April 27, 2010

April 27, 2010

Tonight, April 27th, ~PISCO~ is hosting an event for Pisco 100, and the master distiller, Guillermo Ferreyros, will be there from Peru. Hosted Pisco 100 cocktails (from 6pm-7pm) include Pisco Sours and the Peruvian Patada, made with Canton and fresh mint. The entire event runs from 6:30pm-8:30pm. 1817 Market St. at Guerrero.

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Jackie Patterson mixing it up. Photo by Jerry Horn.

At my book signing event last week at the Tyler Florence shop in Mill Valley, faboo bartender Jackie Patterson made a most-refreshing cocktail for us. As promised to guests that evening, here’s the recipe—you’ll want to make a pitcher of it, it’s that good.

Spring Cup
1.5 oz. Hangar One Vodka
0.5 oz. Hangar One Mandarin Blossom Vodka
1 oz. Fresh Meyer Lemon Juice
1 oz. California Orange Blossom Honey Syrup
4 Chunks of English Cucumber
5 Spearmint Leaves

In the bottom of a tempered pint glass or metal mixing tin, muddle the cucumber chunks until their juice is extracted. Add the mint leaves and muddle gently. Add the rest of your ingredients, and ice. Shake until chilled, fine strain into a Collins glass onto fresh ice. Garnish with fresh marigold petals, a sprig of mint, and a few small chunks of cucumber. A votre santé! ~Jackie

Starting Sunday May 2nd, boutique wineries from across California will be bringing their handcrafted wines to the new ~SF WINEMAKER’S MARKET~ in Del Monte Square, next to THE CANNERY at Fisherman’s Wharf. You will be able to sample wines, and there will also be food pairings from local San Francisco venues, and non-alcoholic tastings for kids. Admission to the market is free and, with the one-time purchase of an eco-friendly reusable 6-pack wine carrier for $20, shoppers will be able to sample wines at the market. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the wine carrier will be donated to local charities and non-profit organizations supporting sustainable farming. In addition to the wineries in Del Monte Square, several neighborhood tasting-rooms along San Francisco’s Wine Walk on the Wharf will be participating in the market, including Buena Vista Carneros, Cellar 360, Wattle Creek, Wines of California, and Winery Collective. The SF Winemaker’s Market will be open every Sunday from 1pm-4pm.

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Don’t want tequila on Cinco de Mayo? How about some quality suds? ~MONK’S KETTLE~ is featuring the Belgian-style and barrel-aged beers of Portland, Maine’s Allagash Brewing Company on May 5th as part of its monthly beer-pairing dinner program. Begun in 1995 by Rob Tod as a one-man operation, Allagash has developed a national reputation for its high-quality Belgian-style and barrel-aged beers. It will be a five-course dinner, and the featured beers on draft are: White, Vintage ‘09 Fluxus, Confluence, Vintage ‘08 Curieux, and Odyssey. You can view the entire menu here. (And mark your calendar: Lagunitas Brewing Company will be featured on June 2nd.) 

Locals were chattering over the news that The Griffin Group, an investment and consulting company focused on beverage alcohol brands, acquired the iconic ~ANCHOR BREWING COMPANY~ and its portfolio of craft beers and artisan spirits, including Anchor Steam Beer. Here’s more from the press release: “The Griffin Group is led by beverage alcohol veterans, Keith Greggor and Tony Foglio, two longtime San Francisco residents who have been working with Anchor Brewing Company’s owner, Fritz Maytag, to maintain the iconic brewery and distillery in San Francisco.” Anchor Brewing Company will be integrated into their family of craft beers and artisanal spirits, the newly formed Anchor Brewers & Distillers, LLC. Additional affiliated companies under Anchor Brewers & Distillers include Preiss Imports and BrewDog USA, LLC, the U.S. division of the leading U.K. craft beer. Fortunately Fritz Maytag will be named “Chairman Emeritus” of Anchor Brewers & Distillers. You can read the entire press release here.

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~ABSINTHE BRASSERIE & BAR~ and Arlequin Wine Merchant are hosting a special winemaker dinner with Kermit Lynch in the private dining room on Friday May 6th. The acclaimed winemaker will pair select vintages with a four-course menu prepared by chef Jamie Lauren. For this special dinner, he will pour selected vintages from two of Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant’s benchmark producers: Domaine de Cherisey and Domaine Les Pallières. The dinner kicks off with a Champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception. For the full menu and more information, click here.

The Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA) is hosting the next event in a series of seasonal cocktail making classes with mixologist and author Scott Beattie on Friday May 7th. During this hands-on class, participants will familiarize themselves with the structure of a cocktail and take their repertoire to the next level using seasonal produce from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. There will be a brief presentation, and class participants will be given the opportunity to work in small groups and make their own market-fresh strawberry margaritas, classic mai tais, and gimlets from St. George’s rum, agave spirit, and Qi orange liqueur. Master distiller Lance Winters, the force behind event sponsor St. George Spirits/Hangar One, will be on hand to talk about fine spirits. As an extra treat, Il Cane Rosso will be providing delicious cocktail-friendly appetizers. The event includes three cocktails, hands-on instruction, snacks, and a take-away recipe booklet.

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The Rosé Avengers & Producers are at it again with ~PINK OUT! SF~ on Tuesday May 11th at Butterfly. The walk-around tasting includes 40 still and sparkling rosés from around the world, accompanied by appetizers created by chef Robert Lam of Butterfly.

The wineries to date (more signing daily) include Amorosa Bella, Annadel Estate Winery, Azur Wines, Benziger Family Winery, Blackbird Vineyard, Château D’Esclans, C Dacalier Wine Co., Demuth Kemos, Dunstan Wines, Freixenet, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, Hendry, Imagery Estate Winery, I’M Wines, Lorenza Rosé, Lynmar Estate, Montes Winery, Muscardini Cellars, Lasseter Family Winery, Loire Valley Wines: Barton & Guestier, Château de Fesles, Marquis de Goulaine, Remy Pannier, and Sauvion; Pedroncelli Winery, PEJU Winery, Pisoni Vineyards & Winery/Lucia Vineyards & Winery, Quivira Vineyards & Winery, Robert Oatley Vineyards, Rock Wall Wine Company, Segura Viudas, Six Sigma Ranch, Tapena, and Ty Caton Vineyards. Wineries subject to change without notice.

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