Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Online Classes to Hone Your Beer Expertise in Quarantine



At first glance, you might look around and think it's a bad time to be a beer fan. Breweries are closed to the public and bars are shuttered, too. Bottle shops and taprooms are frequently being labeled inessential during social distancing measures. While there are plenty of reasons to fret, don't let beer be one of them! Now is the time to embrace the wonderful world of online beer content. 

If you've ever wanted to learn more about the craft beer world, consider signing up for Beer 101. It's a fantastic look behind the curtain of the modern beer business. Whether you work in the industry, want to hone your professional recommendations, or just learn more about your favorite drinks, this course is a great place to start. 

More intrigued by the chemistry behind beer? edX has you covered. Their Science of Beer course is a comprehensive look at how beer is brewed, what impact it has on our health, and the role the supply chain plays on our consumption. It's an in-depth perspective typically reserved for industry experts!

Maybe you're eager to take your knowledge to a professional level. Now is the perfect time to study for a new career. Check out the Cicerone Certification Program, an online beer education course that helps qualify professional beer servers for the profession. There's truly never been a better time to explore new passions, so why not add a new certification to your resume? 

-- Scott Safadi, Shared Palate LLC

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Beer in the Time of COVID-19

There's a lot of uncertainty in the world right now. While the spread of COVID-19 has already had huge implications for the world economy, it's unclear what the long-term impact of the pandemic will be like on some industries. Beer has long provided solace during stressful times, and while COVID-19 may be shuttering bars and restaurants, demand for booze remains. 

Some bottle shops and craft breweries are turning to delivery to get their products to consumers. Others are redoubling efforts to stock grocery shelves. Long-term, though, craft breweries will need support more than beverage industry giants like InBev and MillerCoors. Since crafter brewers often rely on their taproom profits to keep afloat, COVID-19 closures are especially painful.

The craft beer scene has thrived over the last few years. Beer fans have had no shortage of options when it comes to flavors, styles and price points. COVID-19 will inevitably see the shuttering of many beloved breweries, so it's up to the consumer to help wherever they can. If you have a favorite brewery you're concerned about, experts say now is the time to show your love. Pick up a few six packs for the long haul, and if gift cards are available, consider supporting your favorite brewery that way, too. 

While not much is certain about the days and weeks that lie ahead, there is something especially comforting about sipping our favorite pours as it all unfolds. Just be sure to wash your hands after enjoying!

-- Scott Safadi, Shared Palate, LLC

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Beyond Guinness: Toast to St. Patrick with Other Irish Pours 


St. Patrick's Day is a celebration of all things Irish, but it's also one of the foremost (if unofficial) beer holidays. Next to Super Bowl Sunday, St. Patrick's Day is one of the most popular days of the year to crack open a cold one or two. If you're hoping to go beyond green beer and Guinness this year, try one of these authentic Irish pours:

Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale
Dating back to the 1700s, this classic Irish ale is a favorite of Emerald Isle locals. With a nitrogenated cream head similar to Guinness, the pour is distinctly creamy and smooth. It's also, funnily enough, a favorite of Canadians, so you can cheers to both countries with a single beer!

Porterhouse Brewing Co. Oyster Stout
For a slightly more contemporary brew, try this dark, aromatic stout straight out of Dublin. Though the brewery only dates back to the 90s, Porterhouse has earned a stellar reputation for flavor through its relatively short lifetime. This blend of grains, hops and fresh oyster notes will satisfy stout fans everywhere.

O'Hara's Leann Folláin
If you're hoping to do as the Irish do on St. Patty's Day, pick up a six-pack of this beloved stout. It has made the top of countless "must try" lists since it launched 11 years ago, and one sip will make it obvious why. With notes of dark chocolate, coffee and vanilla, this delicious pour will keep you coming back for another round time and time again.

-- Scott Safadi, Shared Palate LLC

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Tips for Dealing with Noisy Neighbors

We've all been there: late at night, or maybe early in the morning, the peace and quiet of your apartment is interrupted by a thudding. Or maybe a bang. Loud singing, thumping basslines, and loud debates can turn even the most tranquil of apartments chaotic. While it's true that some noise is expected from neighbors when you're sharing walls, their loud music, partying and shouting shouldn't disrupt the peaceful enjoyment of your space. Scott Safadi of Cal Bay Property management recommends trying these tips the next time your noisy neighbors get loud:

Talk to Your Neighbors
The first step in addressing a noisy neighbor? Simply talk with them about the issue. In many cases, they may not even realize they're being loud enough to impact others. While it's scary to work up the nerve to knock on their door and ask them to keep it down, you'll be surprised at how reasonable most people will be once they understand there's an issue!

Offer a Compromise
If you work early mornings and need quiet to sleep, your neighbor's late-night band practices might not be conducive to your bedtime routine. Explain your need for quiet after a certain hour and offer to compromise by allowing them to play until you're ready for bed. It may require you to invest in quality noise-canceling headphones while you watch TV at night, but a compromise helps keep everyone happy.

Check Local Noise Ordinances
Some neighbors will be less inclined to keep it down than others. If your requests to quiet down are ignored or outright refused, check your city's noise ordinances. Most towns have public quiet hours that require residents to minimize noise after a certain time. It's also worth checking your lease before making a noise complaint. Multifamily communities usually maintain their own standards for how late loud music can be played.



-- Scott Safadi, Cal Bay Property Management

Thursday, February 13, 2020

SF Beer Week Highlights 

The Bay Area is well-known for its stellar beer scene. From crafter breweries to maltsters and beyond, the region has gained a reputation for high-quality, creative flavors. Eager to learn more about the local beer scene? San Francisco Beer Week is your ticket to the very best of the Bay Area's brews. Scott Safadi of Shared Palate, LLC recommends checking out these exciting events:

IPA lovers will delight in this fifth annual competition for the very best local IPA pour. Blind flights allow you to sit in the judge's seat to sip and savor a variety of West Coast flavors. Get in on the fun Saturday, February 15 at Richmond Republic Draught House. Hazy IPA lovers will appreciate a similar competition at the same venue on February 14!


Head to Cleophus Quealy Beer Company on February 16 for a delicious pairing of homemade chilaquiles and micheladas. Not familiar with the drink? The cerveza preparada is made from beer, lime juice, tomato juice, spices, and sauces. They're a fantastic representative of the blending of cultures the Bay Area is known for! 
 

The Sycamore is one of the very best beer bars the Mission has to offer, so it makes sense to end the week there. Starting promptly at 10 AM, beer lovers can sip on all the best pours of the week. If you missed any of the 10-day festival's events or tastings, this is the place to play catch up.

-- Scott Safadi, Shared Palate LLC

Thursday, January 16, 2020

San Jose Restaurants to Try This Weekend

Downtown San Jose has a lot going on. When trying to decide on a restaurant, it's easy to get lost in the shuffle of Yelp reviews. Besides, reviews can be faked, and you never know when one bad customer service experience may have colored a particularly upset reviewer. Rather than turning to anonymous strangers for guidance, look no further than our local's guide to downtown San Jose dining. Scott Safadi and his team at Cal Bay Property Management can vouch for these delicious spots!

Zona Rosa, 1411 The Alameda

Hand-made tortillas, grass-fed meatballs, and ahi tuna tostadas are all on tap at Zona Rosa, San Jose's best Mexican restaurant. While you might not typically associate carrot chile soup with modern Mexican cuisine, Zona Rosa's will have you rethinking everything you know! Wash it all down with a margarita or three -- they're housemade and deliciously fresh.

Paesano Italiano Ristorante, 305 W. Julian St.

For a traditional date night on the town, head to Paesano. Cheerful decor gives the place a contemporary vibe, but the menu is filled with classics like gnocchi, ravioli, and carpaccio. The chef's commitment to tradition is palpable, but you'd be foolish to dismiss this spot as just another place to grab a slice. Valentine's Day is coming up - make your reservations at Paesano sooner rather than later!

The Grill on the Alley, 172 Market St.

If Italian doesn't tickle your fancy, consider The Grill on the Alley instead. This trendy, high-end restaurant and bar offers an exciting menu comprised of unique flavor combinations. Try the lobster salad -- it's topped with pine nut brittle and a Tahitian vanilla vinaigrette! 

-- Scott Safadi, Cal Bay Property Management

Thursday, January 9, 2020

The Remote Landlord: Managing Tenants from Afar

Running a successful rental business is hard work. While people might like to imagine renting to be an easy way to earn passive income, the reality requires a lot of long hours and sweat equity. Of course, taking a DIY approach to landlording isn't the only option. Many remote landlords are choosing to hire trusted property managers to be their eyes and ears on the ground. Scott Safadi of Cal Bay Property Management recommends this approach for anyone too busy to handle the daily operations of a rental property.

By partnering with a property management company with a track record for success, you'll outsource all of the not-so-fun parts of landlordship. A property manager can vet applicants, fill vacancies, and manage the maintenance requests of tenants. When a phone call comes in at 2 AM, it'll be the property manager who answers, not you! This peace of mind can't be undervalued.

Of course, property management companies give you the freedom to be as hands-on -- or off -- as you'd like to be. If you prefer to handle the leasing details yourself and allow the property manager to simply be the first line of defense against late night calls, you're always welcome to take the lead. Flexibility is key with any professional partnership, and property management is no different.

Outsourcing maintenance woes is one of the prime benefits of working as a remote landlord. Rather than pay expensive prices for the only plumber available on short notice, property managers forge long-term relationships with maintenance professionals they've thoroughly vetted. Repairs can be handled efficiently and affordably when you've got a property manager on duty!

-- Scott Safadi, Cal Bay Property Manager

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