SAN FRANCISCO — For many Outside Lands festival-goers, the fun doesn’t start until the music hits the weekend of August 5.
But why wait until then? The organizers at Outside Lands thought the same thing, and has announced its sixth annual Outside Lands Summer Pairings Series — a series of five events through late July that showcase different culinary participants of this years Outside Lands festival.
Out of those events, three will feature local breweries and craft food businesses pairing their original offerings together.
Regardless of whether you’re attending or skipping Outside Lands this year, these upcoming pairings are a great way to experience the craft food and drink scene that Outside Lands highlights every year.
Ramen & Beer Party (Itani Ramen & Fort Point Beer Co.)
Sunday, July 24, 2016, 2-6pm
Itani Ramen, newly joining A Taste of the Bay Area, and Fort Point Beer Co. will host a ramen and beer party as a special menu preview of their Outside Lands offerings. The menu will feature samples of their crave-able Ramen renditions, sides of Gyoza and Crispy Pig Ears and Fort Point Beer pairings. Allowing guests to choose between everything from Kolsch-style ales to San Francisco-style IPAs, Fort Point will pour the KSA, Villager, Park and Westfalia. Highlight footage from previous Outside Lands performances will be played alongside a soundtrack of favorite past performers. Tickets are $20 and include all food, two Fort Point beers, and the chance to win a pair of single day tickets to the sold-out Outside Lands. Space is limited and tickets can be purchased for $20 via EventBrite. Pending availability, additional tickets may be sold at the door for $30.
Smoke Out (4505 Burgers and BBQ & Harmonic Brewing)
Monday, July 25, 2016, All Day, Beginning at 10:30am
4505 Burgers and BBQ and Harmonic Brewing throw it down with a day long smoke-out. Microbrewery Harmonic Brewing, newly joining Beer Lands at Outside Lands, will take over the taps on 4505’s outdoor patio while the kitchen crafts Smoked Beef Ribs and Smoked Five Dot Ranch Beef Rib Plates, which are served with a choice of two sides, a fresh baked Parkerhouse roll, house made B&B pickles and Vidalia sweet onions. All beers will be priced at $6 and the Beef Ribs will be market price. The restaurant and brewery will also join forces to customize an eclectic playlist from some of their favorite Outside Lands 2016 acts: Radiohead, Ryan Adams and The Shining, Lettuce, Kamasi Washington, Lionel Richie, and of course, The Muppet’s Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem. The Outside Lands Summer Pairings menu will be served all day, beginning at 10:30am until quantities last. No ticket or reservation necessary.
Bluegrass, BBQ and Brews (Southpaw BBQ & Anchor Brewing)
Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 7-10pm
Southpaw BBQ and Anchor Brewing will host a Bluegrass, BBQ and Brews bash. The Southern inspired party at Southpaw BBQ will feature live bluegrass from Northern California’s award-winning five-piece band, The Bow Ties, while menu highlights include Chicharrones, Baby Back Ribs, Brisket Sliders with spicy coleslaw, Fried Pickles, and Sweet Potato Tots. Anchor Brewing will be on hand to pour a selection of special release beers, flights and drafts. Tickets are $48 and include admission, heavy appetizers, and two beers. Tickets are available on EventBrite or by phone: 415-934-9300; additional beers can be purchased via the cash bar. Must be 21+ to enter.