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Booze News: Uber and SA Beer Week, cocktails at Blue Box and RiverTini Pour-off


Booze News slings up the latest gulp downs around town every Tuesday.


Grub and cocktails at Blue Box (Courtesy)

Dor?ol Distilling went gold with their own brandy Kinsman Apricot Rakia. Texas' first brandy scored 90 points, ranked 'exceptional' and was awarded a gold medal by the Beverage Tasting Institute, which reviews spirits, wines and beers.

Uber and San Antonio Beer Week are teaming up to offer a free ride to and/or from beer week events now through May 18. New and existing members of Uber have two free rides up to $30 during beer week with code "SABEERWEEK14." If your fare exceeds $30, the remainder will be charged to the credit card on file.

Blue Box Bar (312 Pearl) will host a Wednesday night cocktail flight on May 14 at 6:30 p.m. Blue Box is pairing spring cocktails with cured meats, cheeses and melon at their upstairs bar. The prix fixe is $32 per person.

Aldaco's Mexican Cuisine at Dominion ( 22211 IH 10) has opened. This is the third location with a slightly different menu but the same handcrafted margaritas. Patio dining is beneath a large tree and private dining is available.

If you're a little more hungry than that, Chez Vatel Bistro (218 E Olmos) will hold a rose lunch on Saturday, May 24 at 12:30 p.m. The lunch includes amuse bouche, salami gourgères, jambon de parme and melon charentais, rabbit rillettes on a french baguette, goat cheese and fig tart, petite bouillabaisse, poulet basquaise and an arugula salad with manchego cheese with wine pairings. The lunch is $100 per person.

It's the sixth annual RiverTini Pour-off at the Embassy Suites Riverwalk (125 E Houston) on Monday, June 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The annual fundraiser will include 20 of San Antonio's best bars competing to make the best martini in benefit for the San Antonio River Foundation. General admission tickets are $65 per person and $75 at the door. VIP tickets are $100.

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