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August 2007


Booze hero Michael Jackson died Thursday. This obituary by the AP only recognizes him as a beer critic, which is odd considering he is at least as well known as a whisky expert. He wrote both the Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch and the World Guide to Beer. He... Read more →

Looking forward to purgatory

Doesn't this drink sound crazy? I need to get some Rittenhouse Rye just to try it out. The recipe comes from Gary Regan's cocktail column in the SF Chronicle. Purgatory Makes 1 drink Adapted from a recipe by Ted Kilgore, bartender and bar manager at Monarch Restaurant, Maplewood, Mo. 21/2... Read more →

Complicating things

I saw two similarly industrial-strength home drinking solutions today. The first is a carbonation system that uses a 20lb CO2 tank and makes enough seltzer for a year. The experimenter wanted to avoid using proprietary Soda Club CO2 tanks so he/she developed this system that only took ten minutes to... Read more →

Don't have a cow

Here's the downer antidote to all the upper energy drinks on the market: Blue Cow Relaxation Drink. What's in Blue Cow that will help me relax? Our proprietary blend of safe, relaxation-inducing ingredients includes Chamomile, Hops, Passion Flower, Hawthorne Berry, Lemon Balm and most importantly, Suntheanine┬«. What is Suntheanine┬«?* Suntheanine┬«... Read more →

Caliente Cocktails

In September's San Francisco Magazine I have a story on Cantina, a bar I may have mentioned here once or two hundred times already, as part of the Latin cocktail trend. The story isn't online, so run screaming to your local newsstand to pick up the new issue. Labels: bars,... Read more →