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World Baijiu Day 2018

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Several years ago, when the world was young and baijiu was still virtually unknown outside of China, I met Jim Boyce in Shanghai. I was hosting a tasting of about 80-odd baijius and I needed backup. It was harder than I imagined to wrangle up a posse, but Jim, then a stranger, showed up. And for that, I’ll always be grateful.

I used the notes we created that day to help form the backbone of my first book on baijiu, and Jim would go on to establish World Baijiu Day, a great global ganbei that I have been pleased to celebrate for the past three years.

This year, the combined forces of Drink Baijiu and Ming River are participating in a slew of events in both coasts of the United States. It’s always a good time, and I hope to meet many of you at some of the New York events. Details below (a full listing of global festivities here)…

New York

Brooklyn Wine Exchange, Aug. 4, 4pm

138 Court St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
718-855-9463 (WINE)

Baijiu intro class with Derek Sandhaus, co-founder and author of Baijiu The Essential Guide to Chinese Spirits.

General Deb’s, Aug. 6-10

24 Irving Ave
Brooklyn , NY 11237

General Deb’s will offer a new drink menu with permanent addition of a cocktail featuring Ming River, Dolin dry, cocchi Americano, Jasmine, rose water. A special cocktail just for the week of World Baijiu Day featuring Ming River, orgeat, lime, Amaro Montenegro, tiki and Peychaud’s bitters.

Osamil Bar, Aug. 9

5 W 31st St
New York, NY 10001
(212) 300-4713

A special World Baijiu Day specialty cocktails with Ming River baijiu, Mean Ming Machine, a refreshing tiki-style cocktail with a spicy bite. Ming River baijiu, Plantation pineapple rum, lime, watermelon, pineapple tincture, Thai chili syrup.


The Modern, Aug. 9

9 w 53rd street
New York , NY 10019

Launch of a new cocktail menu which includes a Ming River baijiu cocktail. Terracotta Navy by Patrick Smith, a refreshing and tangy spin on a classic whiskey sour featuring lemongrass, Sichuan peppercorns, orgeat, and Ming River Baijiu.


Kings Co Imperial, Aug. 9

168 1/2 Delancey Street
New York, NY 10002

Buy one get one free Ming River baijiu cocktails: Monkey writes a poem, a stirred lowball with a hint of banana. Ming River Mantis, a refreshing tiki-style drink served in a skull mug.


Win Son, Aug. 7, 5-7pm

159 Graham Ave
Brooklyn, New York 11206
347 457 6010

Buddha Bless cocktail buy one get one free. Ming River baijiu, Mattei Cap Corse Blanc, Lime juice, Celery seed syrup, Regan’s Orange Bitters.

San Francisco Bay Area

Beer Baron, Aug. 9

614 4th St
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

336 St Mary St
Pleasanton, CA 94566

World Baijiu Day special cocktail.


Paper Plane, Aug. 9

72 S 1st St
San Jose, CA 95113
World Baijiu Day special cocktail

Woodbury Bar, Aug. 9, 4:30pm-close

685 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 475-9398

World Baijiu Day with a cool new baijiu slushie! Ming River baijiu, Silver tequila, pineapple, passionfruit, citrus, Chareau.

Hello Stranger, Aug. 9, 4:30pm-close

1724 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
World Baijiu Day with award winning “Chinatown Gin Swizzle.” Ming River Baijiu, No.209 Gin, black cherry syrup, jasmine green tea, orange blossom water, wild cherry extract, orange bitters, Sichuan peppercorn, ripe small red plum.

San Diego

Tiki Oasis, the world’s largest tiki festival in San Diego, CA, Aug. 11

“Women who tiki” will feature the Jade Merchant baijiu cocktail.


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Derek Sandhaus

The Bai-ologist

Derek Sandhaus is the educational director of Ming River Baijiu. He is the author of several books about China, including Baijiu: The Essential Guide to Chinese Spirits and the award-winning Drunk in China: Baijiu and the World’s Oldest Drinking Culture. He currently lives with his wife and dog in Washington, D.C.