bourbon & branch
In this age of artisan spirits and seasonal cocktail menus, breaking out the old familiar vodka tonics for guests at your next dinner party is really not ok. Sure it takes a little more effort and money to make Manhattans, and even more to come up with your own recipes, but San Francisco is blessed with a multitude of very effective classes to get you well on your way to wowing friends and loved ones with your own very special drinks. Check out this list of top local cocktail classes, and remember not to attend on an empty stomach. Special bonus: you might even get a little tipsy along the way.
For their inaugural short film on the world of the drink, our friends over at Liquor.com posted up at Bourbon & Branch to document the mixology temple's preparations for a typical night. Called "Behind the Drink: The $13 Cocktail," the video shows how much work actually goes into making a cocktail of Bourbon & Branch caliber. (Juicing fresh citrus? 3-5 hours each day). Check out the video below for a behind-the-scenes look at the speakeasy — a place bar manager Jayson Wilde likens to "fine dining for a drink" — and read about the making of the video here.
Bourbon may be just the thing you need to get into the spirit of fall. Join Liquor.com at Tenderloin speakeasy Bourbon & Branch this Sunday, October 17th from 6 - 9 pm for a celebration of all things bourbon, where you will drink and learn about America's native spirit.
The entire place will be yours to taste over ten of the best varieties in the world, like Basil Hayden's, Bulleit, Elijah Craig, Maker's 46, as well as creative bourbon cocktails and gourmet snacks!
Grab tickets here.
Just finished my tour of Rickhouse, and I have to say, it's absolutely beautiful. With one wall that's made of bricks and is holdout (ash and all) from the 1906 fire and the rest of the walls and ceiling being lovingly built from reclaimed wood and old bourbon barrel staves, the design of the new bar from the folk at Bourbon & Branch is stunning.
Cask popped up quietly, though spirits junkies and bartenders around town have been awaiting its opening for some time. The specialty spirits and bartender-supply shop opened by the good folks who have given us Bourbon and Branch, Swig, and Anu, seems slightly out of place next to the Subway sandwich joint at Third and Market (17 Third St is the exact address), but once you pass under its burnished wooden sign, you enter a world away from the big corporate retailers that otherwise populate most of the area.