October 5, 2010

October 5, 2010

Photo by Mathew Sumner.

While WhiskyFest San Francisco (hosted by Malt Advocate Magazine) is this Friday October 8th, there is quite the lineup of boozy events for ~WHISKYWEEK~ prior to the main event. You have your chaser ready? Let’s do this.

Wednesday October 6th:

Amrut Single Malt Whisky Tasting
Join special guest Rick Jagdale, executive director, Amrut Distilleries.
British Bankers Club
1090 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
$25 per person
Reservations call: 650-327-8769

One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Beer
The North Bay Chapter of the USBG and Stout Brothers invite you to the First Annual Cocktail Shake Off, where twenty bartenders will compete. Those entered in the competition will be submitting an original recipe incorporating Bulleit Bourbon, Johnnie Walker Red, and/or Harps Beer. Entertainment provided by Whiskey Thieves.
Stout Brothers Irish Pub
527 Fourth St., Santa Rosa

Tasting with Master Distiller Parker Beam
Mr. Smith’s
34 7th St., San Francisco

Thursday October 7th:

Meet the Legendary Jimmy Russell at John Walker & Co.
Mr. Jimmy Russell, Master Distiller of Wild Turkey Distillery, will be at the store. All Wild Turkey products will be discounted 15% during the event.
John Walker & Company
175 Sutter St., San Francisco

Scotch Tasting/Master Class
By: MacKillop’s Choice. Special guest, Lorne Mackillop.
Presidio Golf Club
8 Presidio Terrace, San Francisco
$50, advanced purchase required
Call 415-989-1030 for reservations.

Bulleit Bottle Signing and Bulleit Cocktails
Bring your unopened bottle of Bulleit and have Master Distiller Tom Bulleit personally sign it. Stick around and enjoy Bulleit cocktails prepared by some of San Francisco’s finest bartenders. Bottles are not available for sale at 83 Proof but can be purchased at Cask and John Walker & Co.
Free admission. Cocktail prices will vary.
83 Proof
83 1st St., San Francisco
Bottle Signing 7pm-9pm. Cocktails available from 5pm-closing.

Meet and Greet with Master Distiller Parker Beam and Brand Ambassador Rob Hutchins.
1145 Folsom St., San Francisco

FREE Amrut Indian Single Malt Tasting
3200 16th St., San Francisco
RSVP required

Saturday October 9th:

Amrut Single Malt Whisky Tasting
Meet Rick Jagdale, executive director of Amrut Distilleries, who will take you through a structured tasting of Amrut Single Malts.
New Delhi Restaurant
160 Ellis St., San Francisco
Call 415-397-8470 for reservations.

On Friday October 15th, 18 Reasons is hosting a cool event, ~UNEXPECTED PAIRINGS: WINE AND VIETNAMESE FOOD—A DINNER~ with Trac Le and Linh Phu—it’s the first of an occasional dinner series featuring wine and Asian food. During this multi-course meal, you will learn and taste how to pair wine with the traditional flavors of Vietnamese cuisine: think cilantro, fish sauce, chiles, rice vinegar, mint, and basil.


Photo: © 2010 Jody Holman Webster.

Pacifica, welcome to the wild and wooly world of wine bars. Celebrating its grand opening on Saturday October 16th is ~A GRAPE IN THE FOG~, opened in September just a few steps from Rockaway Beach. Owner Beth Lemke offers a selection of nearly 30 wines, craft beers, and plates of cheeses, charcuterie, and more. The grand opening on the 16th will have live music, wine, and food from 4pm-10pm if you live in the neighborhood and want to swing by. The wine bar seats up to 50, with room for 20 on the outdoor patio.

 Fun factoid: Lemke’s great aunt Mona Nystrom-Hood (formerly Mona Sargent) ran the famed lesbian bar, Mona’s Club 440, in North Beach in the 1930s and 40s. Open Wed-Thu 3pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 3pm-12am, Sun 2pm-8pm. 400 Old County Rd., Pacifica, 650-735-5854.