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Obscura Society SF: Intoxicating Spirits: Slaves, Scurvy & Pirates - Tales from the History of Rum

Join us over a tasting flight of rummy concoctions at DNA Lounge for part FOUR in our series of cocktail and liquor histories

It would not be an exaggeration to say that rum has changed the world - sometimes for the better, other times.... well, perhaps not.

The best friend of pirate and Navy man alike, rum played a crucial role in curing the dreaded sailor's disease of scurvy, yet also enabled the horrors of the slave trade.

George Washington had rum at his inauguration, it may have caused the American Revolution, was the cause of the SECOND mutiny in William Bligh's life, and Admiral Nelson was pickled in it.

Join us for an evening exploration of the fascinating story of rum, and learn why "Splice the Mainbrace" is not as terrible a shipboard command as it may sound

Martin Cate, proprietor of Smuggler's Cove - possibly the finest rum-oriented bar in the country - will share his ridiculously enthusiastic love of the stuff, a short history of the Tiki cocktail, explain to us why we are all doing it wrong when we drink the sweet stuff.

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 related to the history of rum

General admission for this tasting event is: $20, advance tickets recommended

  • Tuesday December 3, 7-10 pm
  • DNA Lounge, 375 Eleventh St, San Francisco
  • Ages 21+

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE : Slaves, Scurvy & Pirates - Tales from the History of Rum