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December 2007


Man Nearly Dies Downing Vodka at Airport (12-12) 12:27 PST BERLIN, Germany (AP) -- A man nearly died from alcohol poisoning after quaffing two pints of vodka at an airport security check instead of handing it over to comply with new rules about carrying liquids aboard a plane, police said Wednesday. The incident occurred Tuesday at the Nuremberg airport, where the 64-year-old man was switching planes on his way home to Dresden from a vacation in Egypt. New airport rules prohibit passengers from carrying larger quantities of liquid onto planes, and he was told at a security check he would... Read more →

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I've got good booze and bad news...

I was lucky enough to sit down with Fritz Maytag of Anchor Distilling to talk about their new Genevieve genever, and even see the still as they were preparing to distill some more while I was there. (The first batch they made in 1996 (700 bottles) and they've just been sitting around waiting for the market to be ready to release it.) Erik does a nice job of introducing it if you haven't heard about it before. I learned a lot about the product and their research into trying to make it in the old style (and even borrowed some... Read more →

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Alpine Cocktails

I'm back from a press trip to Aspen. This one wasn't drink-related but I did some drinking while I was there. (Not as much as I wanted to- the altitude turned me into a lightweight.) Here are some observations. - Classic cocktails are nowhere to be found. I'm sure bartenders can mix a traditional martini or Manhattan, but they're not usually listed on cocktail menus. A sazerac is not gonna happen. - Most cocktail menus in Aspen are filled with drinks lead by flavored vodkas and other flavored spirits. This is usually a bad sign. - Several bars have decent... Read more →

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Breaking News

So Lance Winters of St. George Spirits let the cat out of the bag that his absinthe was approved at the end of last week. Well, local booze news doesn't get any bigger than that so I told my editors at the Chronicle it shouldn't wait until Friday's Wine Section and they agreed. Stacy Finz wrote the story with my contributions mushed in here are there (it was my scoop though- just saying). We were in a race to at least tie with the NYTimes story that also came out today. But in any case, by all accounts the St.... Read more →

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Another Repeal Day party announcement: Forbidden Island

On December 5th, 1933, the 21st Amendment to the US was ratified by FDR, repealing the 18th Amendment, aka Prohibition, aka “Big Mistake”. We will be celebrating at FI in style: All the remaining November Cocktail Month Specials will be just $5 all night until they’re gone. That’s about 12 different drinks! I’ll have a list on hand that night. Labels: events, SanFrancisco Read more →

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