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I've attended San Francisco's Joy of Sake event for the past several years and have always been impressed. If you've gone in the past you'll remember it was hundred of sakes in a ballroom with food around the outside. This year they've changed it up quite a bit. It will be held at Yoshi's on Fillmore in San Francisco, there will be 100 sakes instead of 200+, and the event is less expensive at $50 in advance. If I'm reading the press release correctly, this year the sakes are just the award winners from the US Sake Appraisal. In the... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

I'll be giving away five copies of Maria Hunt's book The Bubbly Bar: Champagne and Sparkling Wine Cocktails for Every Occasion . To be eligible to win, just sign up for the Alcademics A-Plus email list here. I'll pick a random winner from the list later this week. Author Maria Hunt is responsible for the website TheBubblyGirl.com. She's also a CIA-certified wine professional and freelance writer. I first met her when we judged a champagne cocktail competition together. The Bubbly Bar, which comes out August 25th, is a recipe book for cocktails made with champagne, other sparkling wines, and sparkling... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

I'm giving away five copies of two different books from the Alcademics A-Plus email list. Sign up now if you haven't already! The Regulars by Sarah Stolfa Unlike most booze books reviewed on this website, this one has no recipes and barely any words. This makes sense as it's a photo book by bartender-turned-photographer Stolfa. These portraits were taken at the bar McGlinchey's in Philadelphia as she transitioned careers. Stolfa's says of the regulars she photographed, "There is a visible conflict within an individual alone at a bar- they appear confident and assured yet vulnerable and naked, trying to look... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

I'm giving away five copies of two different books from the Alcademics A-Plus email list. Sign up now if you haven't already! Libation: A Bitter Alchemy by Deirdre Heekin I had hoped to meet author Deirdre Heekin at Tales of the Cocktail, where she was signing copies of the book, but if you've been to the convention you know that plans there don't always go according to plan. Unfortunately I haven't had time to read the book yet, but the description is enticing: In Libation, a Bitter Alchemy,, a series of linked personal essays, Heekin explores the curious development of... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

I'm giving away five copies of the new book The King of Vodka: The Story of Pyotr Smirnov and the Upheaval of an Empire , by Linda Himelstein. To win a copy sign up for Alcademics A-Plus (remember, this email list is only for giveaways and never any junk) and await instructions. I haven't had a chance to read the book yet, but luckily Steve Weinberg of USA Today did. Here's what he has to say: As a writer for BusinessWeek magazine during the 1990s, Linda Himelstein covered the story of a family with Russian roots, the Smirnovs. Their ancestor,... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

I've got seven books to give away to people on the Alcademics A-Plus email list. All you need to do to enter is sign up for the list. First up, I've got five copies of the new paperback edition of Wall Street Journal writer Eric Felten's book How's Your Drink?: Cocktails, Culture, and the Art of Drinking Well . I reviewed the hardcover in the San Francisco Chronicle a while back: Eric Felten's "How's Your Drink? Cocktails, Culture, and the Art of Drinking Well" (Agate Surrey, $20; release date Nov. 28) is written in the breezy tone that defines his... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.