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October 2013

Join Papa’s Pilar, the new super-premium rum inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s spirit of adventure, at Novela on October 15th for the brand’s official San Francisco launch. The event will feature Papa’s Pilar dark and blonde signature cocktails, which are born from the finest rums of the Caribbean, Central America and the U.S.A. and then solera aged and blended in a unique process here in the states using American Oak Bourbon barrels, Port Wine casks, and Spanish Sherry casks. Guests will have the opportunity to meet Phil Greene, Papa’s Pilar brand ambassador and author of “To Have And Have Another: A... Read more →

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A visit to the Czech Republic means breweries, beer, more beer, and time for a single cocktail in one of Prague's best bars. Today's post is written by Lou Bustamante. Lou is a contributor to publications including the SF Chronicle, SF Weekly and Wine & Spirits. This past summer I had the opportunity to travel to the Czech Republic to explore the country’s drinking culture. Frankly I knew nothing about the place, so little in fact that I kept calling it Czechoslovakia until I was sternly corrected that the country had split into two 20 years ago. What I learned:... Read more →

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This post is sponsored by PAMA pomegranate liqueur. As I write this, another class of B.A.R. (Beverage Alcohol Resource) students have finished up an intense week of studying and testing. This year PAMA pomegranate liqueur sponsored three of those students with scholarships to the program: Chad Arnholt of San Francisco, Joy Richard of Boston, and Pamela Wiznitzer of New York. These scholarships are just one part of PAMA's commitment to the mixology community, along with their Bar Star media series and "Are You Indispensable?" cocktail competition. The five-day B.A.R. program is lead by Paul Pacult, Dale DeGroff, Doug Frost, David... Read more →

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New Page: Cruise Ship Alcohol Policies

One of the most popular pages on Alcademics is the Airline Liquor Packing Regulations page, so I decided I should do one just for cruises. I looked up the alcohol policies for the major cruise lines and put them all on one page. As it turns out, they're all pretty restrictive. Generally speaking you can't bring any beer or spirits on cruises, but they'll allow a little bit of wine- and charge you a corkage fee for doing so. So head on over to the Cruise Ship Alcohol Policies page to see them all. Read more →

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Today's post is written by Lou Bustamante. Lou is a contributor to publications including the SF Chronicle, SF Weekly and Wine & Spirits. A Look at Gitane in San Francisco The bar at Gitane has always been one of the most dramatic in San Francisco, feeling a bit like a bar tucked away inside a nomadic caravan. You half expect a magic cabaret or Iberian characters on a quest to a windmill to waltz through at any moment. The magic at the bar has traditionally come in a glass. With a rich heritage of bar folks that includes Alex Smith,... Read more →

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Earlier this week during Toronto Cocktail Week at the Drake Hotel, Joaquin Simo of Pouring Ribbons and I gave a talk about lower-alcohol cocktails called Full Flavour, Lower Proof. I attempted to make the world's ugliest PowerPoint presentation to accompany the talk, and I think I did a pretty good job. If you'd like to experience the joy and eye-ache that was the presentation, click through the images below. Read more →

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Today's post is written by Lou Bustamante. Lou is a contributor to publications including the SF Chronicle, SF Weekly and Wine & Spirits. Just like classic cocktails endured their “dark ages,” low alcohol cocktails in San Francisco (and California) endured the era of saketinis, soju margaritas, and shochu cosmos. The way the liquor laws in the state work are that they allow a finite number of hard liquor licenses, but beer/wine licenses are much more readily available. In California it was hard not to think about low alcohol cocktails as a kind of compromise, like carob chips in cookies. But... Read more →

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