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Last week I took a shrub-making class, lead by Jennifer Colliau of Small Hand Foods and Aaron Gregory of 15 Romolo. (Blueberry-Raspberry-Thyme Shrub Ready for Vinegar) The class was co-hosted by CUESA, Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture, who puts on the Ferry Building Farmer's Market, farm tours, and educational events and Urban Kitchen, a group that hosts affordable, single-purpose classes and workshops themed around the DIY Slow Food concept. (Jennifer Colliau and Aaron Gregory) Here is what I learned: The word shrub comes from a Persian word for a syrup with citrus and fruit in it, which is... Read more →

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[Update- realizing this is Memorial Day, we have decided to postpone it until a later date.] On May 30th, I'll be teaching a class at Bourbon & Branch's Beverage Academy! I'm really excited about it. Sherry is a big category of rather complex fortified wine, so I'll be busting out my PowerPoint ninja skills and a whole lot of tasting glasses. Here's the class description. Oh Sherry! Sherry is wide category of fortified wine that’s due for a big comeback. Already bartenders have adopted it as favorite mixing ingredient in cocktails, and wine connoisseurs are giving it renewed attention. Delicious... Read more →

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This week I flew down to LA to attend the Pioneers of Mixology, a day-long seminar put on by Pernod-Ricard. We were given talks by Dushan Zaric (Employees Only, NY), Aisha Sharpe (Contemporary Cocktails), Gaz Regan (writer), Tony Conigliaro (69 Colebrooke Row, London), and Nick Strangeway (Hix, London). Below are some of the take-home messages that I took home. Gaz, Aisha, and Dushan kicked off the day speaking about Mindful Bartending. I'd describe the concept as happiness in your job as a bartender, reaching "the zone" feeling when you're in the weeds yet the drinks seem to mix themselves and... Read more →

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Passing the B.A.R.

This past fall I took the B.A.R., Beverage Alcohol Resource, five-day course in New York. The course has two levels- "Ready" and "Certified", with the only difference in the number of drinks one has to make within a certain time on the practical bartending exam. The course ran for about 12 hours each day for the first four days, with nearly a full day of testing on the last day. It was a real butt-kicker. People seemed to come away with different impressions of the course, but what stuck out most to me was what you need to know not... Read more →

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I'm increasingly interested in how different alcohol production/control and marketing bureaus differ from each other in their approach to promoting their common interests. The Scotch Whisky Association leads by litigation and has good information on its website, but doesn't seem to do all that much outreach to press. Neither tequila's CRT (regulatory agency) or the CNIT (industry bureau) is doing a good job of any sort with regard to PR, seemingly leaving brands to do the work. Lately I've noticed the Cognac Bureau, the BNIC, adding new programs, hosting events, and launching online tools that are actually useful. Go cognac!... Read more →

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As I mentioned before, the Beverage Alcohol Resource program (BAR) provides a series of courses for bartenders, spirit professionals, journalists, and now enthusiasts to learn more about booze and bartending. They offer BARSmarts Wired, BARSmarts Advanced, the five-day BAR, and they just launched a Master's level program with a thesis project for BAR graduates. The BARSmarts program is sponsored by Pernod-Ricard. Beam Global is getting in on the training action also, partnering with the United States Bartenders' Guild (USBG) to announce their own set of credentialing. The new USBG Master Accreditation Program is offered in three levels, and non-USBG members... Read more →

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Remember when I trained for and passed the BARSmarts Advanced course? Well now they've opened up the course to non-bartenders (and press). The new BARSmarts Wired program goes live on Saturday, August 1. You sign up and pay $45 that gets you not just the course workbook but also the bag of bar tools like shaker, strainers, muddler, etc. The course was developed by the folks from the B.A.R., some of the biggest names in the industry- Doug Frost, Steve Olson, David Wondrich, Dale DeGroff, Andy Seymour, and Paul Pacult. Unlike the BARSmarts Advanced that I took, the Wired version... Read more →

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Bar School Classes During SF Cocktail Week

For those of you getting pumped for SF Cocktail Week next week(!) you should know that the schedule of classes is up on the website, along with full descriptions and links to buy tickets. Classes are on Thursday May 14th and include: House-made Ingredients Instructors: Jeff Hollinger & Neyah White 6 pm to 9 pm $40 Includes Sample Cocktails and Snacks Prepared by Absinthe’s Kitchen Absinthe Brasserie & Bar’s Private Dining Room 388 Hayes Street, San Francisco Gin Today Instructor: Jon Santer 3 pm $40 Includes two cocktails Russell’s Room @ Bourbon and Branch 501 Jones Street @ O’Farrell, San... Read more →

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