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Within the spirits industry, there is a lot of toasting, often at the beginning and end of dinner, while thanking the hosts and chefs, when greeting visitors, before taking shots, before moving to another bar or restaurant and then after arriving there, when saying goodbye, between courses, etc. It can be a bit much, but worse than that is this the notion that you have to clink glasses with everyone in the room and look your fellow toasters in the eye. Sure, it's polite, but it's not always practical, especially when you're doing it 20 times in an evening with... Read more →

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The Drink Jinx is when you proclaim that you'll only come out for a drink or two but end up having one or two dozen. It's like the Murphy's Law of sobriety. For example: Last night I went to meet up with Joaquin Simo and Brian Miller of Death & Co. in New York, who are in town doing a corporate training gig. I told Joaquin, "I'll meet you at 5:30 when Heaven's Dog opens, but I can only stay for a drink or two." It turns out I had a few more than that. Erick Castro and Jennifer Calliao... Read more →

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Lost and Found

WhiskyFest on Friday night was a big event at which I felt like a big lame-o. I saw nearly everyone I had seen on Wednesday night in one or more of the four bars I visited in which I lost my camera. I contacted all the bars asking if they'd seen it, and all said no. The word was out: Camper can't keep track of his stuff. It was like riding the bus home at 9AM in last night's clothes. The walk of shame. But perhaps my public humiliation and expressions of deep regret shifted some karma in my favor,... Read more →

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Wilding during Whisky Week

This is whisky week in San Francisco, so there are a ton of events happening with distillers and brand ambassadors all over the city. Last night, I made it to four of them. I started off at Swig, meeting Sam Simmons of Balvenie. I tried the Doublewood, the 12-year-old limited edition for Dave Stewart's 40th anniversary at the company, and the new Balvenie 17-year-old rum cask. Next up was Rye's cocktail competition with Michter's rye. I got roped in to judging the event at the last minute, but it's not so bad- it ensures both a seat and a steady... Read more →

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I would like to organize my liquor cabinets (I'm up to six now) by spirit, but that's just not possible anymore. Not because I have so many of each, but because brands are all competing to have the tallest bottle on the shelf. I only have a couple of extra-high shelves so these all go there and screw up the organizational system. Frustrating! They achieve their heights without increasing the volume of the liquid inside in a number of crafty ways. Some, like Pallini liqueurs and Pinky vodka, just make a really long neck. Some, like Luxardo maraschino liqueur, use... Read more →

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