Pappy Is Coming to Dinner at Craft & Commerce on December 4

November 26, 2014

Don't miss a rare, one-of-a-kind Pappy Van Winkle bourbon dinner taking place at Little Italy’s Craft & Commerce on Thursday, December 4 at 6pm. The legendary Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery in Lexington, KY is internationally famed for producing some of the most sought after bourbons in existence. While most bars that receive a special allocation choose to stash their supply, the cocktail industry heavyweights behind Craft & Commerce have chosen instead to celebrate theirs with friends. To honor the highly anticipated arrival of Pappy’s 2014 release, Little Italy’s most celebrated cocktail haven will host an intimate Pappy pairing experience, aptly titled “PAPPY’S COMING TO DINNER.”

Dedicated Bourbon lovers will be falling over themselves for a chance to sample what some call the most elusive whiskey in the world. A three-course collaboration menu will feature an individual pour of Pappy’s 12-Year, 15-Year and 20-Year vintages. Executive Chef Jason McLeod (Ironside Fish & Oyster, Soda & Swine) and Chef Julio Castillo (Craft & Commerce) have put together plates to pair perfectly alongside each whiskey. Adding an extra layer of depth to the pairings, a few of San Diego’s top rated breweries (Stone Brewing Co., The Lost Abbey, AleSmith, Modern Times) will pair one of their exclusive suds alongside each course as well.

The evening kicks off with a welcome cocktail while guests mingle with fellow food & beverage enthusiasts before taking their seats. “Dr. Bill” Sysak (craft beer ambassador for Stone Brewing Co.) will be in attendance to offer attendees insight into the menu pairings at hand. Bill is respected worldwide for his limitless knowledge of beer and food pairings from every corner of the globe.

Priced at $175 [gratuity not included], each ticket comprises of a welcome cocktail in addition to the 3-course tasting menu with amuse bouche pairing (full menu below). Tickets are limited to 35 attendees only and are available to purchase online at

Can't quite afford the splurge? Fret not - patrons only wishing to sample a taste of Kentucky’s famed nectar will be able to purchase shots of Pappy’s 13-Year Rye, 23-Year (the holy grail of Pappy vintages!) & 10-Year expressions from behind the bar during the event, while also taking advantage of a stellar tap lineup

Craft & Commerce is located at 675 W. Beech St. in Little Italy. For more information, call (619) 269-2202, visit and check out the menu below.


[ welcome cocktail ]

Amuse Bouche
Scallop Ceviche | cucumber, lime, cilantro, jalapeño
Beer Pairing: Lomaland | Modern Times

1st Course
Pappy Van Winkle 12yr
Dish Pairing: Butternut Squash Soup | maple syrup, sage
Beer Pairing: Matt's Burning Rosids | Stone Brewing Co.

2nd Course
Pappy Van Winkle 15yr
Dish Pairing: Pecan Crusted Lamb | blackberry & roasted poblano pepper reduction, parsnip puree, rainbow carrots
Beer Pairing: Judgment Day | The Lost Abbey

3rd Course

Pappy Van Winkle 20yr
Dish Pairing: Sticky Date Pudding | 
roasted apple caramel sauce, toasted coconut
Beer Pairing: Old Numbskull | AleSmith Brewing Company