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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A Guide to Mostly Free Events During SF WhiskyWeek

Posted By on Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 2:54 PM

WhiskyWeek events celebrate everybody's favorite brown spirit. - THIRSTYCACTUS/FLICKR
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  • WhiskyWeek events celebrate everybody's favorite brown spirit.
If you can't make it to Friday's WhiskyFest or simply can't wait, there's a multitude of special events breaking out over the next five days in bars and retail shops all over the Bay Area. Here are a few of our favorite, mostly free events, but take note: New events are being added daily, so check the official WhiskyWeek site for complete listings.

Tues., Oct. 5:

Compass Box Whisky Dinner

When: 6:30 p.m.

Where: British Bankers Club, 1090 El Camino Real (at Center), Menlo Park

How much: $65; for reservations, call 650-327-8769

The skinny: Four-course dinner paired with Compass Box whiskies: Hedonism, Asyla, Orangerie, Peat Monster, Spice Tree, and Oak Cross. Just to add to the smoke, dinner includes a cigar.

Weds., Oct. 6:

One Bourbon, One Scotch and One Beer

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Stout Brothers Irish Pub, 527 Fourth St. (at Mendocino), Santa Rosa

How much: Free admission; no-host bar

The skinny: Twenty North Bay bartenders compete in a unique contest with recipes incorporating Bulleit bourbon, Johnnie Walker Red, and/or Harp beer.

Thurs., Oct. 5 7:

Jimmy Russell at John Walker and Co.

When: 1-2 p.m.

Where: John Walker and Co., 175 Sutter (at Kearny)

How much: Free

The skinny: Jimmy Russell, Wild Turkey's master distiller, will be in the store to talk products, sign bottles, and illuminate the company's processes. All Wild Turkey products will be discounted 15 percent during the event, making this a must for rye and bourbon fans.

Bulleit Bottle Signing and Bulleit Cocktails

When: 7-9 p.m.

Where: 83 Proof, 83 First St. (at Mission)

How much: Free admission; no-host bar

The skinny: Tom Bulleit will be on hand to talk about his bourbon, with cocktail specials until closing. Bring your unopened bottle and he promises to sign it. Just don't break down and drink it at the bar.

Heaven Hill Master Distiller Parker Beam

When: 5:30-7 p.m.

Where: Bloodhound, 1145 Folsom (at Seventh St.)

How much: Free admission; no-host bar

The skinny: Meet Parker Beam of Heaven Hill distillery and discuss bourbon, with bourbon cocktail specials featuring the Parker Heritage collection and complimentary snacks.

792 Bourbon Whiskey Guru Ken Pierce

When: 5:30 p.m.-2 a.m.

Where: Rye, 688 Geary (at Leavenworth)

How much: Free admission; no-host bar

The skinny: Ken Pierce will lead a seminar on his 1792 Ridgemont Reserve Small Batch Bourbon. Drink specials available.

Amrut Indian Single Malt Tasting

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Elixir, 3200 16th St. (at Guerrero)

How much: Free; RSVP REQUIRED (e-mail

The skinny: Learn all about the fascinating history of Scotch-style whisky in India and some of the whiskies being produced by Amrut.

Sat., Oct. 9:

Laphroaig Bottle Signing with Simon Brooking

When: 1-4 p.m.

Where: Wm. Glen & Son, 360 Sutter (at Stockton)

How much: Free

The skinny: If you love peaty Scotch, then there's no doubt you know Laphroaig. Come meet brand ambassador Simon Brooking and discuss the unique quarter casks system.

Lou Bustamante tweets at @thevillagedrunk. Follow SFoodie at @sfoodie.

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