It’s one thing to enjoy a drink. It’s another to know the rich, colorful stories behind the spirit in your glass. Somehow everything tastes more delicious with a garnish of knowledge. On Saturday, May 20th, dedicate an afternoon with the experts tasting through 20 of the world’s best spirits while learning what makes them truly fascinating. One ticket–available online here–gets you all 4 of the following classes (plus snacks!)…
SPIRITS, BEFORE & AFTER
with St. John Frizell – award-winning writer & bartender
Learn the history of barrel aging and the choices that affect the aging process including wood, climate, time, and even ways some cheat all three. In this seminar you will taste new make spirit alongside the finished product to experience the art of barrel aging first hand.
Featuring: HINE Cognac, Kavalan Single Malt Whisky, Nikka Japanese Whisky, Luxardo and Chinaco Tequila
THE SPIRITS OF HISTORY: WOVEN THROUGH WORMWOOD
with John Troia – owner of Tempus Fugit Spirits
Wormwood is a common thread throughout the history of spirits. This important herb can be found in numerous 19th Century alcohol formulations from aperitifs to absinthes. Discover the lore behind this illustrious herb and how it became an integral element in your favorite liqueurs. John Troia, co-founder of Tempus Fugit Spirits and spirits historian, will guide guests through macerations, distillates and spirits made with wormwood
Featuring: vermouth, liqueurs and absinthe from Tempus Fugit
with Andrew Friedman – owner of Seattle’s Liberty Bar and founder of the Washington State Bartenders’ Guild and Washington Distillers’ Guild
Join Andrew Friedman for an informative exploration through the evolution of whisk(e)y and some common misconceptions. Taste three whiskies, from three different nations and three different base grains: barley, corn, and rye and participate in a conversation around the various types of whisk(e)y, myths around age statements, and learn where some of the most interesting whiskies are currently being made.
Featuring: The Glenrothes Single Malt, Nikka Japanese Whisky and Old Potrero
GIN: A HISTORICAL & STYLISTIC PERSPECTIVE
with Alan Kropf – Anchor Distilling’s Executive Director of Education
Learn about gin’s earliest beginnings and how it has evolved from an herbal medicine to an object of commerce in the spirits industry. Today, the gin category is one of the most popular and widely distributed category of spirits, and is represented by products of various origins, styles, and flavor profiles that all revolve around juniper as a common ingredient.
Featuring: No.3 London Dry Gin, Anchor Distilling’s Old Tom, Genevieve and Junipero Gins
The School of Booze takes place from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM at District Hall, 75 Northern Ave., Boston, MA 02210. Get TICKETS online here.