When Warfighter brews, it pours in San Carlos 

click to enlarge Warfighter Brewing Co.
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  • Warfighter Brewing Co., which is now serving up its beers in San Carlos, was founded by a combat veteran hoping to create jobs for other veterans.
The craft-beer movement across the country has been so extensive in recent years that it almost seems like every town has at least one small-scale brewery. The Peninsula has been relatively quiet, but that’s changing thanks to a handful of openings in 2013. At the end of last year, Warfighter Brewing Co. opened its doors in San Carlos, offering visitors a pint or samples of its new brews. Warfighter’s tap room boasts 30 taps, mostly from visiting breweries due to its small brewing capacity. Usually six of the taps are pouring Warfighter’s debut beers, such as the signature Honor, an IPA, as well as Integrity, a strawberry fruli. The hoppy Belgian-style beer uses strawberry puree in the fermentation process. Warfighter’s story is a unique one — it was founded by a combat veteran and former film industry employee who dreamed of a brewery and pub that could both employ veterans and allow veterans and the public to connect over good beer and company. With its backyard and big-screen television, Warfighter might just turn into that place.

360 Industrial Road, Unit E, San Carlos; (650) 637-1006, WarfighterBrewingCompany.com

San Mateo

Café Tsui Wah is now open in an indoor mini-mall off San Mateo’s beaten path. The Hong Kong-style cafe has a lengthy menu with a heavy emphasis on noodle dishes, whether chow mein, pan fried, or assorted “noodle soups” filled with different broths, including a version with Chinese broccoli and oyster sauce — all of them less than $10. A small number of rice plates, comforting porridge selections, appetizers and vegetable dishes complete the choices. You can even have spaghetti with sweet corn sauce and rock cod, a fusion dish at a decidedly traditional spot. The inside is no-frills with a cabinet of sauce bottles, a small window to the kitchen and a flat-screen television serving as decor.

2946 S. Norfolk St., San Mateo; (650) 341-1899

Palo Alto

The Workshop Burger Bar & Grill has closed suddenly in Palo Alto after nearly three years. The space’s windows are covered by newspapers and the phone has been disconnected. The Workshop’s other location in Mountain View closed last year.

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