Food & Drink

The Mission's new temple of beer

Ever been to Monk's Kettle and thought, "This is awesome, but I wish it was housed in a giant former-garage space, with a stone oven, seating for 100+, and rich wood paneling that made it look like a barn designed by Frank Lloyd Wright"? Well, stop thinking that and start going to The Abbot's Cellar, opening tomorrow on Valencia with pretty much all of that stuff. From the dudes behind MK, this new, suped-up beer-centric restaurant will feature a daily rotating menu designed to work with beer, including specific drafts decided on during weekly meetings between the chef and the cellarmaster. Featured items will include eats like a beef bone marrow sandwich on rye (w/ house pastrami, spicy greens, and pickled mustard seed), braised goat ragu gnocchi with pecorino, and a spring onions-, crispy hen of the woods-, and padron peppers-topped dry-aged strip loin, pretty much the only time you're gonna want to hear the words "dry", "aged", and "strip" together. With a two-story, 500-case, 55-degree stone beer cellar, the suds program here won't mess around, with 40 different types of glassware, 20+ brewskies on tap (or in old-style, hand-pump cask engines), and more than 100 bottles like Dying Vines Barrel Aged Dubbel and the only NorCal stock of Great Divide Brewing Company's Yeti, an abominably good beer. Other really important stuff: there's a sink well in the bathroom shaped like a beer bottle (!), plus there's a one-of-a-kind, seriously-they're-the-only-restaurant-in-the-nation-with-this by-the-glass beer offering wherein they'll pour pints from 10 rotating 750ml bottles, made to pair with the week's menu -- maybe something to think about?