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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Get Your Agave On: National Tequila Day and Boozy Fun

Posted By on Tue, Jul 24, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Blue agave growing in Jalisco, Mexico - LOU BUSTAMANTE
  • Lou Bustamante
  • Blue agave growing in Jalisco, Mexico
With National Tequila Day hitting us smack dab in the Tuesday, you now have a thinly veiled excuse to go out and have some margaritas or tequila at brand new Copita, Tommy's Mexican, Mosto, or Tres for lunch and dinner. The rest of the week is boozy too, and we have a look at where to quench your thirst over the humpday and beyond.

National Tequila Day Celebration at Copita

Where: Copita, 739 Bridgeway (at Anchor), Sausalito, 331-7400

When: Tuesday, July 24

The rundown: At Joanne Weir's new Mexican restaurant and tequila bar, the celebration is happening with tequila flights. Six dollars get you a taste of three Herradura tequilas including the blanco, reposado, and añejo for the great way to celebrate the day. If straight tequila isn't your thing, belly up to the bar for one of their house margaritas.

Mezcalistas Pop-up Mezcaleria

Where: The Bold Italic, 34 Page (at Franklin)

When: Wednesday, July 25, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Cost: $60, tickets available online

The rundown: Mezcal, tequila's rustic cousin, is making serious headway into bars, and for good reason. Gone is the "worm at the bottom of the bottle" rotgut as the only choice, and now craft spirits from small villages are becoming more filling bar shelves. Learn more about the spirit, its production, and a tasting of mezcals by the Mezcalistas bloggers. Included with entry are tacos from Tamarindo restaurant's El TacoBike, and cocktails. Included in the tastings are Alipus (this will be its U.S. premiere), Pierde Almas, Del Maguey, Metl (espadin and madrecuishe -- not currently available in the Bay Area), and Wahaka.

Summer Pairings II: Block Party

Where: Vintage Berkeley Wine Shop, 2113 Vine (at Walnut), Berkeley, (510) 665-8600

When: Sunday, July 29, 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $30, tickets available online

The rundown: Count down the days until Outside Lands with part two of three in the Summer Pairing series with Kermit Lynch and The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen uniting their wondertwin powers. Entry includes a grilled cheese sandwich built to order (with deliciousness like bacon, ham, tomatoes, pickles, etc.) a smoked tomato soup shooter, and two glasses of wine: one German riesling, and one French (rosé or chenin blanc).

Lou Bustamante tweets at @thevillagedrunk. Follow SFoodie at @sfoodie, and like us on Facebook.

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