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SF Events for Whisky Week

As a warm up to Malt Advocate's WhiskyFest on October 16th, many distillers and brand ambassadors are in San Francisco throwing events. Most of them can be found on Malt Advocate's website here, but the below list includes a couple more.

I'll update this list if more events happen- check this space.

Bourbon & Branch is serving Four Specialty Cocktails all week
A friend of Ours - Joel Baker (Bulleit Bourbon, Fernet, Branca, and Licor 43)
Frank Lloyd Wright - Ian Scalzo (Bourbon, Pear Liqueur, Nocino, Islay Whisky, Old Fashioned Bitters)
Velvet Rope - Ali Tahsini (Rye Whiskey, Falernum, Peychaud’s Bitters)
Buffalo Soldier - Tony Devencenzi (Buffalo Trace, Averna, Lemon Juice, Honey, Peychaud’s Bitters, Sage)

Sunday, October 11

“Glenmorangie Orangie”
David Blackmore takes you through a sensory evaluation and training on the different aspects of each Wood finish: Original (Base) and then all the wood finishes (Lasanta, Quinta Ruban, Nectar D’or, Astar), highlighting how each barrel extracts unique flavor, aroma, and color to illuminate the Original. Following is an open discussion in the bar with David and appetizers.
3200 16th Street
San Francisco, CA
6 – 8 pm $35, http://www.elixirsf.com/CocktailClub.htm

Monday, October 12

Laphroaig Cocktail Contest
(note: Your host here on Alcademics, Camper English, will be judging the contest. Come on down and let's compare notes!)

Ten bartenders will compete, mixing new and interesting concoctions with Laphroaig at Rye Bar. Prizes
will be awarded for the top cocktails. Laphroaig cocktails are complimentary. Open to the public
688 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Marko Karakacevic, 13th Generation Master Distiller, Marko K Spirits & Domaine Charbay
Marko Karakasevic is the 13th Generation Distiller in his family and has been distilling with his father for 26 years at Charbay Winery and Distillery. We are proud to present Marko's Inaugural bottling of Double and Twisted IPA Light Whiskey. Join us for hear of the family history, their whiskey and general distilling methods and philosophy, and try a cocktail or two.
7 pm - 9 pm for presentation

9 pm - 2 am Charbay and Marko K dram and cocktail specials

$35, http://www.elixirsf.com/CocktailClub.htm


 Tuesday, October 13

Roundtable Tasting—featuring The Glenrothes, Bowmore and Auchentoshan
Broken Record
1166 Geneva Avenue
Start at 8 pm
415-963-1713 for more information

St. George Spirits' Master Distiller Lance Winters
Lance Winters will present how they do it over in Alameda when it comes to whiskey. Hangar One has been creating a wide array of ground-breaking spirits, including the St. George Single Malt Whiskey.
3200 16th Street
San Francisco, CA
$35, http://www.elixirsf.com/CocktailClub.htm
7 pm - 9 pm for presentation
9 pm - 2 am St. George and Hangar One cocktail specials during The Elixir quiz

 “True North” — Whiskies from Compass Box featuring John Glaser
6-6:30pm : Cocktail reception for Compass Box – Complimentary cheese and charcuterie
6:30-8pm : Seminar led by John Glaser
8pm-Close : 10% off Compass Box cocktails and whiskies 

Fifth Floor Restaurant and Lounge
12 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA
From 5 pm - 10 pm

Wednesday, October 14

Whiskey Wednesday
A flight of 3 separate whiskies will be offered, showcasing some of the best whiskies from around the world, from blended and single malt Scotch, Canadian and Irish whiskies and the best of native bourbons and ryes.  In addition to the flight, "flask" service will be available for each of the whiskies offered, the perfect way to enjoy whisky with your friends!  There will be a select list of cocktail featuring whisky as the base ingredient (Manhattan, Sazerac, highball's, etc.) for $7.
Fifth Floor Restaurant and Lounge
12 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA
From 5 pm - 10 pm

K&L Wine Merchants at Alembic 
Dinner featuring High West Whiskeys and High West's Proprietor, David Perkins
725 Haight Street
San Francisco
6 – 9 pm
$100, reservations required
For more information: www.klwines.com/local_events.asp

Compass Box Range with John Glaser
Join the staff at 15 Romolo Place in welcoming whisky maker extraordinaire John Glaser of Compass Box. John, will be at 15 Romolo Place to pour his range of Compass Box whiskies.  There will be appetizers and some surprises to taste.
15 Romolo Place
San Francisco, Ca 94133
Starting at 6:30 pm
Glenfiddich and Cigars
Broken Record
1166 Geneva Avenue
San Francisco
8:00 pm
Call 415-963-1713 for more info
Gardner Dunn, Yamazaki Brand Ambassador
What is Japanese whisky? Yamazaki Brand Ambassador and famed New York bartender Gardner Dunn will take us through the history and evolution of whisky production and presentation in Japan. We'll taste some of the Suntory brands including some unique wood finishes on Yamazaki and the first tasting of the new Hibiki 12 Year, being released in the US on that day! Gardner will give us a visual tour of their distilleries and cooperage as well as Japanese  bartending tools and ice sculpting. Truly a unique whisky experience.

7 pm - 8:30 pm Gardner's presentation, 8:30 pm - 9 pm Q&A, 9 pm to 2 am Elixir Charity Guest Bartending event

$35, http://www.elixirsf.com/CocktailClub.htm

Friends of Laphroaig tasting Absinthe Private Dining  Room 8-10pm

388 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, (415) 551-1590

Laphroaig & Ardmore scotch tasting & education with Simon Brooking & Alistair Longwell - 3 featured Laphroaig 10 yr, quarter cask & Ardmore cocktails & appetizers $25 at the door (scotch tasting, appetizers and 3 cocktails are all  inclusive of the $25)

RSVP-  jennifer.sobb@beamglobal.com

Peter Schwartz of International Beverage Co. takes you on a Liquid Tour of Scotland
Peter will discuss a survey tasting of the Scottish Highlands (Deanston), Isle of Mull (Ledaig and Tobermory) and Islay (Bunnahabhain). Paired appetizers created by chef Spencer O'Meara. $30. per person
Reservations: bevan@paragonrestaurant.com or 415.537.9020
Paragon Restaurant
6:30 - 8:00
702 2nd St.
San Francisco, CA

Thursday, October 15

(ri)1 Happy Hour
$5 (ri)1 cocktails and giveaways.
Sens Restaurant
100 Drumm Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
6-8 pm

Whisky Tasting Extravaganza
Special guest, Matt Chivian, Keeper of the Quaich, will take you through the distillation and maturation techniques used at the Benromach Distillery. Speical discounts offered at the tasting. Sponsored by The Whisky Shop.
E&O Trading Company
314 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
6:30 pm
Call 415-989-1030, reservations required

Whisky and Wine
Presented by Whisky Tour, Wild Scotsman and Johnnie Walker
Broken Record
1166 Geneva Avenue
San Francisco
Call 415-963-1713 for more info
Peter Schwartz, Founder and President of International Beverage Company, Inc.
Having 28 years of experience in the alcoholic beverage industry, Peter is a recognized authority and national speaker on the making, marketing, selling and
serving of whisky, not to mention his excellent nosing and tasting skills. Welcomed in 2008 into the Keepers of the Quaich, the exclusive Scotch whisky society,  Peter will discuss a survey tasting of the Scottish Highlands (Deanston), Isle of Mull (Ledaig and Tobermory), and Islay (Bunnahabhain and Black Bottle). We'll look at how they are different from other single malts and blends, the distillation process for each product, and the difference of a non chill-filtered product and filtered product.
7 pm - 8:30 pm Peter's presentation (including welcome cocktail)
8:30 pm - 9 pm Q&A. 9 pm to 2 am Discounts on all products tasted by the dram or cocktail

Dalmore Tasting with Willie Tait at Fifth Floor Restaurant
6PM, 12 Fourth Street, SF. 415-348-1555

From the Spey to the Bay
Complimentary Glenfiddich and Balvenie tasting
William Grant & Sons invites you to celebrate WhiskyWeek 2009 by sampling a selection of new and limited single malt expressions from the Glenfiddich and Balvenie distilleries.
Join Ray Pearson and Andrew Weir for an enjoyable and informative evening.
Nihon Whisky Lounge in San Francisco
7:30 - 9:00
Must have reservations
contact: andrew.weir@wgrantusa.com

American Whiskey Tasting and Cocktails
Highlighting some of the smaller, more obscure American whiskeys.
Attendance is free-price of drinks will vary on whiskey used.
5:00 pm until the whiskey runs out.
83 Proof
83 First Street
San Francisco, CA

 “Call it Superstition” — Whiskies from Isle of Jura and Dalmore featuring Willie Tait
Guests will receive a flight of Whiskies from Isle of Jura and Dalmore, cheese, and charcuterie.
6-8pm : Seminar led by Willie Tait
8-9pm : One on one with Willie Tait on his whiskies
8pm-Close : 10% off all Dalmore/Isle of Jura cocktails and whiskies
Fifth Floor Restaurant and Lounge
12 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA

Suntory Yamazaki tasting
Start Time: Thursday, October 15 at 8:30pm
End Time: Thursday, October 15 at 10:00pm
Where: Lingba Lounge

Parker Beam of Heaven Hill at Rickhouse
Parker will be upstairs in the mezzanine at Rickhouse on Thursday from 430 until 6pm. We will be offering three discounted cocktails. Parker will available to chat with interested people and can sign bottles etc.

Happy Hour at Alembic

On Thursday, we have a special happy hour. Our friends over at Heaven Hill are offering tastes of Evan Williams Single Barrel, Elijah Craig, and Rittenhouse Rye along with 5 dollar Old Fashioned and Manhattans.

Friday, October 16

Malt Advocate magazine presents WhiskyFest San Francisco
The grand-daddy of all whisky events and the anchor event of WhiskyWeek San Francisco. More than 250 of the world’s finest whiskies from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Canada, Japan and the U.S. available for sampling, seminars by distillery managers and master blenders, and gourmet buffet all evening and so much more. In addition to an amazing variety of whiskies, Malt Advocate has teamed up with Bruichladdich, Glenfiddich, The Dalmore, Isle of Jura, Buffalo Trace, and The Balvenie to offer attendees aonce-in-a-lifetime taste of whiskies created just for WhiskyFest San Francisco, and all for a small charitable donation. 100% of these proceeds will benefit Meals on Wheels San Francisco. These whiskies are bottles 1 of 1 and will never to be repeated. Tickets to WhiskyFest will not be available at the door, so buy your tickets today. This will sell out! Sponsored by The Wall Street Journal.

San Francisco Marriott
4th and Market
Time: 6:30 to 10:00pm
Cost:      General admission:         $110
                 VIP admission:                  $150 (one hour early entrance at 5:30 when attendance is limited, enjoy tasting very special VIP-only whiskies, and canvas tote bag)
Order tickets online at www.maltadvocate.com or by phone at 800-610-MALT.

Saturday, October 17

Learn to read a whiskey label
With David Mayes, Whiskey Professor. Samples from the Small Batch collection. Discounted Jim Beam & Small Batch collection and cocktails. Free Knob Creek “Thanks for Nothing” t-shirt.
83 Proof
83 1st Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
8-10 pm


Sunday, October 18

Savoy Stomp at Alembic

Sunday, the 18th we wrap up the week with a special Savoy Sunday. Join us, along with Mr. Erik Ellestad for a night of classics and some special 7 dollar whiskey drinks featuring Rittenhouse rye, again courtesy of Heaven Hill.

Get Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF.