At least according to advertising, using the same equipment as your heroes can help maximize your own performance, whether it's launching graceful fade-aways in Jordans, or enthusiastically diving into graceless brawls in your sweet Stephen Jackson headband. To mix cocktails like the greats, first head to Cask.
From the Bourbon and Branch dream team, Cask's a meticulously curated, brick retail cubby that solemnly swears to stock every booze bottle poured at B&B and, for those evenings when you're too lazy to shake things, wine. Kicking off the arsenal are top shelf single malts (e.g., Highland Park 25yr, Mackillop's Choice), hard to find bourbons and ryes (23yr Vintage Rye, Eagle Rare), and every kind of legal Irish whiskey; neighboring shelves stock the likes of infused vodkas from Napa's own Charbay, several shades of Partida, and Sweden's Right gin (vastly superior to Norway's Wrong). Opposite all that's a wall of ltd production boutique wines (90% red, mainly NorCal), all cellar ready, and many (the Staglin '03 Cab, Lander's Pinot, Gamba's '05 Zin...) previously available only at wineries and fine restos -- now you can finally pair them with a can of Chef Boyardee's Chili Cheese Dog Twistaroni.
Cask's also got reasonably priced Euro bar-ware (everything from strainers to shakers to sipping glasses), over 150 booze books, and an engraver down in the basement which'll customize boxes and bottles -- go ahead and put your name on it, and maybe its lucky recipient will acquire your heroic enthusiasm for calling your ex-girlfriend.