The 5th Annual San Francisco Cocktail Week kicks off TODAY

Here is the list of the seminars through out the week:

Monday, September 19

Bay Area Distillers Panel Discussion
3-5 p.m.
Location: The Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts,
1161 Mission St., Suite 120
Tickets: $25 in advance; $35 at the door
At the heart of San Francisco cocktails are some of the finest craft distillates in the world. This panel brings together three of the men that make them.

Understanding the Heart of Tequila (with a Real Agave Farmer)
6-8 p.m.
Location: The Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts,
1161 Mission St., Suite 120
Tickets: $25 in advance; $35 at the door
Join us for an opportunity to meet Jose Cortes, a 3rd generation
Jimador (agave harvester) from Casa Herradura.

Tuesday, September 20

Craft Cocktail Tools: What They Are and How to Use Them
12-2 p.m.
Location: The Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts,
1161 Mission St., Suite 120
Tickets: $25 in advance; $35 at the door
United States Bartenders Guild Instructors Jon Santer and
David Nepove have been known throughout their bartending
careers to lead the charge in the use and development of bar
tools over the last decade.

The Nerdy Aspects of Gin Cocktails
3-5 p.m.
Location: The Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts,
1161 Mission St., Suite 120
Tickets: $25 in advance; $35 at the door
Join Don Lee and Plymouth/Beefeater Gin Brand Ambassador Erick Castro as they explore the vast worlds of flavor perception.

How To Set Up Your Home Bar
6-8 p.m.
Location: The Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts,
1161 Mission St., Suite 120
Tickets: $25 in advance; $35 at the door
This seminar is focused on creating the perfect set up for
crafting cocktails at home, including a detailed explanation
of what you will need to buy, stock and avoid in order to
create a great variety of cocktails for you and your guests.

Wednesday, September 21
The Taste Challenge: Testing your Palate
12-2 p.m.
Location: The Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts,
1161 Mission St., Suite 120
Tickets: $25 in advance; $35 at the door
Test your taste buds by joining renowned OXLEY Gin Brand Ambassador, Jamie Evans, as he constructs several cocktails that will challenge any discerning palate in this unique and interactive tasting experience.

Hands On with Scott Beattie: Artisanal Gin Cocktails
6-8 p.m.
Location: The Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts,
1161 Mission St., Suite 120
Tickets: $25 in advance; $35 at the door
Join Distillery No. 209 at the Boothby Center for a hands-on cocktail class with renowned Bay Area mixologist and author Scott Beattie.

Rum is Always Fun
3-5 p.m.
Location: The Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts,
1161 Mission St., Suite 120
Tickets: $25 in advance; $35 at the door
Admit that you too love Pina Coladas, Mojito’s Mai Tai’s and more.

Thursday, September 22

The Science of Taste
3-5 p.m.
Location: The Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts,
1161 Mission St., Suite 120
Tickets: $25 in advance; $35 at the door
Why does Cognac taste delicious to some and make others gag? How can a sweet liqueur taste divine to some and cloying to others?

Ritual and Style in Tequila: The Luxury Drop Concept, a Hands-On Experience
12-2 p.m.
Location: The Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts,
1161 Mission St., Suite 120
Tickets: $25 in advance; $35 at the door
Join Diageo Reserve Brand Mixologist and San Francisco bartender, Robert Gonzalez and Don Julio Tequila Specialist Gina Castillo as they lead a hands-on workshop in designing your own “Luxury Drop”.

Friday, September 23

How San Francisco Saved The Irish Whiskey Category: The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of The World’s First (And Finest!) Whiskey
12-2 p.m.
Location: The Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts,
1161 Mission St., Suite 120
Tickets: $25 in advance; $35 at the door
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.

Introduction to Tequila with Ryan Fitzgerald
3-5 p.m.
Location: The Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts, 1161 Mission St., Suite 120
Tickets: $25 in advance; $35 at the door
Celebrated San Francisco bartender and Bar Manager of Berretta Ryan Fitzgerald leads a beginner’s guide to understanding tequila and its many pleasures.

Peat meets Sweet: Nosing and Tasting Single Malt Scotch with Chocolate
6-8 p.m.
Location: The Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts,
1161 Mission St., Suite 120
Tickets: $25 in advance; $35 at the door
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.

Saturday, September 24

How to Throw a Brunch Cocktail Party with H. Joseph Ehrmann
12-2 p.m.
Location: The Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts,
1161 Mission St., Suite 120
Tickets: $25 in advance; $35 at the door
Were you at last night’s Barbary Coast Bazaar Party? Even if you missed it, this is a great eye-opener of a class to teach you how fun and easy it can be to have friends over for a brunch party this football season, or any time.

Not So Simple: the Art of Crafting Perfect Syrups and Other Cocktail Ingredients
3-5 p.m.
Location: The Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts,
1161 Mission St., Suite 120
Tickets: $25 in advance; $35 at the door
Simple Syrup may be simple to make, but there’s nothing simple about its role in creating signature cocktails, preserving foods or crafting memorable desserts.

Sunday, September 25

History of Cocktail Books with John Burton
12-2 p.m.
Location: The Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts,
1161 Mission St., Suite 120
Tickets: $25 in advance; $35 at the door
Join John Burton for a look into the books that have unraveled the mysteries of cocktail lore and reality and have inspired new generations of bartenders and spirit producers to propel the craft and trade into a new renaissance.

Bartending by the Bay: an Historical Tale through San Francisco’s Saloon and Cocktail History with John Burton
3-5 p.m.
Location: The Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts,
1161 Mission St., Suite 120
Tickets: $25 in advance; $35 at the door
A 50-year bartending veteran in the Bay Area, John Burton takes us on a journey through the history of San Francisco, its saloons and cocktails.


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