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July 2009

It's that time of year again, the time for the Tales of the Cocktail Swag Awards! View the winners from 2007 here and the 2008 Swag Awards here. This year instead of a gift bag there was a swag room at Tales, so you took a bag and walked around and filled it up with items of interest. My items of interest became clear during this exchange in the elevator of the hotel immediately afterward. Stranger, looking at my sack o' swag: "You know San Francisco's in the house when you see somebody with a bag of Fernet." He was... Read more →

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Inconsiderate Cocktail Week

Following yesterday's New York Times announcement of New York's own cocktail week, the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, many people out in San Francisco have said "WTF?" as it appears to be scheduled at the same time as (the fourth annual) San Francisco Cocktail Week, the week preceding World Cocktail Day. Note: I love how many holidays we've invented as excuses to throw more parties. I emailed Lesley Townsend, organizer of the NY event, to ask about the overlap. She wrote back: We have indeed scheduled it for May 7 - 11, meaning there will be some overlap with SF Cocktail Week.... Read more →

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I've still not been to this event, but I keep posting about it each year because it sounds cool. Boat + female Led Zeppelin cover band + beer = WIN. It's time to make your plans for the SF Brewers Guild's 6th annual Brews on the Bay! This year it's September 12th & 13th on the historic SS Jeremiah O'Brien, SF's World War II Liberty Ship docked at Pier 45. Try over 30 beers brewed in San Francisco and meet the folks who make them. The O'Brien is one of the most unique venues around for a beer festival and... Read more →

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Sommelier Smackdown in St. Helena

I don't often post about wine events but I do love pairing battles. Sommelier Smackdown: The Rematch! Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at The Martini House Rob RENTERIA(Ravaging Rob)of Martini House vs. Chris BLANCHARD (Killer Chris) of Cuvee. 3 courses by Chef Todd HUMPRHRIES RECEPTION 6:30 DINNER 7PM on the lawn. $65 / pp all inclusive of tax and tip Guests will vote after each course, Sommelier selections and winner will be announced following. Overall winner will be determined by highest number of total votes. Call for reservations and more information: 707.963.2233 ext. 1 Read more →

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San Francisco bartender pairs cocktail with cocktail dress Camper English, Special to The Chronicle Sunday, July 12, 2009 Many cocktail contests now require bartenders to pair drinks with meals or invent them on the spot with a secret ingredient, but a recent competition challenged mixologists around the world with a new pairing: cocktails with cocktail dresses. Jacqueline Patterson, a bartender at Heaven's Dog in San Francisco, was the winning bartender from the United States. Accessorize 2009 was sponsored by Cherry Heering, a liqueur that the brand owners call an "accessory" in cocktails such as the Singapore Sling. Read the rest... Read more →

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SF Event: Guest Bartenders All Week at Clock Bar

In celebration of the one-year anniversary of Clock Bar, they're bringing in guest bartenders from other bars around town. BARTENDER SCHEDULE Monday, July 13 - Consulting mixologists Scott Beattie and Jacques Bezuidenhout. Spirit Sponsor: Partida Tequila Tuesday, July 14 (Bastille Day) - Mixologists Brooke Arthur and Neyah White. Spirit Sponsor: Domain Canton and Chartreuse Wednesday, July 15 (Happy Anniversary CLOCK BAR!) - Mixologist Steven Liles. Spirit Sponsor: Plymouth and Beefeater 24 gins. Thursday, July 16 - Mixologist Erik Adkins. Spirit Sponsor: Bols Genever. Friday, July 17 - Mixologist Dave Nepove. Spirit Sponsor: Flor de Cana. Read more →

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Cocktail Service

Along with most mixologists, cocktail dorks, and booze writers in the US, Canada, and much of Europe, I'll be at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans all week. This year I'm not going with many story assignments and have to pay for more things than last year, so it will be a bit of a financial burden on me. It occurred to me that I should find a way to make money not writing about Tales afterward, but while I'm actually there. Services Offered: Bar spoon engraving Hat check Your drink recipe on a grain of rice Lewis bag... Read more →

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Exciting things in my inbox to share with y'all. Malibu Reef Check Malibu kicks off the ultimate beach internship to enlist 10 interns to monitor coral reef health in Thailand, the Maldives or the Philippines. Malibu is giving 10 budding environmentalists a chance to do just that through the first-ever Malibu Beach Internship. Beginning today, eligible individuals who are of legal drinking age (21 and over) and passionate about ecosystem preservation may apply. Applications will be accepted from July 1, 2009, through August 31, 2009, and are available online at www.malibu-rum.com/reefcheck. The applicants who convey the most creativity, enthusiasm and... Read more →

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