It's Time for the Golden State of Cocktails


This is serious business. Cocktail seminar at Golden State Cocktails. Photo by Natasha Moustache (via Facebook).

By Dana Eastland: Celebrate California’s cocktail culture and history at the third annual Golden State of Cocktails party. It’s taking San Francisco by storm Sunday October 4th through Tuesday October 6th with parties, tastings, seminars, and more. The event is actually a preview for the big Los Angeles festival in January, but this preview promises to be lots of fun.

The full schedule of events is here, but highlights include Genshu: Mixing with Cask-Strength Sake, at Rickhouse on Monday October 5th from 4:30pm-5:30pm, where you’ll learn all about blending Genshu, a cask-strength sake, with cocktails. There is also the Woodford Reserve Sunday Supper at Wayfare Tavern on Sunday night from 6:30pm-9:30pm, plus plenty of evening parties like the Bottom Shelf, Top Tender party at The Hideout (at Dalva) on Monday night, where bartenders compete to make great drinks out of…less great booze.

For a full look a the schedule and all the special events, head here. Cost and location vary per event, tickets and details here. And here’s a big cheers to California cocktails!