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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Thankfully, Tuesday's Classes on Pisco and Tequila Come with Samples

Posted By on Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Next Tuesday, apparently, is booze-school day in San Francisco:

That night, the San Francisco History Association is hosting a lecture by Guillermo Toro-Lira, author of Wings of Cherubs: The Saga of the Rediscovery of Pisco Punch, who will talk about the city's centuries-old affection for pisco, or Peruvian brandy. The Pisco Punch was one of San Francisco's signature drinks until Prohibition, when it disappeared from our collective memory. A reliable source tells us that the lecture will not be a dry one, if you catch our pun. If you got a taste for the drink, you can find it at Pisco Latin Lounge, Rickhouse, and Comstock Saloon.

When: Tues., June 29, 7 p.m.
Where: St. Philip's Church, 725 Diamond (at Elizabeth)
Price: $5 for nonmembers, free for association members

That very evening, The Liberties, which has begun organizing alcohol-education workshops, is holding a tequila tasting with Manny Hinojosa. He'll be lecturing about tequila production and styles, from white to cask-aged. Then Hinojosa will lead students through what wine geeks call a vertical tasting of two producers, Cazadores and Corzo, bookended by tastes of two of his tequila cocktails. Do take a taxi home after you've been schooled, lest you end up in the other kind of alcohol-education workshop ― the court-mandated kind.

When: Tues., June 29, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: The Liberties, 998 Guerrero (at 22nd St.), 282-6789
Tickets: $55; purchase in advance online

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