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January 2009

Hey, it's double-bonus tequila Friday here at Alcademics! I just learned that my Chronicle story on Bay Area distillers and business owners making tequila here or in Mexico went live today. The print story should be out this Sunday, in the newly-merged Food & Wine sections. Read the story here. Highlights Julio Bermejo of Tommy's Mexican Restaurant is building his own distillery in Mexico. Miles and Marko Karakasevic of Charbay Distillery and Winery made tequila in Mexico at the famous La Altena distillery. Lance Winters and Jorg Rupf shipped agave to Alameda and distilled it there. This lead to a... Read more →

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Check out my story in the February issue of San Francisco Magazine. It's about tasting clubs around the city where you earn prizes or a degree by working your way through the menu. I focus on the Tequila Passport program at Tres Agaves, but also mention programs at Tommy's Mexican Restaurant, Forbidden Island, and Barclay's in Oakland. Read the story here. Read more →

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While everyone in their right mind would love one of those fancy giant ice ball makers that go for $1300 and up, they're not the most practical solution for the home mixologist. [Note: since this post went up we've come up with lots of great solutions for clear ice balls and other ice technology. Check out the Ice Experiments Index Page.] So I used my superbrain and did all sorts of math with equations and integrals and all, and came up with a way to make these at home: (glasses by CB2, by the way) To see my highly scientific... Read more →

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Gin and Tonic cupcakes. An LA bar goes with big ice. This AP story on sake does a great job of explaining the surge in sake sales over the past decade. Here's the meat: "Distribution of sake was limited to Japanese trading companies. They sell you the food, the plates, the sake. It's one-stop shopping for sushi restaurants. In that environment, sake wasn't getting its due. And the majority of the sake exported was table sake, which isn't very good." But about 10 years ago, two things changed that. In the U.S., Asian food trends boomed. Asian and Asian-fusion restaurants... Read more →

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Whisky Saves Yet Another Life

News from the BBC: A man who became trapped beneath his sofa for two days said he survived by sipping from a bottle of whisky. Joe Galliott, 65, lost his bearings during a power cut at his home in Yeovil, Somerset, and fell against the three-seater which toppled onto him. Because of back problems, he was unable to free his 19-stone frame and remained stuck for 60 hours until a neighbour spotted him through the curtains. He said a bottle of whisky, which had rolled within reach, kept him going. "The whole settee tipped over catching me like a rat... Read more →

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John Hansell, publisher and editor of Malt Advocate, evaluates trends in disappointing whiskies under the guise of the question,"Why are there still disappointing whiskies?" He knows perfectly well why, and says so in the introduction: Call me a purist, but I thought the goal here was to make great whisky, not to be unique. If you can do both, great. But don’t be different just for the sake of being different. Alas, being different gets press and generates sales. I believe Bruichladdich's super-peated Octomore sold out before it was even bottled. The Macallan's 55 year-old didn't win over Hansell's palate,... Read more →

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Rachel Maddow and Cocktails

News-tainment person Rachel Maddow seems like she's funny from the clips I see around the internet. But increasingly I'm impressed with her cocktail knowledge. I read somewhere early on that she's a fan of rhum agricole, which is usually a sign of awesomeness. There was an interview with her in this month's issue of Imbibe Magazine (you know, the one with my story on scotch whisky on the cover) where she says she likes to drink at the Pegu Club and make Audrey Saunders' Tantris Cocktail at home. Then I read on Gawker that there are a few clips on... Read more →

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