The Black Sands Squad unites to say happy holidays. This is us at our holiday party.... what an awesome crew we have. So proud to have all these quality people helping us run this ship. And as the seasons shift we’re in search of ways to warm our hearts, and entertain our thoughts. We match rainy cold days with warm meals, uplifting spirits, new beers, collaborations, celebrations, and huddling closer together. We wish you warmth this holiday season.
If you didn’t know, seasonality plays a big part in the beer styles we make and as we drift towards colder waters, the beers get darker. We also knew about the coming rains, and we stocked up beer over the last 6 months in barrels, just for the occasion. Here are a few to look forward to in the coming weeks:
- Oil as embers. Our coffee milk stout is freshly on tap NOW.
- Barrel Aged Kings Tide. Our base french Saison recipe aged in a Pinot barrel will be released in January.
- Barrel Aged Midnight Rye. Our Black Rye IPA aged in a Rye Whiskey barrel also to be released in January.
In the winter we also like to huddle closer to our friends to stay warm, and share ideas. Here are a few collaboration beers coming up soon:
SMASH Equinox collaboration with Copper Fox.
Inspired by the Copper Fox Distillery in Virginia, and their true grain to glass philosophy, we shipped out a few hundred pounds of their personally malted grain, and made a SMASH beer with it. We also have some of their amazing whiskey to pair it with. On Tap NOW
Rice Paper Scissors collaboration beer.
This is a light, crisp petite saison recipe infused with Vietnamese Jasmine rice, Vietnamese Black Rice, Jasmine tea and roasted rice flakes. We will be ultra carbonating this light ABV beer to provide a light crisp compliment to the tasty and sweet food options by Rice Paper Scissors. Will be released on January 1st during our New Year’s Day pop up with Rice Paper Scissors. On tap January 1st. (Brunch only service Jan 1st)
Graff with Golden Gate Cider
During beer week this year we will also be releasing a special collaboration beer with Golden Gate Cider. We’ll be making a Graff with them that is inspired by Steven King’s dark tower novels. Intrigued?
Drape Us Over You
If you’ll remember, when we first opened, we had a little sign hung in the front window stating “You Are Beautiful”. It was a good reminder and a pick-me-up that we liked. Alas the world is full of scoundrels and scalawags out there, and someone stole it… never to be returned… SO, we resurrected it. These long sleeve mischief Tee’s are available in all sizes. Look for the hidden symbols and attempt to decipher their meaning...
A year’s end is a time to look back, and see what worked, what didn’t… but more importantly where did you have the most fun? And how can you do that more.
More Monday Popups
We had a number of pop up parties on our off day (Monday’s) this year where we invited friends to come in, use the space, and try something new. We are planning more of them in 2017, and potentially even Sunday night collaborations with chef friends. Stay tuned for more Monday / Sunday events.
Brunch / Lunch Updates
Lunch and Brunch are popping! We are putting even more love into these programs in 2017. Look forward to some new awesome brunch dishes in January like Schnitzel, pancakes, and Vietnamese Beef Stew, and more improvements to the Lunch program too.
Re-Up SMASH Fest
Beer week is something we look forward to all year. We have been brewing SMASH after SMASH to get ready for our signature event again: SMASH FEST. SMASH stands for Single Malt and Single Hop, and its a beer style we are truly focused on. Just like last year we will have 6 SMASH beers on tap all week long during beer week.
Wholesale License Acquired.
After almost 7 months of permits, legal hoopla, red tape, and government approvals we finally have our self distribution license! What does that mean? Well, it’s a big deal to us because essentially we can MAKE MORE BEER. But, more importantly it means that we can take that beer, and then deliver it to other locations in the city. Primarily we’ll be focused on supplying some friends and enthusiastic establishments that want to serve Black Sands beer at their restaurants and bars.
Want Our Beer?
Starting early January we will begin selling a series of our SMASH beers to select draft-only accounts, and we will continue to do that each 2-3 weeks for all of 2017. Touch base with us if you are interested in carrying our beer at your establishment. Shoot us an email at email@example.com if you are interested.
Do you like drinking beer past 11pm? Sometimes we wish we could let you. So we have been working on getting the right approvals for being open to later hours. After a lot of paperwork, letters of support (thank you! You know who you are) and a public hearing, we can officially be open until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays. We will also be extending certain weekday hours to midnight.
New Year's Brunch Popup
We will be hosting a special pop up brunch, to be catered by Rice Paper Scissors on New Year’s Day. From 11am - 2pm a traditional Vietnamese new years brunch will be served. We will also be releasing our Rice Paper Scissors collaboration beer. This is a light, crisp petite saison recipe infused with Vietnamese Jasmine rice, Vietnamese Black Rice, Jasmine tea and roasted rice flakes. We will be ultra carbonating this light ABV beer to provide a light crisp compliment to the tasty and sweet food options by Rice Paper Scissors.
Please take note of our hours during this lovely holiday season! Back to our normal hours in the new year.
Sharing Cocktail knowledge
In 2017 we are starting to bring the sharing philosophy over to our spirits side of the bar. We will be starting with an introduction class to cocktail mixing. Participant will learn the tools, techniques, and ingredients to simple cocktail mixing. Learn from our pro bartenders, mix drinks, and socialize around the art of cocktails. Classes will start in January, so stay tuned for more details and dates.
Black Sands Gift Cards
We now have official gift cards. These can be ordered for any amount, and can be used at the bar, for food, or at the homebrew store! Just order them online, or at the bar, and swipe just like a credit card.