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November 2009

A very rich bartender, that is! For $740, you can have this bag called the Meehan with which to transport your bartending tools just like PDT's Jim Meehan. Tools not included. Meehan partnered with the leather goods company Moore and Giles to design the crazy expensive but pretty darn awesome looking toolbag. There's also an internal roll-up bag for barspoons, muddlers, and other long tools. More info here. Read more →

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Repeal Day Events in San Francisco

Repeal Day is December 5th. In 2009 we celebrate the 76th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition in the United States. So what are we doing to celebrate? Below are some events in San Francisco. If you know of others please let me know, or feel free to announce other Repeal Day events here and elsewhere in the comments. 15 RomoloBatiste Rhum Agricole sponsors a Repeal Day Party. 10PM - 2AM. "Fine Cocktails. Dangerous Dancing." 15 Romolo Street, SF. www.15Romolo.com Clock BarSaturday, December 5th marks the 76th anniversary of the official Repeal of Prohibition and CLOCK BAR is celebrating in... Read more →

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The other week I went out to lunch with Scott Goldman of Cadre Noir, the importers of Combier liqueurs. Goldman discovered Combier while he was a professional hockey player in France. (Yes, you read the correctly.) The distillery makes many different liqueurs under it's own name, along with other products including Lucid absinthe. So these products aren't new, just new to the US market. Lately Combier has been doing a big push with their L'Originale triple sec. This one has a sugar beet spirit base, and seems to taste just fine. Orange liqueurs are all in the use- I'd use... Read more →

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The other week John Gakuru, jet-setting (seriously his Facebook updates are from a different country every couple days) international brand ambassador for Sagatiba cachaca, gave a talk at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Cachaca, as we know, is a type of rum (as defined by US laws anyway) made in Brazil from fermented sugarcane juice instead of from molasses, which is the by product of sugar production. The brand Sagatiba has been making a big marketing push internationally and seems to be in the top three high-end cachacas catering to mixologists, along with Leblon and Cabana. Sagatiba has an... Read more →

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The exclusive sponsor of Alcademics.com this month is Mount Gay Rum. Mount Gay has been distilled on Barbados since 1703, and today is a flavorful combination of column and pot distilled rum. They offer four bottlings: Eclipse Silver, Eclipse, Extra Old, and 1703. In 2007 I visited Barbados and Mount Gay (pictures here). This year I met with brand ambassador Chesterfield Browne in San Francisco, and saw him again at Tales of the Cocktail. And in last week's SF Chronicle someone wrote about the food (and rum) on Barbados. Learn more about Mount Gay on the brand's website. Read more →

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Hey, did y'all see the new Adam Lambert video "For Your Entertainment"? I sure did. As you'd expect, he dresses in all black with sparkly studded accessories and sings while people writhe around him. He also holds a snake. Less expected is the new symbol of rock star stature: an absinthe fountain. RISKY! You'll notice that the pouring absinthe fountain doesn't appear to have ice in it, and that given its color it looks like they put absinthe in the fountain instead of ice water, and that the other fountain appears to be filled with sugar cubes. No matter! What... Read more →

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Yeah, I know. Cream liqueurs. You never want to drink them but when you do you realize they are *so* *damn* *tasty*. Then you store them in the back of the refrigerator and forget about them until your refrigerator is overflowing with cream liqueurs then you being to wonder about the shelf life of them but then say "Heck with this, it's an Amarula night!" The last thing I need is another cream liqueur taking up the space in the refrigerator that in theory I'd use for fruits and vegetables, but yet, there is another cream liqueur on the market,... Read more →

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My favorite of the Glenlivet single-malt scotch range is the Nadurra, the non-chill-filtered, natural cask strength, 16-year-old expression. It has a nose of Dole fruit cocktail spilled onto a bed a straw and on the palate tastes like tropical trail mix, complete with the dried coconut, apricot, and other fruits on top of honey and whatever grain granola is made out of. I fell in love with it at first sip. The new booze is the limited-edition The Glenlivet Nadurra Triumph, which is 18 years old, distilled in 1991 from Triumph barley that is no longer used in the production... Read more →

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