Sunday, April 22, 2018

Botanicals and Brews


HOSTED BY: The Conservatory of Flowers | WHEN: Every month! | PRICE: $27 (gen. admission) and $75 (VIP)

    OKAY. Why have we not done this before!? We were already big fans of the Conservatory of Flowers (which you can see in our blog post HERE), but we had no idea they hosted a monthly beer garden until our friend, Ellen, mentioned it a few weeks ago. Funny enough, days after we started looking for tickets online, the Conservatory's marketing coordinator reached out to us offering a generous set of two VIP tickets to the event. Um. Easy yes!

   For those of you that don't know, the Conservatory's Botanicals and Brew's is a pop-up beer garden that takes place every month inside and outside of the Victorian-style greenhouse... ya know, like a trendy Rainforest Cafe. But for adults! 

    With local beer on tap, bistro lights and a handsome (đŸ˜‰) crowd of twenty and thirty-somethings, the night left us feeling like we were filming a scene to our own Garry Marshall chick flick. Twirling through exotic plants and giggling over pours from the BARREL BROTHERS and HARMONIC BREWING, left us wondering again: why have we not done this before!?

    Don't let our lacey and flowy get-ups fool you, the crowd at this event mainly made up of laid-back San Franciscans in jeans and tennis shoes. So this is a great low-stress and relaxed environment to look forward to visiting after a long month at work -- and the perfect way to catch up with friends :) 

    When you first walk in, you're given a token for a complimentary craft brew (which by the way, a pint goes for $7... not bad for craft beer) and when you walk up to the top of the Conservatory's steps, you'll find street food on one side (perfect for cushioning any hefty booze) and local beer on tap to the other.

    Sitting at long picnic tables under dreamy, strung up lights was anything but short of enchanting. However, if the idea of buying tickets to an outdoor event makes you nervous -- because I think we all know of the weather's bipolar tendencies -- don't worry!  If the San Francisco chill starts to bite, you have the option to move inside the greenhouse and hang around one of their many candlelit tables. 

    As holders of their VIP tickets (or Master Brewer ticket), we along with a few others were pulled aside for a private tasting with the head brewers of this month's featured breweries: Barrel Brothers and Harmonic Brewing. There we sampled four beers:
  1. Harmonic's "Welcome to the Terroir Dome" (6.0%) : a clean Belgian-style Saison featuring California grown barley and a yeast that brings out big fruity and spicy notes. If you're into the taste of bubblegum... this would be your jam. 
  2. Harmonic's "Light of Day" (7.0%) : a bright, sunny and tropical Spring IPA made with local Admiral Pilsner Malt that gives it a clean, light body. It's also been "massively" dry-hopped with tropical-forward Mosaic hop and Vic Secret hops.
  3. Barrel Brother's "Dad Pants" (5.4%): They say that your first beer was most likely the pilsner you were given in dad's livingroom... hence the name Dad Pants. For this beer, German and Old World Pilsner malts were paired with Northern Brewer, Loral and Saphir hops to create a crisp and clean, dependable beer. 
  4. Barrel Brother's "Chai Spiced Dark Sarcasm" (7.0%): According to Laura, if you're into coke (the drink you sillies!), then you'll love this one. Despite also reminding us of our favorite soda, it still managed to remind us of our favorite spice. Being brewed with Chai spices, this batch carries chocolate, vanilla and mocha notes that left us wanting more!

     Out of the beers we sampled, my favorite was the Welcome to the Terroir Dome and Laura's was the Chai Spiced Dark Sarcasm. It's safe to say that we'll be visiting both breweries in the near feature to get our hands on more:) In the meantime, we'll be planning our next trip to the Conservatory of Flower's Botanical and Brews! In fact, we've already started inviting friends to join us at their June event! So if any of you guys are planning on going, please let us know! We'd love to meet up :)

All of the photos in this post were taken and edited by ANDREW ROSS_PERRY.

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