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Win Tickets to Whiskies of the World in San Francisco by Commenting on This Post

Whiskies of the World is coming up again Saturday, March 26th in San Francisco. Keep reading for a discount code to get cheaper tickets, and a chance to win a pair of free ones. I go to this event every year and it's a great chance to try-before-you-buy some of the rarer and more expensive bottlings. Plus it's on a boat so swaying back and forth is considered perfectly normal. 12th Annual Whiskies of the World Expo & Artisanal Spirits Fest The Whiskies of the World Expo gathers the world’s most fascinating distilled spirits along with their makers and ambassadors... Read more →

Alcademics Giveaway: Whiskies of the World in San Francisco

The 11th annual Whiskies of the World event in San Francisco is March 27th, 2010 at the Hotel Nikko. I will be giving away three pair of VIP admission tickets to folks on the Alcademics A-Plus email list. Sign up now for your chance to win! If you don't win the giveaway, tickets are available for $110 general admission (6PM), or for an extra ten bucks, VIP tickets will get you in at 5:15PM and with access to some special whiskies poured only during this time. (Totally worth the upgrade.) All tickets include a buffet dinner, bands, and a lot... Read more →

Alcademics Giveaway: JagerShop Stuff

The latest Alcademics giveaway is two items from Jagermeister's store Whether you're last minute holiday shopping or you just like branded swag as much as I do, you should really check out the JagerShop. They have logo-laden clothing like track jackets and board shorts, sports gear including a snowboard, and bar stuff like ice buckets and bottle cozies. Better yet, I'm giving away two of the best items from the store: a cooler that holds six bottles of Jager and dispenses shots, and a ski-shaped shot glass holder. If only you could win them both you'd be all set... Read more →

SF Event: Indy Spirits Expo

To win a pair of tickets to this event, keep reading. On Thursday, November 19th from 6-9 PM (5-9 for VIP hour) Mighty (119 Utah Street, SF) hosts the Indy Spirits Expo. This is a tasting event featuring smaller brands of liquor, including: Vieux Carre Absinthe Port Charlotte Islay Single Malt Tuthilltown Distillery North Shore Distillery Rhum J.M. Renegade Rums The full list of brands is here. This will be a good excuse to try some new products, and there is plenty of time to try nearly all of them. Unlike the whisky and rum events hosted in SF, this... Read more →

Mr. Boston Holiday Cocktails Book Review

This spin-off of the famous Mr. Boston Official Bartender's Guide shows just how far from the standard format the series has come. The Mr. Boston Holiday Cocktails book is edited by wine/spirits writer Anthony Giglio and Jim Meehan of New York's awesome bar PDT, and contains recipes from the who's who of cocktails today: Eric Alperin, Jeff Berry, Jacques Bezuidenhout, and Jamie Boudreau are just the first four mixologists listed alphabetically out of 46 contributors. Unfortunately their individual recipes are not credited in the book but that's about my only complaint. The drinks are divided into Seasonal Sippers (using seasonal... Read more →

Spice & Ice by Kara Newman Book Review

Out now from Chronicle Books is Spice & Ice by Kara Newman. Newman is a columnist for Chili Pepper magazine, and as that and the title would indicate, the book is full of recipes for cocktails with various hot spices. The book's first section holds a lot of information on spices generally, using spices in cocktails, and many tips and techniques for getting spicy flavors into infusions, bitters, garnishes, and liqueurs. For a book of its (small) size this is a pretty large section, making it one that could be quite useful to people who want to experiment with creating... Read more →

Book Week on Alcademics

All this week I'll be posting book reviews here on Alcademics, and at the end of the week I'll do a giveaway on the Alcademics A-Plus email list for one of five copies of either Kara Newman's Spice & Ice, Mr. Boston's Holiday Cocktails, or Whiskey and Philosophy. I pretty much read every cocktail, spirit, and drink book I can get my hands on. My just-drinks bookshelf is long overfull and I find myself trying to cram more stuff onto it all the time. I've now taken to decorating with cocktail books, putting them beneath plant pots, stacking them under... Read more →