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July 2009

I'm giving away five copies of two different books from the Alcademics A-Plus email list. Sign up now if you haven't already! The Regulars by Sarah Stolfa Unlike most booze books reviewed on this website, this one has no recipes and barely any words. This makes sense as it's a photo book by bartender-turned-photographer Stolfa. These portraits were taken at the bar McGlinchey's in Philadelphia as she transitioned careers. Stolfa's says of the regulars she photographed, "There is a visible conflict within an individual alone at a bar- they appear confident and assured yet vulnerable and naked, trying to look... Read more →

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I'm giving away five copies of two different books from the Alcademics A-Plus email list. Sign up now if you haven't already! Libation: A Bitter Alchemy by Deirdre Heekin I had hoped to meet author Deirdre Heekin at Tales of the Cocktail, where she was signing copies of the book, but if you've been to the convention you know that plans there don't always go according to plan. Unfortunately I haven't had time to read the book yet, but the description is enticing: In Libation, a Bitter Alchemy,, a series of linked personal essays, Heekin explores the curious development of... Read more →

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Silly me, I didn't even notice that my story on Count Niccolo Branca of Fernet-Branca was in this month's San Francisco Magazine. Here it is. The count comes a-courting Bottle talk with the CEO behind San Francisco's favorite shot, Fernet-Branca. By Camper English, Photograph by Cody Pickens San Franciscans consume around 35 percent of all the Fernet-Branca sold in the United States, thanks mostly to the local palate, which tends to skew toward bitter. Recently, the chairman and CEO of Branca International (and the great-great-grandson of Fernet’s creator), Count Niccolò Branca, paid a visit to San Francisco to meet with... Read more →

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Mezcal vs. Mescal

Does anyone have a strong opinion or preference as to how this should be spelled? My browser spell check and Microsoft Word seem to think mescal is correct and mezcal is incorrect. I see it either way in the news, and did a search: mescal in SF Chronicle returns 41 results mezcal in SF Chronicle returns 34 results mescal in New York Times returns 616 results mezcal in New York Times returns 10,000+ results mescal in LA Times returns 84 results mezcal in LA Times returns 48 results mescal in Google search returns 508,000 results mezcal in Google search returns... Read more →

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Mezcal is the New Punch

Eater LA reports that there will be a new mezcal (and tequila) bar called Las Perlas opening in Los Angeles late 2009/early 2010. With Phil Ward's mezcal mecca Mayahuel in New York already smeared all over the press, we need just one more venue to open to be a certified trend. Where will it be next? Read more →

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Must-Try Punch at The Alembic

This Sunday July 26 at The Alembic in San Francisco is the monthly Savoy Cocktail Book Night where the book is the menu. Pick a drink and the bartenders will do their best to make it. This event grew out of Erik Ellestad's Savoy Project, in which he's making all the recipes in the book in order. One recipe that you simply must try is the Milk Punch that Ellestad has been making. If you didn't know it was milk in the drink it might take a while to figure out what the unique flavor and texture was. It's amazing... Read more →

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So, how was Tales of the Cocktail, the annual cocktail convention in New Orleans, you ask? Here are some observations from this year. Logistics: Compared with previous years, Tales was a much bigger pain in the butt in advance with the ticketing system, but smoother at the door of the sessions if you had tickets. I had tickets so it was a smooth ride. On the plus side, there were so many more people there this year that the ticketing system was necessary. If most of the sessions are so full that people can't go to them who want to,... Read more →

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The weekend of August 5-7 is a new huge food event in San Francisco called SF Chefs.Food.Wine. There's something missing from that title, of course, and that's cocktails. Worry not! There will be plenty of cocktails there too. In fact, I'm talking about cocktails on Friday August 7th at 10:30 in the morning. Cocktails Get in the Mix Location: E&O Trading Co. Some believe that East Coast cocktails are more grounded in tradition, while those from the "Wild West" are more focused on our local bounty of produce. Explore the diversity of drinks Bay Area cocktail gurus create, learn about... Read more →

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