WhiskyWeek 2009

7 10 2009

Although I will be away I wanted to let the “crew” know about the 3rd Annual Whiskey Fest on October 16, 2009 at the San Francisco Marriott and Whisky Week.  Go to maltadvocate.com to get more information about the events in store.  Also Elixir is doing some really cool seminars, see below.  Charbay is having a party on October 10 that you may want to check out!

Charbay Annual Barbecue & Wine Club Party

12pm – 4pm
Charbay wines, ports, aperitifs & the favorite foods we’ve shared through the years.
Also:  Marko’s Private Port Blending Seminar 11am
Marko Karakasevic, 13th Generation winemaker and distiller
will lead you on a sensory journey of smell and taste as he
guides you in blending vintage ports from our library of barrel-aged ports.
Purchase Tickets & Information – Call 707.963.9327 ext 23 or visit@charbay.com


Exclusive Tastings, Local Distillers and Marketing Tips lead into 2009 WhiskyFest

(San Francisco, CA September 28, 2009) Seminars are strictly limited to 25 seats at $35 per person and tickets are available through a link at www.ElixirSF.com/events.htm

Sunday, October 11th, 6pm to 8pm

David Blackmore, Glenmorangie Brand Ambassador

Join us at Elixir for an exciting and educational adventure through the aging process of one of the best selling Single Malt Scotch whiskies in the world. David Blackmore with the Glenmorangie Distillery will be on hand to lead us through a tasting of a selection of the Glenmorangie portfolio. This tasting will involve a full sensory analysis of the components found in Glenmorangie whiskies, helping you to better understand how to analyze and understand a spirit from every perspective. David is a native of Scotland, a Graduate of the University of St. Andrews, a former chair of the prestigious Tasting Panel at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society in Scotland and has spent time working alongside the famous ŒSixteen Men of Tain‚ at the Glenmorangie Distillery and at their sister distillery Ardberg.

6:00pm Meet and greet with welcome cocktail and appetizers
6:30-7:30 David’s presentation
7:30-8pm Q&A

8pm to 2am Glenmorangie dram and cocktail specials in Elixir

Monday, October 12th, 7pm to 9pm

Marko Karakasevic, 13th Generation Master Distiller, Marko K Spirits & Domaine Charbay

Marko Karakasevic is the 13th Generation Distiller in his family and has been distilling with his father for 26 years at Charbay Winery and Distillery.  Having distilled brandies, rums, tequila, and several new and classic styles of whiskies, Marko and his family have distilled every class of spirit and continue to push the creative envelope in the world of spirits. Elixir is the first whiskey bar in the world to have Doubled and Twisted IPA Light Whiskey. Join us to hear of the family history, taste Charbay Pilsner Whiskey II, learn about their unique distilling methods and the philosophy behind it all,  and try a cocktail or two.

7pm Meet and Greet with welcome cocktail

7:30 to 8:30 Marko’s presentation

8:30 to 9:00 Q&A

9pm to 2am Charbay and Marko K dram and cocktail specials in Elixir

Tuesday, October 13th, 7pm to 9pm

St. George Spirits‚ Master Distiller Lance Winters

In this second round of our local whiskey distillers, Lance Winters will present how they do it over in Alameda when it comes to whiskey. The famed Hangar One on that nearby island has been creating a wide array of ground breaking spirits, including the St. George Single Malt Whiskey. Their use of three woods in the aging process and eau de vie distillers’ approach makes for a unique American whiskey; one of the first in a new generation of whiskey distillation that moves beyond the borders of Kentucky and Tennessee.

7pm Meet and Greet with welcome cocktail

7:30 to 8:30 Lance’s presentation

8:30 to 9:00 Q&A

9pm to 2am St. George and Hangar One dram and cocktail specials during The Elixir Quiz

Wednesday, October 14th, 7pm to 9pm

Gardner Dunn, Yamazaki Brand Ambassador

What is Japanese whisky? Yamazaki Brand Ambassador and famed New York bartender Gardner Dunn will take us through the history and evolution of whisky production and presentation in Japan. We’ll taste some of the Suntory brands, including some unique wood finishes on Yamazaki and the first tasting of the new Hibiki 12 Year, being released in the US on that day! Gardner will give us a visual tour of their distilleries and cooperage as well as Japanese bartending tools and ice sculpting. Truly a unique whiskey experience.

7pm to 8:30pm Gardner’s presentation (including welcome cocktail)

8:30 to 9:00 Q&A

9pm to 2am Elixir Charity Guest Bartending event for The Bartender Relief Fund, benefiting Chicago Bartender Kyle McHugh and featuring Gardner, Elixir bartenders H. Joseph Ehrmann and Alicia Walton and Bartender Fund President Tony Devencenzi.

Thursday, October 15th, 7pm to 9pm

Peter Schwartz, Founder and President of International Beverage Company, Inc.

Having 28 years of experience in the alcoholic beverage industry, Peter is a recognized authority and national speaker on the making, marketing, selling, and serving of whiskey, not to mention his excellent nosing and tasting skills. Welcomed in 2008 into the Keepers of the Quaich, the exclusive Scotch whisky society, Peter will discuss a survey tasting of the Scottish Highlands (Deanston), Isle of Mull (Ledaig and Tobermory) and Islay (Bunnahabhain and Black Bottle). We‚ll look at how they are different from other single malts and blends, the distillation process for each product and the difference of a non chill-filtered product and filtered product.

7pm to 8:30pm Peter‚s presentation (including welcome cocktail)

8:30 to 9:00 Q&A

9pm to 2am – Discounts on all products tasted by the dram or cocktail

Friday, October 16th, 7pm to 8:30pm


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