BEST FRIEND TO THE COCKTAIL CONNOISSEUR

Dean Hurst

Local bars are finally pouring fewer vodka-and-Red Bulls in favor of more sophisticated spirits, and no small measure of thanks goes to Hurst. Whether it’s through his work at SideBern’s, the inspired drink lists he’s written for other notable Bay area restaurants or his tireless efforts organizing and representing the Left Coast Bartenders Guild (including at such high-profile events as New York’s Cocktail Classic and New Orleans’ Tales of the Cocktail), Hurst’s influence on the elevation of local cocktail culture has been immeasurable.