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September 2013

Today's post is written by Lou Bustamante. Lou is a contributor to publications including the SF Chronicle, SF Weekly and Wine & Spirits. Anyone who is into whiskies will tell you one thing: it is a rabbit hole of knowledge and bottles. Just like with bread and cheese, a handful of ingredients can produce almost endless variations. There is always something interesting you’ve never tasted or that is historically interesting. It seems like every whisky comes with a story. I recently got a chance to try a very rare flight of Macallans from the 1940’s and was amazed by one... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

Today's post is written by Lou Bustamante. Lou is a contributor to publications including the SF Chronicle, SF Weekly and Wine & Spirits. Walking into the new sleek and airy version of Ziryab in the Western Addition, a mere block away from the famous bar/restaurant Nopa, you might notice the absence of the hookahs, but you will certainly notice the bar. Bar manager Zachary Brian Taylor has created some seriously interesting cocktails based on Middle Eastern/Mediterranean ingredients that manage to not feel gimmicky. Here’s a glance at the menu: Ziryab Manhattan The Ziryab Manhattan ($10, date-infused rye, vermouth, lapsang souchang... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

Bi-coastal bartender Dominic Venegas has put together the drink list for The Winslow in NYC, which opened last night. San Francisco residents will remember Venegas from his stints everywhere from Range to Bacar to Smuggler's Cove. In NYC, he also bartends at NoMad. I don't see the cocktail menu for The Winslow online, so here it is. Note the heavy emphasis on the Gin & Tonic (official drink of 2013!) and the Light Cocktails section. Gin & Tonic A selection of gins to be paired with fruit, spice, botanicals, and the perfect tonic to help showcase their characteristics. Ford’s Gin..................................................................10... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

Coming not-so-soon (January most likely) in the former Tokyo GoGo spot on 16th Street in the Inner Mission of San Francisco will be the bar ABV. ABV is a partnership between Erik Reichborn-Kjennerud (owner of Dalva, Dalva Hideout), Ryan Fitzgerald (former Beretta bar manager and Del Maguey Mezcal brand ambassador), and Todd Smith (bartender at Dalva Hideout, distributor rep with Pacific Edge, founding Bourbon & Branch bartender). The specifics are likely to change a bit as they transfer the liquor license and build out the space, but here's what I learned in a meeting with the partners: The concept is... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.