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Photos: Karlsson's Vodka Batch 2009 at 54 Mint

On November 7th, Karlsson's Vodka presented its recently launched Batch 2009—a limited edition vodka made solely from the 2009 harvest of the Solist potato from the Cape Bjäre region of southern Sweden.

San Francisco's 54 Mint hosted the lively event, where guests sampled the vintage vodka, sipped speciality Karlsson's Gold Vodka libations, and enjoyed tasty hors d'oeuvres prepared by 54 Mint's celebrated kitchen.

A limited edition vodka with terroir, Karlsson’s Batch 2009 is Karlsson’s second commercially available vintage vodka. The handcrafted vodka is now available for purchase at fine restaurants and retailers in San Francisco, including Cask in SoMa.

7 Last Minute Father's Day Ideas With Local Flavor

In case you forgot, Sunday is Father's Day. Don't stress. Lots of local food and drink gift possibilites are just a click away. Here are a few picks that will save you and your dad from the steak-of-the-month club.

1) Boccalone's Salumi Society is great Father's Day material. Buy dad a 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month subscription for assortments of porcine products delivered on a regular basis, straight to his door. There's also a Father's Day gift certificate option if you'd like to keep it open-ended.

Cask . . . and you shall receive

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.

What we know about the SF cocktail scene that the Times doesn't

Did anyone else read the article in the New York Times food section Wednesday about bartending philosophies? Rather fitting, given that this is the anniversary of Repeal Day. We were pleased as rum punch to see a mention of hometown hero Daniel Hyatt from the Alembic, who was categorized, rather grandly, as a neo-classicist. You can keep tabs on Daniel’s activities at the Alembic by visiting his blog,

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