Weekend guide / Coffee with Hunter Pence and welcome back beers at Southern Pacific

It's Friday, May 21.

Hey there, San Francisco. 

Happy Friday! We made it! 

For those of you who are new to The SF Minute, welcome! And as a heads up, on Fridays we take a bit of a break from the news to give you some ideas for the weekend ahead. 

Also, I try to get these out a little earlier on Fridays, but this morning I had some “business” stuff to attend to. Speaking of business, there’s a lot of smart people who subscribe here. As I’m thinking about the next steps for The SF Minute, I’d love to hear from you and pick your brain on some ideas I’m tossing around. If you like talking about this kind of stuff (how to build a sustainable local news endeavor), I’d love to chat: nick@thesfminute.com. Feel free to reach out whenever. 

And with that... onto some things to consider this weekend… 

☕️ Go drink coffee with retired Giants’ right fielder, Hunter Pence. According to a profile in the Chronicle this week, Pence and his wife Alexis are budding coffee entrepreneurs and are making drinks this weekend at a pop-up near Oracle Park to promote their caffeinated venture, Pineapple Labs. You can grab some joe from the Pence’s on Saturday from 2-4 pm and Sunday from 11 am-1 pm inside the Baseballism store located at 761 Third St. Both of these events take place right before the Giants’ games this weekend. 

As a reminder, the Giants are playing their rival Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, so if you’re willing to fork over some cash for the spendy stubs, it should be a good series! Currently, the Giants’ have a 2 game lead over the Dodgers for first place in the NL West. Also starting tonight, Oracle Park has eased its entry requirements so proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-test is no longer needed for those sitting in socially distanced sections. 

If you’re still needing more caffeine, go check out the Abanico Coffee Roasters on Mission Street between 17th and 18th, which just opened on Monday. Eater says that the new Salvadoran cafe offers pour-overs and espressos, but specializes in slightly sweeter drinks, like the cafe con leche, which comes standard with condensed milk and cinnamon on top. 

🍕 Buy a Bitcoin Pizza. As we reported this week, there’s a nationwide project starting on Saturday to commemorate the 11th anniversary of Bitcoin’s first commercial transaction, which was 10,000 BTC for two Papa John’s pizzas. I know, even with the recent dip, that’s A LOT of money for two pizzas. 

Three San Francisco pizzerias are participating in the project: Eagle Pizzeria, Sabrosa Pizza, and Pizza Due. You can order the special pies, like Laser Eyes (pepperoni in the shape of the Bitcoin logo) and Satoshi’s Favorite (pineapple and ham), on Bitcoin Pizza’s website here. You can also go and order off the regular menu at all three local spots, which look great! 

If your pizza cravings are now piqued, consider checking out Itria in the Mission which opened its doors on Thursday and showcases a “bubbly, Foccacia-like pan pizza,” according to Eater

🍻 Have a welcome back beer at Southern Pacific. As we reported this week, despite other outlets saying otherwise, Southern Pacific is indeed alive and well. The brewhouse closed in September due to financial struggles but after an injection of capital, it reopened in late March. 

Founder Chris Lawrence says that during the half-year hiatus, his team added a new HVAC system to keep air flowing inside and heaters on its outside patio. It also built two large parklets in front that can seat around 100 people. 

“We’re excited to be back,” Lawrence said. We’re excited as well! 

🚲 Bike anywhere. Today is “Bike to Wherever Day (which used to be “Bike to Work Day, but rebranded since many people aren’t going into the office anymore). But you can still carry out that biking spirit through the weekend. Maybe head to Ocean Beach (down a car-free JFK) or pick a Slow Street that you haven’t explored before, and enjoy the ride! 

That’s all for today! Thanks for reading y’all. Be safe, have fun, and we’ll see you back here on Monday! - Nick B. 

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