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5 things to know in San Antonio food right now: Downtown distillery pops up with birria and beer

5 things to know in SA food: Distillery pops up with birria and beer

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Dorćol is hosting a special pop-up this weekend. Dorćol Distilling + Brewing Co./Facebook

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Opening and reopening

Distillery and brewery Dorćol will reopen its patio for a pop-up dinner Saturday, September 19 for a collaboration with chef Ernie Bradly of Charrity Bar, who will be serving up a sneak peek of his forthcoming birria-focused food trailer, La Tienda de la Birria. Each $20 table reservation purchased will include a flight of Dorćol’s four HighWheel brews, along with a plate of oyster mushrooms braised in adobo, dorados de frijoles (crispy grilled corn tortilla filled with caramelized onions and beans), a quesataco (crispy grilled corn tortilla with queso asadero and manchego stuffed with braised goat) and, of course, birria. Reservations for the pop-up are required and can be made via the Dorćol website. The event runs from 5 pm to 11 pm, Saturday, September 19. According to a company rep, the distillery has more pop-up events in the works for the fall, the details of which will be announced at a later date. 

Thai coffee roasting company Akhanay Coffee Roasters is adding a new Thai takeout and delivery concept to its operation on Flores Street. The ghost kitchen operation, dubbed Hew (the Thai word for “hungry”), features a menu inspired by co-owner Jerry Gonzales' time working at a coffee roaster in Thailand before starting Akhanay in San Antonio. Hew’s menu is set to include a menu of stir-fry noodle and rice dishes, meatballs, potstickers, and two kinds of chicken wings. According to the operation’s Facebook page, Hew is open for curbside only, though delivery options are available through Postmates and Favor. Ordering for Hew will go live at www.akhanaycoffee.com Friday, September 18, for the eatery’s soft opening from 5 pm to 9:30 pm. The restaurant’s standard hours will be 11 am-2 pm and 5 pm-9:30 pm, Friday through Sunday.

After a three-month hiatus, San Antonio’s go-to spot for tapas, pizza, and European wines by the glass is bringing back its popular wine-and-dine experience with two new events. On Thursday, September 24, Copa Wine Bar in Stone Oak will host a “Global Street Foods” wine dinner. Along with expertly curated wine pairings, the all-inclusive meal will feature such courses as Jamaican jerk salmon tacos and Kenyan beef samosas. For palettes demanding a hoppier libation, Copa will also host an all-inclusive Oktoberfest Beer Dinner Thursday, October 8 with Houston-based Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company. The beer dinner will include such entrees as tuna poke nachos and baked bean hummus, which will be paired with brews like the More Cowbell double IPA and the 1836 copper ale. Copa Wine Bar’s Global Street Foods will take place from 7 pm-9 pm, with tickets priced at $60. The Bar’s Buffalo Bayou beer dinner begins 6:30 pm and goes to 8:30 pm, running $75 per person. 

Other news and notes

Because haircuts and politics are among 2020’s hottest trending topics, Alamo City-based Twirl Salon is teaming up with health-focused eatery The Good Kind to offer complimentary haircuts and voter registration at the Southtown restaurant's spacious outdoor garden lounge. Additionally, the event will feature an outdoor tent complete with TV's, misting fans, and a full-service bar. According to a press release, both organizations are using their Hair Happy Hour, which takes place Monday, September 21, from 4 pm-7 pm, to serve those in the service and hospitality industries, frontline workers, and single-parent households. Clean hair and masks are required in order to partake in this event. Haircuts will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For the first time in the company’s 42-year history, San Antonio-based fast-food chain Taco Cabana is dabbling in the Mexican sandwich staple that is the torta. Taco Cabana’s new mango-habanero pulled pork sandwich includes a traditional build of refried beans, lettuce, tomatoes and Taco Cabana’s chipotle crema. The new sweet and spicy protein option will also be offered in taco form as well as in a cabana bowl.  The announcement comes on the heels of a busy year for the company, which made headlines last July for its “MargaritaPalooza” launch, which includes 12 new $2 frozen alcoholic options currently available for all-day drive-thru pick up and delivery.