The San Francisco Brewers Guild has outdone itself this year. Swept by Fire, a collaboration beer produced especially for (and served only during) SF Beer Week, is a complex, delicious smoked pale ale with a romantic raison d’etre.
Brad Lettau, executive chef at the Hitching Post II in Buellton, CA, started making bacon several years ago, to give to special customers. Now his monster slices (cut half an inch thick from smoked slabs, then grilled until crisp-edged) are something of a cult item.
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