Silent Sunday @ Alchemy this Labor Day Weekend

Silent Sunday's
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.

The Station

The Station (in the location of the former Snippy's, next to Velo Cult) is doing their "dress rehearsals" starting this week, open to the public. It looks fantastic (and, uncoincidentally, was packed when I rode by at 5:45 today). 30th gets better and better!

30th on 30th

The Linkery has 30th Street Pale Ale on cask right now, if you want to get the fully meta cask beer experience.

Doings on 30th

One Grill appears to have opened in the old Commonwealth Cafe spot next to Bluefoot. I've heard it's a Yakitori place.

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.

Alesmith Cask and Pairing Nite at the Linkery, Thursday 20 August

This Thursday is one of these amazing events that we at the Linkery, on rare and special occasions, have the privilege to offer. We're very appreciative to both the world-class artisans at AleSmith, and to our many world-class local farmers, for providing us this opportunity.

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
paired with
Numbskull-battered onion rings (onions from Sage Organics) with tomatillo catsup (tomatillos from Wingshadows Hacienda)

Speedway Stout
paired with
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
paired with
Scotch egg of house made lamb sausage (pastured lamb from Christine & Jim Maguire) and quail egg (pastured quail from Wingshadows Hacienda)

Nautical Nut Brown
paired with
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
paired with
House made Decadence ice cream sundae with caramel bacon sauce (house made bacon of Berkshire pork from Hilleman Family Farm)


X Extra Pale Ale
Anvil ESB
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!
On Thursday Evenings at the Ritual there is a good chance you can hunt up raw oysters, cask conditioned ale, and the occasional pulled pork sandwich. We are certain you will find Luna and Simon oysters, pints of Stone Levitation from the cask, and the succulent pork in abundance tonight. The Levitation cask has been conditioned with Amarillo hops.

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!”–

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!

Crank Testimonial

Just a note that I love Manivela (it means "crank" in Spanish) -- they deliver Blind Lady pizza to my house in Golden Hill (over 4 miles away) within an hour of ordering. Friendly, easy, inexpensive, environmentally sound, awesome.