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Drink Strong

Strong_beer_ webWest Coast beer drinkers love strong beer, as evidenced by popular breweries in California known for their IPAs.  Breweries including Lagunitas, Stone Brewing Co., Ballast Point, and Bear Republic are all well-known for their expertise with India Pale Ales. However, it was brewmaster Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River Brewing who took it to the next level when he created Pliny the Elder, the first Imperial IPA (or Double IPA, as it is more commonly known). The double refers to the two letter I’s in the Imperial IPA (IIPA) and not double the strength or hops. Imperial IPAs  have a lengthier brewing process and higher alcohol content, roughly 10% ABV versus IPAs at 7.5% ABV.

Though Pliny the Elder was the first of its kind and the most popular (we sell out in one day at our Mission location), there are plenty of other California breweries that are putting their own twist on this style and making wonderful Imperial IPAs that should be celebrated. Easier to acquire than Pliny, they’re uniquely delicious and drinkable in their own right.  Next time you’re in the Markets, “Drink Strong” and choose a new Imperial IPA.

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Ballast Point “Dorado” 22 oz | $8.99
Dorado Imperial IPA immediately hooks you with massive hops that never stop. Mash hopping, kettle hopping, and dry hopping make this beer a serious hop-lover’s prize catch. It’s an amazingly drinkable, award-winning beer that’s as beautifully balanced as it is big.

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Aggressively hopped and flawlessly balanced, the Double Jack opens up with bright grapefruit and tangerine hop aromas, with notes of stone fruit and pine.

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Lagunitas “Hop Stoopid” 22 oz | $4.99
Big in flavor, aroma, and hops! This Imperial IPA has a well-balanced malty backbone and pine/citrus forward hop character. Crisp, refreshing, and easy drinking.

Mongo

 

Port Brewing Co. “Mongo” 22 oz | $7.99
Named in honor of the brewery’s cat, this Imperial IPA has aromas of orange and mango with a citrus and piney bitterness.

Shop our entire selection of Imperial IPAs in our Markets or through our online Market for convenient delivery within an hour!


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Red Carpet Hits for Oscar Sunday

Hollywood-Movies-01We’ve got a complete round-up of red carpet-worthy Oscar looks, perfect for your star-studded shindig or “Who wore it best?” get together with friends.

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The Classic Beauty
This perennial guest-favorite Kale Salad with Chickpeas, Radish, Sunflower Seeds & Lemon Tahini Dressing is clean, fresh, and never goes out of style!

The Risk Taker
Take a chance and wow your guests with an over-the-top charcuterie platter. Create your own or let Bi-Rite Catering do it for you (deadline to order for Sunday is 3pm Friday).

The Sparkler
Toast the winners with J. Lassalle ‘Cachet D’Or’ Premier Cru Brut, and celebrate with bright notes of pear, anise, and ginger.

The Sweetheart
Charm your guests (and the paparazzi) with this picture-perfect Sour Cream Lemon Pie with Graham Crust, and indulge in desserts from Bi-Rite Creamery & Bakeshop.

Order the full collection of Oscars food and drink for convenient delivery from our online Market.

 


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Eat Like a King With Parmigiano Reggiano

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An 80-pound wheel of our Parmigiano-Reggiano

At a time when our food system is increasingly overrun with processed products and traceability is a growing concern, we’re shining the spotlight on one of the most traditionally crafted products at our Markets. Parmigiano Reggiano is called the King of Cheese for excellent reason — it’s been made in the same region for almost a thousand years! We work with one of the most reputable importers of Italian cheese to provide our guests with Parmigiano Reggiano that’s produced at one single farm in the heart of Emilia-Romagna. Daniele Caldera operates the farm, where he raises the cows and makes the cheese. He even lives above his small creamery, where he makes no more than six wheels a day by using time-honored techniques.

Parmigiano Reggiano is a staple of any Italian kitchen; it’s a cheese that’s perfect for anytime of the day. You can of course grate it over a bowl of fresh pasta, but we also love to be adventurous with it:

  • Slice it with pears for a satisfying breakfast
  • Grate it over soft scrambled eggs with chives for an easy brunch
  • Mix it with Medjool dates and Massa Organic’s almonds for a savory afternoon snack
  • Shave it into a farro salad with citrus vinaigrette and fresh herbs
  • Drizzle it with Bi-Rite Public Label Aged Balsamic Vinegar
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Daniele Caldera’s Farmstead

Remember that we crack wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano at each Market every week, so the pieces available are always fresh (follow us on Instagram @biritesf to see video of our cheesemongers cracking the wheel, and much more!). Our big 80-pound wheels are aged for a minimum of 24 months, though usually they are closer to 28 months. With a big wheel of this kind, a longer aging process allows for the development of deeper, more complex flavor. Daniele’s cheese is brothy and bright with notes of fruity pineapple, and the finish is long and deep. We also shred and package the cheese – our shredded Parmigiano Reggiano is the real deal, and so much better than anything that comes out of a green can.

Eat like a king and be sure to pick up a piece of Daniele Caldera’s farmstead Parmigiano Reggiano the next time you shop at the Markets or place an order on Instacart.

 


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Valentine’s Day Sweets, Treats & Eats, Made with Love

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This Valentine’s Day, share the love with the special people in your life. Celebrate with sweets, treats, and eats, made with love by our chefs, farmers, ranchers, and crafters. 

 

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Show you care with farm direct, seasonal bouquets from our floral team, like assorted-color Thomas Farm Organic Tulips, California-Grown Ranunculus, and our Seasonal Mixed Bouquets.

Stop by the Markets on Saturday, February 13, or Sunday, February 14, between 9am and 7pm to have our florists create the perfect custom bouquet for your loved one.

 

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From our sustainably-harvested seafood to responsibly-raised meats, our butchers have everything you need for breakfast in bed or a romantic dinner.

Mix and match classic surf and turf combos like assorted Miyagi, Nasketucket, and Rumamoto oysters or lobster tails with Five Dot Ranch Porterhouse Steak or  BN Ranch New York Strip Steak (save $5/lb on BN Ranch New York Strip Steak, only $19.99/lb through February 15).

 

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Made with Love in our Kitchen

Wow in the kitchen, without the work! Our chefs have brought the passion this Valentine’s Day with our house-made menu:

Our House-Made Lobster Ravioli with Ricotta, Parmesan & Tarragon served with Meyer Lemon Cream Sauce are a luscious indulgence, while our Pan-Roasted Stuffed Chicken for Two with Herbed Truffle Mousse makes an exquisitely elegant dinner for two.

Our Valentine’s Day menu will be available Thursday, February 11, through Sunday, February 14 at both Markets and in our online market via Instacart.

 

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Make your valentine twinkle with Raventos “de Nit” Cava Rosado, a beautiful Spanish sparkler with red flowers on the nose, soft red fruit on the palate, and just enough minerality and acid to provide a sturdy backbone.

Bring the heat with our special Red Hot Chili Collins cocktail recipe, created for us by Josh Harris of The Bon Vivants.

 

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Bi-Rite Creamery & Bakeshop is celebrating Valentine’s Day until Monday, February 15!  Stop by for a taste of our newly-released Rose Ice Cream.

Or, share one of our special sundaes with your special someone, like the Made with Love Sundae featuring Tangerine Dream and Tcho Chocolate ice creams with caramel sauce, Marcona almonds, and house-made whipped cream, garnished with a chocolate heart!

 

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Choose joy and give the gift of chocolate. For your sweet-toothed sweetheart, we have a complete selection of bean-to-bar chocolates, handcrafted truffles, and small batch caramels and confections.

Try some of our favorites, like Tiny B Chocolate Brigadeiros Valentine’s Day Box, delectable Brazilian truffles made by hand in San Francisco, or Gate Comme des Filles 9-Piece Box featuring flavors like white chocolate cardamom, Amarena cherry, and Meyer lemon.

 

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Simply sign up for a free account and visit the Bi-Rite Market store to shop hundreds of our products for convenient delivery.


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Your Super Bowl Sunday Good Food Game Plan

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Whether you’re a die-hard fan or only in it for the seven layer dip and the commercials, Super Bowl 50 is here! Even if your team didn’t make it to Levi’s Stadium, we’ve got everything you need to take your game day festivities to the next level.

It wouldn’t be a Super Bowl party without chips, dips, and pork rinds.  Visit our online Super Bowl aisle via Instacart to stock up on all the snacks, sides, and celebratory beverages you need, delivered to your door within an hour.

Go all the way with sweet treats from Bi-Rite Creamery, like our new Sour Cream Lemon Pie with Graham Crust, or fan favorites like Chocolate Pot de Creme and Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Crust.

The weather is going to be beautiful for Super Bowl weekend!  If you’re firing up the grill for game day, grab some House-Made Bratwursts ($10.99/lb), BN Ranch New York Strip Steaks($19.99/lb starting 2/5, down from $24.99/lb), Mary’s Chicken Wings ($3.99/lb), Niman Ranch St. Louis Ribs ($6.99/lb), or Five Dot Ranch Ground Beef ($8.99/lb).

It’s time to go big or go home, because your favorite Bi-Rite Market sandwiches are available by the foot for Super Bowl weekend!

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To place your order before Saturday, February 6, please call the Deli at either Market (415-551-7900 for Divisadero, 415-241-9760 for 18th Street). Visit the Markets this weekend to pick up everything you need to score big with your guests.

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Cheese Experience

Looking for a spin on the game day classics? There’s still time to have Bi-Rite Catering do the heavy lifting for you!  Our newest West Coast Craft: Beer & Cheese Tasting showcases some of California’s finest artisan cheeses paired with unique craft beverages from the West Coast and beyond. Included in the package are 12 Ball jar tasting glasses and a charcuterie platter to round out the experience, as well as tasting and pairing notes for each guest. Super Bowl order deadline is Friday, February 5 at 3pm.


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From Kishus to Cocktails

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The California Citrus Experience is in full swing at the Bi-Rite Family of Businesses!  The beginning of February is when the California citrus season hits its peak, with so many diverse varieties and flavors.  Whether you want a piece of citrus to quickly peel and eat, or a variety to make your Grandma’s favorite citrus marmalade recipe, we have you covered.

Throughout California there are many different micro-climates that have the advantage in growing specific types of citrus. In the mountains of Ojai, just southeast of Santa Barbara, there’s a collective of farmers that grow some of the sweetest fruit you can find in the state.  Jim at Churchill Orchards is the master of growing Kishu and Pixie Tangerines.  The Pixie harvest doesn’t start until the end of February, but the bite-sized Kishu Tangerines are perfect right now. The Kishu is a seedless, easy-peeling, about 2 inches in diameter, and kids love them!

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Rio Red Grapefruit

Growing up back East, my main experience with grapefruits was cutting a Rio Star Grapefruit in half, sprinkling sugar on it to cut the tart flavor, and eating it with a spoon.  The grapefruit situation in California now is at a whole other level.  Grapefruits are historically known as a high-acid fruit, and most of the time the acid dominates the sweet flavor. We currently have three to five different grapefruit varieties in the Produce Department, and they all have their own unique flavor profile.  The Melogold Grapefruit from Deer Creek Heights Ranch in Porterville is a cross between Siamese Sweet Pomelo and a Duncan White Grapefruit. They have the sweet juicy Pomelo flavor and very few seeds.  The Cocktail Grapefruit from Cunningham Organic Farm in Fallbrook is very special because of the “acidless” flavor — it’s the best for juicing and making cocktails.

The California Citrus Experience at Bi-Rite wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t offer our guest some creative cocktail recipes to try out all this amazing fruit.  Josh Harris of The Bon Vivants was kind enough to create a few recipes that highlight not only citrus but some of our artisan liquors.  The Spicy Paloma is the perfect cocktail to showcase these unique grapefruit varieties.

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Not all citrus is for eating out of hand.  Some varieties need a preparation before consumption.  There are two varieties that are really hard to find and are the most versatile in the kitchen. The Seville Orange is sour, tart, and full of seeds but it’s very juicy, and it offers fragrant essential oils, and is perfect for marmalade.  The Bergamot Oranges are most commonly known for its skin’s essential oil, used in Earl Grey tea (and Bi-Rite Creamery’s Earl Grey Ice Cream!) It’s a combination of sour orange and lemon, and both characteristics come through in the appearance and flavor.  Here’s another wonderful cocktail recipe that highlights both of these sour oranges! We are loving the California Citrus Experience at the Bi-Rite Family of Business, and we hope you are too!

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Amazing Braising Meats

BraisingHopefully, many of you were able to take advantage of our great lamb shank sale over the last couple of weeks.  So now that you’ve dusted off the dutch oven, found a home on the counter for your crock pot, and honed your mirepoix game why not keep the braises rolling.  El Nino is doing his best to keep us indoors, so make the most of it by keeping the kitchen cozy and the belly full.  Over the next two weeks check out our butcher case for some terrific braising options like:

  • Beef Short Ribs
  • Pork Shanks
  • Ox Tails
  • Duck legs
  • Pork Belly
  • Lamb Shanks
  • Pasture-raised, heritage chickens

In a day and age where many grocery stores’ butcher departments consist of an unmanned refrigerator full of pre-wrapped meats, we are excited to have a counter hosted by a skilled butcher, who can cut to order, provide recommendations, and is also quite knowledgeable about the meats and cuts they are selling.  Our butchers are here to provide you with the services of a trained meat cutter. Our knowledgeable butchers can set you up with everything you need to get your braise going, and while you’re at it, go for the full monty and grab a box of Baia Pasta and a bottle of  Cab Franc to pair it with! The same way you have someone that cuts your hair, your favorite bartender, and your tailor, we want to be your butcher.

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Celebrate SF Beer Week with our Exclusive Ricanelas Ale!

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SF Beer Week is coming to Bi-Rite!
Visit the Markets from January 22 through January 31 to discover our favorite local breweries like Fort Point Beer Company and Calicraft Brewing Co., save $2 on each day’s featured beers, and celebrate the debut of our exclusive Ricanela’s Cream Ale brewed by Woods Beer Co.

BeerWeek2016_V4_Web CanOur friends (and 18th street neighbors!) from Woods Beer Co. are brewing a special, Bi-Rite exclusive ale based on Bi-Rite Creamery’s perennial favorite Ricanelas (cinnamon-infused ice cream with chopped Snickerdoodles), premiering at both Markets on Saturday, January 30.  Brewed with caramelized sugar, cinnamon, and Madagascar vanilla, the Ricanelas Cream Ale will be canned in 32-ounce crowlers (can growlers) in limited quantity.  Be sure to stop by the Divisadero Market on Saturday, January 30 from 2-4pm for a taste!

Each day of Beer Week, from Saturday, January 23 to Sunday, January 31, Bi-Rite Divisadero will be hosting a different local brewery for an in-store tasting. We will also be offering $2 off ALL beer titles brewed by the day’s featured brewery! This sale includes offerings at both markets.

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Make Franc Your Friend!

franc_FRANCCabernet Franc is an underdog variety, always in the shadow of its more popular relative, Cabernet Sauvignon.   We can understand though, with its green herbaceous notes and austere fruit, Cabernet Franc can be a challenging to like; but we have a soft spot for the underdogs and more interesting varietals (this is one of our favorites!).

Cab Franc can make truly phenomenal wines when given the chance. It is an incredibly versatile food wine, able to pair deftly with nearly everything from goat cheeses to braised meats. Now that our El Niño winter has officially arrived, make friends with Franc over a dinner of Braised Lamb Shank Ragu with Baia Pasta (read on for our recipe).  From the Loire Valley to the West Coast, we’re featuring producers who are making some of the best examples of this variety – we’re looking forward to introducing you to our friend Franc.

BaudryChinonBaudry Chinon “Les Granges” Loire, France 2014 | $19.99
Bernard Baudry is one of the superstars in Chinon. He is blessed with having varied soil types in his vineyards, and showcases them through different cuvees. He has a light touch with Cab Franc so the terroir really shines in his wines. Les Granges is Baudry’s first release and most youthful wine, that is meant to drink young. It is supple and fruity with smoky cherry fruit. It is the perfect wine for simple food and cheeses.

BretonNuitsdIvresseBreton Bourgueil Nuits d’Ivresse 2014 | $34.99
Catherine and Pierre Breton are passionate about biodynamics and organic viticulture. They work with several sites and makes different cuvees from them. Their wines are made with such great integrity but also have wonderful charm and generosity.  The Nuits d’Ivresse, “Drunken Nights,” is the name of a special cuvee of selected old vines in Bourgueil. It’s an homage to natural wine pioneer Jules Chauvet, and does not see a drop of sulfur throughout its lifetime. We also have a limited amount of Breton Bourgeuil  “Les Perrieres” 2003 ($79.99). This is the Breton’s greatest red, from one of the most prized hillside parcels in Bourgeuil. It’s also special treat to have a 12-year-old bottling that is drinking beautifully right now.

Lang&ReedLang & Reed Cabernet Franc North Coast, CA 2013 | $24.99
Lang & Reed was started by Tracey and John Skupny in 1996 to focus solely on Cabernet Franc in Napa Valley, a rarity to this day. They were inspired from their trip to notable wine regions in France: Loire and Bordeaux. They seek to produce similar wines here in California and have found much success. This Cab Franc is a bold “true-to-varietal” expression from California. It has aromas of raspberry and cherry with highlights of herb and wet stone. Really mouthwatering, this is best served with family and friends.

AirGuitarBow & Arrow “Air Guitar” Cab Franc Willamette, Oregon 2014 | $24.99
Bow & Arrow wines was started by winemaker Scott Frank and his wife, Dana Frank. Both are obsessed with the Loire Valley, and seek to make wines inspired by the Loire but made in Portland. The Air Guitar proves that Oregon is not just Pinot country: this is a blend of Cab Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon from two very cool vineyards. Fresh red and black fruits and a dash of herbal charm, this is great with roast chicken.


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The California Citrus Experience at Bi-Rite

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Taste our wall of citrus!

Due to the shorter days and the colder weather, many local and California crops slow down for the winter. One crop thrives in cold weather and is farmed throughout our beautiful state — citrus! Citrus is one of California’s most bountiful crops, and the fruit is shipped all over the world.  At the Bi-Rite Family of Businesses we love to celebrate what’s in season, and for the next couple of months we will focus a lot of our attention on all varieties of citrus.  When folks come into the Produce Department, the Markets, or the Creamery we want them to experience all the different uses, flavors, textures, and juices that are produced by the 30 to 40 varieties of citrus that will hit our shelves from January to April.  Join us to explore winter in California as it should be – with the California Citrus Experience.

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Cara Cara Orange

The California citrus season usually kicks off at Bi-Rite in November with the easy-peeling, seedless  Satsuma Mandarin that offers a very refreshing balance of sweet and tart.  Satsumas are one of the only mandarin varieties that flourish in Northern California.  The local Satsuma season usually goes through mid-January, but this year the cold rain damaged the fruit and ended the season early.  We’ll still have Satsumas from southern growing areas this month!  Satsumas are the first tangerine varietal of the season and we usually see two or three new varieties each month of the new year.

The season of the Navel Orange — one of the most popular varieties of citrus — begins in Southern California in December, but these early oranges don’t have the perfect balance of sweet and tart that will come with the Navels in January. By early February we are blessed with the textbook tree-ripe Navels harvested at Full Belly Farm in Yolo County. They are great to eat out of hand, by the segment, added to a salad, or simply juiced. The Cara Cara Orange is also known as the Pink Navel — they usually show up at the Markets around the same time.  If grown correctly, this can be one of the sweetest oranges of the season and is not very acidic.  The fruit has nice floral qualities and is ideal for cocktails and zesting.  Cara Caras are one of our most popular oranges of the season at the Markets!

Moro Blood Oranges

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As we head into the New Year one of the most beautiful pieces of citrus hits the scene.  Moro Blood Oranges, known for their dark red and purple flesh, might be one of the most versatile pieces of fruit in the kitchen.  Not only do do these oranges produce that amazing dark red juice, but when segmented and added to any dish they will make it pop with flavor and color.  The Moro Blood Oranges are usually around into March.

Earl Grey Ice Cream

Earl Grey Ice Cream

The California Citrus Experience at Bi-Rite is just getting going and if fresh-cut citrus is not for you, the Produce Department is teaming up with Bi-Rite Creamery & Bakeshop to use citrus in so many tasty treats this season.  Keep an eye out for the debut of our newest ice cream flavor in January, Tangerine Dream — Bi-Rite’s classic Vanilla Ice Cream with a Tangerine Swirl. Plus, we’re bringing back a couple of our guests’ favorites — Earl Grey Ice Cream (containing the oils of the Bergamot Orange) and Meyer Lemon with Gingersnaps Ice Cream.

We’re citrus-crazy in the bakeshop, creating a bunch of goodies like the Cream Cheese Lemon Cookie with Citrus Glaze, Lemon-filled Yellow Cupcake with Vanilla Buttercream & Candied Citrus, Orange Olive Oil Cake, and our Sour Cream Lemon Pie with Graham Crust.  Have a taste of your favorite citrus variety and stop by the Bi-Rite Family of Bussinesses to try something new!