The Galliano's Cup: Bols Genever, Galliano, Sauternes, lemon, yuzu, orgeat, pear, sage, and Peychaud's bitters. (via SmokySweet)

5 Reasons to Drink: A Genever Expert, Beer Festival + WhiskeyFest

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There cannot be good living where there is no good drinking. ~Benjamin Franklin


Whitechapel Hosts Genever Expert

Fans of genever can meet and drink with Tess Posthumous Wednesday night at Whitechapel, between 6pm and 8pm. The award-winning bartender, author and blogger from Amsterdam—whose graduate school research focused on "the effects of globalization on the Dutch genever market"—will be joined by San Francisco gin sommelier Keli Rivers for an evening of cocktails and conversation. The Bols Genever-focused menu will feature the Genever Daisy, an aged Mai Tai, and the Dutch Coupe—Posthumous' signature cocktail made with aged Bols Genever ($11-$13). // 600 Polk St. (Civic Center), whitechapelsf.com


Beer Festival on Tap in Tiburon

Slap on a 'stache for the third annual Tiburon Taps beer festival this weekend, featuring a concert by Mustache Harbor. The Northern California band will cover a fleet of can't-help-but-sing-along yacht rock favorites from Christopher Cross, Steely Dan, Kenny Loggins and The Little River Band on Saturday from 1pm to 4pm. The $45 general admission fee includes a souvenir glass, beer tastings from 70 West Coast draft breweries, 10 food sampling stations, lawn games, and the concert. Designated driver tickets ($20) include food tastings and the concert. Proceeds benefit The Ranch, a local non-profit recreation organization. // Shoreline Park (Tiburon), tiburontaps.org


A cheese platter at Press Club on Yerba Buena Lane. (Courtesy of Press Club, via Facebook)

Press Club Celebrates Wine Harvest

Drink to this year's grapes at Press Club's harvest celebration, a tasting event featuring more than 60 wines paired with cheeses from Press Club's fall menu. Winery representatives from the Santa Ynez Valley to Mendocino will pour samples of their vintages and share insights on the flavors and nuances of this season's harvest. The party is slated for Sunday, September 25th from 2pm to 5pm. Tickets are available online for $30 per person. // 20 Yerba Buena Lane (Mid-Market), pressclubsf.com


District Debuts Full Bar Service

Ten years is a long time to wait for a stiff drink; District's announcement of a brand-new full-bar service arrives not a moment too soon. The new whiskey-focused bar program is a perfect complement to the restaurant's well-established wine program, which features more than 40 wines by the glass, plus an extensive private reserve list. According to District wine & spirits director Caterina Mirabelli, "There is a natural marriage with wine and whiskey. They both change with age and have very complex flavor profiles. Ultimately they are both best enjoyed when sipped." District now offers more than 60 small-batch bourbons, scotches and ryes, along with a lengthy list of whiskey cocktails. // 216 Townsend St. (South Beach), districtsf.com


Elixir Hosts Whiskyfest Pre-Party

If you think the best part of Whiskyfest is fellow whisky lovers, you'll love Elixir's pre-party on Thursday, September 22nd. From 4pm to 6pm, guest Whisky-tenders from Heaven Hill will be pouring $5 shots, sours and Old-Fashioneds featuring signature bottles of Elijah Craig, Larceny and Sacred Bond. John Glaser will take over from 7pm to 8pm, making $5 Compass Box Penicillins and Old Fashioneds with Great King Street and Peat Monster labels. The Elixir Whisk(e)y Social starts at 9pm. The annual pre-festival hangout for visiting industry friends is a low-key, branding-free mingle-session that draws whisky aficionados from around the world and down the street. // 3200 16th St. (Mission), elixirsf.com

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