Speed Rack 2013 Coming to California: San Francisco & San Diego

Speed Rack is coming back to Cali this weekend. First they make a stop in San Francisco on February 24 and then the all-female competition heads to San Diego March 3. Sadly they won’t be making a stop in LA this year so head on down to SD (or up to SF!). SF Contenders: Alica […]

Speed Rack Finals in New York City

Although the Speed Rack Finals were in May, I thought it would be fun to look back at one of my favorite events at Manhattan Cocktail Classic. I had been following the regionals starting with Portland then Los Angeles and Las Vegas before heading out to NYC for the finals. Oh boy, the Chartreuse luge […]

Speed Rack Las Vegas Recap + Countdown to the Finals

Speed Rack has wrapped up its 10-city tour with a stop in Las Vegas. The competition took place at the Swingers Club at the Plaza Hotel in Downtown Vegas. The winner is Hsiu-Ting Yu from Fusion Bar at the Palazzo. She beat out 7 other ladies including a few who traveled from out of state. […]

Catch Speed Rack in Las Vegas This Sunday!

The Speed Rack National Tour comes to Las Vegas this Sunday, March 11th. From 3 – 7 PM at the Swingers Club at the Plaza Hotel in Downtown Las Vegas, guests are invited to punches, cocktails, beer, food and fun! Watch Vegas bartenders compete to raise money for breast cancer research. The winner wins a […]

Speed Rack Comes to LA & Highlights From PDX

The last few weeks have been busy in The Minty land. I was in Seattle and Portland last month namely for Portland Cocktail Week. While I just finished posting about Seattle, it’s been a bit tougher gathering my thoughts about Portland Cocktail Week. There were so many seminars, activities and parties but one of my […]

2019 Cocktail Weeks Calendar

  2019 January San Antonio Cocktail Conference, January 14-20 Speed Rack (San Francisco), January 13 Paris Cocktail Week, January 18-26 The Whisky X (Santa Monica/ Los Angeles) January 25 Palm Springs Craft Cocktail Week, California, January 25- February 2 Speed Rack (South Central), January 27¬† February Miami Rum Congress, February 8-9 American Craft Spirits Association […]

2014 San Diego Bartenders Weekend

March 2014   LA Cocktails   Bacardi Pool Party Wray & Nephew¬†Bone Luge at Craft & Commerce Hawaiian Luau at Coin Op with the Bon Vivants Pernod Ricard Party at Polite Provisions Speed Rack San Diego Weird Off at Seven Grand San Diego The Minty   Bols Genever at URBN House Spirits and Campari at […]

Recap: 2014 San Diego Bartenders Weekend

  This year has been zooming along and for Throwback Thursday, I thought it’d be fun to recap San Diego Bartenders Weekend that happened in early March. SDBW has rapidly become one of my favorite cocktail weeks or rather, it’s almost an anti-cocktail week because there is no education component (seminars). It’s all about bartenders […]

Drink with the LUPEC LAdies at La Descarga

  I’m in this really cool cocktail club called LUPEC or Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails. LUPEC originally started in Pittsburgh and there are several chapters around the country. Some are namely drinking societies but most have a charitable slant. The LUPEC chapter in New York started Speed Rack, a bartending competition […]

Recap: Brugal Rum at El Dorado with Lindsay Nader

As part of Bartenders Weekend, one of the after-parties for Speed Rack was at El Dorado bar. It was sponsored by Brugal Rum. LA bartender and new Remy Cointreau ambassador Lindsay Nader guest bartended.   For $5 a cocktail, we probably should have tried all the cocktails but we settled for two of the three. […]