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Jun 17, 2010 12:02 PM

What's good at Hangar One these days?

I need to give a thank you gift and need some suggestions as to what is interesting at Hangar One.

In a truly bizzaro year, I was told a relative in Guatemala City wanted me to come over and visit for a few days. What I wasn't told was this was a fabulously wealthy relative. I am still stunned. I leave my little house where someone is herding cows down the street and am driven to a non descript nabe on the edge of GC (zona 17), .The gate opened and you might as well have cued the music from Dynasty. I have rarely been in places this nice in the US ... aviaries with exotic birds, Olympic-sized pool, a home theatre that can show 3D fillms, a full staff including a cook doing sophisticated dishes, etc, etc, etc. The son is an international motocross champion. I'm still not certain I haven't contacted malaria and am halucinating this.

Anyway, they like booze as they have a bar with lots of exotic liquors ... but no Hangar One. So I thought this would make a nice thank you for your hospitality gift. I want knock their socks off.

I have sources. I can get someone to buy the bottle and deliver it to Gautemala when they visit soon.

I see Hangar One is doing a chipotle vodka. Guatemalans don't like spicy, so I'd rule that out.

I'm leaning toward keffir lime or mandarin orange, but I know Hangar One also has bottles at the Alameda location that down't show up on the website.

I'm condering the raspberry. I didn't like it, but Guatemalan tastes run to sweet. Also they were talking about some fabulous wine they had in Europe made from raspberries. So, how's the raspberry these days?

Any recommendations would be appreciated from your favorite flavor that is sold at BevMo to something that can only be bought at the Alameda location.

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  1. I have heard their Buddha's Hand was good, don't know if it is still in production. If you want something local to the Bay Area for your gift, I really like the Charbay vodkas. I favor the ruby grapefruit, my sister likes the blood orange, and I see they have a red raspberry. Also, pomegranite for trendy drinkers. I have bought it at Ledger Liquors, on University in Berkeley, not sure where else it may be available. As I recall, around $30 a bottle.

    1. Howdy rw,
      Deb and I were at the mother ship last fall. I love the distillery and the people (pirates and miscreants, all). Still, I'd probably shop around for something different if you want to knock off socks. The infusions were less than stellar.

      1. Have you considered the Anchor Distilling Whiskey and Gin prducts? The Rye made a excellent gift to my North Carolina relatives, who have quite an apreciation for fine Whiskey.

        For Hanger One I'd consider the St. George Absinthe Verte or Single Malt. I haven't tried these, but I'm interested.

        4 Replies
        1. re: Calvinist

          I'd like to keep it local to SF. It wasn't just about booze, but a local booze they don't have. Thanks for the Absinthe suggestion. I'll have to ask if they have any absinthe and what they like.

          1. re: rworange

            But Anchor of course is literally in SF -- 1705 Mariposa Street, Potrero Hill, to be precise. That's exactly why I chose it as a house gift.

            1. re: Calvinist

              I've thought about Anchor whiskey as gifts...however not being a whiskey connoisseur the prices were a bit shocking. It doesn't get much more SF however. I think it would be the "classiest" and most original of lot.

              1. re: ML8000

                it's quite expensive -- but is good value for the money.

        2. They have a spiced pear that might still be available (it was available in April). Otherwise, I think the Mandarin Blossom is nice for people who like sweet.

          1. The Bhuddha's Hand is quite good. However, depending on their preferences, you might consider St. George's new single malt whiskey.

            You can remain SF-centric and give them Anchor Distillery's Old Potrero rye whiskey, or Junipero gin...