2 Quick Beers at The Trappist, Oakland
Sometimes, some days, you just want a beer. Wine won’t cut it. Yesterday was just that sort of day, an early summer San Francisco day that forces people into the street, music blaring from windows, cars. Guilhaume and i, after sating ourselves on Mission Tortas, rolled over the Bay Bridge to check out what is apparently the spot for Belgium beer in the Bay, The Trappist.
Even at 2 in the afternoon the bar was full of people. Taking one look at the list and you immediately realize why. The glass list was packed with geeky highlights and the bottle list is a full book, chock full of producer writeups and all manner of lambic treats.
We grabbed a bottle from one of my favorites, Fantome, called Dark White. The name is fitting. It’s an intensely dark beer with delicate flavor. At first it wasn’t to great, so we decided to let it breathe (is this something beer folks do?)
Putting that aside, we grabbed glasses of Jolly Pumpkin Oro del Calabaza, which David McDuff has been raving about for months. This was nice. The sort of beer you would want to have around when someone started damning American beers in favor of their European counterparts. Sour, refreshing, nice.
When we returned to the Fantome it had come around a bit (it works!) but it was never as interesting as we had hoped it would be. C’est la vie. We’ll be back.
Now get back to relaxing. It’s the weekend.