I'm at Magnolia Brewery trying to bide my time while waiting for Chef Noriyuki Sugie and Mari-San to come back to finish tasting beers for our SF Beer Week pairing with Magnolia. We'll have 4 Magnolia beers won tap all month, and during beer week we are offering them paired with four dishes by Chef Nori (plus beer ice cream that Mari-san is making from Smokestack Lightningw Imperial Stout) all for just $40! As brewmaster Ben Spencer joined us (regaling tales from a recent trip to the Riviera Maya to catch some Widespread Panic shows), I had a moment to reflect on how, very often in life, it all just comes together.
What do I mean? Well, despite our chef changes et al, we are still alive, we've got a great new energy coming with Chef Sugie's entrance to Nombe, and we are doing our 3rd annual SF Beer Week with Magnolia. Couple this with my plans to finally bottle the sake I developed with Aisawa-San of Take no Tsuyu Brewery in Yamagata-Ken, and one can see that for every new beginning, there is also an ongoing constancy. So what is new just makes sense, and what is older just ages like fine wine or koshu!