Eureka's The Booth Brewing expands beyond its South Korean origins

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Boothman, the mascot of The Booth Brewing Co., features prominently on the artwork for every new can release. The Booth Brewing Co. relocated to Eureka from Seoul, South Korea, in 2017.

The Booth Brewing Co. was initially founded in Seoul, South Korea, in 2013, and it relocated brewing operations to Eureka in 2017. Occupying the former brewhouse of Northern California’s stalwart Lost Coast Brewery when Lost Coast moved to a larger, brand-new facility, The Booth is the first Asian craft brewery with American operations.

The Booth features a spirit of fun, embodied in its can artwork by artist Soña Lee highlighting the whimsical character Boothman. Representatives from the brewery recently visited CRU wine bar in Redwood City with a sampling of their beers on draft and in cans.

A conversion-worthy recipe for dreaded brussels sprouts

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When brussels sprouts are roasted with garlic, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, they can win over even picky eaters.

When the Town Crier put out a call for reader recipes, Los Altos Hills resident Karen Druker wrote in with a tribute to formerly detested vegetables.

Her recipe for asparagus and/or brussels sprouts can be used with one vegetable or the other throughout most of the year. Asparagus is still in season in California markets through the end of this month, but she notes that given the realities of daily business, “I buy my veggies wherever I am.”

Crawfish, vegan, wines highlight local menus

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HeyO serves up vegan cafe fare from the founders of a bamboo-leaf tea company, Igzu..


If you like to see your seafood menu list options in (high denomination) pounds, the new Cajun restaurant in downtown Mountain View will whet your appetite.

Crawfish Bros. opened at 124 Castro St., the recently revolving door location of Chop & Pub and before that, Shell Shock, East Street Tacos and Barracuda Japanese. The Bros. menu includes crawfish, snow crab, shrimp, mussels, clams and lobsters, with sauces that range from mild to “screaming.”

Encircle mom with love and bagels

Photos by Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
Customers who turn up early enough can select from Posh Bagel’s limited stock of mini-bagels in addition to full size, enabling brunch participants to make multiple custom creations in a single meal. After laying out an array of spreads and toppings, pair the morning feast with coffee, juice or a thoughtfully chosen wine.

If you’re ready to round up the moms in your life for brunch, look no farther than the beloved bagel, which is suitably circular to reflect the everlasting love of moms. We love our moms year-round, but Mother’s Day gives us a reason to encircle them with appreciation.

Round references aside, a bagel spread makes the ideal brunch for celebrating Sunday – the variety of toppings and bagel flavors offer something for both sweet and savory food fans.

HeyO eatery brings plant-based menu to Castro St.

Courtesy of Zach Anderson
HeyO smothers its not-lobster rolls with pickled vegetables, crispy lentils and vegan sauces ranging from chimichurri to black garlic miso mayo.

The cafe space tucked inside Ava’s Market on Castro Street in Mountain View started serving food under a new banner last week.

The HeyO eatery describes itself as “plant-based,” shorthand for dishes that prioritize nutrient-dense whole grains and vegetables and draw from an entirely vegan range of cheese, sauces and decadent accoutrements.

Sebastopol's Crooked Goat Brewing rises from the floodwaters

Above Photo Courtesy of Derek Wolfgram; below Photo Courtesy of Paul Vyenielo
The flooding that swamped Crooked Goat Brewing in Sebastopol, below, hasn’t stopped its production of brews such as First Crush raspberry ale.

During the torrential rains that soaked much of Northern California the last week in February, Sebastopol’s Crooked Goat Brewing found itself literally underwater. Flood damage necessitated closing the brewery for approximately six weeks, which was a major hit to the brewery and its employees. It reopened the first week in April and is serving the same excellent brews it made before the flooding.

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