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August 2008

Good news! The groovy folks at Malt Advocate's WhiskyFest have allowed me to give away two tickets to the San Francisco event, taking place October 10, 2008 at the San Francisco Marriott. That's a $220 value! For a chance to win, register for my email list Alcademics A-Plus. One random subscriber will win entry for two to the event. WhiskyFest is an annual event in its second year in SF but 11 years running in New York. Whisky lovers get a chance to sample hundreds of whiskies (though one doesn't usually make it to all of them), eat a terrific... Read more →

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Spilling over with commentary

Vodka spill staggers traffic on Highway 101 (08-28) 11:31 PDT SUNNYVALE -- Traffic on Highway 101 in Sunnyvale is slow because of an overturned big rig that spilled vodka over the roadway. The crash happened about 7:50 a.m. on southbound Highway 101 at North Matilda Avenue. The California Highway Patrol shut down several lanes of traffic before reopening them at 11:20 a.m. Caltrans crews are soaking up the vodka with absorbent. As usual, the best parts about the story are the reader comments, which include: "Uh, CalTrans? We're gonna need olives, lots of olives!!" damn! I am always in the... Read more →

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Busting out in Boston

Boston.com reports on Barbara Lynch of No. 9 Park's new venue Drink. The story has a few details that don't seem to align- classic drinks, 1950's food, molecular gastronomy, cocktail party vibe, vintage glassware, Funyuns- but all of the elements sound fun. Except I think she's saying there will be no cocktail menus. That could incite panic and inspire poor choices. I lived in Boston for 7 years (ending 12 years ago) and don't get back there very often, but the number of great venues and great bartenders I keep hearing about is likely to inspire a longer visit next... Read more →

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Slow drinks

It turns out this Slow Food Nation event in San Francisco is kind of a big deal. I hadn't been paying attention because I generally think of food as the stuff that garnishes drinks. But it turns out there will be a lot of drinks there too. In the Taste Pavilion there is a booze section with a variety of slow-styled beer, wine, and spirits. If you still want to go, tickets are only available for Sunday night. Because apparently, a heck of a lot of people want to get their slow drinks on. Read more →

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Rum is a big, giant, looming category of spirits that's intimidating to newbies and more experienced drinkers alike. That's because the only thing that brings brands of rum together is that somewhere at some point sugar cane was involved. The thing that's distilled, how and where it's aged or not, and what you call it afterward are different depending on the place of origin/destination. Last night on a discussion on Mixoloseum by Cocktailnerd, Matt of Rumdood was describing some of the different flavor profiles of molasses-based rum, grouping them into Jamaican, Bajan (Barbados), Demeraran (Guyana), and Latin American. At least... Read more →

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Bad barhavior

Surprisingly, this was not a quote about journalists on press trips: "They scream, they sing, they fall down, they take their clothes off, they cross-dress, they vomit," Malia's mayor, Konstantinos Lagoudakis, said in an interview. It's a story about ill-behaved Brits on vacation. I've certainly seen my share of alcohol-introduced nudity, but alcohol-fueled cross-dressing? Must be a British thing. Read more →

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Eric Felten disses the gun and takes on boutique tonic and Italian sodas. Also, a history of drinking and the Olympics. Darcy at The Art of Drink finds an early historical reference to falernum- and a recipe. A New York bar opens that serves only absinthe and beer. Oh Gosh manages to find four Old Tom gins to compare. One is from a brand called "Secret Treasures." Sounds dirty. Fermentarium has 8 drunk driving lessons we can learn from beer nuts. Read more →

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Last night I went to the Square One Vodka and summer barbecue pairing dinner at Orson in San Francisco. I've been to many cocktail pairing dinners before, but this one worked especially well. Why? Because it's vodka. Unlike stronger flavored booze like tequila or scotch, vodka is more adaptable to the ingredients surrounding it- both in drinks and pairing it with food. We had a drunken watermelon ball (served on a spoon) to pair with smokey oysters, a crisp sparkling wine and vodka drink to pair with pork belly over a watermelon and fruit salad, a simple and light peach... Read more →

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