Good timing allowed me to meet up with my former co-worker Erin and her friend for lunch at the Thirsty Bear Brewing Company on the first day of my vacation in San Francisco. A bit woozy from having gotten up at 4am and sleeping for only 30 minutes on the plane ride from NYC, I didn't realize until halfway thru my 12 oz glass of Meyer ESB that I was a wee bit tipsy. Thankfully, the burger part of my beer and burger combo (a great deal at only $12) helped to provide some balance. Made with Wagyu beef, pork, and lamb (one of which came from Niman ranch, as if I could actually tell), and layered with a coarse mustard and interesting little pickles, the burger reminded me of a good merguez sausage. Not a bad choice, considering all the good looking tapas selections on the menu. Thumbs up also to the fries.
Honorable mention: the cask conditioned ale made with chamomile. The waiter rightly described it as "a little weird." Is it beer, or is it tea? I found the taste intriguing and palatable in the sample size, but wasn't ready to commit to full glass.
Not sure what I'll be having for dinner tonight, but tomorrow will be full on elastic waistband measures as I head to the Magnolia Pub and -- wait for it -- the House of Prime RIb! Medic!