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Drink Gin at Clifton’s with MOTAC 9/22! Buy tix now!

on 08/09/15 at 2:47 pm

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LOS ANGELES, CA, September 22, 2015Join The Museum of the American Cocktail (MOTAC) for “Gin! A Botanical Mystery Tour,” featuring Jared Brown, Master Distiller at Sipsmith Independent Spirits in London. Jared, a MOTAC co-founder, will lead participants on an historical and global tour of gins, including London Dry, New World, and Old Tom.

This very special edition of MOTAC’s “Touring the Cocktail” series also marks the reopening of Clifton’s Cafeteria, a Los Angeles culinary icon, now extensively renovated and the future home of MOTAC’s next Los Angeles gallery. Admission includes gourmet appetizers courtesy Clifton’s famed kitchen.

Who: The Museum of the American Cocktail

What: Gin! A Botanical Mystery Tour

When: Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Where: Clifton’s Cafeteria (648 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014)

How (much): $40 General Admission, $35 SoFAB-MOTAC and USBG Members, $50 At the Door

It is encouraged to purchase your tickets online in advance. If you have any issues with the ticketing software or would prefer to make your reservation on the phone, please call us at 504-267-7490. Tickets may be refunded or exchanged up to 48 hours prior to the event. After 48 hours no refunds will be available.

Please find more information on this event, and how to purchase tickets at http://sofabinstitute.org/events/gin-a-botanical-mystery-tour.



Jared Brown and his wife, Anistatia Miller, are the directors of Mixellany Limited®, a consultancy and publishing company that specializes in anything and everything to do with spirits and mixed drinks. During the course of their 20+ year collaboration, Miller and Brown have written more than 30 books, including Shaken Not Stirred®: A Celebration of the Martini, Champagne Cocktails, Cuban Cocktails, The Mixellany Guide to Vermouth & Other Aperitifs, and their latest title The Deans of Drink.

Their masterwork, the two-volume Spirituous Journey: A History of Drink, charts the history of spirits and mixed drinks from 7000 BC to the mid-20th century. (The first volume won a coveted Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best Drink History in the UK in 2009 and the second received the same honor in 2010.)

Brown received the 2010 Best Drinks Writing Award from CLASS Magazine. In April 2011, Brown became the first spirits writer to receive the coveted International Wine & Spirits Competition’s Communicator of the Year Award, joining a roster of authorities such as wine experts Anthony Dias Blue and Oz Clark.

Mixellany’s publishing division is responsible for the Mixologist series of cocktail journals, the republishing of such classics as The Cafe Royal Cocktail Book, and books by other noted authors including Gary Regan and Geraldine Coates.

Brown is a regular contributor to Imbibe and CLASS magazines in Britain and Mixology magazine in Germany. He has written extensively for other publications including Wine Spectator, Cigar Aficionado, Gotham, Hamptons, Los Angeles Confidential, Boston Common, Capitol File, and FoodArts in the USA, as well as THEME and World’s Best Bars in the UK.

Brown frequently conducts masterclasses in applying historical foundations to new drink creation and has made regular appearances at Berlin Bar Convent, Moscow Bar Show, London Cocktail Week, Boutique Bar Show, Rumfest, Tales of the Cocktail, Athens Bar Show, and other trade and consumer events.

This former bartender also practices what he preaches. Brown is Master Distiller for the multi-award winning Sipsmith Distillery, the first newly-licensed, pot-still distillery to open in London in over 180 years, which won the prestigious 2010 Observer Food Monthly Best Newcomer Award and a 2011 Gold Medal from the International Wine & Spirits Competition.

He has amassed a collection of international awards for his work as a distillery consultant, creating new spirits, including a 2002 international “Best Spirit” in the white spirits category from the Beverage Testing Institute for Heavy Water Vodka. He has worked as a taster for a number of products, including Beefeater 24 and No. 3 Gin.

Brown is a co-founder of The Museum of the American Cocktail with Dale and Jill DeGroff. He co-curated a three-year project in the south of France, restoring Exposition Universelle des Vins et Spiritueux, a museum of wines and spirits founded in 1958, and cataloguing the 8000+ bottles, 1200 menus, and other antiquities in the collection.

He is currently curating a free, online, digital library of vintage cocktail, drink, and distillation books dating back to the 1750s at www.euvslibrary.com.

Brown and his wife live in the Cotswolds with their cat, Kitten, plus assorted chickens and quail.

The Museum of the American Cocktail (MOTAC), a division of the nonprofit SoFAB Institute, celebrates a singular cultural icon and develops its craft, field, and market through exhibits, programming, and a range of media. Founded by craft cocktail pioneer Dale DeGroff and a group of cocktail authorities and historians, MOTAC advances the profession and expands consumer knowledge of mixology while stressing the importance of responsible drinking. Led by Director Philip M. Dobard, MOTAC maintains permanent collections in New Orleans and Los Angeles and regularly presents both consumer-focused and trade-oriented programs in Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, and Washington, DC. MOTAC also works to boost career opportunities in the spirits industry and encourage greater participation by women and others under-represented in the field.
For more information, visit sofabinstitute.org/cocktail-museum.

SoFAB Institute (Study of Food & Beverage, or SoFAB) is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit cultural enterprise. It documents and celebrates the food and drink of all cultures through exhibits, programming, and a range of media. Because everyone eats, all aspects of food and drink—culture and geography, anthropology and history, economics and politics, law and policy, media and the arts, science and technology—reveal the state of the world. SoFAB, home to the Southern Food & Beverage MuseumThe Museum of the American Cocktail (MOTAC)Pacific Food & Beverage, the John & Bonnie Boyd Hospitality & Culinary Library, and SoFAB Media, is among the nation’s most comprehensive cultural institutions studying food and drink.

Please visit sofabinstitute.org/about for more information.
Collin Baugh