Upcoming Bay Area Whisky Events, August & September 2011

A couple of upcoming events and some general event info to keep you pleasantly plied with whisky (and other goodies) as a foggy August turns into a hopefully sunny September…

Stag Dining Group’s Rising Sun Dinner

Stag Dining Group hosts private, clandestine dinners that focus on local sustainability creative culinary endeavors, and a unique, intimate experience in unexpected locales. Their upcoming Rising Sun dinner will feature Japanese-influence cuisine from Alembic’s head chefs as well as Japanese-made whisky and whisky cocktails from Yamazaki and the soothing sounds of DJ Exile. The heretofore unrevealed location is somewhere in SOMA…

Sunday, August 28th, 6:00pm
$80 per person
Cocktail reception begins promptly at 6pm.
The dinner will take place in the SOMA neighborhood.
Exact location will be revealed to attendees the morning of the event.
Tickets and more information available here…


“Scotch: the History, the Taste and the Mystique”

Brought to you by Whisky Archive and The Distilled Man, “Scotch: the History, the Taste and the Mystique.” is appropriate for Scotch novices or aficionados. This intensive 2-hour workshop will be led by The Whisky Shop’s Mark Cassidy

The pour list:

Lowland: Auchentoshan 1998
Speyside: Glen Grant 16 yr
Highland: Ben Nevis 15 yr
Campbeltown: Longrow 10 yr
Islay: Laphroaig Quarter Cask

Thursday, September 8, 7:00pm-9:00pm
$65 per person
San Francisco, location to be provided upon ticket purchase (come on people, enough with all the secret bullshit…)
Tickets and more information available here…


Legends of Whisk(e)y Dinner in San Jose

Presented by Whiskies of the World Expo. “Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to experience a delectable assortment of food paired with Whiskies of the World from Canada, USA, and Scotland.” Presented by Dan Tullio, Canadian Club Whisky Master Ambassador, Bernie Lubbers, Beam Global’s Small Batch Collection Whiskey Professor, and Simon Brooking, Laphroaig Global Ambassador

The Whiskies:

Reception Whisky Cocktail
Canadian Club 12 Year Old
Knob Creek Single Barrel
Laphroaig 18 Year Old
Surprise Whisky

Monday, Sept 12: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
$65 per person
Los Gatos Brewing Company
163 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA
Tickets and more information available here…


Also of special note, the always inimitable K&L Wines has secured their license to do tastings in their Redwood City and San Francisco locations. They are allowed to pour small tastes of three spirits at each tasting. This past week saw St. George Spirits in RWC and a trio of AD Rattrays in San Francisco. Check in to their Spirits Journal, follow their twitter, and sign up for their email list for more details.


Last but not least, San Francisco Cocktail Week is back, September 19 – 25. Mayhem abounds. More on all that stuff later, in the meantime, check their website for the schedule of events…


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