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Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

Arlequin Wine Merchant

1. Skrewcap Tastings at Nectar: If you're a fan of bubbles, Pamela Busch of Skrewcap is doing a pair of sparkling wine-centric tastings at Nectar Wine Lounge in the Marina. The first, this Saturday, is a "Bubbles on a Budget" tasting, featuring outstanding and well-priced sparkling wine from around the globe. Next Saturday, she'll shift the focus to authentic Champagne, complemented with bubbles from California-based Schramsberg. Admission to the first tasting is $20; the second is $30. Those interested in getting the party started early should swing by Nectar for their new Saturday brunch, featuring fresh-pressed juices and mimosas from Thrive Juicery.

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

Each week, we offer a roundup of the best literary events in the city. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Want to submit an upcoming event for consideration? Go here.

Monica Trasandes (Broken Like This)

Beer and Music Join Forces at Tomorrow's Bay Brewed Festival

The Bay Brewed

Anyone who's ever known a musician or been to a rock show knows that beer and live music have long shared a natural affinity. Rocking out to a cool band with a cold brew in hand is one of life's great pleasures, and thanks to The Bay Bridged and the SF Brewers' Guild, drinkers will have their pick of both bands and beers tomorrow afternoon at the annual Bay Brewed Festival

Go Behind the Booze at St. George Spirits' 30th Birthday Bash

Craft distilling is now one of the hottest trends in the world of drink, with new distilleries specializing in every type of spirit regularly launching across the country. But 30 years ago, when German native Jörg Rupf founded Alameda-based St. George Spirits, today's cocktail culture and appreciation of spirits were just a distant dream, and the small spirits community that did exist was more focused on foreign creations than domestic ones.

SF Chefs Fall Dinner Party Project #1: Maximum Mina

7x7 is proud to sponsor SF Chefs, the annual, hotly-anticipated food/wine/spirits bonanza that is the quintessential San Francisco culinary experience. The event occurs each August, and offers guests exclusive access to the city's most innovative and lauded industry professionals and personalities.

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. OneUp Restaurant & Lounge Opens: The renovated Grand Hyatt hotel just outside of Union Square has added a new restaurant and bar, and they've called in the big guns, with Cass Calder Smith designing the space and Scott Beattie consulting on the bar menu. Cocktails ($13) include the Downtown Manhattan, which combines Templeton rye with Evan Williams single-barrel bourbon and Carpano Antica, and the Millionaire, a combination of rum, sloe gin, and apricot liqueur. Whiskey fans also shouldn't miss the bar's custom, 138-proof whiskey from Napa Valley-based Charbay, aged for 22 months in Chardonnay barrels and served in a flask. If you're peckish, bar bites include a lamb burger and duck-fat potato wedges. (Daily, 11 am-1 am, 345 Stockton St., Union Square.) 

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

Each week, we offer a roundup of the best literary events in the city. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Want to submit an upcoming event for consideration? Go here.

Andrew Solomon (Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity)

Wednesday, November 28, 7 pm, at Book Passage Corte Madera (51 Tamal Vista Blvd.)

Thursday, November 29, 7:30 pm, at the Hillside Club (2286 Cedar St., Berkeley).

Solomon's National Book Award-winning The Noonday Demon shed new light on clinical depression and its sufferers, and in his latest work, he delves into another taboo topic: parents coping with children who were not what they expected. Culled from 14,000 pages of interviews, Far from the Tree examines the home lives of children who are mentally and physically disabled, transgender, deaf, schizophrenic, conceived via rape, and more, focusing on the bonds that unite parents with their children and other, similarly afflicted parents, often driving them to action and advocacy. Tickets to Solomon's Hillside Club appearance are $12 for general admission and $7 for members and students. 

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Gitane's New Bar Menu: Changes are afoot at the Financial District's Gitane, which is transforming its menu into a seasonal rotation through different Spanish cuisines (including those of Seville, Andalusia, and Valencia) with the help of new chef Patrick Kelly, who's joining wife Bridget Batson in the kitchen. There are also big changes at the bar, including an updated beer program with options like Linden Street amber ale and Scrimshaw pilsner, and sherry-centric cocktails ($12) like the Smoking Lady (vodka, amontillado sherry, Laphroaig, honey, lemon, sage) and the Doblon (Yamazaki single malt, fino sherry, lemon, honey syrup).

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

Ellen Forney

Each week, we offer a roundup of the best literary events in the city. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Want to submit an upcoming event for consideration? Go here.

Bookstores are taking most of this week off for the holiday, but early next week features a handful of standout events. 

Ellen Forney (Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me)

Monday, November 26, 7:30 pm, at the Booksmith (1644 Haight St.)

Forney, an artist and graphic storyteller who collaborated with Sherman Alexie on The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, turns her pen on her own struggles in this new graphic memoir. After being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Forney feared that treatment might cost her her creativity and livelihood. Studying the lives of other artists with mental illness, from Georgia O'Keeffe to Vincent van Gogh, Forney explores the cultural trope of the "crazy artist" and tries to determine if it's a myth or a way of life. 

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Independent Spirits Expo: SF's annual celebration of craft distillers is back for another round tonight, with plenty of small-batch rum, vodka, whiskey, tequila, mezcal, cognac, and liqueurs for drinkers to sample. You'll also be able to chat with distillers and brand representatives, enjoy custom cocktails, and compare spirits side-by-side. Tickets are $60 for the general public and $85 for VIPs (who get in 30 minutes before everyone else), and if you use code MURRAYAID when you register, you'll get $10 off your ticket and send a $10 donation to legendary Seattle bartender Murray Stenson, who's battling heart problems.

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