San Francisco Cocktail Week, 9/19/11 – 9/25/11

San Francisco has always had a rich drinking history. Hotaling’s whisky, Bill Boothby, Pisco Punch, Acme Beer, Anchor Brewing & Distilling, all these and many more have contributed to a rich past that has significantly influenced today’s reverential, artisanal cocktail movement. Celebrating this past, present, and bright future, San Francisco Cocktail Week. Presented by the Barbary Coast Conservancy of the American Cocktail (BCCAC), and starting next Monday, September 19th, SF Cocktail Week is jam-packed with big events, intimate seminars, cocktail dinners, bar crawls, and after parties, all guaranteed to expand your appreciation of booze, cocktails, and saloon culture, not to mention take a few years off your liver.

Check their calendar for a complete listing of all the great events. Just whet your appetite, here’s a trio of interesting whisky-related highlights happening this year:

Opening Night Party: Around the World with Anchor
Experience the diverse and artisanal line of spirits and liqueurs brought to you by Anchor Distilling Company, shaken and stirred by San Francisco’s top mixologists.
Monday, September 19, 6pm – 9pm
Anchor Brewing Company
1705 Mariposa St.
San Francisco
Tickets: $45; $55 at the door
How San Francisco Saved The Irish Whiskey Category: The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of The World’s First (And Finest!) Whisky
Join globetrotting Dubliner Philip Duff – award-winning presenter, consultant and Irish barman – and Todd Richman, corporate mixologist for the Sidney Frank Importing Company, the owners of Michael Collins Irish Whiskey – for a rollicking 90-minute tour through the forgotten history of Irish whiskey.
Friday, September 23, 12pm – 2pm
The Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts 
1161 Mission St., Suite 120
Tickets: $25 in advance; $35 at the door 
Peat meets Sweet: Nosing and Tasting Single Malt Scotch
with Chocolate
Hosted by Highland Distillers’ Martin Daraz, a native Scotsman,
this seminar will offer a unique and unconventional look at how
chocolate plays a role in the smell and taste of Scotch.
Friday, September 23, 6-8 p.m.
The Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts 
1161 Mission St., Suite 120
Tickets: $25 in advance; $35 at the door 

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