Santa Cruz Good Times

Friday
Feb 12th
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Lúpulo Craft Beer House

dn foodieFor a lot of people, beer food means nachos and jalapeno poppers. But Stuyvie Bearns Esteva and Noelle Marie Antolin, the owners of Lúpulo Craft Beer House, are challenging that notion.

Their restaurant, which opened last month, is both a haven for beer fanatics, and a Latin fusion restaurant. We asked Esteva and Antolin about how it works.

Good Times: How obsessed are you with beer?

STUYVIE BEARNS ESTEVA: I’m very obsessed with beer. Noelle and I have been waiting for about seven years for someone to open a place like this. We both decided that maybe it was time to jump into the game.

You have something called a Papa Baked Potato Sandwich on your menu. What on earth is that?

ESTEVA: That was Noelle’s creation. I thought she was pretty crazy. It’s basically a baked potato in a sandwich. It’s delicious, and very moist.

NOELLE MARIE ANTOLIN: You have baked, sliced pieces of potato that are seasoned with garlic powder and salt and pepper and olive oil, piled on with green onions and cheddar cheese and sour cream, and then grilled to perfection. Oh yeah, and bacon as well. It’s definitely good beer food.

What’s an out-of-the-ordinary beer you’d suggest?

ESTEVA: We have sour beers, something that a lot of people have never tasted. They’re beers that have a tartness to them, which can vary from being mildly tart to almost vinegar tart. It’s traditionally from Belgium. A lot of American brewers are making sour beers now. A lot of people when they have their first sour beer will think there’s something wrong with it, but as their taste develops then all the sudden it can’t be sour enough. It’s the big rage in the beer world right now.

What about a recommendation from the Latin fusion menu?

ANTOLIN: Albondigas En Almendra. It’s a traditional Spanish tapas. It’s not cream-based, it’s almond-based, like a creamy almond saffron sauce. It’s really rich. The base is bread that’s fried in olive oil. In Spanish cuisine, a lot of times you used fried bread as a thickener, so that adds a ton of flavor. Then we’re also infusing tons of sherry wine, and we’re trying to play with infusing beer into our food.


Lúpulo Craft Beer House is at 233 Cathcart St., Santa Cruz, 454.8306.

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

Heart Me Up

In defense of Valentine’s Day

 

“be(ing) of love (a little) more careful”—e.e. cummings

Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Making Dreams

Coen brothers salute vintage Hollywood in sly comedy ‘Hail, Caesar!’
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Pub Watch

Mega gastro pub-in-progress at the Old Sash Mill, plus the best pasta dish downtown

 

How do you know love is real?

When you feel the groove in your heart and you’re inspired to dance. Becca Bing, Boulder Creek, Teacher

 

Temple of Umami

Watsonville’s Miyuki is homestyle cooking, Japanese-style

 

How would you stop people from littering?

Teach them from the time that they’re small that it’s not an appropriate behavior. Juliet Jones, Santa Cruz, Claims Adjuster