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August 2010

As you're probably aware, I've been dabbling in experiments making clear ice at home. [update: An organized index of ice experiments on Alcademics can be found here.] The way I've found that works best is to freeze ice in an Igloo cooler with the top off. (Please read the post before you tell me to boil the water in the comments- it doesn't work.) This is now how I make all my ice at home- I haven't used trays in months. Now I am working on ways to best carve ice and also trying to create an ice cube tray... Read more →

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Finally! We have the details of San Francisco Cocktail Week 2010. Events are listed below but check the website for updates. San Francisco Cocktail Week 2010 Schedule of Events Tuesday, September 21 Inauguration of the Boothby Center 6 to 8 p.m. Celebrating the debut of the "Cocktail Bill" Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts: the new community center, conference room, event space and "beverage lab" with a fully functional bar. "Cocktail Bill" Boothby was a turn-of-the-century San Franciscan barman, author, philanthropist and civic leader who connected the fabric of the City with his wits, his grit, and his cocktails. The... Read more →

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I was researching some cocktail bars and came across the website for Scoma's, an old San Francisco seafood restaurant near Fisherman's Wharf. Looking for the cocktail menu I found the page below (click to enlarge). And I saw the Children's Wine List. "CHILDREN'S WINE LIST? THAT'S FANTASTIC!" I said to myself. (I always talk to myself in capslock.) But it turns out that those are two different links for the children's menu and the wine list. Oh well. Still I love the idea of having a children's wine list (purple grape juice, white grape juice), a kids' beer list (root... Read more →

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Airbooze: Alcohol Selection on Airplanes

Because I am a geek who feels the need to categorize everything, I try to track which airlines carry which spirits. I started a page to share this, located at this link: Airline Drink Menus. I'll keep filling it out over the coming months, but should you feel like enabling my geekery you can help: snap a picture of the spirits and cocktail selection of your next flight (usually in the airline magazine) and email it to me. Make sure to let me know which airline, domestic or international, and what month you flew so I can categorize it correctly.... Read more →

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This past April at the WSWA convention in Las Vegas, I noticed a naming trend of putting the word "blue" in beverage titles. This has been an ongoing naming convention. One brand owner told me this was due in part to Johnny Walker Blue. Tequila brands in particular love to use the word "blue" or "azul," but this is also due to the blue Weber agave from which tequila is made. A quick web search reveals the following blue tequila brands: Ria Azul Clase Azul Azul Oro Azul Penca Azul Camp Azul Tarantuza Azul Siembra Azul Sol Azul Nobleza Azul... Read more →

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I finally got the press release for Remy V, the new product debuting in September in two trial markets- the San Francisco Bay Area and Atlanta. I'd heard the word on the street about this and posted a couple hints to my Twitter feed and Facebook page last and this week, but this was the first I got an actual press release on it. Remy V is not a cognac because it is unaged- just double-distilled on the lees like cognac, chill-filtered, and rested before bottling. They're releasing the product with cocktail recipes from mixologist Charles Hardwick. I guess the... Read more →

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Last week after a group of bartenders took a boat ride from San Francisco to Oakland, where we were treated to a rum debate starring: Ed Hamilton, founder of the Ministry of Rum. Martin Cate, tiki expert and owner of Smuggler's Cove David Cid, Bacardi brand master apprentice Gerry Schweitzer, founder of Leblon cachacha It wasn't nearly as boring as Cate and Cid make it look in the picture below. The event was called the Great Rum Debate, but it was more of a nice focus group on what's happening and what should happen with the rum industry. Here were... Read more →

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