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Join me on Twitter June 28 at 5PM EST for a Twitter chat about cocktails with TGI Friday's. The hashtag for the event is #ItsAlwaysFriday. I'm hosting a Twitter Chat Party as a mixology expert in conjunction with TGI Friday's to talk about their new summer drinks and cocktails/mixology in general. The details: Date: June 28th, 5-6PM PM EST (2-3 PM PDT) Hosts: @alcademics, @TGIFridays Follow along with hastag: #ItsAlwaysFriday Prizes: TGI Friday's will be giving out $25 gift certificates every 10 minutes during the chat, and one chatter will win a 16G iPad! The chat follows this week's announcement... Read more →

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Come to my Sugar Seminar at Tales of the Cocktail!

On Thursday, July 26th from 3:00 - 4:30 PM I'll be giving a talk at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. Please come! Sugar: How Sweet It Is! In this seminar we’ll study sugar from the stalk to the still and beyond. We’ll take a look at the pre-history of sugar cane, its spread around the world, primitive and modern sugar cane harvesting and sugar processing, and the various forms sugar takes around the world, from treacle to turbinado. Then we’ll study sugar in distillation as sugar cane juice and as molasses and take a peek at the changing... Read more →

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I am giving three talks at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic in New York on May 14th. I hope if you're in town you'll come hear them. First sign up for the Industry Invitational (all bar industry and media are welcome). These seminars require an rsvp and you can do that on the schedule page. It's all free. Filtration In Spirits Monday May 14, 2012 11:30am - 12:30pm @ Beverage Media Room: Studio 3 - Second Floor (485 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10018 USA) We don’t often speak about filtration in spirits, yet it is the defining factor in Tennessee... Read more →

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Whiskies of the World in SF

Whiskies of the World in San Francisco is on March 31, and tickets will probably sell out soon. There are more than 200 whiskies available for sampling. A few I'm looking forward to tasting are: Amrut (India) Corsair Artisan Triple Smoke Whiskey Sullivans Cove Single Malt 46% (Australian) Bruichladdich The Laddie Ten Glen Scotia Bruichladdich Octomore 4 There are also a bunch of events in advance of the big tasting. See below. • Thursday, March 29, 1:30pm : Anchor Brewery and Distillery Tour and Tasting: For WoW week we have arranged a special tour of the Anchor Brewery. Special just... Read more →

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I got it into my head that I want to see a pond or lake ice harvest, despite my contempt for winter. Commercial ice harvests changed the cocktail landscape in America in the early-mid 1800s, allowing for the creation of juleps and cobblers and the popularization of the drinking straw and the cocktail shaker. Today there is still ice harvesting on many American lakes and ponds. As far as I can tell it's more historic reenactment more than practical, with most of the places that have an ice harvest limited to a single day of the year. Most places bring... Read more →

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I'm helping to judge a cocktail contest in which bad-ass women bartenders make cocktails as fast as they can and then we judge how they actually taste. You are in charge of cheering and drinking. You should buy a ticket because this involves: Significant numbers of cocktails on a Sunday afternoon with pretty much everyone good in the local bartending community. Empowerment of female bartenders. The money goes toward breast cancer education, prevention and research. This is 100% win. You'll want to watch this video from the New York event. Speed Rack Sneak Preview from Speed Rack on Vimeo. The... Read more →

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Great Seminars at SF Cocktail Week

The full schedule of seminars for San Francisco Cocktail Week were just announced, and there are some really great-sounding ones. I didn't know we had so many people coming in from out of town for this. The full seminar descriptions are here. I just want to highlight the out-of-town guests who will be coming in to give talks. Don Lee, one of the biggest drink nerds in America, will be talking on The Nerdy Aspects of Gin Cocktails. Kirsten Amann, a founding member of LUPEC from Boston, will be part of a talk with scientists called The Science of Taste.... Read more →

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Camper English Speaking at SF Chefs Food Wine Industry Series

I'm giving a talk geared toward restaurant owners at next week's SF Chefs Food Wine next week, along with H. of Elixir and Duggan of Cantina. It's a little bit freaky in this day and age to walk into a notable restaurant only to find they haven't bothered to put out a cocktail menu, or the one they hand you is filled with flavored vodka drinks written by the beverage distributor rather than a bartender. We'll be talking about how a few simple changes to a cocktail program can make a big difference for a restaurant in terms of increasing... Read more →

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