This Saturday in San Francisco a two-hour tasting event of 80 beers from around the world. The details are here. It sounds worth the money (if a bit short) at only 30 bucks, but the copy on the flier reads like it was translated from a third grade essay in another language:
This enjoyable event will be a Unique opportunity for you to discover New & Exotic beers while gauging stylistic differences against your own preferences. Serving the beers will be Beautiful servers/ambassadors dressed in Specially designed sexy costumes with an around the world theme making for a truly extraordinary experience.
Hopefully the event will be better than its description.
The second batch of St. George Spirits Absinthe Verte goes on sale this Superbowl Sunday. They made a lot more this time so you may actually be able to get some. The first batch went so fast that when I wrote an article about it for Men's Book, they had to borrow my bottle to take to a bar and photograph.
Anyway, they've also put up a nice informative video on the website about the absinthe, its ingredients, and its history. Check it out.
What is it about January 28th? In San Francisco, it's Absinthe's ten-year anniversary party, a Hands On Bay Area fundraiser at Bin 38, a Moet-Hennessy tasting, Rye's Mixing Competition with Navan, and 7x7 Magazine's Eat & Drink Awards. All events I'd like to attend.
Unfortunately, I won't be here to hit any of them. I'll be on a plane coming back to SF after a visit to Asheville, NC.
My pal Cior sent this link to me- Offbeat Bride reports on a wedding where they had a ceremonial shaking of the wedding cocktail.
I can imagine the speech to go with it: "May the union of these two people symbolized by the wedding ring be like the marriage of rye whiskey to sweet vermouth brought together in perfect harmony with the addition of Angostura bitters."
Here's an event that you need to RSVP to attend. I'll be going to the industry version of it early in the day, as I'm starting to get real interested in rhum agricole.
CELEBRATE CARNAVAL WITH MARTINIQUE’S RHUM CLÉMENT CRÉOLE SHRUBB
A BARTENDER FAVORITE—LEARN HOW TO MAKE COCKTAILS FROM SOME OF SF’S FINEST
Who:4th generation Clément family rhum connoisseur, Benjamin Mélin Jones, Cantina Bar owner and mixologist extraordinaire, Duggan McDonnell and cocktail and beverage aficionado Jordan Mackay will lead a discussion about Rhum Clément and Créole Shrubb, a superb blend of white rum and aged rum infused with Créole spices and sun-bleached bitter orange peels. Learn about the history of A.O.C. Martinique Rhum Agricole, the tradition behind Créole Shrubb in Martinique and how to incorporate Shrubb into classic and contemporary cocktails and cuisine.
What:Enjoy complimentary Shrubb cocktails and festive nibbles followed by an open Q&A
I found this new ad for the Holland America Line cruise ships in a magazine. It's funny how now the cocktail has come to represent not drinking or bars or even a night out on the town, but comfort and ease. Stick a cocktail in your ad and you show that life is good with your service- you can relax and let them take care of you.
The ad reminded me of a this one from Delta airlines.
Camper English is a cocktails and spirits writer for publications including Saveur (Contributing Drinks Editor), FSR Magazine (Spirits Editor), Whisky Advocate, Details.com, PopSci.com, Mixology, Drinks International, and many more. Learn about Camper and Alcademics, or read clips of his published work.