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Scotch Tasting

by Steve Beal, Keeper of the Quaich, Master of Whisky & Liquid Archaeologist(c)

Friday, February 27th
Members: Advanced $45; Door $55
Non-Members: Advanced $50; Door $60

About the Keeper

Award Winner, Ambassador, Writer, Broadcast Personality

Steve Beal is one of the world’s fifteen Masters of Whisky and Sr. Master of Whisky for DIAGEO Spirits on the US West Coast.  On 4 October 2010, he was created “Keeper of the Quaich” an honor bestowed only upon the elite of the Scotch Whisky industry. In 2010, 52 individuals from around the world were welcomed into the Keepers of the Quaich at Blair Castle in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. In 2010 the Masters of Whisky received the Icons of Whisky Award from Whisky Magazine.

In addition to his role as Master of Whisky, Steve is also known as a writer and chef. In 2003 he received the Spirits Ambassador to the World Award at the Whiskies of the World Exposition held in San Francisco. He has been a Judge at the annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition since its inception in the year 2000 and a presenter for Bon Appetit magazine’s “Wine & Spirits Focus”. Steve has also served as contributing editor of Patterson’s California Beverage Journal, The Tasting Panel Magazine.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the US Bartenders Guild Master Mixologist program and was one of its founders. He is a lecturer at the School of Fine Spirits & Service in Las Vegas. He produced a segment weekly on the Food Guy and Marcy Show, a nationally syndicated food, wine and entertainment radio program with Guy Fieri and Marcy Smothers. He is a frequent guest on radio and television and has been seen on the Discovery Channel, Food Network, MSNBC, and CBS Market Watch and many publications. He also writes an industry column, “The Liquid Archaeologist.”© 

He makes his home in the Russian Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, where he also serves in a voluntary capacity as assisting clergy of San Francisco’s nearby Grace Cathedral on Nob Hill. He is a Graduate of Oxford University and the University of Arizona. An ordained priest in the Episcopal Church, he also holds a Master of Divinity Degree from The Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, California. He volunteers his time working with the City's homeless.

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