Avuá Cachaça, with Co-Founder Pete Nevenglosky

Avuá Cachaça, with Co-Founder Pete Nevenglosky

You’ll remember the day a brand wanders into the saturated spirits world and breathes fresh air into a category dominated by industrial brands, because it doesn’t happen often. Avuá Cachaça has won the hearts of bartenders and has turned people on to cane spirits since they launched. The cane based categories still have a long way to go before the masses are celebrating them. Products like these will keep the good fight moving forward in…

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Trick Dog declassifies their secret 7th menu

Trick Dog declassifies their secret 7th menu

Just a day after their 3rd anniversary Trick Dog (3010 20th Street, San Francisco) has launched their 7th menu. Each menu release from this award-winning bar team comes with more hype than the last and the latest highly anticipated menu is filled with secrets. Burn after reading. They completely change everything about the menu from concept to design of the actual print-work and a 100% overhaul of every cocktail they serve. Many great bars go with the…

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Culinary Cocktails with Fortify, by Spring 44

Culinary Cocktails with Fortify, by Spring 44

A recent competition was held in San Francisco introducing a brand spanking new product from Spring 44 Distillery (Loveland, Colorado) They’ve released an apéritif called Fortify. A bitter liqueur that has a depth that exceeds many others in the category. This ruby liqueur has tart cherry and bitter citrus on the front palate. Clove, ginger, faint oak and burnt orange zest come out in the middle. The finish is dry with distinct wild flower honey notes. I…

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See Barcelona in 7 Gin & Tonic

See Barcelona in 7 Gin & Tonic

On a recent trip to Spain I wanted to take my drinking sensibilities somewhere different. Typically while traveling I like to seek out the best bars for cocktails or the regional drink. Once I hit Barcelona I dedicated my palate to the refresher that reigns supreme throughout Spain, the Gin & Tonic. This article will not talk about the long history of gin and the fabulous story of how tonic became its go-to mixer. Or…

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Cafe du Nord with Bon Vivant’s Morgan Schick

Cafe du Nord with Bon Vivant’s Morgan Schick

One of the most anticipated openings in San Francisco this year, is the re-opening of the historic Cafe du Nord. Located between Church and Sánchez, in the Castro neighborhood. The 108 year old building proudly stands boasting a below street-level music venue and prohibition-era speakeasy. With a healthy remodel, brand new bar program from the Bon Vivant‘s and late night food menu, this is a great addition to the strong cocktail bars by the bay….

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Dranks at PABU, San Francisco [PHOTOS]

Dranks at PABU, San Francisco [PHOTOS]

PABU is Chef Ken Tominaga‘s Japanese izakaya and sushi bar sourcing fish both locally and from afar, including Japan’s Tsujiki market. At the helm of Pabu’s cocktail program is Lead Bartender Nick Jones, and Head Bar Man of Mina Group Carlo Splendorini. With their combined experience and creativity the cocktail program is reflective of Japanese traditions and flavors highlighting unique spirits with an emphasis on creativity and presentation. “The philosophy of PABU’S cocktail program is true to Japanese culture,…

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Lance Winters, of legendary St. George Spirits

Lance Winters, of legendary St. George Spirits

“My last drink ever would be a Hemingway Daiquiri with my agricole rum.” – Lance Winters Craft Distilling is definitely on a winning streak these days. With distilleries popping up globally and many of them creating award-winning products – it’s a great time to be a bartender and imbiber. 19 years ago, Lance Winters approached St. George Spirits founder Jörg Rupf and handed him a bottle of whiskey he’d made at home. That was his résumé. What…

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Amor y Amargo – The Bar, The Cocktail and Sother Teague

Amor y Amargo – The Bar, The Cocktail and Sother Teague

 On my most recent visit to the cocktail Mecca called New York City I had a couple free nights to gallivant through town and sip my way to enlightenment. Drinking and eating in NYC is a blessing and a curse. A visitor only has so much time. Battle lines must be drawn, strategy chosen and routes locked in. The East Village cocktail scene is like something out of lore. You can’t swing a bat without…

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Portland Cocktail Week PDXCW, in 3 drinks

Portland Cocktail Week PDXCW, in 3 drinks

Matt Grippo reports back his findings, and favorite drinks, from PDXCW 2014. Portland Cocktail Week 2014 was a blast. My second year in a row attending and I wasn’t let down. Any time spent in Portland is fun but when boozy events and cutting edge classes happen, attendance is a must. Any given day of PDXCW is overwhelming. Looking at schedules, I shake my head when I don’t see “nap time” in the curriculum. This is the real deal,…

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The Golden State of Cocktails, in 3 drinks

The Golden State of Cocktails, in 3 drinks

Matt Grippo is an East Coast transplant. He is a Bartender and the General Manager of Blackbird Bar in San Francisco. A traveller and purveyor of rare products, Matt is on a quest to take the pretension out of cocktails. He just joined the justcocktails cadre! Here he reports back from The Golden State of Cocktails, hosted in San Francisco on September 22/23 2014:  At Blackbird we were lucky enough to host a handful of Golden State competitions…

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