Category: VINE OF THE EARTH; Drinking, Eating & Enjoying

The Trappist, Provisions, Oakland

Chuck and Aaron just opened their new location, a beer store called Provisions in North Oakland. For those of you already familiar with their downtown location, simply called the Trappist, you know what kind of beer they serve: nothing cheap, nothing common, nothing crappy. This place is a beer church. Unlike The Trappist, you can buy bottles here.

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Steve is the manager, a great guy who will steer you in the right direction if you get confused by Dutch names like I do.

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Artist John Casey. His art graces the walls. Two large pieces: Hoppy Bear and Barley Bison.

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Chef Fred Sassen, who makes the delicious, pictured duck and pork pâté is opening his new restaurant Homestead, on Piedmont Ave. next month.

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That is Aaron, one of the owners, on the label of Evil Twins new brew.

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Mushroom Season on Mount Tamalpais

Earlier this month, Hall (@juniperridge) Alli (@nativeeverywhere) Jay (@onetrippass) Alison (@alaalison) Hanna (@kaptenhanna) Flynn (@flynnstagram) and myself, Obi (@coyotethunder) headed up to the West Point Inn near the top of Mount Tamalpais for an evening of wild mushroom foraging and bourbon cocktails…in that order actually.

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Mount Tamalpais, or, the Grand Cathedral, as I am beginning to think of it, lies just north of San Francisco. It’s slopes are home to dense wooded forests of redwood (yes, Muir Woods is there), Bay Laurel, and Douglas Fir. It’s west face is the inspiration for the Juniper Ridge fragrance blend #steepravine, available at Juniperridge.com

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Hall – Mr. Juniperridge.

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Three weeks before the new year, looking east at dawn, across the Bay.

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I have a million poems written across my heart for this mountain I love – if only I could get them out.

A weekend at the Redwood Distillery.

The cabin at Harmony ranch in Comptche, 16 miles east of Mendocino. The Wildflower van parked infront of the Distillery in Philo. The art of Amy Franceschini in the Distillery for the opening of the Green Horns‘ movie at our place.

Our centerpiece at the Distillery’s opening feast. Tom and Glad hanging out with the kids out front. For more shots from the opening, check out Juniper Ridge.

My tree mural and a freshly foraged mushroom from Anderson Valley.