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November 2007

Give thanks for beer and turkey

By me, in Friday's SF Chronicle: A new Web site by the Brewers Association wants you to pass on the wine this Turkey Day and pop open a craft beer instead. BeerAndTurkey.org offers suggestions for beer pairings with a range of holiday meals, including roasted, smoked and Cajun-style turkey, ham, goose, salmon and lamb. They also pair beer with side dishes and seasonings, like amber ale with sage dishes and all-malt pilsner, dark lager or red ale to go with buttery mashed potatoes and creamed corn. The site also lists a few serving suggestions (large bottles for easy sharing, multiple... Read more →

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Cocktail book reprints being reprinted

The folks at New Day Publishing (cocktailbooks.com) just informed me that they'll be rerunning their classic cocktail books series. They print a copy of Jerry Thomas' Bar-Tenders' Guide, the Stork Club Bar Book, and the Old Waldorf Astoria Bar Book. The books should be available again (some of them are sold out on Amazon.com) in the first quarter of 2008. Labels: books Read more →

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Master Blaster

Since two people sent me a link to the New York Times story about how technically you can't use your hands to insert lime into a Corona due to health codes, I thought I'd do the New York Times a favor and let them know that there already exists a device for this exact purpose and their whole story was moot. Here's the times story, and here's the solution to the problem. Yours in journalism, -Camper Labels: funny, news, NewYork Read more →

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Felten and Wondrich book reviews

By me, in today's SF Chronicle: New books dedicated to old drinks Camper English Many drink books published today are the "Behind the Music" of cocktails, telling the stories of the book authors and recipe histories rather than inventing a slew of new libations. In the past few years we've seen titles including "Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails: From the Alamagoozulum Cocktail to the Zombie," "Straight Up or On the Rocks: The Story of the American Cocktail," "Sippin' Safari: In Search of the Great "Lost" Tropical Drink Recipes... And the People Behind Them," and "And a Bottle of Rum: A... Read more →

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Vintage Cocktail Books

By me, in today's SF Chronicle: Bartenders shake and stir their way through cocktail history Camper English, Special to the Chronicle Because of their proximity to sticky liquids, well-used cocktail books often don't hold up over time, which may be why vintage cocktail books from the 1860s through the 1940s are rare and highly collectible. These books hold more value than the recipes inside or their resale value, however. Modern cocktail enthusiasts use them to rediscover how and what people were drinking when the books were written, what bar life was like in the beginning of the last century, and... Read more →

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Holland gin

Congrats to the SF winners of the Damrak gin contest. They get a trip to Holland. From the press release: In San Francisco, the top three winners at the Rye bar event were: First place—Micah Wilder from Bambuddah Lounge with the Lycheetini, Second place--Alicia Walton from Martunis with the Dam Good Martini and Third place—Amanda Washington from Rye with The Damsel. Labels: contests, SanFrancisco Read more →

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Here today, gone tomorrow

The problem with traveling so much is that I haven't had time to report on the travel. (I need to get better at working on planes.) I'm back from New York as of this afternoon and heading off to Mexico (again) Saturday night. And in the meantime I have a ton of stories due. Anyway, while in New York I hit David Wondrich's book launch party, where it turns out I knew about 15 people I'd met either out here, on press trips, or at Tales of the Cocktail. It was great. The party was at Flatiron Lounge, then we... Read more →

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Wet hop beers

Cool article (not by me) in today's SF Chronicle about wet hop beers. Makes me thirsty. Celebrating harvest is nothing new, but lately brewers have discovered a novel way to reconnect their beer to the land from which its ingredients grow: by adding freshly picked hops to the brew kettle, usually within 24 hours of harvesting. These beers are known as fresh hop beers, wet hop beers, harvest ales or "Lupulin Nouveau," in a nod to Beaujolais Nouveau wine and to lupulin, the sticky, fragrant yellow powder that clings to hop flowers.... When hops are picked, they contain 80 percent... Read more →

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