February 26, 2014

Event Recap: Japan Beer Fest 2014

by Melissa Gordon

UmamiMart + The Trappist, Japanese Beer Fest 2/14

San Francisco Beer Week 2014 took place February 6th-16th, celebrating the Bay Area craft-beer scene with events, dinners, talks, and good times. We hosted Japan Beer Fest  with The Trappist, a stellar beer bar located around the corner from Umami Mart in Oakland. showcasing ten craft brews from Japan, and the day’s specialty, Pastramen.

It was a humid and overcast Saturday morning on February 15th, 2014. It wasn’t even 11:45am when people began lining up outside The Trappist, some even sneaking around the back to access the patio, where the festivities would take place.

UmamiMart + The Trappist, Japanese Beer Fest 2/14

When 12 o’clock hit, a crowd flooded the patio, lining up for bowls of noodles and flutes of premium brews from Japan. Yup, it was an immediate fiesta.

UmamiMart + The Trappist, Japanese Beer Fest 2/14

Here’s the lineup:

UmamiMart + The Trappist, Japanese Beer Fest 2/14

From left: Baird Suruba Bay Imperial IPA, Baird Rose Amber Ale, Baird Kurofune Porter, Kujukuri Ocean Weizen, Echigo, Oze no Yukidoke IPA,  Oze no Yukidoke Weizen, Iwate Kura Oyster Stout. Also on tap, Hitachino Daidai IPA and Real Ginger Brew. What a line-up!

In addition to the unique beers, people came to eat! Conrad of Seto Ramen, teamed up with Michael, the chef at The Trappist and Mikkeller in SF, to make something so wrong, yet so right: Pastramen.

UmamiMart + The Trappist, Japanese Beer Fest 2/14

UmamiMart + The Trappist, Japanese Beer Fest 2/14

UmamiMart + The Trappist, Japanese Beer Fest 2/14

UmamiMart + The Trappist, Japanese Beer Fest 2/14

Pronounced PAST-ramen, this bowl consisted of noodles, pastrami, a soft cooked egg, sauerkraut, and an umami-bomb mushroom — all of which swam in a pool of pastrami-broth. Again, wrongfully good, but so, so right.

Michael and Conrad prepared 150 order of Pastramen. By 2pm, the last bowl had been served. People settled down in any and every nook and cranny the patio had to offer — some getting taking matters (and bowls!) into their own hands.

UmamiMart + The Trappist, Japanese Beer Fest 2/14

UmamiMart + The Trappist, Japanese Beer Fest 2/14

The soup, the flight, and the menu.

UmamiMart + The Trappist, Japanese Beer Fest 2/14

After the ramen sold out, people were able to relax and focus on BEER! The stout made with oyster shell sold out just after we stopped serving ramen. There were so many excellent beers to choose from!

UmamiMart + The Trappist, Japanese Beer Fest 2/14

UmamiMart + The Trappist, Japanese Beer Fest 2/14

If you were at The Trappist this lovely Saturday, your afternoon would have looked somewhat like this:

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UmamiMart + The Trappist, Japanese Beer Fest 2/14

UmamiMart + The Trappist, Japanese Beer Fest 2/14

UmamiMart + The Trappist, Japanese Beer Fest 2/14

UmamiMart + The Trappist, Japanese Beer Fest 2/14

The Umami Mart crew working hard to identify the UMAMI in these beers.

UmamiMart + The Trappist, Japanese Beer Fest 2/14

Thank you to The Trappist for co-hosting this awesome event with us, and Michael and Conrad for creating such a delicious dish! The memory of PASTRAMEN still lingers.

UmamiMart + The Trappist, Japanese Beer Fest 2/14

And thanks to everyone who came out for our first Japan Beer Fest. Until next year everyone, kanpai!

All photographs by Melissa D. Gordon.

3 Comments

  • Anders
    Posted February 27, 2014 at 1:40 am

    Oh boy, JLO is clearly in Heaven.

    Miss this patio too much!

  • Johnny
    Posted February 28, 2014 at 12:59 am

    Anders make the next event! And Melly, I think I nailed it.

  • Melissa
    Posted February 28, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Johnny, a fantastic attempt, but not enough lipstick. Next time!

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