San Francisco is awash in small corner grocery/liquor/small deli stores. In some neighborhoods it's not unusual to see two stores kitty-corner from each other, learing across the intersection. Most sell pretty much all the same items and manage to eek out a living by selling mostly beer, ice cream and snacks. They are in the … Continue reading Healthy Spirits – Store review
Thank you very much to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America for the opportunity to attend the Extravaganza as press. The large-scale traveling roadshow of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society (let's just call it the SMWS, shall we?) rolled into San Francisco on November 9th, and again proved to be a great time. The SMWS, though … Continue reading 2011 SMWS Extravaganza San Francisco – Recap
In next couple of months, whisky lovers will have two opportunities to completely overdo it. Two chances to go to bed with waaaaaay too much whisky in the belly and to wake up with waaaaaay too much regret in the head. Big whisky expos have a way of making even the most sensible, temperate souls … Continue reading Upcoming (BIG) Bay Area Whisky Events.
Admittedly, I've been in San Francisco for way too long. I take absolutely no pride in being part of the young, white, professional (barely in my case) horde that descended upon the Mission District in the mid-90's, paving the way for the tech-y gentrification that followed, and now the rampant foodie-ism and smug, way-too-deliberate (and sometimes … Continue reading The Hideout – Bar in a Bar review
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 … Continue reading San Francisco Cocktail Week, 9/19/11 – 9/25/11
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 … Continue reading Upcoming Bay Area Whisky Events, August & September 2011
Postponed until September 29th. stay tuned for details. The next tasting I'm hosting at 18 reasons is a raw one. All the other tastings that I hosted there have been filled with whiskies raging from 2 to 18 years old. This time around, we'll be focusing on the new stuff, none of that sittin' around … Continue reading White Dog & Un-aged Whiskey at 18 Reasons