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June 2010

Last week I received four new tequila brand press releases and I think only one of them described the tequila. The others focused on the fancy bottles, the superpremium and exclusive nature of the tequila, or they just listed the resumes of the brand owners. Tequila has recently reached the stage where entrepreneurs have decided they can all get rich by launching a brand, putting it in a nice bottle, and telling everyone it is a luxury product. They recently figured this out long after Patron and Partida and Don Julio and other pricey brands established themselves as the leaders... Read more →

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Guest Post: How to Give Great Presentations

I was preparing for my Tales of the Cocktail presentation and was thinking how unfortunate it is that I won't be able to use any of the information in the Tales session called How to Give Great Presentations for my presentation, as it is the presentation that takes place immediately before mine on Wednesday, July 21, in New Orleans. But then I remembered that I am writing previews of seminars for the Tales of the Cocktail Blog so I tricked asked session co-leader Philip Duff if he would give us a preview of his session that will help us prepare... Read more →

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A reader of Alcademics wrote to ask about getting a bartending job. I'm interested in becoming a bartender, but as someone who doesn't work in the service industry, and never has, I'm unsure where to begin. All the bartenders I speak to say that bartending school is a waste of time, but as I mentioned because I don't work in the service industry, I can't try to transition from waiter to bartender, or from doorman to bar back. I have taken and passed the BAR Smarts WIRED course, gone to classes at Bourbon and Branch, and I mix drinks for... Read more →

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Here's a cocktail I came up with for Thursday Drink Night at the Mixoloseum. The sponsor was Beefeater Summer Edition Gin, and I never know what to mix with Castries peanut liqueur. It turns out that just the two of them are kind of fun together. The Peychaud's bitters adds a bit of flavor and does wonders for the color. Pinky Nutscadero by Camper English 2 ounces Beefeater Summer Gin 1 ounce Castries peanut liqueur 4 dashes Peychaud's bitters Shake all ingredients with ice and serve up. Read more →

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I've had several stories come out recently, so I thought I'd share them here. This blog is also my resume, after all. Friday I wrote about my recent piece in the daily email Tasting Table San Francisco. This one is about Encanto Pisco, brought to us by a bartender, a sommelier, and a distiller. Attention people attending Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans this July: My story about what to pack for the week (for media, speakers, bartenders, PR, and brand reps) in the June issue of Tasting Panel Magazine is now online. In the July issue of Executive... Read more →

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The new Encanto pisco, released in San Francsisco this past weekend, is the collaboration between a distiller, a bartender, and a sommelier: Peruvian distiller Carlos Romero, Cantina owner Duggan McDonnell, and sommelier/importer Walter Moore. This bottling is a blend of three aromatic and non-aromatic grape varieties that give it both body and grape-floral aromatics for maximum blendability. You'll already find it at 30 accounts (liquor stores, bars, and restaurants) in San Francisco. For a little more information check out the Encanto Pisco website or read my write-up in today's Tasting Table San Francisco. Read more →

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I am a big fan of distillery waste. Not bathing in it, but learning about it. In most cases where a grain is distilled into whiskey or vodka, the spent grain (after all the sugar has been removed to be fermented) is sold off as animal feed. In Cognac (at Hennessy anyway) the spent lees (grape parts) are taken to an industrial distiller to get more alcohol out of them, and the "heavy sediments" of the grape juice go for cattle feed and for use in pharmaceutical products. In tequila production, the spent fibers from the agave pinas are sometimes... Read more →

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I had an advance look at the cocktail menu for Prospect, the new San Francisco restaurant from Boulevard folks that opens on June 29. The beverage program was designed by Brooke Arthur, the long time bar manager of Range in the Mission. (Brooke Arthur, stirring in her unconventional style.) The menu is below, but keep scrolling for my taste-through of the drinks. Prospect Cocktail Menu (Subject to Change)Catcher in the Rye wild turkey rye, amontillado sherry, amer, grand marnier, abbots bitters 10.5 The Whaler appleton reserve, champagne, honey, mint, lime, egg white 11. Stallion, dominic venegas beefeater, orange curacao, barolo... Read more →

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