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August 2010

The day after the Ministry of Rum festival, there was a rum event put on for bartenders that involved a boat ride sponsored by Bacardi followed by a debate from multiple rum producers in Oakland. I learned a couple things about Bacardi rum on the boat before things got tense: Bacardi Superior (white) is a blend of two rums, one high proof and fairly neutral; the other distilled to lower proof with more flavor. In Puerto Rico rums have a minimum of one year aging before bottling. The two rums are distilled and aged separately then combined in some ratio... Read more →

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I created a drink last night that is simple and tasty. The occasion was Thursday Drink Night (TDN), over at the Mixoloseum chat room. On Thursdays starting at 7PM EST all the folks in the chat room makes drinks according to the theme of the week. One person will suggest a recipe then everyone who has the ingredients will go make the drink and critique it. We do this for several hours until people fade out or pass out in their own homes. Last Thursday was one of our sponsored TDNs, where we make all drinks with a product sponsor.... Read more →

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Ice nerds got a real treat this Tuesday, for Andrew Bohrer from Seattle was guest bartending in San Francisco along with Amanda Womack from Cask. He brought chainsaw Thursday to the city in order to chop up giant blocks of clear ice from an industrial ice maker into big cubes that could be further cut into ice balls. Keep scrolling for videos of hand ice carving... or click here for an index of all of the ice experiments on Alcademics. First they cut slices off the big blocks, then cut those into long rectangles. Then they cut those into cubes.... Read more →

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Bar Agricole opens in San Francisco August 16th (note: not the 15th). Last night St. George Spirits hosted a first preview of the space as a launch party for the new Agua Libre rum from fresh California sugar cane. We were treated to Agua Libre versions of Ti Punches, El Presidentes, and Cuba Libres made with a homemade cola syrup. We also had a chance for a first look at the space that still needs a few finishing touches before it opens next week. Let's take a tour, shall we? The bar is located adjacent to Slim's in SoMa and... Read more →

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The New Burritt Room Menu

San Francisco bar Burritt Room's Kevin Deidrich has finally launched the summer cocktail menu now that it's almost time for San Francisco's summer. The menu contains all the drink recipes so I don't think I should post the whole thing here, but it looks really interesting and I'm looking forward to drinking through it. On this menu there are several drinks with cognac, several with sherry, a couple with Creme Yvette, and two(!) drinks with Galliano. Here are some highlights: BLACK ROSE genever; london dry gin; crème yvette; maraschino; lemon; blackberry syrup; topped with rose water smoked black pepper tincture.... Read more →

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Some Canadian whisky news: Phillips Distilling Company is re-launching the brand Revel Stoke in September. The brand was originally launched in partnership with Maxim magazine in 20o0. It is a "Spiced Canadian Whisky" that is 45% alcohol. From the press release: Since 80% of the rum market includes spiced rums, Phillips Distilling Company thought that the same could be applied to whiskey. Revel Stoke is a spiced whiskey at 90 proof. This is a higher proof than competitors Jack Daniels or Crown Royal, but is more palatable and easier to drink. In late August a new brand extension hits the... Read more →

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Last week I helped judge the Ministry of Rum competition in San Francisco. We only had to judge 50 or so rums over the course of two days, so it wasn't nearly as grueling as other judging competitions, but it was still pretty interesting. Ed Hamilton, who runs Ministry of Rum and the competition, said a major challenge is deciding on categories of rums to judge. When I write about rum (which is all I seem to be doing this year) I typically divide them into regional and historical categories based on where the rums are produced. But at the... Read more →

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This coming week is the pre-opening of Bar Agricole, the big big big restaurant/bar project from Thad Vogler about which I am very excited. Bar Agricole opens on August 16th (15th according to the SF Chronicle). I asked Vogler about his bar staff- and got a surprise. All the bartenders will work full-time at Bar Agricole. I know three of the crew pretty well already, and have a feeling I'll get to know the two others soon enough. The Bar Agricole Bar Staff: Ben Krupp (Camino, Slanted Door) Rosa Lynley (Farallon, Slanted Door) Eric Johnson (Eastside West, Bourbon & Branch,... Read more →

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