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Our hands-on cocktail class series* IS BACK for a 2017 season, with a series curated by Beretta Bar Manager Cali Gold. Join us this June, July and August for our much-anticipated 2017 class schedule. Pro tip: classes are best enjoyed as a series. 😉
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*EVOLUTION OF THE AMERICAN COCKTAIL
Ever wonder why we drink the way we drink? Ever wonder what our great-great-grand folks were drinking? In this three-part series of cocktail classes, Beretta’s in-house cocktail historian, Bar Manager Cali Gold, will explore three vastly different periods of American cocktail culture. Each class will be equal parts discussion and hands-on cocktail construction. There may also be some prizes and surprises along the way. Join us this summer for some education, fun and, most importantly, drinking!
Tuesday, June 27
PART I: The Shepard Act (Pre-prohibition)
Before there was even a word for “cocktail,” people still had to drink something. In this initial class, we’ll be diving into both the history and demonstration of the cocktail’s predecessor: punch. We’ll also discuss the origin of the original cocktail–the old-fashioned (and maybe a little info on why it’s called that). Lastly, we’ll delve into the martini. One of the most important cocktails of the 20th century, the martini has possibly the most interesting evolution of them all.
Tuesday, July 25
PART II: Suffragettes and the 19th Amendment (Prohibition–The Great, Failed Experiment)
The sexy Gatsby-era. Flappers. Roaring 20s. This is a somewhat glossed over version of what really happened in America between 1920 and 1933. But it wasn’t just prohibition that radically changed the way we drank during this time. What was happening in the rest of the world, say I don’t know, WWI maybe, was also shaping a new generation as well. Speakeasies, bathtub gin, smuggling booze across the border will be just some of the detail we dive into in this edition. Cocktails will include a Gin Rickey, a French 75 and a Manhattan.
Tuesday, August 29
PART III: The 21st Amendement (The Aftermath)
Post-war, post prohibition aftermath. How we began to rebuild a nation, as well as, how we started drinking when the rest of the country started up on TV dinners and powdered packaged mixes. Dale Degroff and the Cosmo, the great cocktail renaissance starting with Milk and Honey, Bourbon and Branch, and of course Beretta. Now not only does every rural town in America have a cocktail bar they also have their own riff on a Last Word, a long-since forgotten cocktail that was brought back to life. Cocktails will include a Dale Degroff-style Cosmo, a Vodka Pres, and a Lil’ Guiseppe.
With February–the month of love–upon us, Beretta Bar Manager California Gold has lined up 4 top guest bartender couples to join us for 4 special nights of love behind our bar.
Every Monday night in February, Beretta will host a guest bartender couple for a night of specialty cocktails and giving back. Each couple will create 3 cocktails (Hers, His and Theirs), and Beretta will donate all proceeds from the best-selling cocktail to the couple’s charity of choice.
Matt Grippo of Blackbird and Shirley Brooks of Madrone Art Bar
Kevin Dowell of 86 co. and Jackie Dowell of Ramen Bar
Charity: Immigrant Center for Women and Children ICWC
In April 2016, Beretta introduced its Monday Night Social Club. Every Monday night, Beretta’s bar manager, California Gold, teamed up with a different spirits partner to create three special craft cocktails at $8 each. The cocktails were available at the bar, late-night, from 9pm to close (1am), and were featured alongside bar bites such as Beretta’s late-night calzone.
Our hands-on cocktail class series IS BACK for a 2016 season. With a series curated by new Bar Manager California (Cali) Gold, and kicking off with a class on low-proof cocktails (hello, day drinking!) on June 28, you know it’s going to be a solid course.
Students will be placed at an individual workstation and will be provided with a full set of tools for creating (and drinking) cocktails like a pro.. Cali will educate on the featured spirit and Beretta’s kitchen will supply a crucial assortment of snacks. PLUS, at the end of the series extra credit (in the form of a $100 gift card to Beretta!) will be given to students with perfect attendance.
Where: Our private dining room
When: 7pm – 9pm on the last Tuesday of each month
June 28 | low-proof cocktails
Explore the unknown depths of the category of low-proof cocktails; Most folks don’t know that sherry, vermouth and port make for excellent cocktail bases. They’re perfect for kicking off the summer right–and staying safe and hydrated in the summer heat (this obviously pertains only to those planning on taking trips outside the city this summer!). Plus, if you make ’em right, you’ll have plenty of tasty cocktails to take you through the day and keep you partying into the night.
July 26 | rum and cane spirits
Beretta’s July class will be on all-things cane spirits. We’re talking rum, cachaca and other sugar-based delights (read: daiquiris for days). Cane spirits are natural party enhancers and are a great option in the middle of summer, when many people are in summer vacay mode and looking to GO. HARD.
August 29 | agave (note this date is a Monday rather than Tuesday)
The Zapotec, an indigenous pre-Columbian civilization that flourished in the Valley of Oaxaca more than 2,500 years ago, enjoyed agave way before margaritas became a thing. When toasting to one another, the Zapotec would do so with a copita of mezcal in hand and utter the word, “Stigibeu,” which roughly translates to “the lifeforce that is around us.” Join us at Beretta for the last class of the series as we examine the vast differences in expressions of the almighty agave plant. Beretta will supply the tequila, mezcal and snacks. (BYO wheelbarrow.)
Beretta, in honor of the much-beloved Mission District community, will host four phenomenal local bartenders each Monday night in February. Bartenders will arrive armed with a one-night-only cocktail list of their creation, and proceeds from the sale of these special cocktails will go to La Cocina, a Mission-based incubator kitchen that provides opportunities to low-income food entrepreneurs. Beretta will match each dollar made.
Then, on the last Monday in February, (Leap Year Day), Beretta will invite back each of the bartenders for a late-night party. As a long-time industry spot, Beretta’s excited to host neighbors and industry friends for a month of awesome personalities and great drinks.
February 1 Kevin Dowell, The 86 Co.
February 8 Matt Gripp, Blackbird
February 15 Ryan Fitzgerald, ABV
February 22 David Gallardo, Lolo
Beretta’s Seasonal Punch (available upon request for your special event) is the perfect party jump-starter. See below for one example of our punch offerings.
Mix above ingredients and pour into a large punch bowl