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March 2008

Branch news

News from Bourbon & Branch: They've added classes on Cocktails 101, Rum, and Absinthe to the Beverage Academy Taking co-management positions after Todd Smith's departure are Joel Baker and Yanni Kehagiaras (pictured) Russell's Room, an additional private room built into the former barbershop next door, is scheduled to open in April. Labels: bars, education, SanFrancisco Read more →

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Good news about menu labeling in SF

Skip to the bold statement. San Francisco's labeling law heads for enactment Source: NRN SAN FRANCISCO (Mar. 19, 2008) As expected, the city's Board of Supervisors gave its final approval Tuesday to a requirement that some chain restaurants post nutritional information on their menus and menu boards. The measure now moves to the desk of Mayor Gavin Newsom, who is expected to sign it into law. The measure will require local units of chains with at least 20 units in California to display the calorie, fat, carbohydrate and sodium content of every item on their menus. Places that use a... Read more →

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Absinthe about town

Since absinthe became available on the market again, many restaurants are serving it in traditional cocktails like the Sazerac. At the restaurant Absinthe, they've also rediscovered a classic cocktail called the Lawhill. Farallon offers the Sazerac, Corpse Reviver #3, and the Waldorff cocktail. For a while, Yankee Pier restaurant on Santana Row in San Jose was serving oysters Rockerfeller with absinthe, as the original recipe called for it. Who knew? Other venues are experimenting with new uses for absinthe. At the lobby bar and Ame restaurant in the St. Regis, they're serving an Ame Tremor, made with Armagnac, sweet vermouth,... Read more →

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And I thought the mezcal worm was gross... Hundreds of bottles of booze with a bite seized in Palo Pinto Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission agents seized 411 bottles of illegal hooch Thursday at Bayou Bob's Brazos River Rattlesnake Ranch in Palo Pinto County. But it wasn't your typical variety of moonshine: the bottles of vodka also contained 10-inch rattlesnakes. Labels: funny, vodka Read more →

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Powered by whisky

From the Financial Times, by-products of the scotch whisky production will be used to generate heat and electricity. The Combination of Rothes Distillers (Cord) would replace its dependence on fossil fuels by taking as fuel the used malted barley known as "draff" and the "pot ale" residue left by the distilleries on Speyside. The plant would be able to generate 7.2 megawatts of electricity, mostly for export to the national grid - enough to power 9,000 homes. It would also save about 46,642 tonnes of CO 2 being emitted annually, compared with an equivalent level of coal-fired generating capacity. The... Read more →

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