Twins, the world's first and only twin thought readers. Featuring both HE'BREW beers as well as Coney Island Craft Lagers (TM), this unique menu is inspired both by Jewish food culture as well as the age-old carny lifestyle. Join us for a night of food, freaks, and fun!
Coney Island Freaktoberfest
Coney Island Albino Python
Phyllo Wrapped Salmon Filet
Aparagus, red onion, cream cheese
Topped with sun dried tomato pesto
Over creamed spinach
Coney Island Lager
HE’BREW Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah
SPACE IS LIMITED SO RSVP SOON TO RITUAL TAVERN email@example.com or (619) 283-1618
*Menu subject to change based on availability and whim of the chef. L'Chaim!!
Alchemy will be featuring Wandering Aengus Cider, Stone Brewing Co. and Ommegang Brewery. Each night we will pair our tapa del dia with a beer from these three breweries...yum yum. Come on by, see ya soon.
It's pretty amazing to take a risk to create something great, and to share that creation with a lot of people. The craft breweries around San Diego have done that with their beers, and filmmaker Anat Baron has done that by making a movie about the beer industry and how craft brewing is seriously shaking things up.
We're having a special showing of the movie, Beer Wars, followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Anat Baron and Chuck Silva of Green Flash Brewing. This is a unique opportunity to see the first screening of this film in the city of San Diego.
Anat's background, skill, and personality were able to get people to open up during interviews and tell it like it really is. From the annual beer industry convention in Las Vegas to the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, this gives you a larger perspective on what happens in San Diego every day. Plus, our own Greg Koch of Stone Brew has some hilarious clips in the film that you won't want to miss! And if that's not enough, we'll also be showing a short DVD that Greg shot at the original airing in Los Angeles when the live panel discussion was filmed.
How to see the movie
The screening is limited to 40 people and will take place on the first Sunday of San Diego Beer Week, November 8th at noon at Sea Rocket. The cost will be $10. Come as early as 11am or stay late to enjoy some beer and lunch including local grass-fed lamburgers, line caught American tuna melts, and mushroom sandwiches.
Email your name and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP or give me a call at 858-663-7752.
See what else we have going on during Beer Week here.
Airdale Afterburner, is a beautifully balanced amber ale. Combining a rich, malty aroma and flavor with the subtle, lingering character of perle and amarillo hops, Afterburner delivers a winning combination of sweet and bitter. This beer is a rich ruby red color with a creamy head. Notes of caramel and toffee invade the palate while finishing with a smooth bitterness. At 5.3% alcohol, Afterburner is a supremely drinkable beer while maintaining a full-flavored approach. Amber Ales tend to be more approachable than their pale ale cousins.
5.3% ABV / 34 IBU's / 18 SRM
Airdale Homecoming, is a classic brown porter spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. It starts with hints of espresso on the nose and a light malt sweetness with faint traces of chocolate and vanilla. Caramel notes come through as well. The Holiday spices are faint, allowing the porter's flavor to dominate while the spices enhance the chocolate notes. A light-bodied beer, the finish is smooth with a subtle hoppy bitterness. A wonderful warming effect makes this beer a perfect holiday treat! Available from October thru December.
5.5% ABV / 25 IBU's / 35 SRM
Airdale Dark & Stormy, is an American Imperial Stout. This beer starts with a pleasant aroma of coffee and cocoa. A gourmet flavor of bittersweet chocolate surrounds the tastebuds and melds with the full-bodied beer to make this sensation last and last. Not too dry, not too sweet, Dark & Stormy blends the two into a wonderful semi-sweet taste. The high alcohol imparts a comfortable warming feel, but is perfectly balanced with the flavors and aromas. A nice coffee bitterness lingers on the finish, enticing you to take another sip.
9.5% ABV / 50 IBU's / 65 SRM
Want even more fall specials? How 'bout Coronado Brewing Company's Red Devil on cask? It's an imperial amber ale that is literally a double version of the Mermaid Red - twice the hops, twice the malt for a big, bold red ale.
Last Sunday Ritual offered a flight of seasonal/autumnal beers. The response was so great (nearly went though a case of Smashed Pumpkin) we're doing it again today, Tuesday October 20th. Get your hands on three tasting size goblets and sip Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin Ale with Natural Flavor, Belzebuth Blond Ale with a frightening 13% alcohol content, and the seasonal release from Eel River, Organic Salient de Scotia Brune.
Cask and Oyster Thursday at the the Ritual: Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
Each Thursday the Ritual Tavern features cask ale* from San Diego’s best craft breweries and fresh shucked local Carlsbad Aqua Farm oysters. This week we’re featuring the 2009 GABF Silver Medalist in the American Style IPA category. Chosen from 134 entries, Sculpin IPA is one of the best beers to come out of San Diego, aka, the best beer city in America! Great in the bottle, it’s even better on cask.
Join us, won’t you?
Happy Hour: $3.50 Taps / $1 off select glasses of wine
(Cask Ale not included in Happy Hour pricing)
5:30 -7:30pm Tuesday – Saturday
3:30 – 9:30 Sunday
*“Cask-conditioned beer, often referred to as 'real ale', is brewed from only traditional ingredients and allowed to mature naturally.
The unfiltered, unpasteurised beer still contains live yeast, which continues conditioning the beer in the cask (known as 'secondary fermentation'); this process creates a gentle, natural CO2 carbonation and allows malt and hop flavours to develop, resulting in a richer tasting drink with more character than standard keg ('brewery-conditioned') beers.
Real ale is always served without any extraneous gas, usually by manually pulling it up from the cellar with a handpump (also known as a 'beer engine'). This is the traditional way of brewing and serving beer; only a few decades ago did filtered, pasteurised, chilled beer served by gas become normal.” http://www.cask-ale.co.uk/us/realale.html
Ratebeer.com calls it the 5th best IPA in the world.
Ballast Point says:
The Sculpin IPA is a testament to our humble beginnings as Home Brew Mart. Founded in 1992, the Mart continues to be a catalyst for the San Diego brewing scene, setting the trend for handcrafted ales. Inspired by our customers, employees and brewers, the Sculpin IPA is bright with aromas of apricot, peach, mango and lemon. Its lighter body also brings out the crispness of the hops. This delicious Ballast Point Ale took a Bronze Medal at the 2007 Great American Beer Festival in the Pro Am category. The Sculpin fish has poisonous spikes on its fins that can give a strong sting. Ironically, the meat from a Sculpin is considered some of the most tasty. Something that has a sting but tastes great, sounds like a Ballast Point India Pale Ale.
Come by and try a glass tonight!
Also serving fresh, local opah, swordfish, lobster dip (local spiny lobster), oysters, clams, mussels and much more tonight.
has a new venue in our acoustically rich wood paneled dining hall.
You may have seen him play at Urban Solace, the Farmer’s Market in
North Park or at Zia’s Bistro in Little Italy. Its great to have
lively acoustic guitar back again on the first and third Thursdays of
This week’s cask is Old Curmudgeon Imperial Porter from Rock Bottom La
Jolla. It took a Silver Medal home from the 2009 San Diego
International Beer Competition in the Smoke Flavored & Wood Aged Beer
Raw Fanny Bay and Mt. Simon oysters are available tonight. Our entrée
special is Honey Mustard Salmon Filet with organic German butterball
potatoes, cherry tomatoes and sautéed leeks. Organic Scarlet Apples
are baked into cobbler for dessert.
Join us on Sunday for a flight of seasonal beers. Get your hands on
three tasting size goblets and sip Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin Ale with
Natural Flavor, Belzebuth Blond Ale with a frightening 13% alcohol
content, and the seasonal release from Eel River, Organic Salient de
San Diego’s first ever beer week is just around the corner. We are
starting the week with Shmaltz Brewing & Coney Island dinner on
Friday, November 6. This four course dinner event will feature new
releases from the brewery, Freaktoberfest and Jewbilation 13, paired
with fantastic Ritual courses. We’re also hard at work collaborating
with the breweries on the final details for our other beer week
Alchemy Oktoberfest Menu
Executive Chef ~ Ricardo Heredia Wines ~ Patrick Ballow
Sekthaus Solter 2006 Riesling Brut Sekt, Rheingau
Baby Potato / Bacon / Red onion / Beer Mustard dressing / Capers
Josef Rosch 2008 Leiwener Klostergarten Kabinett Riesling
House Red Cabbage Sauerkraut / Green apple slaw
Stefan Gerhard 2005 Hattenheimer Hassel Spatlese, Rheingau
Roasted Venison Shank / Juniper Jus / Herb Speatzle / Sheep's/ Pretzel
Robert Konig 2007 Assmanshauser Hollenberg QbA trocken, Rheingau
Apples / Candy almonds / German Tslit Cheese
Dr. Loosen 2004 Urziger Wurzgarten Auslese Riesling
AleSmith brews Evil Dead Red for your enjoyment during this time of year. If you want “Vivid mahogany color . . . Rich, chewy, toasty, malty flavors perfectly balanced by a moderate hoppy bitterness." (AleSmith), this is your pint. The Ritual is serving EDR cask conditioned!
Marty Mendiola won another Gold Medal last month at the Great American Beer Festival. Longboard Brown took the top honor in the English Style Brown Ale category. You can enjoy a pint from a fresh keg of Longboard from Rock Bottom La Jolla with us.
Our kitchen is sending out flavors of fall as well. Find the aroma of Niman Ranch Short Rib in the air, and you’ll be tempted to enjoy this entrée doused in rich beefy red wine demi glace.
In addition to our oyster offerings, we have Duck Chowder featuring pulled duck confit, Fried Calamari, and later this weekend; Crab Cakes.
We will also introduce new entrees including Chicken with Sundried Tomato and Artichoke heart in a White Wine Sauce, and Gruyere Mac and Cheese Gratin. You can also treat yourself to Julian Apple Crumble topped with Vanilla Ice Cream.
The latest issue of Men's Journal named San Diego as the best beer destination City in the US, noting our wealth of breweries and, of course, 30th Street. We’re planning to make San Diego’s first ever Beer Week an event to remember. These are the evenings we have planned at the Ritual:
Shmaltz Brewing and Coney Island Lager Dinner Friday, November 6
Fullers Griffin Brewery Dinner Tuesday, November 10
Lost Abbey Dinner Wednesday, November 11
Green Flash Progressive 30th Street Dinner Thursday, November 12
New English Brewing Dinner Saturday, November 14
Celebrate openings of new businesses including STATION TAVERN & BURGERS and McM GALLERY, plus the 7th anniversary of GRANT's MARKETPLACE. Fun!
For a map with participating businesses, visit www.southparkscene.com. For a COMPLETE WALKABOUT GUIDE with what's happening everywhere -- visit www.southparkwalkabout.weebly.com.
South Park how has a Facebook page, too. Check us out at www.facebook.com/southparkscene.
Toronado San Diego
The Office Bar
Apertivo Italian Tapas & Wine Bar
Ranchos Mexican & Vegetarian Cuisine
Heaven Sent Desserts
Urban Solace Restaurant
True North Tavern
Paesano's Fine Italian Food
North Park Panini Place (NP3)
Eddie's Philadelphia Steaks
Mosaic Wine Bar
Uptown Fish Market and Grill
Bluefoot Bar & Lounge
Cardamom Café & Bakery
Sea Rocket Bistro
Plus, other exciting places like the brand new West Coast Tavern (in the old Hawthorn's space) and Splash Wine Bar that aren't technically on 30th, but are in North Park.
Buy tickets here!
Citizen Video is screening the film The Garden tomorrow (Sunday 27th) at the Whistle Stop at 4pm. The Garden is about the largest community garden in the United States - a 14 acre farm in Los Angeles. The folks from Suzie's Farm - San Diego's newest CSA farm - will join in the fun with us and bring some veggie samples. We will share our recently canned green beans from Suzie's Farm to garnish bloody mary's. Yummmmmmm. What a great way to get your veggies.
It was actually a lot more crowded than it looks in these photos; the camera on my Blackberry isn't really good for capturing an audience.
We're really lucky to have many world-class businesses like Velo Cult in our neighborhood. Thanks Sky and crew for a great event and for everything you do for our community.
I think the reason SDRW participation isn't a big deal on 30th is because value isn't created by discounting prices -- value is created when a restaurant delivers high quality, remarkable food time after time. The kind of meals you can eat at a dozen places on this street between Alchemy and Jayne's.
Labor Day weekend has arrived. Why not start the last official big weekend of summer at the Ritual with oysters and cask ale!?! Keep in mind we can help you beat the heat with tasty beverages, air conditioning, and our ever-popular deck seating for the lovers of open air dining and drinking.
Green Flash 30th Street Pale Ale is on cask. One of our most popular draughts ever returns cask conditioned and Crystal dry hopped.
Our entrée special is Niman Ranch Pork Delmonico in a hunter sauce with Wingshadows Hacienda squash topped with herbed ricotta and organic tomato. This plate is a tasty masterpiece and a value at just $16. Later in the weekend we’ll be featuring our every popular Niman pulled pork sandwiches, the perfect holiday weekend treat.
Our stellar draught list is currently highlighted with Green Flash Summer Saison and AleSmith Speedway Stout. We have Lost Abbey Devotion, which will be followed by Lost Abbey Avant Garde. New in the bottle here is delicious Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing in Montana. All of the above are definitely among the tastiest beers ever and simply not to be missed.
The Ritual Tavern is now officially two years old, and only days remain until the Ritual Second Anniversary AleSmith pairing dinner on Wednesday, September 9th. We are guarding a cask of Nautical Nut Brown Ale and Vande Rose pork for the occasion, AleSmith cheese is on the way, and members of the AleSmith team will be on hand to celebrate with us. Limited seating for the 6:30 dinner remains, and a second 9:30 seating is available as well, so please contact us for your reservation. Secure your table by phoning 619 283 1618 or by emailing email@example.com.
As always, the Ritual crew is here to cater to your fine taste in food and beverage, so come on in and enjoy Labor Day weekend and the Ritual Anniversary!
Labor Day Weekend
Sunday, September 6, 8pm - close
Party like it's 1929 this Labor Day weekend during SILENT SUNDAY'S, the first Sunday of each month at Alchemy in South Park. Celebrate with Alchemy this special Sunday as their mixologists introduce a few new (old) Prohibition-age cocktails including the "Princess Mary's Pride" and Georgia Moonshine Jell-O shots (really) along with their traditional absinthe service. Citizen Video will project a full-size classic silent film on the wall while patrons enjoy swingy 1920's era jazz from a live acoustic band. www.alchemysandiego.com
A sign announcing "Fishmarket & Grill" is up at the old Panchita's next to One Grill.
Construction is going on next to Veg-N-Out.
The interwebs say that the market that went in next to Rancho's has closed (and it looked that way when I walked by the other day).
It's a bummer about the market, but I love that 30th keeps bubbling up with new stuff.
We'll have 5 AleSmith beers on cask, each paired with a farm-driven dish from the Linkery. We'll also have 4 more AleSmith beers on draft. Each pairing is $8 for the dish and a half pour of the beer.
The Linkery visits AleSmith, 2006
If you're not familiar with AleSmith, they are a very small operation in the city of San Diego that ranks very highly on pretty much every list of "best breweries in the world". Their beers are flavorful and often in the West Coast style, but they emphasize quality, balance, and craftsmanship. The folks who work there are friendly San Diegans who happen to be among the best at what they do, and who love great beer and great food.
We are grateful to count them among our friends and colleagues.
And now, to Thursday's lineup!
Old Numbskull West Coast style barleywine
Numbskull-battered onion rings (onions from Sage Organics) with tomatillo catsup (tomatillos from Wingshadows Hacienda)
House made buttermilk biscuits, red eye gravy, house cured city ham (Berkshire pork from Kelly Biensen), and honey herb butter (herbs from La Milpa Organica, local honey)
Wee Heavy Scotch Ale
Scotch egg of house made lamb sausage (pastured lamb from Christine & Jim Maguire) and quail egg (pastured quail from Wingshadows Hacienda)
Nautical Nut Brown
Shiitake mushroom ravioli (organic shiitakes from LiveGreen) with house made yogurt, Pozo Tomme cheese (Christine & Jim Maguire), and chives (from La Milpa Organica)
Decadence 2008 Anniversary Ale
House made Decadence ice cream sundae with caramel bacon sauce (house made bacon of Berkshire pork from Hilleman Family Farm)
X Extra Pale Ale
Horny Devil Belgian Strong Ale
The kitchen opens at 5:30 and stays open until 11:30, as usual. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis, as usual. The Alesmith crew will be on hand celebrating with us.
We hope you can make it!
Duck are returning to Tavern country this weekend. The arrival of acase of Peking duck from Maple Leaf Farms in Indiana prompted us to ask Dylan for his advice regarding duck season. His reply was rosemary salt. So we roasted up fresh rosemary in salt and rubbed the duck with it. Next we will braise in duck fat, and by the weekend we’ll be serving Duck Confit.
Just into the bottle cooler is Port Brewing Company’s Panzer Imperial Pilsner. This specialty beer is a lager. The lagering process takes much longer compared to the brewing of ales, and lagering is not often practiced by brewers here in town, so naturally we are pleased to have another local Pilsner to offer you.
Another new bottle is Eel River Acai Berry Wheat. Ted Vivatson was in town recently and we have to say this gentleman is one of the jolliest brewers we’ve ever met. His Eel River Brewing Company is located on the Pacific Coast Highway in Fortuna, CA., and is the nations first certified 100% organic brewery. We are now serving their Acai Berry Wheat, “A light-bodied wheat ale brewed with organic acai berries from Brazil, and a flavorful mix of four other organic berries. Acai berries boast high antioxidant properties too, so drink on!”–Eelriverbrewing.com
Coming up on tap is Blue Frog Grog & Grill’s Blonde Frog Ale. “A copper colored ale made with an abundance of pale malt and a sprinkling of floral hops, resulting in a smooth malty beer of considerable strength. Enjoy the blond in moderation, or you may end up trying to turn a grog into a prince.”
We would love to have you in to celebrate our second anniversary dinner on September 9th. Join AleSmith Brewery for a pairing dinner featuring Van De Rose pork, AleSmith cheese, and of course AleSmith Ales. Reservations are now being accepted for this special event.
You may have heard about the A-list from 10news, we're in the running for "best neighborhood bar", currently Pacific Beach is getting most of the attention. The Silver Fox and London's West End are in the lead. Why not show a little love for North Park, and vote for us? Cheers!
It's great that the Obama/Gates/whoever "Beer Summit" is calling attention to the companies that actually make the mediocre beers which masquerade as being tied to a specific locale.
* You thought Bud Light was American? Try corporate Brazilian-Belgian.
* Blue Moon is from the Midwest, right? Nope. That would be from a multi-national version of nowhere which includes South Africa, the UK, and Canada.
* Red Stripe, as you know from its commercials, hails from London. I mean, to the extent that a corporation like Diageo can be said to exist anywhere.
What's marvelous about the curtain being pulled back on this charade is that it crystallizes this little-talked-about fact: actual American breweries are simply the world's powerhouse for quality beer. The joke about American beer being like a having sex in a canoe no longer holds -- that canoe now rides the Thames or the Amazon.
Anyway, if the Three Summiteers want to actually enjoy their beers, there are some obvious substitutes -- aka improvements.
Since President Obama drinks Bud, he'd probably really enjoy a quality Pilsner like Prima Pils from Victory Brewing. That's in Pennsylvania...like the Avenue.
Officer Crowley's could indulge his enjoyment of wheat beers by ditching the Blue Moon and instead sampling the witbier from Missouri's leading brewer: Boulevard Brewing.
And for Professor Gates, who strikes me as appreciating aesthetics, there is one very obvious step up from Red Stripe:
That would be Session Lager, brewed by employee-owned Full Sail Brewing in Oregon.
Beer of this quality makes me want caught breaking into my own home to drink some. Fortunately, I don't have to...since here on 30th Street, most of the bars, restaurants, and corner stores traffic in it.
These happy hour special offers are available at the bar only.
The popular South Park Walkabout returns for its Summer 2009 edition next Saturday, July 25th, from 6-10pm.
Plenty of free music (at Rebecca's Coffeehouse, at Prudential Financial on Fern near Cedar, and at the corner of Beech & 30th) ... plus a free trolley to help you roam the neighborhood.
Here's a story about all that will be going on, including restaurant tastings and specials, snacks and gifts at shops and services, and more:
Please come by!
Featured on the San Diego Brewer's Guild Website it is noted for "A ruby red color and medium body best describes this award-winning beer! This Irish-style Red Ale has great caramel flavors which are well balanced by the fresh Goldings & Willamette Hops from the Pacific Northwest.
Great American Beer Festival® * 2008 * Silver Medal *
Great American Beer Festival® * 2000 * Bronze Medal *
"Irish- Style Red Ale” category for “Ragtop Red “ brewed by Brewmaster, Marty Mendiola at the LaJolla, CA location.
Join us for this cask and fresh-shucked oysters from Carlsbad Aqua Farms.
Happy Hour from 5:30-7:30pm Tues-Sat and 3:30-9:30pm Sun
$3.50 taps and $1 off select glasses of wine!
Enjoy live music from Trio Gadjo on the first and third Thursdays of the month.(tonight July 16, 2009!) Their Django Reinhart inspired musical ramblings are well suited to our old world tavern atmosphere. It’s easy to imagine yourself in 1930’s Belgium, eating fresh mussels, drinking and listening to live music in a candle-lit tavern.
Please vote for us, and all your North Park favorites at KGTV 10's A-list!
Jaynes Gastropub is proud to announce that DJ Greyboy and DJ Ratty will be joining us on August 9 for the first-ever San Diego Natural Wine Summit.
It's not so hard to imagine: the same people who dig great wine, also dig great tunes! We are very psyched to have two world-class DJs joining us.
Please join us on August 9 for this very special and unique event...
To reserve tickets please call 619.563.1011 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for a downloadable and printable version of the flyer.
Each Thursday at the Ritual Tavern a new cask of local craft brewed beer is featured. This week, July 9th we'll be pouring Lime Lite Wit from Coronado Brewing. Its is brewed with lime zest, chamomile, grains of paradise, and a belgian yeast. A great summer brew that comes in at a very drinkable 5% ABV Why not enjoy some on our patio with fresh shucked oysters from Carlsbad Aqua Farms?
Happy Hour pricing on draft beers $3.50 from 5:30-7:30 Tues-Sat and 3:30-9:30 Sun. $1 off select glasses of wine too!
Make your visit to the tavern a Ritual!
Jaynes Gastropub has been named one of the top 10 gastropubs in the U.S. by Draft Magazine.
"3. Jaynes Gastropub. After perfecting food (maple leaf duck breat, butterscoth crème brûlée) and beer (Green Flash Le Freak, Alesmith IPA), Jayne’s is sharpening its wine list with treasures like Il Poggione’s Brunello di Montalcino."
"Serious beer and culinary chops have made these venerable Gastropubs mainstays in foodie culture."
Thank you Draft, you ROCK! And congrats to Jay and Mario! You guys rock too...
Stay tuned... a big announcement is coming up tomorrow at Jaynes... YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS!
This week marks four months for our little restaurant and we are very excited to be having such a warm welcome from the neighborhood and beyond. If you get the chance drop by the website and check out the Press link.
Our Wednesday night Vegetarian Tasting menu is rocking, more and more folks are enjoying the Farmer’s Market produce every week. If you haven’t heard, check it out on the blog.
Summer is here and some new menu items are as well, see the dinner menu for updates or give us a call to hear all about it, the Avocado & Sweet Corn Salad is over the top!
Just wanted to let you know what Alchemy is up to this 4th of July!
It's an American Barbeque with a twist this Fourth of July. The new kid on the Southern end of 30th Street is shaking things up with some Good Ole' American barbeque-SAN DIEGO-STYLE- to celebrate our nation's day of independence!
The owners of Alchemy are kickin' their staff out for a well-deserved day off and will be working the room themselves, with the help of our Chef and Sous Chef in the kitchen.
For just $10 bucks per plate guests will have an array of tasty entree and side dish options. Featured on this special holiday menu is a variety of classic barbeque main entrees with the flavor dial turned up a notch. Chef Ricardo Heredia is putting a San Diego spin on traditional BBQ favorites including Mexican Beef Brisket tacos- a unique Mexican twist on an American classic. Also featured will be Carolina style BBQ ribs and a savory pulled pork sandwich.
Highlighting the drink specials menu will be $3 local drafts and Miller High Life bottles and the All American Jim Beam & Cokes - what could be more American than that? - and you definitely CAN'T get that on the beach.
We hope to see you soon.