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We Love the Nightlife: January 10–17

Taste some of the Bay Area’s rarest whiskeys in Berkeley; warm up during National Hot Toddy Day; and a Southern California brewery heads north.

This week is going to be short and sweet, mainly because I need to catch a flight to San Antonio. I promise to do better next week.


Meet the Distillers at Acme

Don’t let its tiny size fool you. Acme Bar & Company is packing a huge punch this weekend with its meet the distillers event. Heavyweights from Kentucky Bourbon Distillery, Charbay Wine & Distillery, Anchor Distilling, and the East Bay’s own St. George Distillery will be on hand to discuss their rarest and priciest bottles, which you’ll have the chance to taste. Highlights include St. George’s 30th anniversary whiskey, which sells for more than $400 a bottle, the $500 and up Charbay #2, and a sneak peek at a line of Japanese whiskeys from Anchor that has yet to be released in the US. All of the whiskeys will be paired with New Belgium’s beers, including my favorites, the barrel-aged sour ales. At first glance tickets seem pricy, but when compared to the quality of liquors you’ll taste, they’re almost a steal. $150, Sunday, January 13, 4–8 p.m., 2115 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, event website.


National Hot Toddy Day

Tomorrow, January 11, is national hot toddy day, and with the freezing temperatures (okay, okay, I’m a wuss), it feels like the perfect time to warm up with booze, hot water, and spice. Rumor has it Club Mallard in Albany whips up a mean hot toddy, and has a fireplace to boot. 752 San Pablo Ave., Albany, clubmallard.com.


Hangar 24 Hits the Bay Area

Redlands-based Hanger 24, not to be confused with St. George’s Hangar One, has finally landed in the Bay Area. The craft brewery, known for its orange wheat made with locally grown fruit, premiers its brews on January 15, as part of its largest expansion to date. Expect to see the aforementioned Orange Wheat, Alt-Bier Ale, Chocolate Porter, Double IPA, and a smattering of seasonal options throughout Contra Costa and Alameda counties later this month. The brewery will keep updating its website with locations carrying its suds, so check out the map frequently.

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