Derby Day Recap

Thanks to everyone who came out for our Kentucky Derby Party two Saturdays ago. We donned our finest seersucker clothing and ostentatious hats, and sipped mint juleps from Match Pewter julep cups that were laser-etched at 1000 dots-per-inch, right here in the basement of 550 Montgomery St. The job was performed by Reclamation Etchworks, who are now offering metal engraving and leather debossing, as well as their signature etched-glass carafes and decanters.

As for the race, at first we weren’t sure if we were rooting for a horse or a search engine, but morning-line favorite and eventual winner California Chrome instilled a lot of Golden State pride in everyone.

We’ll keep cheering on the three-year-old colt especially since, if Cali Chrome fights his way to the front of the pack in the next two outings (the Preakness Stakes on May 17th and the Belmont Stakes on June 7th), he’ll be the first Cali-bred horse to win the Triple Crown. Regardless, throughout the season, we’ll remain refreshed and hydrated, slurping down icy juleps each weekend.

To that end, we’re now offering Match Pewter, non-etched, mint julep cups for just $60 each (regularly $85). We’ll drop the price further to just $40 if you buy them in a set of four or more. These are, as mentioned, non-etched, but we’re happy to create a custom-etched set of julep cups if you are interested (Contact us for options at


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David is Wingtip's storyteller. In addition to editing the Modern Gentleman's Blog, he has written for Wax Poetics, The Source, SF Weekly, and the East Bay Express, and others. His inspirations include Rumble Fish, Paul's Boutique, and Balzac. He studied English at the City University of New York at Hunter College and journalism at the University of Southern California. He lives in Berzerkeley with his wife and daughter.

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