10/16/2012 02:00:00 PM

Get Shaking: Beretta and The Boothby Center Launch New Mixology Classes

Your new school supplies, photo by Eric Wolfinger
Want to learn how to mix drinks like a ninja? It's time to hit the books and go back to school with the crack mixologists at Beretta and The Boothy Center. We're guessing you can take these classes Pass/Fail.

Beretta Cocktail School
Students get to pour, shake and stir three different kind of drinks in an upcoming series of two-hour, hands-on cocktail classes taught by the talented Beretta bar team. All aspects of bar basics, including using the right tool for the right job, will be conveyed during these interactive classes, and unlike a demo class, attendees will be assigned their own beverage-making station and get to drink their own work. In addition to the sampling their own three drinks (one built in a glass, one shaken, one stirred), students will be treated to a welcome cocktail and bar snacks such as Beretta's signature arancini, seasonal bruschetta and pizza.

Topics for the upcoming evening classes will be Rye led by Melissa Boyd (Nov 5), Amaro, Aperitifs, Digestifs led by Adam Wilson (November 12), Pisco led by Enrique Sanchez (December 10) and Mezcal led by Dominic Alling (January 21). Tuition is $85 and students who wish to keep up their skills at home can purchase a personal bar tool kit. For more info, call the restaurant at 415-695-1195 or email info@berettasf.com

The Boothby Center
Anyone who is serious about learning about the art of drinking (and mixing drinks) should get acquainted with The Boothy Center, the non-profit beverage education and event center operated by  The Barbary Coast Conservancy of the American Cocktail. The SoMa spot is headquarters for the Bay Area's cocktail culture and is a critical programming partner in the annual San Francisco Cocktail Week, but also host regular hands-on mixology classes and events for both the public and corporate events.

Past events have included a Tanquerey Ginstitute, a women and whiskey party, a monthly agave tasting club and a craft canned beer tasting. Up next? A trade-only whiskey conversation with the master distiller of Brown-Foreman and more Mixology 101 classes that teach the fine points on making the perfect martini, Manhattan, mojitos and margaritas. Get on the mailing list for all upcoming events.


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