Event on 2015-10-13 20:00:00
with Duo InAuthentico
Join Duggan McDonnell and Jordan Mackay, two of San Francisco's most well-read drinkers, in a ribald and robust conversation to celebrate the release of McDonnell's book, Drinking the Devil's Acre. San Francisco has a massive history of boozing, of cocktail innovation and now, our City is changing. Let's embrace our history, and discuss what the future drinking culture of San Francisco holds. Plus, have a few stiff drinks!The Devil's Acre was a single, saloon-soaked block within the notorious Barbary Coast of old San Francisco. It was, in short, the wickedest, wildest berg in the whole wide world not where you went to whet your whistle. But, just a few short blocks away, marbled drinking palaces reigned and civilization was sung as cocktails were shaken in tin and served in copper mugs. The high art of the cocktail lived at the edge of the West's most electrifying nightlife. Several generations later, San Francisco boasts this very same dichotomy while the farm-to-glass movement is at its best. "Ours is a golden age of cocktail connoisseurship and invention. San Francisco is the epicenter of this welcomed movement, and Duggan McDonnell is its arch druid, high priest, and chief curator. Here is a guide to the cocktail and to San Francisco that will take its place alongside Cocktail Boothby's American Bartenders as a classic of its genre."Kevin Starr, California: A History, & esteemed Librarian Emeritus of the State of California"Even as London and New York were exploring their pre-Prohibition cocktails and speakeasies in the mid-2000s, San Francisco was establishing itself as a center for craft cocktail innovation. The City by the Bay almost single-handedly drove Fernet Branca into hipster territory, and both Drink Me and Mutineer Magazine had their roots here.But San Franciscos boozy influence goes way back: its here where the Martinez and Pisco Punch were born (The city of San Francisco began with an inherited love affair with Pisco, McDonnell says). The Devils Acre was a boozy, saloon-filled block in the citys raucous Barbary Coast section in the late 1800s, while just a few blocks away, posh drinking halls attracted the cocktail set. McDonnell weaves together essays, cocktails and 500 years of alcohol-fueled history into precisely what he claims the book to be: a love story."Robert Haynes-Peterson,

at Doc’s Lab
124 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, United States

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