Ryan Fitzgerald

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    January 5, 2012

    SF Female Bartenders Breaking the Speed Rack Barrier

    The cocktail boom has introduced more changes behind the bar than fresh juices and homemade bitters; female bartenders, too, are becoming the norm rather than the exception. Showcasing the increasing number of women in the craft cocktail movement is LUPEC (Ladies United for Preservation of Endangere ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011

    Brooke Arthur, Wo Hing's Cocktail Creator, on the Mission's Cocktail Culture

    Lou Bustamante​Few in the bar industry have been on such a consistent and stellar climb as Brooke Arthur. With a rare combination of remarkable talent, humility, and good nature, it's no surprise Arthur has been tapped to lead such high profile bar programs such as Range, Prospect, and now Charles ... More >>

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    September 23, 2011

    Cocktail Week Events for Friday, Sept. 23

    Lou BustamanteSteven Liles shakes it up at Best of the West​Last night's Best of the West event had some great cocktail surprises, including a smoked peach and Bourbon cocktail from Chris Dooley of Ella (Sacramento). The only misstep was that this event and the East Bay Showdown were at the e ... More >>

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    July 11, 2011

    Drink Your Homework: Take a Cocktail Class

    Lou BustamanteThe cocktail mise-en-place at Beretta​ Making cocktails at home, much like cooking, gives you complete control over every aspect of the final product, allowing you to adjust and fine tune to your exacting standards--if you know what you're doing. Cocktail classes will help. Not ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    Tonight: Shake Up Some Tequila Cocktails at Beretta

    Lou BustamanteThe cocktail mise-en-place at BerettaTequila Cocktail Class Where: Beretta, 1199 Valencia (at 23rd), 695-1199 When: Monday, June 13th, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Cost: $85; for reservations call 415-695-1199 or email The rundown: Tonight, Beretta bar manager Ryan Fitzgerald c ... More >>

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    May 9, 2011

    This Week: Get Schooled in the Art of the Cocktail

    Lou BustamanteCocktail mise en place from a rum primer at Beretta.​Making cocktails at home might be easy enough, but making them well is a whole different story. Trust us, after a long week of work, there's nothing better than staying home in your PJ's, drinking delicious cocktails and strea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Drinking Japanese at Beretta

    daisuke iida/Flickr​Cocktails for Japan Where: Beretta, 1199 Valencia (at 23rd St.), 695-1199 When: Now through Fri., April 15 Cost: $11-$15 per drink The rundown: Beretta bar manager Ryan Fitzgerald is featuring three drinks that pack a humanitarian buzz along with the regular kind. Proce ... More >>

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    January 6, 2011

    Three Cocktail Tutorials for Shaking Up Your Game

    Lou BustamanteCocktail mise en place from a whiskey primer at Beretta.​There's something oddly charming about the month of January, the brisk days so full of potential and resolve that only a fresh start can bring ― or maybe that's just the hangover finally wearing off. Maybe you resolved to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Beretta's Mixing Up Cocktail Classes in 2011

    citysbest.comBeretta bar manager Ryan Fitzgerald.​To be able to bluff a spirit-forward cocktail with even a fraction of the skill displayed at Beretta would be an accomplishment. It's not out of the question, since, starting in January, Beretta master barman Ryan Fitzgerald will share tips and ... More >>

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    October 18, 2010

    The Creepiest of Drunks: Top Five Halloween Cocktails

    Halloween is almost upon us. What better way to kick off the most spooktacular time of year than with a top-five list of classic cocktails with evil monikors?intrepidation/FlickrCorpse Reviver #2.​Corpse Reviver #2: Because version 1.0 wasn't potent enough. Our top pick has both a great name and ... More >>

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    September 22, 2010

    SF Cocktail Week, Day 2: Farmers' Markets, Mixfits, and Bar Lit

    Lou BustamanteLast night: Under construction at the Boothby Center.​Last night's kickoff party at the Boothby Center (still very much under construction) was a total blast. Cocktail Week organizer the Barbary Coast Conservancy of the American Cocktail seized on the construction theme, with yel ... More >>

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    May 24, 2010

    Prospect Cocktail Preview Tuesday at Beretta

    CUESA/FlickrBrooke Arthur.​Prospect, the highly anticipated restaurant and bar project from the talented Boulevard group due for The Infinity building at 300 Spear might not be open yet, but tomorrow you'll be able to catch an early buzz from some of its cocktails. Prospect bar manager Brooke ... More >>

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    May 13, 2010

    S.F. Bar Stars Shine at Manhattan Cocktail Classic, Ft. Mason Gala

    CUESA/Flickr15 Romolo's Scott Baird.​A word of warning to drinkers in the Bay Area this weekend: The Manhattan Cocktail Classic, NYC's first-ever multi-day festival celebrating the history, contemporary culture, and artful craft of the cocktail, goes down May 14-18. What's that got to do with ... More >>

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    November 10, 2009

    Get a Taste of East Village Speakeasy PDT Tonight at Beretta

    vidiot/FlickrDeragon is cofounder of the New York bar PDT.​New York mixologist John Deragon from East Village speakeasy PDT is in the 415, guest bartending tonight at Beretta (1199 Valencia at 23rd St.). PDT, of course, popularized bacon-infused bourbon (an ingredient in its maple syrup-sweete ... More >>

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    November 26, 2003

    The Germans Are Coming!

    Cologne's premier techno label is sending two of its ambassadors to town boasting shuffle, sizzle, and tips for jump-starting S.F.'s lifeless scene

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    November 6, 2002

    Going for Broke

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    October 16, 2002

    SF Weekly Music Awards 2002

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