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San Francisco, California

Obscura Society SF Salon: Intoxicating Spirits: Barley, Scots & Ladies with Axes - A Short History of Whisk(e)y

Join us over a tasting flight of whiskey delights at DNA Lounge for part TWO in our series of cocktail and liquor histories.

There may be more ballads and love songs written to whiskey in all its forms and varieties than any other intoxicant.

From a long history in Ireland and Scotland to modern incarnations around the world, Aqua Vitae has been part of the American tradition before independence. It was celebrated for its "medicinal" properties both in the middle ages and the 20th century, has been the cause of uprisings and rebellions, and was the original moonshine, long before we banned the good stuff in the United States.

Join us as we delve into stories from the Whiskey Rebellion of 1791 to the liquor stash that saved the historic heart of San Francisco from the fires of 1906, from prohibition vigilantes to frozen Antarctic treasures.

This evening's presenters include Jade Hoffman, Ryan Galiotto, Stacey Lampman, Jared Williams, and Annetta Black.

This salon is part of the Obscura Society "Intoxicating Spirits" series, exploring the back stories of our favorite boozes. See the whole series here: Intoxicating Spirits


Tickets to this salon evening include a tasting flight of cocktails related to the history of whiskey

General admission: $20, advance tickets recommended

  • Tuesday October 1, 7-10 pm
  • DNA Lounge, 375 Eleventh St, San Francisco
  • Ages 21+

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE: Barley, Scots & Ladies with Axes - A Short History of Whisk(e)y