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Gilt City/ Boston Cocktail Summit October 4-6, 2012

The Boston Cocktail Summit

Gilt City/ Boston Cocktail Summit October 4-6, 2012

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Ticket Type Price Fee Quantity
Greasing the Hub - Oct. 4, 2012 11:00am-12:30pm
Greasing the Hub: How They Made 'Em in Boston David Wondrich October 4, 11:00am - 12:30pm Royal Sonesta Hotel $35 An anecdotal look at Boston's contribution to the history of the cocktail and its associated beverages, from the days of Rum Punch and the revolution to Charles Dickens' damp discoveries to the rise and fall and rise again of the mighty Ward Eight.
$35.00 $2.92
Whiskey & Women - October 4, 2012 11:00-12:30pm
Whiskey & Women Joy Richard & Brandy Rand October 4, 11:00-12:30pm Citizen Public House, 1310 Boylston St. Boston $25 Intrigued by liquid lunches on Mad Men? Feeling the need to change your cocktail repertoire to something with a little more flavor? Ladies, listen up: you have a finely tuned sense of taste and smell – use it to explore the complex nuances of whiskey! From notes of caramel to vanilla, fig to chocolate, learning to love whiskey is as easy as identifying common kitchen ingredients. We’ll take you on a tour of the world’s great whiskeys – Scotch, Canadian, American and Irish. You’ll learn about terroir and taste, whiskey production and ageing, and how to read a label. We’ll also sample classic and modern whiskey cocktails.
$25.00 $2.37
The History & Change of Downtown Bar Culture Oct.4 1:30-3:00
The History and Change of the Downtown Bar Culture Josh Childs, John Gertsen, Tom Mastricola & Ryan Mcgrale October 4, 1:30pm-3:00pm Silvertone Bar & Grill, 69 Bromfield St. Boston $25 From cocktails at No. 9 to nightcaps at Silvertone, the downtown bar culture has seen changes for the better. Learn the storied history of downtown and the process of creating change by the men who set the new standard.
$25.00 $2.37
Discovering Le Cognac Oct.4, 2012 2:00-3:30pm
Discovering Le Cognac BAR Partners October 4, 2:00-3:30pm Royal Sonesta Hotel $35 Join the partners of Beverage Alcohol Resource — Dale DeGroff, Doug Frost, Steve Olson, F. Paul Pacult, Andy Seymour, and David Wondrich — as they explore the illustrious history and heritage of one of the world’s most respected spirits, Cognac. Come taste this noble spirit and experience the differences between the styles and classifications, the magic of oak aging, and explore the geography, regions, soils, and climate. Don’t miss the chance to try some of the most influential, historically important, and delicious Cognac cocktails, as well as modern interpretations that are bringing Cognac back as a go-to ingredient in cocktails today!
$35.00 $2.92
National Vodka Day Celebration Oct.4, 2012 2:00-5:00pm
National Vodka Day Celebration featuring the Moscow Mule October 4, 2:00-5:00pm Stoddard's, 48 Temple Place Boston $20 Toast the world’s #1 selling spirit – vodka! Join Russian Standard and Barritt’s Ginger Beer as they celebrate National Vodka Day with the famous Moscow Mule cocktail.
$20.00 $2.09
Tales from Behind the Stick - Oct.4, 2012 5:00-6:30pm
Tales from Behind the Stick Gaz Regan October 4, 5:00-6:30pm Storyville 90 Exeter St. Boston $35 This 60 year-old bartender, previously known as Gary, will spin a few yarns about bartenders and people he has encountered during his 46 years in the bar business. That's right--he started tending bar when he was 14. Hear about the bartender who bested Robert Redford, a rugby player in women's panties, and a few other interesting people he’s met over the years. Have a couple of stiff drinks before attending this one. Stories like this always go down better that way.
$35.00 $2.92
Liberty Libations - Oct. 4, 2012 7:30-10:00pm
Liberty Libations October 4, 7:30-10:00pm Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Congress Street Bridge, Boston $50 Kick off the inaugural 'Boston Cocktail Summit' in style on Thursday October 4th, 7:30-10pm. Explore the new Boston 'Tea Party Ships' on Boston’s spectacular waterfront while enjoying signature cocktails and delicious New England fare including “lobstah” rolls, clam chowder, Fenway Franks and more! Mix and mingle with patriots like Paul Revere and Samuel Adams as you sip cocktails and throw tea into the Boston Harbor! Liberty Libations featuring Cointreau, Mount Gay Rum, Brugal Extra Dry Rum, The Black Grouse and Cutty Sark. Tickets are limited, so don’t wait!
$50.00 $3.74
The Mindful Bartender-Mastery of Service Oct.5,10:00-11:30am
The Mindful Bartender - The Mastery of Service Gaz Regan and Dushan Zaric October 5, 10:00-11:30am Park Plaza Hotel 4th Floor $35 Learn about importance of a proper service attitude through this insightful seminar about the inner workings of the human psychology. Who is the Bartender? What are his/hers aims? What is he/she really selling? Can the level of our awareness influence the taste of our cocktails? This seminar is crucial knowledge for any working bartender and can greatly help professionals to become fully developed professionals and mindful bartenders.
$35.00 $2.92
Medford Gold:Rum & the Soul of New England Oct.5,11:00-12:30
Medford Gold: Rum and the Soul of New England David Wondrich and Wayne Curtis October 5, 11:00am-12:30pm Park Plaza Hotel $35 For more than 300 years New England, and particularly the towns around Boston, had its own answer to the rye whiskey of Pennsylvania and Maryland and the bourbon of Kentucky: rum. This seminar will delve into the New England rum trade's rich history.
$35.00 $2.92
Beer & Spirits- Oct.5,2012 11:00-12:00am
Beer & Spirits: How Opposites Really Do Attract! Troy Clarke & John Gertsen October 5, 11:00am-12:00pm Royal Sonesta Hotel $25 The beer cocktail exists in a realm of opposites. On one side is the beer; good, honest, humble, unadorned aside from perhaps a skillful pour or shapely glassware, and all the better for it. And on the other is the cocktail, all ice, umbrellas, mint leaves and theatre. Now what does beer have to do with cocktails you ask? I am here to tell you, we are going to see just how different styles of beer and certain spirits are matches made in heaven. We will review seasonality and some basics with this dynamic duo to create cocktails that will not only be a crowd pleaser but also showcase your creativity.
$25.00 $2.37
Women Behind Bars - Oct.5, 2012 11:00am - 12:30pm
Women Behind Bars: A History of Women in the Spirits Industry LUPEC - October 5, 11:00am-12:30pm Citizen Public House, 1310 Boylston St. Boston $25 From mold-breaking saloon owners to current day cocktail mavens, women have had a vital, though often overlooked, impact on the evolution of bars and cocktails. The Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails will shed some light on the subject in this seminar as cocktails flow. Lynnette Marrero and Meaghan Dorman of LUPEC NYC team up with Kitty Amann and Misty Kalkofen of LUPEC Boston to introduce you to the likes of: • Widow Alice Guest who ran her public house from a cave in colonial Philadelphia • Ada Coleman, former Head Bartender of the Savoy Hotel, and famous inventor of the Hanky Panky • Helen David, who opened the Brass Rail Bar in the midst of the Great Depression • The current cocktail renaissance through a lady's eyes
$25.00 $2.37
The Subtle Nuances of Vodka- October 5, 2012 11:00am-12:30pm
The Subtle Nuances of Vodka Tony Abou-Ganim October 5, 11:00am-12:30pm Park Plaza Hotel 4th Floor $35 So you think all vodkas taste the same? Join Tony Abou-Ganim as he takes you on a tasting journey into the World's most consumed spirit. Discover the subtle characteristics a vodka's raw materials contribute and explore both old-world and new-world stylistic differences. Discover what works best for your palate, either straight from the freezer or mixed into your favorite cocktail.
$35.00 $2.92
Bartender to Brand Ambassador- Oct.5, 2012 11:00-12:30pm
Bartender to Brand Ambassador Gary Hayward, Jamie Evans and Aaron Rodonis October 5, 11:00am-12:30pm Park Plaza Hotel 4th Floor $25 Get an inside look at the transfer from bartender to brand ambassador. So you’ve seen the video… But what do brand ambassadors really do day to day? Is it as fun as it looks? How does your life change from behind the stick to behind a desk? We take a look at the lifestyles of both and see how you can adapt to the changes easier.
$25.00 $2.37
The Agave Session:Magical Elixirs of Mexico-Oct.5,12:00-1:30
The Agave Session: Magical Elixirs of Mexico Steve Olson October 5, 12:00-1:30pm Royal Sonesta Hotel $35 Join Steve Olson, aka wine geek, for an advanced exploration on all things Agave, beginning with the origins of pre-Columbian distillation in Native Mexico to a full disclosure on terroir in agave. From Oaxaca to Jalisco, this is Mezcal and Tequila at its finest! Pay homage to Mexico's national spirits through an exciting tasting of these exotic elixirs.
$35.00 $2.92
Managing Your Business For Excellence October 5, 1:30-3:00pm
Managing Your Business For Excellence As Well As Profitability Nick Mautone October 5, 1:30-3:00pm Royal Sonesta Hotel $25 Celebrated restaurateur, consultant, author and mixologist, Nick Mautone will discuss the how to manage your business for a high level of excellence while still being highly profitable. Topics will include setting up your bar or business, inventory management, product mix, p&l review, creating a cocktail list for pride and profit, pricing strategy.
$25.00 $2.37
Cocktail Royalty:The Martini Family-Oct.5,2012 1:30-3:00pm
Cocktail Royalty - The Martini Family Angus Winchester October 5, 1:30-3:00pm Royal Sonesta Hotel $25 A short but in depth examination of the genealogy of the King of Cocktails with brief examinations of the myth and mystery of America's supreme gift to world civilization.
$25.00 $2.37
Rum For All - October 5, 2012 1:30-3:00pm
Rum For All:The World's Greatest Rums Face-to-Face F. Paul Pacult and Sean Ludford October 5, 1:30-3:00pm Royal Sonesta Hotel $35 Take a once-in-a-lifetime journey deep into the fascinating world of rum cocktails. Learn all about sugarcane and how the first rums were produced. Discover how sugarcane and rum helped the New World develop. Find out why today's rum cocktails are among the elite drinks in the world. Taste a bevy of the finest, most idiosyncratic rum cocktails ever, guided by two of the leading spirits experts in the world, author F.Paul Pacult and journalist Sean Ludford. A must-attend Master Class!
$35.00 $2.92
The English Ginvasion - October 5, 2012 2:00-3:30pm
The English Ginvasion Nick Van Tiel October 5, 2:00-3:30pm Park Plaza Hotel 4th Floor $25 Join English Gins ambassador Nick Van Tiel on a sensory exploration into the wonderful world of gin. During this interactive session you will delve into the world of botanicals, learn hoe great gin is made, explore the rich history of this oft misunderstood spirit, and get to know the various different styles of gin through an in depth tasting.
$25.00 $2.37
Pisco: A Spirit for All Seasons Oct.5, 2012 2:00-3:30pm
Pisco: A Spirit for All Seasons Brother Cleve October 5, 2:00-3:30pm Royal Sonesta Hotel$25 Macchu Pisco/La Diablada Brand Ambassador Brother Cleve gives a history lesson on Pisco, the brandy distilled in the coastal desert of southern Perú. We'll look at where it came from, the types of grapes that are used and the varieties of pisco that are produced, along with the rich history of Pisco's place in the Golden Age of the Cocktail (1880-1919). The differences between Peruvian and Chilean piscos will also be explained. While the Pisco Sour and Pisco Punch are the two best known pisco cocktails and are associated with summertime, Cleve will show how pisco can be used in cocktails throughout the year and will highlight 2 that have become popular at NYC's Amor Y Amargo : the Perú Négro and the Perú Blanco, 2 plays on the classic Negroni.
$25.00 $2.37
Back To The Future of Cocktail Books-Oct.5, 2012 2:00-3:30pm
Back To The Future of Cocktail Books Jonathan & Jeffrey Pogash October 5, 2:00-3:30pm Royal Sonesta Hotel$35 Join father and son team Jonathan and Jeff Pogash for an exploration into the rich history of cocktail books. Jeffrey, with his extensive cocktail book collection, with some dating back as far as the 18th century, will guide guests through a timeline of classic cocktail books spanning nearly 300 years. Jonathan, as editor of the 75th anniversary edition of the Mr. Boston Bartender's Guide, will predict cocktail trends, including that of modern day cocktail scribes. Cocktails spanning the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries will be served.
$35.00 $2.92
Making Sense of Scents:The Science of Smell-Oct.5, 2:00-3:30
Making Sense of Scents: The Science of Smell Domingo Barreres October 5, 2:00-3:30pm Park Plaza Hotel 4th Floor $25 The seminar will explore how smell, more than any other sense, is intimately linked to parts in the brain (olfactory bulb in the limbic system) which directly affect behavior, mood and memory by converting sensation into perception. We will also address the difference between taste and flavor through interactive experiments and cocktail deconstruction.
$25.00 $2.37
Creating an Ethos - October 5, 2012 2:30-4:00pm
Creating an Ethos – A missing part of the formula for success Dushan Zaric October 5, 2:30-4:00pm Royal Sonesta Hotel $35 Why do some restaurants and bars succeed and others fail, though all seemed to have all the necessary pieces of the puzzle? Is it in the quality of products? Is it in the service? Is it in the right location with a great lease? How do you explain when things don’t go as we assume? Or better, how do you explain when others are able to achieve things that seem to defy all of the assumptions? Join Dushan Zaric in this groundbreaking and thought-provoking seminar that will help us identify the real reasons for a successful restaurant, bar or any other business you wish to undertake.
$35.00 $2.92
Terroir Driven Spirits - October 5, 2012 4:00-5:30pm
Terroir Driven Spirits Benjamin Jones and Misty Kalkofen October 5, 4:00-5:30pm Park Plaza Hotel 4th Floor $25 This presentation will focus on spirits where the quality and character is truly derived from the earth/environment from which they come, can’t be produced elsewhere (to that specific quality) and where preparation prior to distillation is one of the principle factors in delivering the highest quality product.
$25.00 $2.37
Drinking For A Living- Writers Panel Oct.5, 4:00-5:30pm
Drinking For A Living - Cocktail Writers Panel Jason Wilson - Moderator October 5, 4:00-5:30pm Park Plaza Hotel 4th Floor $35 Writing about booze is a fun job – just ask our panelists: moderator Jason Wilson (author of Boozhound and Washington Post columnist), Liza Weisstuch (Boston Globe contributor, freelancer and editor), Kerry Byrne (food and drinks writer for Boston Herald, beer nerd), Brandy Rand (libations editor for Boston Common magazine, spirits & cocktails freelancer), Kirsten Amann (LUPEC columnist for Weekly Dig, avid blogger and freelancer). From trips to the vineyards in Cognac to the uncovering emerging drink trends, these writers have scoured the globe to uncover the best in beer, wine and spirits. Learn what it takes to succeed in the high proof world of booze writing.
$35.00 $2.92
The The Great Whisk(e)y Debate - October 5, 2012 4:00-5:30pm
The Great Whisk(e)y Debate David Mays - Moderator October 5, 2012 4:00-5:30pm Park Plaza Hotel 4th Floor $25 For the beginner or the connoisseur, this class will be a treat! You'll taste through Irish (Kilbeggan, Coonemara), Canadian (CC 12 and Sherry Cask), Bourbons (KCSB, Devil’s Cut, KC Rye) and Scotch (LP10, Triple Wood). We’ll cover the basics of what makes each of these Whiskies unique, and talk about the similarities as well. Whether you’re a Bourbon fan or a Scotch collector, this is sure to be a fun trip around the world of Whiskies!
$25.00 $2.37
Bacardi 150th Anniversary Party-October 5, 2012 8:00-11:00pm
Bacardi 150th Anniversary Party October 5, 2012 8:00-11:00pm Royal Sonesta Patio & Terrace $25 Come celebrate 150 years of Bacardi tradition with a Havana style party! The party will be reminiscent of the brand’s origins in 1920s Cuba, complete with classic cocktails, cigars, Cuban music and dancing.
$25.00 $2.37
Artisanal Mixers and Syrups - October 6, 2012 10:00-11:30am
In the Mix: Artisanal Mixers and Syrups John Henry & Jim Meehan October 6, 10:00-11:30am Park Plaza Hotel 4th Floor $25 Join celebrated barman, author and teacher Jim Meehan (PDT) and John Henry from as they explore the rapidly expanding world of professional mixers, syrups and bitters now available for your home bar. What are the basics recommended, where do you get them, how do you best use and store them; and what can you perhaps simply make on your own? Sample a few classic cocktails with us, learn trade secrets and leave packing some tips on elevating your home bar with the same elixirs the pros pour. One if by land, two if by tea. Freshly minted.
$25.00 $2.37
Sweet & Bitter - October 6, 2012 10:00-11:30am
Sweet & Bitter Kirsten Amann & Martin C. Duffy October 6, 10:00-11:30am Park Plaza Hotel 4th Floor $25 Why does Fernet taste so delicious to some people and overbearingly bitter to others? Why does Benedictine come across as spicy & complex to some, but simply sweet to the uninitiated? And in a bartender’s world, where bitter cocktails are all the rage, is there any hope for the sweet-toothed mixologist? The folks behind this year’s Manhattan Cocktail Classic seminar are back, honing in on the Sweet and Bitter of things, two of the most important yet ever so divisive tastes. Join Kitty Amann, Brand Ambassador for Fernet Branca, and Martin C. Duffy, National Brand Ambassador for Benedictine D.O.M., as they host Don Katz, professor of Neuroscience and Chemosensation, Chemist Graham Wright, and nutritionist Kendra Strasburg as they illuminate Sweet and Bitter from a scientific and biological perspective. From Fernet and a cheap beer to Imperial Royales to the iconic Benedict’s Rule and Benedictine Cocktail, we’ll sample Sweet and Bitter drinks that fall into both camps as we ask ourselves: “Sweet or Bitter, which is better? Can’t we all just get along?”
$25.00 $2.37
Cocktails for the Morning After-October 6, 10:00-11:30am
Cocktails for the Morning After Andy Seymour October 6, 10:00-11:30am Park Plaza Hotel 4th Floor $25 Agh...we've all felt the sting that can emerge after a busy night of imbibing. But all is not lost at these moments as a whole category of cocktails have been created to round the edges of any rocky morning. Come join Andy Seymour as he's joined by a few friends to explore the history and rituals of some of these 'anti-fogmatics'. Hangover optional.
$25.00 $2.37
Beyond Punch:Colonial American Cocktails-Oct.6,11:00-12:30pm
Beyond Punch: Colonial American Cocktails Wayne Curtis October 6, 11:00am-12:30pm Park Plaza Hotel $35 Punch is back! Modern topers have embraced the conviviality of the punch bowl over the last couple of years, and for good reason. What else were early North Americans drinking in the 18th and early 19th century? And why? The traveler Israel Acrelius noted some 45 drinks being consumed during his travel along the eastern seaboard in 1749, ranging from bombo to syllabub. Sweetened vinegars, called switchel, date to the Roman army, but the colonists found it could be mixed with rum to good effect. A hot drink called flip (a different creature than the late 19th century flip) involved beer, rum, molasses and a red-hot iron poker. This session will look at an array of early punches and other drinks, explore how and of what they were made and provide ideas about how to adapt for modern tastes (and modern ingredients) some of the most intriguing and popular early beverages.
$35.00 $2.92
BORN TO MIX - October 6, 2012 11:30-1:00pm
BORN TO MIX: Classic and Contemporary Spirits "Made" for Cocktails Dushan Zaric October 6, 11:30-1:00pm Park Plaza Hotel $35 In this interactive spirit tasting and cocktail workshop, Dushan Zaric will lead you through the world of contemporary and classic spirits whose best attribute is their mixability. From Chartreuse and Plymouth gin to modern day pisco, New World Gins and artisan liqueurs we will define just what makes a spirit or liqueur "born to mix.” We’ll discover how these spirits are made and why they make such good playmates. Get your shakers ready and join in the mixing and tasting. Cocktail enthusiasts as well as beginners in professional bartending will learn a proper foundation while advanced bartenders will get the chance to rejuvenate their palates and enjoy freestyle mixing.
$35.00 $2.92
DO YOU SPEAK AMARI? - October 6, 2012 12:00-1:30pm
DO YOU SPEAK AMARI? Francesco Lafranconi October 6, 12:00-1:30pm Royal Sonesta Hotel $35 Deep rooted in the Italian culture and regional folklore for centuries, the Amaro is the new generation of Italian immigrant. Coming to America with several brands at a time, it is becoming among the finest ambassadors for the Made in Italy. Whether consumed straight up or on the rocks, before or after a meal, or most likely used as a bitter-sweet complex modifier in creative cocktails, Amari are living the American Dream! Join internationally renown bar life personality, Francesco Lafranconi-Executive Director of Mixology & Spirits Education for Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada, for a wonderful and intriguing journey through Italy's finest brands. Amari's century-old family own secret formulas and never-heard-before botanicals are still shrouded with mystery, but not for long. The seminar will help you to "Speak Amari" after this unique tasting experience!
$35.00 $2.92
Techniques & the “Corner Bar Theory” Oct. 6, 12:00-1:30pm
Techniques of the Trade and the “Corner Bar Theory” Jason Drückenmiller & Guillaume Jubien October 6, 12:00-1:30pm Park Plaza Hotel 4th Floor $25 Come join two multi award winning and world traveled beverage professionals from Grey Goose Vodka: Brand Master Jason Drückenmiller & National Brand Ambassador Guillaume Jubien to learn "Techniques of the Trade" and the "Corner bar Theory". · This seminar will cover refined free pouring techniques. · Various Drink Making Techniques will be demonstrated form around the world including US, Europe and Japan. · A how to on syrups and tinctures. · And the "Corner Bar Theory" to keep your guest returning and happy through guest interaction and stellar service.
$25.00 $2.37
The Dating Game: Rhum vs. Ron - October 6, 2012 12:00-1:30pm
The Dating Game: Rhum vs. Ron Benjamin Jones and Juan Coronado October 6, 12:00-1:30pm Park Plaza Hotel 4th Floor $25 Sexy and Sultry Latino Don Juan Coronado of Bacardi and French Caribbean Chic de Martinique Benjamin Mélin Jones square off to convince you to choose their unique and strong culturally different for your rum cocktail this evening. Will you be sipping on a ‘Ti Punch or an Martinique Swizzle, or muddling Mojito’s and knocking back Cuba Libre’s tonight?
$25.00 $2.37
Understanding Taste - October 6, 2012 12:00-1:30pm
Understanding Taste Jamie Evans October 6, 12:00-1:30pm Park Plaza Hotel 4th Floor $25 Join Oxley Gin Ambassador, Jamie Evans, as he shares the science behind how we taste and how it is possible to train this sense. Understanding is the first crucial step to forging a world class ability to recognize flavors and aromas. Utilizing various Gin expressions, you will be guided through a Taste Challenge to help in your understanding of what it is to train the palate and garner in depth knowledge of what makes Gin such a diverse and fascinating Spirit. With guest appearances from other Gin experts, you will leave with a better ability to decipher individual ingredients and aromas in a mix of many.
$25.00 $2.37
I'll Take Manhattan - October 6, 2012 12:00-1:30pm
I'll Take Manhattan: A Social History of a Classic Cocktail Brother Cleve October 6, 12:00-1:30pm Park Plaza Hotel 4th Floor $25 The cocktail is a unique American creation with roots that date back to the early days of the nation. Mixologist/musician Brother Cleve will examine its creation while focusing on the history of one classic libation - the Manhattan - from its first appearance after the Civil War to its current status 140 years later in today's craft cocktail renaissance. We'll study how the recipe has evolved over time, and how it reflects the changing tastes of society, as well as how social changes, including Prohibition, have influenced that evolution.
$25.00 $2.37
Spirits Tasting in a Blind - October 6, 2012 1:30-3:00pm
Spirits Tasting in a Blind Steve Olson and Doug Frost October 6, 1:30-3:00pm Park Plaza Hotel $35 Spirits Tasting in a Blind, or how spirits professionals describe spirits with something other than "I like it." Join tasting experts Steve Olson, aka wine geek, and Doug Frost MS, MW, to discover the tricks of the trade, and learn the steps that these two BAR (Beverage Alcohol Resource) founders and examiners take when teaching spirits tasting to true professionals.
$35.00 $2.92
How to Order a Great Wine Every Time Oct.6, 2012 2:00-3:30pm
How to Order a Great Wine Every Time Sandy Block October 6, 2:00-3:30pm Park Plaza Hotel 4th Floor $25 Make ordering a glass of wine more fun by knowing what you should say and what you shouldn't. In this fast paced tasting seminar, Master of Wine Sandy Block leads you through a step by step approach designed to maximize your by-the-glass pleasure.
$25.00 $2.37
From Grains to Glass - October 6, 2012 2:00-3:30pm
From Grains to Glass Chris Weld October 6, 2:00-3:30pm Park Plaza Hotel 4th Floor $25 Chris Weld of award-winning Berkshire Mountain Distillers will be covering the essentials of distilled spirits in a talk titled 'From grains to glass." He'll walk you through the production process, from the sourcing of raw materials, fermentation and distillation, including a discussion of heads and tails, blending, aging and bottling. On hand will be samples of raw materials including grains and molasses as well as heads and tails. If you want to learn the difference between a pot still and a continuous column, what a bubble cap tray is for, whether it matters if your vodka is distilled four times or not, what a congener is, or if a bourbon can be made outside of Kentucky, then this seminar is for you!
$25.00 $2.37
Detox to Retox - October 6, 2012 2:00-3:30pm
Detox to Retox: the Art of Drinking 4 Drinks a Night and Never Getting a Hangover Kirsten Amann & Kendra Strasburg October 6, 2:00-3:30pm Park Plaza Hotel 4th Floor $25 For many mixologists, brand ambassadors and spirits industry professionals, drinking several drinks per night isn’t a luxury or a party, it’s actually a requirement of the job. This seminar is designed to help those living the bibulous lifestyle stay healthy despite the obvious hazards of the job. Forget the myth of the hangover cure and ‘hair of the dog’ and come ready to learn practical, prescriptive advice on how to stay healthy if you average four drinks a night. Led by holistic health coach and Crave Health co-founder Kendra Strasburg and Fernet Brand Ambassador, LUPEC Boston co-founder, and cocktail writer Kirsten Amann, this class will arm you with the health tools you need to stay both boozy AND balanced into your twilight years. From incorporating special foods and herbs that support the liver into your diet every day to tips on how to incorporate regular detoxes into your routine, this class is your key to imbibing hangover-free.
$25.00 $2.37
The Future of Bourbon - October 6, 2012 2:00-3:30pm
The Future of Bourbon Noah Rothbaum - Moderator October 6, 2:00-3:30pm Park Plaza Hotel 4th Floor $25 Bourbon brands can barely keep up with the current international demand for American whiskey. And drinkers look forward to the yearly release of new bottlings. But given that there are just a few variables distillers can adjust to change the spirit’s flavor and strict distilling rules for bourbon, how will they keep introducing special products each season? This panel will discuss this interesting problem and the inventive solutions that distillers have found, along with how they have pushed the envelope and where they are headed. Anybody who likes the quintessential American spirit, bourbon, should come to this seminar. Attendees will learn about how distillers are changing the flavor of the liquor with revolutionary new techniques and cutting-edge methods. This seminar will give drinkers a look into the future of how their favorite whiskey will taste and be produced. Panelists include: -Max Watman, author of Chasing the White Dog -David Pickerell, master distiller of Hill Rock, Whistle Pig and George Washington Distilleries
$25.00 $2.37
Mr. Boston 75th Anniversary Celebration- Oct.6, 2:00-5:00pm
Mr. Boston 75th Anniversary Celebration October 6, 2:00-5:00pm Park Plaza Hotel Georgian Room $25 Old Mr. Boston was a distillery located in South Boston from 1933 to 1986. The "Mr. Boston" name is known not only for its brands of distilled spirits, but also for its unique reference book, Old Mr. Boston Official Bartender's Guide, used by both professional and home bartenders as the "Bible of Booze." The Guide was first published 1935 and is celebrating its 75th printing in 2012! Hosted by Anniversary Edition Editor Jonathan Pogash, you will enjoy eight of the newest cocktails to be added to the book, a mini museum of Old Mr. Boston books and artifacts along with classic 1930's swing music all add to the festivities!
$25.00 $2.37
Mezcalier Basics-Oct.6, 3:00-4:30pm
Mezcalier Basics, Tastings and Cocktail Creations Douglas French & Troy Clarke Oct.6, 3:00-4:30pm Royal Sonesta Hotel $25 Master Mezcalier basics and origin of law as outlined by Mexican Dept of Education- Doug describes the program, what they are doing and where it is going. The seminar goes into what defines Mezcal vs. Tequila and includes a number of tastings, stats of where mezcal is in production past and future, and types of agaves. Troy clarke will discuss mezcal in cocktails and how each and every mezcal has a unique and different flavor and paring it with cocktail ingredients and how to prepare. Some are very smokey and you have to adjust and some are easier to work with then others depending on the cocktail you are trying to create. Further discussion on how the program has evolved and how people all around the country are embracing Mezcal.
$25.00 $2.37
Bienvenido a Tequila 101- Oct.6, 2012 3:00-4:30pm
Bienvenido a Tequila 101 David Mays October 6, 3:00-4:30pm Park Plaza Hotel 4th Floor $25 This seminar isn’t about shots (though we’ll address them), it’s about appreciating the legendary spirit of Mexico, with all its complexities. Whether you’ve had that one unpleasant experience, or you truly appreciate the sublime beauty of Tequila, this class will be a fun and interesting journey South of the border. No passport needed!
$25.00 $2.37
Global Drinking Rituals - October 6, 2012 4:00-5:30pm
Global Drinking Rituals from Prehistory to Today Elayne Duke October 6, 4:00-5:30pm Park Plaza Hotel 4th Floor $25 Did you ever wonder why we drink Pickle Backs, or why you should know the Mexican itch, how Germany's Oktoberfest got started or what exactly does it mean to be out on the Sesh? Join Global Drinker, Elayne Duke for a Roller Coaster ride around the world as we investigate these amusing practices and many more. A sampling of three ritual drinks will be served, plus all attendees will be able to create their very own.
$25.00 $2.37
The Great Whiskey Cocktails - October 6, 2012 4:00-5:30pm
The Great Whiskey Cocktails: A history and the proper techniques Bobby "G" Gleason October 6, 4:00-5:30pm Park Plaza Hotel 4th Floor $25
$25.00 $2.37
Making Great Gin Cocktails at Home-Oct.6, 2012 4:00-5:30pm
Making Great Gin Cocktails at Home – Hands On with Tony Abou-Ganim October 6, 4:00-5:30pm Park Plaza Hotel 4th Floor $35 Join Tony Abou-Ganim, The Modern Mixologist, as he shows you what you need to stock your home bar, tools of the trade and how to use them, and all the secrets behind mixing great gin drinks at home. Be it a classic a Martini, Tony’s favorite cocktail, the Negroni or one of his originals, he'll show you how easy it is to craft these wonderful libations. From shaking to stirring, muddling to blending, Boston Shakers and Hawthorn Strainers, you'll learn all you need to know to set up and tend your home bar. Whether you’re a professional bartender or just want to impress your friends, you’re sure to enjoy this entertaining journey into what it takes to make a great gin cocktail!
$35.00 $2.92
Craft & Fine Spirits Showcase-October 5 / 6, 12:00pm-7:00pm
Craft & Fine Spirits Showcase Friday & Saturday October 5 & 6, 2012 11:00pm - 5:00pm Royal Sonesta Hotel $25 The Craft & Fine Spirits Showcase, with adjacent seminar rooms, offers the opportunity to sample some of the most unique spirits from around the world by some of the finest producers of craft and fine spirits. A special Craft Distiller’s Hall will be open from 11:00-1:00pm and 2:00-4:00pm each day. The Grand Tasting Room will feature some of the world’s top spirit brands from 12:00-2:00pm and 3:00-5:00pm each day. The Craft & Fine Spirits Showcase also offers complimentary seminars throughout both days. No registration is required and seating is limited.
$25.00 $2.37
Beam's Bourbon County BBQ- Oct.6,2012 6:30-11:00pm
Beam's Bourbon County BBQ October 6, 6:30-11:00pm Royal Sonesta Patio & Terrace $35 Join in the revelry as Beam Bourbons host the BBQ of the year! Enjoy some of the finest Kentucky bourbons along with south of the border tequilas and ice cold beers paired with the best New England BBQ.
$35.00 $2.92

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The Boston Cocktail Summitwill celebrate the culture of the cocktail with three days of events, parties, trade exhibits, educational seminars, and galas with proceeds supporting the newly established Greater Boston Beverage Society and their 2012 beneficiaries. A consumer event that is open the public, The Boston Cocktail Summit will allow local enthusiasts to celebrate, commiserate, learn about, and imbibe great cocktails. Mixology superstars will dazzle with creative and classic cocktails, celebrated Boston chefs will prepare delicious cocktail dinners, and local and international spirits authorities will offer informative and educational seminars. Evenings will be filled with galas, parties, cocktail contests, and more. The event will appeal to bartenders and mixologists, chefs and others in the hospitality industry, as well as cocktail lovers from all over the country.

All events and seminars are 21+

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