WhiskyWeek Whets your Thirst for WhiskyFest

​WhiskyWeek, the five days leading up to WhiskyFest, could be mistaken for a warm up to the grand whisk(e)y tasting event on Friday, but for us, it offers some of the most varied and interesting whisk(e)y related events of the year. They're especially enjoyable if you aren't attending the grand tasting, offering a chance to discuss whisk(e)y with the producers--and also try some of their more unusual creations. With events peppered throughout the week, here's our pick for the top events to hit:

BBQ with Jimmy Russell of Wild Turkey
Where: Bloodhound, 1145 Folsom (at Seventh), 863-2840
When: Tues., Oct. 4th, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Cost: Free, but RSVP is required. Call 415-734-9093

The rundown: Barbecue season has officially left San Francisco, but that only means it's whiskey weather. Bloodhound is hosting Wild Turkey master distiller Jimmy Russell and celebrating with a special menu of whiskey cocktails.

Wild Game Night at the City Club of San Francisco
Where: The City Club,155 Sansome (at Pine), 10th floor
When: Weds., Oct. 5th, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost: $75 inclusive (dinner + whisky pairings)

The rundown: Anchor Distilling president David King and The City Club are putting together a three-course dinner paired with a selection of whiskies, including a wild boar porchetta served with 15 year old Glendronach scotch whisky.

Whisky Blending Class with Compass Box's John Glaser
Where: The Boothby Center, 1161 Mission (at 8th)
When: Thurs., Oct. 6th, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Cost: $65, tickets available online

The rundown: The most interesting event of the whole week brings famed John Glaser of Compass Box Whisky Company, makes of Peat Monster and Spice Tree whiskies, to teach the techniques and philosophy behind blending individual whiskies into a final product. You get to create your own blend in class from various casks to fashion your signature whisky, an extraordinary opportunity.

Four Roses Bourbon, USBG NorCal Cocktail Competition
Where: The Wilson and Wilson Detective Agency, 505 Jones (at O'Farrell)
When: Thurs., Oct. 6th, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Cost: Free

The rundown: Come cheer on your favorite SF bartenders as they compete for prizes for the best cocktail using Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon. A great excuse to check out the Wilson if you haven't been able to get a reservation.

Lunch with Four Roses Master Distiller Jim Rutledge
Where: Comstock Saloon, 155 Columbus (at Kearny), 617-0071
When: Fri., Oct. 7th, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Cost: $35, call for reservation: 415-617-0071

The rundown: Master Distiller Jim Rutledge stops by Comstock for a little Barbary Coast style lunch that includes bourbon, of course. A discussion on the process and history of For Roses Bourbon included.

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