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San Antonio Cocktail Conference

14 January 2013 1,325 views No Comment

This coming weekend, Jan. 17-20, is the second annual San Antonio Cocktail Conference.

I went for the day last year and attended just a couple classes, and from what I experienced, it was a fantastic event for anyone who is interested in drinking cocktails and/or making them at home. If Adam and I weren’t going to Los Angeles for a wedding, we would definitely be attending the conference, and this year, I wouldn’t make the mistake of driving there and back in one day by myself. This is a conference that deserves, no demands an overnight stay.

Last year, I attended a panel discussion on the past, present and future of the Texas spirits industry, moderated by David Alan of Tipsy Tech, and Bill Norris, Beverage Director of Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas. It was so interesting and fun at the same time.

David Alan of Tipsy Texan, Dan Garrison of Garrison Brothers, Paula Angerstein of Paula's Texas Spirits, Bill Norris of Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, Tito Beveridge of Tito's Handmade Vodka, and Daniel Barnes of Treaty Oak Rum and Waterloo Gin

David Alan of Tipsy Texan, Dan Garrison of Garrison Brothers, Paula Angerstein of Paula's Texas Spirits, Bill Norris of Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, Tito Beveridge of Tito's Handmade Vodka, and Daniel Barnes of Treaty Oak Rum and Waterloo Gin

If you go to the conference, tickets for the classes are just $30 each, and an all-access pass, which is a great deal if you are attending for more than a day, is $200.

When I checked the accommodation options on the conference website tonight, there was still availability at the Sheraton Gunter starting at $129/night, and at the St. Anthony Hotel starting at $95/night. Liz Lambert’s Hotel Havana is also walking distance to the conference, and they still had rooms available as well, although at a higher rate. That said, we stayed at Hotel Havana recently and it’s dog friendly, which is great if you plan to go to San Antonio last-minute and don’t have time to arrange a pet-sitter.

I’ll leave it to you to browse the conference schedule, featuring cocktail legends like Dale DeGroff and Sasha Petrtraske, among others who have devoted themselves to studying and perfecting the craft of the cocktail. Classes will be geared to both the home bartender and the professional, with sessions on cocktail history, culture, and even a demonstration and discussion on the importance of ice.

As for me, I’ll be there in spirit, and will leave you today with some cocktail eye candy (most photos taken by Adam Holzband), to get you in the mood.

A Cocktail at Eastside Showroom

A Cocktail at Eastside Showroom

La Flama at Downhouse in Houston

La Flama at Downhouse in Houston

Appleseed Cup at Second Bar + Kitchen

Appleseed Cup at Second Bar + Kitchen

Brown Derby at the Holzbarts

Brown Derby at the Holzbarts

Cheers!

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