Get Buzzed Before Giants Games at Distillery No. 209

Photo by Distillery No. 209
It's not the gin-goggles, it really is this pretty.
Where: Distillery No. 209, Pier 50

When: Thurs., June 9, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Cost: $25. Space is limited, so please email or call 707-363-8182 to make your reservation.

The rundown: San Francisco's Distillery No. 209, a mere homerun ball away from AT&T Park, is opening its doors once a month for tours and tastings in their amazing bay front facility. The tour includes an exploration of the facility, including the shed where distiller Arne Hillesland prepares the spices and citrus fruits for the gin. The tasting session includes not only the gin on its own, but also a cocktail tailored to your level of comfort -- from "bad memories" to "pass me the bottle."

Each month will highlight a different S.F. bartender with their own set of drinks using No. 209 gin. This month Michael Callahan, formerly of Azul and Gitane will be mixing up this menu:

Distillery 209's arsenal of botanicals.

South Side- No.209 Gin, lemon juice, mint, sugar, Angostura

Frescura- No.209 Gin, lemon juice, Mathilde Pear, Gingembre, muddled fennel

4th Golden Scarab- No.209 Gin, Lillet Blanc, St. Germain, Yellow Chartreuse, muddled thyme, lemon peel flamed on top

Literate Sass- No.209 Gin, Cynar, port, plum bitters, Angostura bitters, sage leaf garnish

If you aren't able to make it this round, the fun continues once a month. Guest bartenders will be announced as the events draw near. As often as possible the tours are scheduled to allow you to visit the distillery on your way to a Giants game. Here's their official schedule for the next three months:

July 28th, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. (Away game)

August 25th, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.  (Home game against the Astros)

September 15th, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. (Away game)

Distillery 209: Pier 50, Shed B. 369-0209

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I would like to point out a typo in a few recipes. Southside has lime. The golden Scarab is actually called "50 golden scarabs" and is a variation of "4th golden scarab" which was a drink first developed by a dear friend Preston Eckman in Philly. Though bartending is the art of biting I stongly believe in honor amongst thieves and would suggest anyone in visiting philidelpia search him out for a great 209 cocktail. See you all tonight!!

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