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San Francisco World Spirits Competition announces top winners

SFWSCThe San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) has announced the top award winners from the 18th annual blind judging, which took place April 13-15 at Hotel Nikko in downtown San Francisco.

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Anchor Distilling changes its name to Hotaling & Co.

hotaling copyLast August, Sapporo Holdings Limited acquired Anchor Brewing Company, and although Anchor Distilling was not part of the sale, the company relinquished the rights to the “Anchor” trademark. Anchor Distilling Company has announced its next evolution. As of Jan. 31, 2018, the iconic San Francisco company has taken on a new name: Hotaling & Co. (pronounced ho-de-ling) a reference to one of Anchor Distilling’s most beloved small batch whiskies and to the San Francisco legend A.P. Hotaling, who came out West during the Gold Rush and quickly became one of the most reputable spirits dealers in the country.

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The Drinkable Week Returns! Tiki-ing Coast to Coast!

After a lengthy hiatus, The Drinkable Week has returned with a super-sized episode (well, it’s longer than 4 minutes, which is like 75 percent longer than usual). The tiki bar renaissance is one of my favorite things these days. To celebrate, I explore Polynesian-inspired potable paradises in three time zones. Special guests: Ben & Mary Kate Mack!

The Drinkable Week gets ‘Fancy’

The floor of the 2016 Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco reveals artisanal cocktail mixers, bitters and some high-end international spirits, including cachaça and mezcal. Special thanks to the Specialty Food Association for another world-class event.

Drinkable Images: Feeling Tiki-fied

Feeling like a bit of a human yo-yo this week. Just returned from Japan a day and a half ago and now I’m heading about two-thirds of the way back in that direction to Hawaii tomorrow. Not that I’m complaining (Nor is my MileagePlus account)!

In honor of my trek to state No. 50, here’s a nod to the mainland tiki bar culture that the Pacific archipelago inspired. No, these are not from Hawaii itself, but from San Francisco’s iconic Tonga Room (top) and New York’s East Village tiki hideaway, Otto’s Shrunken Head.

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