21
May

Stag Dining: Shot and a Beer: The Shoot — Last weekend, I got the opportunity to revisit an old experience and try a new one, too. Through the Stag Dining group, I spent a Sunday afternoon and evening shooting clay pigeons, consuming a six-course beer and food tasting and meeting several new people with interesting stories of their own along Lake Merced in southwest San Francisco. 

The event was hosted by the Pacific Rod & Gun Club, which has a long-standing tradition of being the Bay Area’s only place to shoot trap and skeet. Despite its sterling reputation, positive contributions to the community and historic significance in the city for more than 80 years, the club faced a series of hurdles from city bureaucrats, which almost resulted in the club’s lease not being renewed. For now, the issue is resolved with the club having a month-to-month lease agreement. 

But after spending the afternoon at the club along the lake, I felt fortunate to shoot there, especially after learning how close they came to being forced out (and they’re still operating without the security of a long-term lease). I saw a wide range of people shooting at the various fields and the group that gathered to shoot and dine reflected the same diversity. 

Granted, it’s probably not hard to gather together people around the idea of shooting guns, eating great food and trying new beers from a local independent brewery — Almanac Beer Co., whose 4-packs I sought out at the Whole Foods on the drive back home. But the experience felt like something special. 

There were a lot of first-time shooters there and plenty of trained and experienced staff on hand to not just keep everyone safe, but also help you hit your targets. If you’ve never shot before, then it’s hard to describe how much fun breaking clays can be until you’ve done it. It’s really satisfying seeing orange discs burst into pieces. 

It’s been about nine years since I last shot. In college I sporadically joined the Illini Trap & Skeet Club, but never got serious enough about it to the point of going regularly or buying my own gun. I wouldn’t consider myself a good shot, but I did manage to shoot 80% for the day, so I felt pretty good about that. 

Stag Dining also provided a cheese and prosciutto spread and (non-alcoholic) drinks for the shoot before the dinner. 

21
May

Stag Dining: Shot and a Beer: The Feast — I don’t have the pretentiousness to call myself a foodie. Like any reasonable person, I like a great meal and take delight in being exposed to food that’s been prepared differently and blows away my expectations. I know a lot of people love to get in depth about techniques, sourcing ingredients and other minutiae, but I just want to eat something delicious and be present in that moment. 

The bottom line with the dinner and beer tasting hosted by Stag Dining was this: the food is amazing and the chefs do a great job of pairing the drinks to their dishes, both in theory and in practice. You’re going to eat a great meal. 

What’s really fun though about the dinner portion is meeting new people. I went alone and found myself chatting with a bunch of strangers, but had a great time learning about their lives. Eating great food among good (new) company is something Stag Dining seeks to provide in a very casual atmosphere that makes conversation natural. 

Of course, alcohol helps, too. The beer pairings were from Almanac Beer Co. and they even offered us a chance to taste a beer that hasn’t been tasted outside the brewery, yet. One of the cool things was listening to the company’s founder talk about his beers and get nerdy about it. It’s always neat to hear people passionate about their job, which I can definitely say is the case with the folks at Almanac, where they spend a lot of time not just on making their beers, but also working with local farmers for their ingredients. 

(If you’re interested in trying Almanac’s brews, your best bet is Whole Foods in the San Francisco area. It’s harder to find outside the city, I’m told, which led me to grab a few before driving south toward home for two hours.)

While Stag Dining hosts events similar to this one (in the past they’ve had shoots with wines), they also host a weekly prix fixe dinner for $40 at Off The Grid at Fort Mason Center every Friday evening. 

02
May
stagdining:

“Shot and a Beer” is coming your way with @almanacbeer. Details soon. 

Shooting patches are for shooting shotguns. 

stagdining:

“Shot and a Beer” is coming your way with @almanacbeer. Details soon. 

Shooting patches are for shooting shotguns. 

27
Dec
Attn. San Francisco: Hucklebury Pop-up Sale — If you read my review of Hucklebury shirts and want to check them out for yourself, then stop by their pop-up shop. It’s going on now through New Year’s Eve. 

Attn. San Francisco: Hucklebury Pop-up Sale — If you read my review of Hucklebury shirts and want to check them out for yourself, then stop by their pop-up shop. It’s going on now through New Year’s Eve. 

16
Mar

Hey San Francisco #menswear folks!

We’re doing a mini-meetup of sorts this Saturday (that’s tomorrow):

  • Where: Rickhouse, 246 Kearny St., San Francisco, CA 94108
  • When: 8 p.m., Saturday, March 16
  • Who: edwinzee, pause-do, myself and you!

Super informal and open to everyone — readers, bloggers, enthusiasts and lurkers alike. Enjoy some good booze and meet new people! 

Sorry for the super short notice (and I know many of you have St. Patrick’s Day plans), but I’d like to see you there if you can make it!

About The Silentist

A menswear blog on finding your personal style, written by Kiyoshi Martinez.

I work at Khaki's of Carmel and live in the Monterey Bay area. Formerly from Chicago.

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