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“WHISKY and WOMEN UNITE” CELEBRATION

Last month Whisky Archive helped Compass Box Whisky create an event in San Francisco for International Women’s Day to raise funds for the Women’s Initiative, a local San Francisco-based charity that gives low-income high-potential women the tools and support they need to start and run their own businesses.  The event was also hosted by LUPEC-SF (Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails) who created delicious cocktails using Great King Street and was hosted at the Barbary Coast Conservatory of the American Cocktail. All proceeds benefited the charity and there were over 100 people in attendance.

I’ve become a huge fan of Women’s Initiative, LUPEC, Boothby and I faithfully remain a very avid fan of Compass Box Whisky. It’s wonderful that they support women’s charities in this manner. The event was also held on the same day in New York, London, and Beijing.  Photos included.

“WHISKY and WOMEN UNITE” CELEBRATION

CHARITY COCKTAIL PARTY IN HONOR OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – MARCH 8TH

COMPASS BOX WHISKY CO., SAN FRANCISCO LADIES UNITED FOR THE PRESERVATION OF ENDANGERED COCKTAILS, THE BARBARY COAST CONSERVANCY OF THE AMERICAN COCKTAIL and WHISKY ARCHIVE JOIN TOGETHER

TO RAISE FUNDS & AWARENESS FOR WOMEN’S INITIATIVE FOR SELF EMPLOYMENT

 

WHAT:   In honor of International Women’s Day (IWD) a worldwide celebration held on March 8th, 2012 to recognize the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present, and future, award-winning boutique Scotch whiskymaker, Compass Box Whisky Co. (www.compassboxwhisky.com) – renowned for its fresh and innovative approach to this once staid category –  along with the San Francisco Chapter of Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails (LUPEC),The Barbary Coast Conservancy of the American Cocktail (BCCAC) and Whisky Archive (whiskyarchive.com), present “Whisky & Women Unite” – a cocktail party to benefit Women’s Initiative for Self Employment which helps low-income women start their own businesses.

A cocktail party open to the public will be held at The Boothby Center for  The Beverage Arts.  Admission is $5 and  tickets can be purchased in advance at http://intlwomensdaysf.eventbrite.com.  All cocktails are $8 each, with all proceeds donated to Women’s Initiative. 

Compass Box will also host International Women’s Day events on March 8th in New York City, London, and Beijing.

 

WHO:   Dedicated to protecting endangered cocktails, LUPEC also strives to present opportunities for personal and professional growth via educational programming and networking opportunities as well as job placement. LUPEC places great emphasis on charitable giving and the group’s members donate time, expertise, and sometimes money to raising funds for other charitable organizations that focus on women’s issues.

An All-Star Line-up of LUPEC ladies will be shaking and stirring for charity:  Nicole Beyries (ACME Bar, Berkeley); Yael Amyra (Boothby/Acme, SF); Vita Simone (Bar Dogwood & The New Easy, Oakland); Melissa Boyd (Beretta, SF); Kimberly Rosselle (Flora, Oakland); Summer Jane Bell (The New Easy); Diana Krell (Hotsy Totsy, Albany); Aurora Siegel (Lafitte, SF); Jenn Akrill (Rye, SF), among others.

The ladies will create tasty springtime twists on Scotch whisky classics and completely original drinks – all made with Compass Box’s newest addition, Great King Street – Artist’s Blend, a craft Blended Scotch Whisky that has a signature elegance and approachability for whisky enthusiasts and novices alike.

WHEN:  Thursday, March 8th, 2012.  OPEN TO PUBLIC:  6:00pm-8:30pm.

WHERE:   The Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts, 1161 Mission St, Suite 120, San Francisco, CA

MEDIA AVAILABITY:   LUPEC Mixologists and Representatives from Compass Box, BCCAC, Women’s Initiative And Whisky Archive , available for interviews.  Cocktail recipes/photos available.

Press Contacts:
Debbie Burke, The Collective PR (NYC-based)

Debbie@thecollective-pr.com or 917.224.1415

 

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

International Women’s Day (March 8th, 2012) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present, and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam, and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.  Suffragettes campaigned for women’s right to vote.  Indeed the word ‘suffragette’ is derived from the word ‘suffrage,’ meaning the right to vote. International Women’s Day honors the work of suffragettes, celebrates women’s success, and reminds us of the inequalities still to be redressed. The first International Women’s Day event was run in 1911 and so 2012 marks its 101st year.  www.internationalwomensday.com

COMPASS BOX WHISKY CO.

The Compass Box Whisky Co. is a boutique Scotch whiskymaker and craft blender started in 2000 by John Glaser.  Compass Box produces and bottles a range of Scotch whiskies, available in over 25 countries around the world.  A four-time winner of the Whisky Magazine ‘Innovator of the Year’ award, Compass Box is known throughout the whisky world for quality, innovation and passion for great whisky. The Compass Box signature range of whiskies includes Asyla, Oak Cross, The Peat Monster, The Spice Tree and Hedonism.  They also produce limited release whiskies annually, and Orangerie, a Scotch whisky infusion.  www.compassboxwhisky.com

LUPEC

Dedicated to protecting endangered cocktails, LUPEC also strives to present opportunities for personal and professional growth via educational programming and networking opportunities as well as job placement (long and short-term event oriented).  Additionally, as a nonprofit organization, LUPEC places great emphasis on charitable giving and the group’s members donate time, expertise, and sometimes money to raising funds for other charitable organizations that focus on women’s issues.

 

THE BCCAC & THE BOOTHBY CENTER

The Barbary Coast Conservancy of the American Cocktail is a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation with the purpose of preserving the cultural heritage of saloons and their cocktails in San Francisco, while also preserving California’s culinary philosophy and tradition via special public events, publications and educational seminars. They are the Founders and Operators of San Francisco Cocktail Week, which is approaching its 6th Anniversary in 2012 as the “World’s First Cocktail Week”. Their home is The Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts, an innovative education and event center where they welcome the world to learn about, enjoy and add to the beverage culture of the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. www.theboothbycenter.org

WOMEN’S INITIATIVE FOR SELF EMPLOYMENT

Women’s Initiative for Self Employment provides high-potential, low-income women with the training, funding and ongoing support to start their own businesses and become financially self sufficient. The women who go through the program significantly increase their income and assets while launching businesses, creating jobs and stimulating the local economy. Women’s Initiative has five offices and 18 training locations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and is expanding to Chicago and New York. www.womensinitiative.org.  

WHISKY ARCHIVE

Whisky Archive is dedicated to changing the face of Scotch Whisky and spreading the love of scotch with guided whisky tastings. Whisky Archive’s tasting events in San Francisco have included Scotch pairings with chocolates, cheeses, and full dinner menus. We are celebrating the new era and rebirth of interest in the rich, adventurous flavors of this classic drink.

Celebrate The Macallan Tasting Event

Last night I was fortunate to attend the Celebrate the Macallan event for the first time. It was a different setup to other tastings I’ve attended where all of the drams are laid out in front of you and it is a guided tasting. The venue was the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, and we have officially entered the rainy season, so standing outside in the cold rain was something we decided against and headed off for a quick bite to return 15 minutes later and the line was finally moving. Check-in moved along quickly and we were greeted with the 10y Fine Oak- my favorite for the night.

There were roughly 200 guests and what turned me off about the event was that since it was a free event, there was not as much attention paid to the speaker Eden Algie, The Macallan US Ambassador, as he deserved. Very charming, funny and knowledgeable. His love for the company he represents really shines through.

This is my typical gripe with free Scotch Whisky events, there is an element of some people who are ‘moochers’ for free booze and make it difficult for others to really learn with the background noise. Regardless- the presentation was light yet informative with just the right amount of background and history (which is not too much) for the type of event that it was.

In all there were 5 pours. I could be wrong, because again, the noise level from the back of the room made it hard to hear everything.The other whiskies poured were 12 yr, 15yr, 18 yr, and the Macallan 25yr. Also presented was the iceball machine. Video below. And a few “oohs and aaahs” from this Lalique bottle.

The Regency Ballroom 1290 Sutter Street San Francisco, CA

Upcoming SF dates:
Wednesday, 10/5/2011 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, 10/5/2011 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Thursday, 10/6/2011 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Thursday, 10/6/2011 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Friday, 10/7/2011 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday, 10/7/2011 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

This Event Is open to everyone as long as your either registered or a guest.

 

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